How Agile Jumped the Shark into a Zombie Apocalypse

Looking Back to Rise Above Software Navel Gazing & Project Shell Games

Houston Haynes

16 minute read

If you’ve spent any amount of time in this field you will have noticed a “lost-and-found” cycle of various topics in software engineering. Well-worn subjects are revived like zombies in a genre movie, and “agility” is no stranger to that phenomenon. Through the years the discourse on agile patterns…

Telematics with Two Lines of Code: Seeking Simplicity

Unpacking a vehicle telemetry solution from the code-side out

Houston Haynes

14 minute read

Any time I see someone mention “low code” I’m reflexively skeptical. Along those lines, the title of this article series is offered with a wink and a smile. There are many, many lines of code in this project - and fortunately for both you and me I did not have to create them all. But that’s partly…

COVID-19 Datapothecary

Processing observation level data for more reliable calculated metrics

Houston Haynes

9 minute read

There’s a running joke in machine learning circles that data wrangling is 10% skill and 90% anger management. While that’s funny because it’s true, in the case of health care data the consequences can be deadly serious. In California, problems with reporting likely and confirmed COVID-19 deaths in…

Showing the Many Faces of the Pandemic

Underscoring COVID-19 data with reminders of its human toll

Houston Haynes

7 minute read

Data can tell a compelling story when it’s properly collected, collated and curated. But there are times when data isn’t enough. And it’s not the lack of information that causes the picture to be lost. Sometimes it’s sheer overwhelming volume that can diminish the translation of data into…