Musings and banter on software and product development.

Lockdown Retro
Jul 14 • 56 min
Recorded as the UK starts easing out of lock down, we take a look back over the 15 weeks and discuss how we’ve coped, what changes we’ve seen in ourselves and others, and consider what things might stick or change as we adapt to the new working model.…
Sitting on de-fence
Jun 23 • 65 min
Look, an episode! This week, we talk with Paul Newell, veteran of the defence industry, to get a view on the difficulty applying agile concepts to multi-year, multi-million pound projects. This episode was recorded over Zoom, so sorry not sorry about the…
To Zoom or not to Zoom
Apr 12 • 51 min
It’s another remote episode of Bitpicking TV, in audio form! This week, the team consider the sudden popularity of Zoom for conferencing, and whether anyone really cares about security and privacy if they can just get to change their background once in a…
COVIDeo Killed The Radio Star
Mar 24 • 33 min
Desperate times, desperate measures…. The Bitpicking team congregate on Skype for what’s probably the first of many remote sessions. Naturally, the only topic in town is the impact of COVID-19 on the daily lives of software teams - remote working, changes…
TDD! Do you know me?
Mar 17 • 49 min
Mark & Greg tackle TDD - Test Driven Development. What is it? When should you do it? How can you make it stick?
Biting The Hand That Feeds You
Mar 3 • 44 min
Laura, Mark and Greg turn their sights on modern Agile - has it lost its way, and has it really changed anything in the meantime? (fact-check: Semco is one of *Brazil’s* largest conglomerates, not Britain’s - clearly someone can’t read and talk at the…
Webpacking it in with Matt Alner
Feb 18 • 53 min
We welcome Matt Alner (@matthewalner), developer, TechDorset organiser, and serial side project-er to Bitpicking for a rambling chat about meet ups, bluetooth hacking, browser wars, TypeScript and more! TechDorset:…
Way-In Up The Options
Feb 4 • 40 min
This week, Laura, Greg and Mark talk about the best way to get in to software development. Do you need a CompSci degree to be a good coder? Or are you better off just getting on with the job?
I Gantt Believe It’s Not Better
Jan 21 • 45 min
As we welcome in the new decade we look at Project Management and ask whether software teams need a dedicated Project Manager or not?
The Bitpicking Christmas Special!
Dec 23, 2019 • 43 min
Like all good Christmas parties, it started with good intentions and ended in chaos, and now we can’t remember what we spoke about but we’ll blame the mulled wine. Loosely themed around side projects, expect lots of deviation!
A Man With A (Open) Plan
Dec 10, 2019 • 38 min
This week, we discuss what makes a good working environment for teams. Are you an open plan fan or a cubicle hermit?
Playing, Ranting and Tinkering.
Nov 26, 2019 • 39 min
We have a meandering chat about what’s on our tech minds this week — Laura tells us about a play workshop 🧸, Mark rants about front-end development 😡, while Greg describes what he does to relax 🛠. Enjoy!
Showing our true (team) colours
Nov 12, 2019 • 55 min
Laura asks what makes a good team, then we answer everything but.
Don’t step on my bootstrap shoes
Oct 29, 2019 • 39 min
We discuss the recent Design Twitter thread about whether designers should code, and coders should design.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Oct 15, 2019 • 45 min
We’re back! To kick off Season 2 we ease back in with a chat about what’s happened while we’ve been away, from electric cars and conferences to job interviews and social media. Oh, plus a little surprise we think you’ll love … Got something you want to…
They made me do it, your honour!
Jun 11, 2019 • 47 min
In the Season Finale, we tackle responsibility in software development by making wildly irresponsible claims about things we know little about. Enjoy! We’ll be back in the autumn, until then if you have any feedback for us, please find us @bitpicking on…
Rage Against The Machine (Learning)
May 14, 2019 • 51 min
In Episode 19, Greg and Mark brave the subject of Machine Learning and AI, and conclude that they’re really not qualified….
What the UX with Laura Yarrow
Apr 30, 2019 • 48 min
This week we talk to Laura Yarrow - UX Consultant at Experience UX. Like all UX conversations we start by clarifying what it really is, before discussing how to start in UX and what you can do if you don’t have a big budget, before settling on a mini-rant…
Crossing the lower case j’s
Apr 16, 2019 • 34 min
This week we discuss how much process is reasonable to avoid chaos and ensure team principles are satisfied, without it getting in the way of progress. Do we need rules or can we be trusted to do the Right Thing™️? Is agile now just a process? Do fancy…
Minimum Viable Podcast
Apr 2, 2019 • 35 min
Greg and Mark chew the fat on what constitutes a Minimum Viable Product.
Call in the FEDs! with Matt Northam
Mar 19, 2019 • 43 min
We welcome Matt Northam, a self confessed ‘FED’ (front end developer) from Bournemouth digital agency Redweb, and discuss such things as how to start in web design, using the Wu-Tang Clan to improve team working, and his favourite HTML tags. Matt’s 3d…
That’ll be $0 please!
Mar 5, 2019 • 37 min
Why do so many of us develop for free? Greg and Mark discuss the world of Open Source software and consider what drives developers to release and contribute to such projects, and consider whether other industries have similar behaviours! Feeling hungry?…
Can you hear me now? with Dave Butt
Feb 19, 2019 • 40 min
Mark & Greg chat to Dave Butt from Holiday Extras, about the ups and downs of working as a remote developer. Get your Pair Bears now!
Testing 1, 2
Feb 5, 2019 • 39 min
Greg & Mark dive into the murky world of QA, and ask “shouldn’t the devs be doing that?”. Quality at speed - how Atlassian does testing
Jan 22, 2019 • 34 min
Give me a Dev! Give me an Ops! What have you got?!? Some Cloudformation templates and an Ansible script. But what else should you have? Greg & Mark clear up any confusion around what DevOps is and who should be doing it … or do they? Say hello on Twitter!…
Old Men Yell At Cloud.js
Jan 8, 2019 • 43 min
Mark & Greg tackle the issue of how teams make decisions on languages or frameworks, and when switching might, or might not, be appropriate. They also complain about Javascript a lot. Maybe use one of these on your next project! Brainf*** - if you’re…
User Abuse
Dec 11, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode we talk about engagement with users - in particular how to respond to App Reviews when they aren’t entirely positive or have any actionable insight. Mark’s Skype For Business shitlist -…
Podcast for Hire
Nov 17, 2018 • 51 min
It’s episode 8 - Greg and Mark consider what makes a good job advert for hiring developers, and how much technology choices count as an indicator of company culture. We also discuss the latest blog from Cloudflare discussing their entry into the…
The Stud Wall Episode
Nov 2, 2018 • 62 min
Greg & Mark reflect on their takeaways from the re:develop 2018 conference. —> Mark asks how professional the software industry really is given the expectations of other industries, and what is the right way to assess whether someone is actually any good.…
Live! from re:develop 2018
Oct 16, 2018 • 64 min
Greg and Mark wheel the outside broadcast unit out for the after party of the re:develop conference held in Bournemouth on 12th October 2018, and ask some of the speakers and attendees for their thoughts on the day. For the full list of talks and…
YDIW is now Bitpicking!
Oct 6, 2018 • 4 min
A rose by any other name still represents two idiots trying to make sense of software and product development.
No comment
Oct 3, 2018 • 37 min
/* TODO: Greg and Mark ask themselves if it’s right to put comments in code, discuss the the office light switches, and dig up age-old flame wars */
Clipped on byte boundaries
Sep 23, 2018 • 47 min
In which Greg and Mark have a ramblechat. Greg has a cathartic moan about avoiding a ‘pile on’ when trying to prioritise, and Mark reminisces about the good old days when 32K was enough for anyone. In between, Mastodon, Twitter, Slack and Teams come under…
A Retrospective on Retrospectives
Sep 9, 2018 • 42 min
Following the minor success of the first episode, Greg and Mark run a small retro to consider what they can do better and then turn to retrospective practices generally. What are they good for, how do you run them, and most importantly - can Indiana Jones…
When is good enough, good enough?
Aug 30, 2018 • 35 min
In their first episode, Greg and Mark discuss the impact of ‘good enough’ - when the thing you’re doing is not entirely finished, but might be considered good enough to serve its purpose. Should you ship or should you carry on until it is complete?