An Update 25 Jul 2014

Hi everyone, Firstly thank you so much for getting in touch, I’m overwhelmed by the response from people. I’m sorry to say I just can’t reply to everyone it may seem odd but it’s a lot of work I’m just not ready for. I’ve been to the doctors and I’m getting help. I don’t know how long it’ll take to recover. The Drupal and PHP community has been a great help in starting me off on the road to recovery. Thank you all so much for the support. I’ve never been so scared in my entire life but finally there...

Anxiety and Depression 23 Jul 2014

I’ve been suffering from depression and severe anxiety for the past 6 months now. It’s costing me my girlfriend, job and most importantly my life. I woke up yesterday with my heart pounding out of my chest, I got ready for work and then threw up, I felt dizzy and very scared. All because of everything that’s going on in my life. All because I’ve had the worst week of my entire life. I feel like I’ve lost everything, I’m emotionally detached from the people I love, I’m unable to concentrate on work. I’m not even sure if people have...

Drupal + WordPress Sprints Manchester 03 Jul 2014

I’m proud to announce a new collaboration between the Drupal and WordPress communities in Manchester to provide a space to contribute back to each respective project. It’s a great opportunity to get together and work on the projects that we love while being around like minded people. The first sprint will be on the 19th July at TechHub in Manchester. You can sign up here - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/drupal-wordpress-sprints-manchester-tickets-12157905623 with lunch provided. I’d like to thank Jenny Wong (@miss_jwo) for helping to arrange this, I’m really looking forward to making this a long running collaboration between the two communities.

My Keyboards 20 Jun 2014

I’ve gone a bit mad on keyboards recently, mostly due to geekhack and r/mechanicalkeyboards. I’ve got the following boards at the moment: Ducky Shine 3 - ISO - Brown switches - This is a 75% keyboard, it’s missing the number pad on the right side. It’s a great gaming keyboard and the keys feel nice and solid. This has white led backlighting which is quite nice, mines currently setup to pulse when a key is pressed. KBT Pure Pro - ISO - Brown switches - A 60% board with built in arrow keys, it’s an ok board but it’s not...

The Problem with Points = Time 07 Jun 2014

Take the following not so hypothetical situation: Project Lead create user story and adds estimate of 3 hours. Developers estimate per hours on tasks within user story totalling 6 hours. Where’s that extra 3 hours come from? Who is accountable for the extra 3 hours the project lead or the developer? Planning poker helps here but we don’t do it at the moment so we’re reliant on whoever is available at the time to create initial estimates that this isn’t going to happen. All this assumes that we allow developers into the project planning stage (which we really should). Another...

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