Michael Larsen, InfoQ

Michael Larsen


San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

A Web for All: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Accessibility allow everyone to have access to information and services. The goal is to provide those with disabilities the same opportunities as their normative counterparts. This article explores how accessibility does not have to be a painful, after the fact initiative, if products are designed with accessibility at the start using inclusive design. → Read More

What Does “Done” Really Mean?

It's been with me now for about three years. It was a gift from my friend Elisabeth Hendrickson when I participated in an Agile event she was hosting. Since then, it's been a talisman of sorts, and today, it goes with me everywhere I can take it. → Read More

Maybe I Should Drive

In the life of an organization, there is the inevitable changes; people come and go, products get updated and old products get phased out. It's a common occurrence, and one that usually can be dealt with in a reasonable manner. → Read More

With All Our Programming, Let Us Get Practice

In the ITKE Discussion forums, a question was posed that I felt compelled to answer. "Can someone explain the benefits of my life after completing my Java courses?" ... → Read More

The World Needs Starters and Finishers

I’ve had both the pleasure and the challenge to lead an initiative over the past five years called Weekend Testing. It’s a loose model based on the idea that a session is announced, a mission is declared, and people are invited to participate over Skype. → Read More

Doing More than “Dropping Bombs” - Uncharted Waters

It’s review time in my part of the work world. Once again, it's time to sit down, examine the year that has past, and objectively determines what it is I have done over the course of the year. Along with this is the question of how this can be reported upwards to managers and HR. → Read More

Heroes, Hubris and Nemesis - Uncharted Waters

Agile software development principles strongly encourage team development, team resource sharing, and the creation of knowledge and the sharing of knowledge. → Read More

You Can Live Without a Resume! - Uncharted Waters

Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine that any reference to any credential, work history or licensing body you or I might have was housed on a central server. Now imagine that server suffered an irreparable meltdown. → Read More

You Keep Saying Diversity, Does it Mean What You Think it Means? - Uncharted Waters

During the latter part of November, I had the pleasure of attending EuroSTAR 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Many of the talks delivered at this conference focused on diversity in the workplace. → Read More

My View of the Future: Mixed, but Guardedly Optimistic - Uncharted Waters

As I was looking at Maxine Giza’s article regarding the Long Term IT Outlook, I was drawn to the areas many people cited as concerns. I likewise see that there are many challenges we are all facing, and that challenges differ between organizations. How optimistic or pessimistic we are depends a lot on where we are, what we do, and how flexible we are with the work we do. → Read More

The Art of “Making Time” - Uncharted Waters

[caption id="attachment_2022" align="aligncenter" width="301"] "Time Flies” by Alan Cleaver[/caption] Ad... → Read More

Using Collaborative Tools To Improve Software Work - Uncharted Waters

"Collaborative tools" is a large bucket. Wikis, multi-edit documents, shared spaces, asynchronous editing, chat tools, video conferencing, terminal multiplexing, and a variety of other options can all be considered "collaborative tools". → Read More

Curate Your Own Career Trajectory - Uncharted Waters

[caption id="attachment_1877" align="aligncenter" width="300"] There are many doors. Which ones to open are up to us to decide.[/caption] This post is, in a way, a response to Justin Rohrman's post about "... → Read More

Your First 30 Days in the New Gig (and if You’re on the Old Gig, They Begin TODAY) - Uncharted Waters

[caption id="attachment_1866" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New opportunities are just a building away... or are they?[/caption] When I ask friends why they moved to a new company, the most common answer I get is they were "just looking for something different". → Read More

Twenty Years, Seven Companies, Nine Different Styles of Testing - Uncharted Waters

Hello to everyone who reads "Uncharted Waters". I am excited to be one of the writers to contribute to this space, and looking forward to collaborating with Matt and Justin on future posts. → Read More

Uncharted Waters - News and analysis on the latest approaches in IT, to keep you on the leading edge... and keep you from being cut by it.

From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today. → Read More

Imagine an Ocean Between You: Tips for Better Testing

Is the best way to interact with your team in person, with your teammates right next to you? Not necessarily. By working online with remote programmers and testers, people tend to approach problems from some unique perspectives. Read on to learn how imagining an ocean between you and your teammates can actually improve your communication and process. → Read More