Hey, Hi, Hello.

My name is Derek Graham and this is my personal blog.

I’m a Principal Software Developer working for a very popular business software company in the North East of England. I can’t be sure that the opinions I have expressed here are my own so they definitely don’t represent the views of my employer.

I co-organize NE Bytes, a monthly .Net community get-together and Agile North East, both hosted at Campus North in Newcastle city centre.

I am an Extreme Programmer, an Infrequent Sketchnoter, a Collector of Programming Languages, a Speaker, a Mob Programmer, a Test-Driven Developer and Struggling Agilista. I am also a STEM ambassador and project lead for the “Makers & Creators” events at Campus North.

My main areas of interest are in using agile methods to help improve what we ship, test-driven development, unit testing, continuous and deliberate learning, visual thinking, design and, of course, code.

A Note on Sharing

I’ve had a few requests from people wanting to use sketchnotes or graphics from my site for non-commercial uses. I try to make sure all posts that contain any “art” work are marked with a creative commons licence:

If you follow the link to creative commons, there is a section that describes what you can and cannot use the material for. In short:

  • Don’t use it to make money
  • Credit me for the work
  • Build upon it, if you like
  • Share it

Not part of the licence but I’d also really like it if you would let me know, by email or tweet, what you did with it or how it helped you.

Other Illustrations

You will notice some of the “hero” images on some posts are not drawn by me. They are from Old Book Illustrations, a searchable site of public domain illustrations.

The information in the weblog, or blog, is provided “AS IS” with no warranties epressed or implied. Code may not compile if you do not keep up payments on it or fall into technical debt. No monads were harmed in the making of this blog.