1. What Can You Do in 6 Weeks?

    In Shape Up, we work in 6-week cycles to solve business problems. This constraint is meant to put pressure on the pitch writing process. With only 6 weeks, we must ensure that we are not biting off more than we can chew, or rather that we know we can chew (and swallow) everything we’ve bitten.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 4, 2020
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Dayton Nolan
    Sam Jones
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    Process
  2. Shape Up Your Project Planning

    We have a lot of posts about Test Driven Development (TDD) on this blog. We’re big proponents of TDD and the discipline added by its red, green, refactor workflow. First we define a problem with a failing (red) test, then we create the supporting functionality (green), then we iterate on the product (refactor) and prepare ourselves for the next problem we’ll be solving.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    May 4, 2020
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
    Sam Jones
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    Process
  3. Our Pair Programming Ethos

    Pair programming is more than just a way to build software, it’s the way we build teams. Great software is made by great teams. At Test Double, we value pair programming, and over the years we’ve refined our technique.
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    April 21, 2020
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Joel Helbling
    Sam Jones
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    Consulting
  4. The Problem with Paydown - and your team's happiness

    Your credit card debt is out. of. control. What do you do? Budget paydown! In software development, we try to apply that same idea of budgeting paydown to technical debt in our applications.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    December 7, 2018
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    Process
  5. The Three-Things Theorem of Function Intention

    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has gone through a modern mathematical renaissance. The folding process was originally passed down between generations orally. Recently, though, artists have developed a way to document the steps to fold a shape with a diagram called a crease pattern.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 3, 2018
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    Development
  6. Questioning Responsibility

    I can imagine paleontologists drooling over our applications’ changelogs. I’m sure they wish they had a record of the exact environment that caused a recently uncovered Protoceratops to grow that very interesting third eyeball.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    February 7, 2018
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    Development
  7. Culling Conditionals with Abstractions

    Growing up near the Great Lakes, I’m well aware of the threat that Asian carp are posing on the polluted lakes we endearingly call the “North Coast”. It seems that these carp can’t be stopped.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    December 13, 2017
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    Development
  8. Shape Testing with JavaScript Streams and Lodash FP

    Shape test changing data Have you ever written an end-to-end test against a live API? I have, and it’s hard. It’s tough to do because the data returned from that live API is always changing.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 3, 2017
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    JavaScript
  9. Remote Pairing with Tmate and Tmux

    Here’s the situation. You LOVE tmux, and you use it all the time to organize your terminal and create a workspace. You’ve created a new tmux session where you will do your work named funproject.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 21, 2017
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Sam Jones
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    Remote

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