My name is Adrian Smith.

I am a software developer, software architect and performance consultant. Originally from the UK, working in Vienna since 1998. These days I mainly work on web software using Java.

This is my blog, where I write about topics such as: software architecture, programming languages, databases and others.
(And, ocassionally, my life.)

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Priorities in Project Management SystemsSo today I got access to a customer's new JIRA task management system. Unsurprisingly, every task has a field priority, from highest, high, low etc. It's understandable that tasks might be sorted by urgency, to communicate that the most urgent stuff should be done first. But these aren't good names. I have had the following experience at various previous customers: Fundamentally a task management system is about communication between the team, and to/from management. Read more...
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