Ersatz is a new social professional network for contractors to enable them to connect with other people who could be used as a substitution. You can probably see what we’ve done with the name. Slightly tongue-in-cheek. For Contractors in the UK, there has always been the phantom of IR35 looming over them. This was a bit of legislation that came in in 2000, but has caused no end of confusion.
As a small organisation, we feel it’s important to support our local community. As such we decided to sponsor Littlehampton Town FC under 11’s football team. This is the away kit, we’re looking forward to seeing the home kit.
We are currently building a single page app to allow people to plot walks UK Walks and we wanted to create the feature to allow people to share their walks with each other. The decision was made to create a very small web service in golang to allow for temporary storage and retrieval of data. Gubbish is the solution. This is a simple web service that allows some data to be stored, and then retrieved.
We recently decided to re do an old site we created called UK Walks. This site is a very simple walk planning app. The objective of the app was to enable people to create routes using Ordanance Survey Maps. What we wanted to do was build a single page app that stores the routes locally to the browser, so that it became a very private, personal resource. So we decided to give this a go using TypeScript and Indexeddb.
We’re always interested in processes that can aid in product development. Over the years we’ve used different techniques to engage teams and help with communications with regards to understanding requirements for product development. One of the techniques is planning poker. Planning poker enables a team to quickly get consensus on the relative size of an item of work. It also enables the team focus on a work item, and a good starting point for exploring the requirements and details of that work item.
We love Beer! There we’ve said it. But what we also love is the brewing of beer. So, we decided to embark on a little experiment. We’re not doing anything new. In fact it was one of those ideas that you realise other people have had before you. As we’re keen FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) people, we thought it would be good to extend our love of Free Software to Beer and start to create a series of recipes that are Free as in free speech (not as in free beer - although now they are!
Scrum, one of the most popular “agile” frameworks people are adopting (or abusing) in the work place. As a software developer I have a soft spot for Scrum. The Guide is small and easy to read. How I like to frame Scrum, is that it’s a mirror that will reflect dysfunction in an organisation. The framework sets in place what’s needed so that a team (and an organisation) can start to see what’s not working.