Brian Dukes

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Brian Dukes

2 days ago

And when their children’s hearts break over disappointments of various kinds, they should weep with them and point them to Christ and his church as their source of refuge.

Teach Children to Value Singleness

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Brian Dukes

2 days ago

It is basically always the case that the long-term costs of keeping a system working reliably vastly exceed any inconveniences you encounter while building it. Mature and productive developers understand this.

Choose Boring Technology

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

In Isaiah’s time and ours the oppressed are “the shattered ones,” those who have been broken apart by a life filled with exploitation. They are those who have not been given a fair shake, the victims of bribes, land grabs and economic disenfranchisement. Oppression is both spiritual and material.

Why Christians Must Fight Systemic Racism

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

But the GOV.UK pages are written in simple HTML. They are designed to be lightweight and will work even on rubbish browsers. They have to. This is for everyone.

The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

When you make more mistakes than progress, it’s time to take a break. If you’re like me, though, that’s the hardest time to stop. I feel like the solution is just around the corner—even if it’s been just around the corner for the last 45 minutes—and I don’t want to stop until I find it.

AoAD2 Practice: Energized Work

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

Nothing destroys morale faster than behind held accountable for an unachievable goal. If the team is responsible for meeting specific date and scope targets, make sure the targets are realistic and based on the team’s forecasts.

AoAD2 Practice: Energized Work

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

One of the simplest ways to be energized is to take care of yourself. Go home on time every day. Take your mind off work and spend time with family and friends. Eat healthy foods, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

AoAD2 Practice: Energized Work

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Brian Dukes

9 days ago

We work at a pace that allows us to do our best, most productive work indefinitely.

AoAD2 Practice: Energized Work

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Brian Dukes

10 days ago

start by changing the way that you discuss features with your product owner and other stakeholders. When you talk to them, confirm your understanding by talking in examples. That’s enough to make a huge difference!

BDD: Before You Begin (Part 2/2)

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Brian Dukes

10 days ago

The practices your team will use. I recommend starting with every practice in your team’s chosen zones.

For remote teams, how you’ll communicate. (See “Designing Remote Collaboration” on page XX.)

How you’ll make decisions. (See “Secrets of Collaboration” on page XX.)

For in-person teams, how you’ll deal with distracting background noise.

For teams that don’t use pairing or mobbing, how you’ll ask for help without being disruptive. (See “Always Ask Always Help” on page XX.)

The core hours when you can expect people to be available.

AoAD2 Practice: Alignment

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Brian Dukes

12 days ago

Team members in an aligned team not only depend on each other to accomplish a shared goal, they’re in agreement about how they’re going to work together.

AoAD2 Practice: Alignment

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Brian Dukes

12 days ago

A team is a group of people who depend on each other to accomplish a shared goal. That interdependency is the hallmark of a team. It’s what makes teams so successful... and also what makes them so difficult.

AoAD2 Practice: Alignment

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Brian Dukes

14 days ago

Considering the needs of others is an awful lot like dying to self—a key Christian value often missing in our racial discussions.

Let’s Stop the Racial Insanity

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Brian Dukes

15 days ago

how am I to go about believing on Christ and repenting, if I have no natural ability to do these things? it answers: look to Christ, speak to Christ, cry to Christ, just as you are; confess your sin, your impenitence, your unbelief, and cast yourself on his mercy; ask him to give you a new heart, working in you true repentance and firm faith; ask him to take away your evil heart of unbelief and to write his law within you, that you may never henceforth stray from him

J. I. Packer’s Famous Essay on Christ’s Death

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Brian Dukes

16 days ago

Embracing the Long View

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Brian Dukes

22 days ago

We may not intend any evil, and yet collaborate in a coverup as we “manage” the “problem.” We may consider our intentions entirely honorable (no doubt Absalom thought this about himself), yet be blind to the role we’re playing and the damage we’re doing.

When It Comes to Abuse, It Takes a Village

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Brian Dukes

25 days ago

Even if you’re not personally a victim of racism, you can — and should — still think of yourself as someone who has skin in the game.

Race Manners: Which Black People Should I Believe?

nytimes.com

Brian Dukes

26 days ago

The motivation behind previous decisions is visible for everyone, present and future. Nobody is left scratching their heads to understand, "What were they thinking?" and the time to change old decisions will be clear from changes in the project's context.

Documenting Architecture Decisions

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Brian Dukes

28 days ago

By slightly changing our approach to solving problems involving uncertainty, we can contain Maybe to those parts of our code that are truly optional.

Problem Solving with Maybe

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Brian Dukes

29 days ago

Another saint’s passion is not a threat to my own, given that we trust the Providence of God over all of it. Let’s agree in the Lord, agree on principles, and not bind each others’ consciences in areas of freedom and prudence.

Avoiding Tunnel Vision with Race — United? We Pray

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Brian Dukes

29 days ago

The story fit what they already believed—that science and religion were natural enemies—and that was all they needed to know.

The Enduring Lesson of the Galileo Myth

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Brian Dukes

31 days ago

Here’s how server-sent events work. I was SO DELIGHTED to learn that they’re just HTTP requests.

Server-sent events: a simple way to stream events from a server

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Brian Dukes

31 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that 6 former child slaves who were kidnapped at a bus station in Mali, driven across the border to the Ivory Coast, then sold to farmers for $40 apiece to harvest cocoa beans had no grounds to bring a lawsuit against Nestle for human rights violations.

Nestle and Big Chocolate Can Keep Using Enslaved Children . . . For Now – So Says the U.S. Supreme Court

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Brian Dukes

31 days ago

In Missouri, where 43.4% of the total population is at least partially vaccinated, the Delta variant is on the rise.

The US marks a vaccine milestone, but one expert warns that the coronavirus Delta variant has a worrying impact on patients

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Brian Dukes

31 days ago

In more colloquial terms, everyone with a serious role to play in these issues should have been focused on what it looks like to move forward politically in a nation where same-sex relationships exist as valid and where sizable portions of the American people and the American institutional landscape do not conform their views or practice to that new legal consensus.

Decisions, Decisions: Fulton and SBC

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Brian Dukes

32 days ago

Lewis added, “Then I read Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense. . . .”

9 Things You Should Know About G. K. Chesterton

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Brian Dukes

32 days ago

The Lancet statement effectively ended the debate over COVID-19’s origins before it began. To Gilles Demaneuf, following along from the sidelines, it was as if it had been “nailed to the church doors,” establishing the natural origin theory as orthodoxy. “Everyone had to follow it. Everyone was intimidated. That set the tone.”

The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins

vanityfair.com

Brian Dukes

33 days ago

We usually eat our meals at appropriate clock times as opposed to whenever we are hungry, go to sleep at appropriate clock times as opposed to whenever we are tired and attribute more significance to the arresting tones of a clock alarm than the apparent rising of the sun at the center of our solar system.

The Tyranny Of Time

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Brian Dukes

33 days ago

We seek to be faithful in politics, but because it is prudential, we understand that it would be a kind of blasphemy to flippantly ascribe to our preferred policy instruments and political judgments the weight of religious dogma.

Jesus, "The Fixer"

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Brian Dukes

33 days ago

Arrogance does not have to be an overt rejection—it can look like a casual dismissal as well. As we all seek to grow as Christians, we would do well to branch out and learn from saints outside our immediate circles and gain wisdom from the many different saints God is redeeming.

Theological Arrogance — United? We Pray

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Brian Dukes

36 days ago

far too often, that purpose isn’t communicated to the team. Instead, the team is told a lot of details about what to do... but not why they’re going to do it, or how it helps the company achieve its goals.

The Purpose practice is about making sure everyone understands the big picture, not just the details.

AoAD2 Practice: Purpose

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Brian Dukes

37 days ago

Understanding your context is important for reducing risk. If you don’t understand your context, it’s easy to get blindsided by people or expectations you weren’t even aware existed.

AoAD2 Practice: Context

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Brian Dukes

37 days ago

Understanding your context is important for reducing risk. If you don’t understand your context, it’s easy to get blindsided by people or expectations you weren’t even aware existed.

AoAD2 Practice: Context

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Brian Dukes

37 days ago

You argue that the best way forward is for us to see racism not so much as a failing of individuals or groups, but as a crime of the state. Why is this reframing important?

A New Proposal for Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America

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Brian Dukes

41 days ago

In fact, in my experience, Christians haven’t been acting any different than the rest of the world. We have been just as likely to hide behind the cloak of the internet and say things we would never say in person, to be ruthless in trying to win Twitter battles, and to be contemptuous of our enemies.

Interview: Former Governor Bill Haslam

reclaiminghope.substack.com

Brian Dukes

41 days ago

Look for and rejoice in grace in their lives, and make sure you’re encouraging and cheering far more than nagging and reminding. In short, constantly pray for wisdom about when to let them fail, leave their problems unfixed, confront them, or patiently pray as you slowly prepare them to leave the nest.

What Teens Need from Parents: A Counselor’s Perspective

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Brian Dukes

44 days ago

"Because the undercurrent of urgency is scarcity, the battle is won not in pushing forward, but in letting go."

The Problem with Urgency and the Power of Letting Go

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Brian Dukes

44 days ago

PolyDeploy Donated to DNN Community

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Brian Dukes

45 days ago

the Enterprise eats Software

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Brian Dukes

50 days ago

Working together in a team room has enormous benefits. In a field study of six colocated teams, [Teasley et al. 2002] found that sitting together doubled productivity and cut time to market to almost one-third of the company baseline.

Those results are worth repeating: the teams delivered software in one-third their normal time. After the pilot study, 11 more teams achieved the same result.

AoAD2 Practice: Team Room

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Brian Dukes

51 days ago

A team that has generalizing specialists avoids these sorts of bottlenecks. When there’s a lot of front-end work, the front-end specialists take the lead, but the back-end specialists are able to help out. When there’s a lot of back-end work, the back-end specialists take the lead.

AoAD2 Practice: Whole Team

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Brian Dukes

51 days ago

Some coaches fall into the trap of doing these things for the team rather than teaching the team how to do it themselves. Make sure that’s not the case on your team.

AoAD2 Practice: Whole Team

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Brian Dukes

51 days ago

The fast, iterative, feedback-oriented nature of Agile development leads to a different environment than UX designers may be used to. Rather undertaking an up-front user research phase, UX design is performed iteratively, alongside the iterative refinement of the software itself.

AoAD2 Practice: Whole Team

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Brian Dukes

56 days ago

what to talk about in 1

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Brian Dukes

61 days ago

To deny that woman can be elders will sound like the equivalent of denying that women can be CEOs. But it is more like the equivalent of denying that women can be fathers, and that men can be mothers.

Beautiful Difference: The (Whole-Bible) Complementarity of Male and Female

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Brian Dukes

62 days ago

we must be careful that in our bid to ensure that sex distinctions are not erased, we do not cause them to be exaggerated. Men and women bear the image of God together, and our identity is far more fundamentally defined by our humanity than our sex.

Beautiful Difference: The (Whole-Bible) Complementarity of Male and Female

thegospelcoalition.org

Brian Dukes

65 days ago

But if you can get people to be open to new ideas, having conversations with other people and being able to disagree in a way that is constructive rather than just being judgmental, that’s your best chance to change minds—and regardless, you understand more and coexist better.

‘They Learn to Parrot What They Know They’re Supposed to Say’

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Brian Dukes

69 days ago

When adults genuinely listen to children, when our interactions with them are mutual, this challenges our preconceptions about children’s capabilities and limitations.

Philosophy with children

aeon.co

Brian Dukes

69 days ago

There are also increasing concerns about persistent, long-term effects of the viral infection — such as fatigue, respiratory issues and stomach problems — for some children who get COVID-19.

What The New Mask Guidance Means For Unvaccinated Kids — And Their Parents

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Brian Dukes

69 days ago

So while we must preach the gospel, Christians have long understood that the preaching of the gospel must lead to repenting of our particular sins particularly.

Ordinary Solutions for Racism — United? We Pray

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