Niko Heikkilä

Niko Heikkilä

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DevOps Is the Interface, Your Organisation Implements It

#devops#agile#scrum#management

01.01.2022 ☕️ 3 minutes read

Once upon a time, two software companies were competing in the same business domain. The first one has been out of business for a while now. The latter one thrives.

Bringing Back the Technical Excellence: Rules of Thumb for Effective Software Lifecycle Management

#craftspersonship#maintenance#testing#tdd#documentation

15.11.2021 ☕️☕️☕️ 14 minutes read

In this post, I present a brief — constantly evolving — guide on gradually bringing back technical excellence and driving down development costs.

Being a Good Developer: Tips for an Effective Code Review

#code review#pairing#mobbing#continuous integration#code quality

11.09.2021 ☕️ 6 minutes read

Walk another mile and make the code review a joyful experience.

When to Pair Program and When to Go Solo

#pairprogramming#mobbing#collaboration#books

23.05.2021 ☕️☕️ 12 minutes read

Despite all the praise pair programming gets, it is not a silver bullet and we should carefully practise it to get the most benefit from it.

Health Check Before Jumping to a New Organization

#career#recruiting#agile

09.05.2021 ☕️ 3 minutes read

Dear recruiters, don't talk to me about your tech stack.

You Can't Grow Yourself Unless You Grow Others

#agile#mentorship#career#softskills

24.04.2021 ☕️☕️ 9 minutes read

Mentoring is sometimes seen as a practice reserved for experienced professionals while in truth everyone can and should start mentoring their peers.

Reducing the Lead Times with Little's Law

#agile#processes#extremeprogramming#continuousdelivery

28.03.2021 ☕️ 6 minutes read

Are your features taking ages to deliver? Beat those long lead times by reducing the work in progress and increasing throughput.

Blocking Time for Tasks with Toggl

#productivity#tools#opensource#golang

20.03.2021 ☕️ 4 minutes read

How organizing your day brings a sense of clarity and calm into this mad, mad world.

My 21st Century Note-Taking Workflow

#productivity#writing#tools

07.02.2021 ☕️ 4 minutes read

A fully automated pipeline from raw ideas to text documents.