As an Engineer, the insights from the 37signals Rework book resonate deeply and seem quite obvious. Over the years similar ideas have being preached by myself and other Engineers, although the messages never seems to stick with management. 37signals, being a successful company, have published their own ideas so that they can stick. The book is an easy read and packed with insights in short story form. These are my favourites: Workaholism (page 25) Workaholics

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Here at the Hive anyone can host an informal workshop, known as a brown bag, to share learning's which the team would benefit from or find interesting. This week I shared my experience about the Migrations Plugin for CakePHP. During GovHack 2012, we had three developer's actively expanding the Bako schema and the Migrations Plugin provided an effective tool for distributing those changes. The Migrations Plugin is not only a method of versioning the database schema,

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This past, very wet, weekend a small contingent of Pollenizer's participated in the volunteer run GovHack 2012. Armed with government published data, we set our sights on providing a forum for residents to contact their local representative. After two days of development Bako was produced; Connecting Locals with Local Representatives. Residents post video questions and concerns via Bako and the local member responds in video. Many thanks to Product Manager Albert Issa, and Platform Engineers

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