On the Danger of Using Email Addresses as Identifying Information (Humor)

On a lighter note, someone with a similar name to mine just used one of my email addresses to register for the Lexus Remote app. Judging by the email I got, using this email address that I own, I can register for the app and presumably do something about the car behind it. Does Lexus already offer a “summon” feature? Seems like the car is based in the U.S. so it would be good if it was amphibious.

Best of “As a Developer, I Want…” Student User Stories, Raw and Unfiltered

Over on Twitter, the ever amazing and amusing time sink, @AdamPridmore, @KevlinHenney, and @JensColdewey are discussing the merit of software developers as stakeholders in user stories.

Despair not! I’ve got the goods. From my Scrum student projects (I run those day-in, day-out), here is the classic one:

As a developer, I want to learn Java to be able to program and earn a top grade.

I looked through the last few feature archives (the place where stories go to rest) from my student projects. Here are some fine exemplars of developer user stories. Have fun!

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From a Student Business Plan

In PROD, my course on software product management, students can choose to develop a business plan for a software product. Not all of my students seem to take this as serious as I wished. Here is the opening sentence of the exec summary from one of the teams:

With a total loss of 388,987.50 Euros in the period of 2017 to 2019, we will increase profit by 2,123,121 Euros and the customer base by 1392% […] Break even will be reached by mid 2018.

Reminds me off the bubble days: “We will make 80 cents for one dollar spent and will be profitable in no time!”