Mark Cipolla

Melbourne, Australia Senior Developer at The Conversation Joined over 8 years ago

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  • Posted to Making a Japanese style garden table, Jul 09, 2018
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  • Posted to For remote workers in agile teams: how do your team do retros?, Jan 28, 2018

    Well! The team I work with at The Conversation has a number of remote team members. We had the same problem: we used a whiteboard, and that makes it hard for our remote colleagues to fully take part. Hence, RemoteRetro.

    An online retro board, that everyone can log into. If you try it out, we'd love to hear your thoughts.


    As far as process, we open a retro wall and drop the URL in Slack early in the week... usually Tuesday / Wednesday. This gives us time to deal with the previous week's action items, and start putting down things that are good / bad / new questions as they happen.

    Since we're not in one timezone, the majority of the team do a retro, record the video, and leave the retro wall open for our int'l colleagues to join in. We do schedule retros where the majority of the team shift their work hours so our international team members can join in as well... it's not great that they aren't fully able to join in every week... but at least leaving the wall open gives it a sense of asynchronicity, and we make the effort to make a rather synchronous event happen for as many people as possible as frequently as possible.

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  • Posted to What's your 'other' creative outlet?, Nov 30, 2016

    I've always enjoyed cooking, and recently I've gotten into woodwork and making furniture.

    Combining the two, I made a dining table out of Tasmanian oak, with about 300 screws and hairpin legs.

    Next, I think, will be a bed frame...

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  • Posted to Site Design: Help Scout, Sep 13, 2016

    A few small issues, where I think maybe they tested with

    Apart form that, it looks good, and we use it every day. The text is nicer, the iconography a little more obvious. :+1:

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  • Posted to Ask DN: It's Saturday! What fun side projects are you working on?, in reply to Sebastian Graz , Sep 04, 2016


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  • Posted to Ask DN: What side projects are you working on?, May 30, 2016

    I'm building an app for having Agile retrospective meetings. We have remote team members where I work, and after attending a conference and hearing about how we're not quite making them first-world citizens in our team, we just built one.

    Also, a hugely experimental app for having a video chat room like a drop in room; you share the url, and whoever is around can log on. Works on some browsers (hey, I built it in one evening!), and chrome on mobiles (not sure about iOs, but probs defs Android)

    (Heroku is great for staging ideas... before paying for a server for them!)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What percentage of designers code?, Jan 14, 2016

    I'd say I fit that bill.

    I was a designer and front-end developer back in the day, and was super keen to learn how to build stuff myself so I didn't have to beg/borrow/steal other people's time to build out my ideas.

    For my own projects, I'll move from Sketch to code fairly quickly, and drop back in and out to design elements.

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  • Posted to Favourite cooking/recipe app?, Jul 30, 2015

    I'm as big fan of

    Really clean, I think it's a single person operation as well.

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