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Effective refinement, part I

In this article we shall investigate how an effective product backlog refinement can be conducted in Scrum. The Scrum Guide defines it as “ an ongoing process in which the Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on the details of Product Backlog items ”, but doesn’t give many details. . Why behind the refinement. Refinement reduces the variability of Product Backlog Items before they enter the Sprint which is very important.


An Agile Triple Play: Business Process Re-Engineering meets SOA meets Large Scale Agile

Agile Alliance

This experience report will address the volatility, challenges and solutions implemented within a Fortune 500 Order to Delivery manufacturing program with the goal of re-engineering and aligning global business processes with Web-services and Service Oriented Architecture. The program utilizes large scale agile to manage multi-year planning of incremental releases with delivery of quantifiable business value in each release.

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Can the Scrum Master also be the Product Owner?

“Can the Scrum Master also be the Product Owner?”. This is a common question in my Professional Scrum classes. The topic of combining Scrum roles often comes up early when we are still learning the basics of the Scrum framework. It comes up because people are already wearing two hats or are being told that they will be. The short answer is: Scrum does not have a rule against sharing roles. This is left up to you to decide what is best in your context.


How DevOps Training and Certification Benefits the Team

Cisco Systems recently announced sweeping changes to its training and certification programs to increase the real-world value of both. Cisco’s move demonstrates a trend by organizations that provide training and certification to place more value on the practical aspects of educating technology professionals—which, in turn, should have a major impact on those looking to build […]. The post How DevOps Training and Certification Benefits the Team appeared first on

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Consultants: Resistance Is Futile

N2Growth Blog

When you look back on your career, you remember the jobs you took, the jobs you declined, the opportunities realized and the opportunities lost. You remember the special people along the way; the great bosses, mentors, coaches and the lifelong friends. You also remember the Consultants. As a consumer of consulting services for more years than I care to admit, I have developed a well defined view of a typical engagement.

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Telematics and the Digital Makeover of the Insurance Industry


Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution banks on the idea that the species that survive natural selection is not the most intellectual or the strongest but the one that is adaptable to change. This theory holds true even in the current context where industries from all over the world have been trying to equip themselves with the latest technologies to stay in the competition. Digital transformation has been all the rage for quite some time now.

CodeSOD: The Bogus Animation

The Daily WTF

Animations have become such an omnipresent part of our UI designs anymore that we tend to only notice them when they're bad. Ben is working on an iOS application which appeared to have a "bad" animation. In this case, it's bad because it's slow. How slow? Well, they have a table view with ten items in it, and the items should quickly tween to their new state- position, text, colors all could change in this process. And it was taking four seconds.

How Much Does it Cost to Develop an E-commerce Mobile App?


Did You Know? Mobile applications can propel an e-commerce website with a quantum of leaps. But, this might be lying on the line of lacking concrete costing for developing E-commerce mobile apps. The businessperson looking to branch out into the E-commerce field needs to harness the power of mobile apps expediently and affordable. As in today’s world, app development seeks significant growth opportunities and reach individual users needs.

Five Steps to a Successful Upgrade


Learn the five key steps to minimize downtime and ensure a seamless analytics software upgrade

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

If you’re wondering what’s next after Agile or are tired of limited offerings, here’s a place to go

Net Objectives

While Agile has made a definite improvement in the world since it started 2 decades ago, it is hard to argue that it hasn’t stagnated. We hear about dark Scrum and fake Agile almost as much as the real thing. 4 or 5 organizations dominate a focus on frameworks and certification and not on true … Continue reading "If you’re wondering what’s next after Agile or are tired of limited offerings, here’s a place to go


Geospatial Anomaly Detection (Terra-Locus Anomalia Machina) Part 4: Cassandra, meet Lucene! – The Cassandra Lucene Index Plugin


Massively Scalable Geospatial Anomaly Detection with Apache Kafka and Cassandra. After being Lost in (3D) Space in the last blog , this final part of the geospatial anomaly detection series, we come back down to Earth and try out the Cassandra Lucene Plugin (this was our destination all along, but it’s a long way to Alpha Centauri!). We’ll also reveal how well a subset of the alternative solutions, from this and the previous 1-3 parts, actually worked. The Cassandra Lucene Index.

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Process is not the enemy, waste is

Net Objectives

“Just enough process to let people do their best work” is an Agile thought not a Lean one. Lean suggests process should be the explicit workflow and policies that enable people to do their best. We’re not going for more or less process, but rather clarity on what is the best way to get work … Continue reading "Process is not the enemy, waste is". Lean Agile Adoption

The Real National Security Challenges at the Border

The Cipher Brief

The Cipher Brief is taking a look this week at the national security situation along the southern border. On NBC , the only Congressional Republican who represents a district along that border said on Sunday that officials aren’t focused enough on the issue of human smuggling. Congressman Will Hurd said he believes the issue should be a national intelligence priority. “We

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5 Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current

DataRobot together with Snowflake – a leading cloud data platform provider — is helping data scientists stay current with the latest technology and data science best practices so that they can excel in an increasingly AI-driven workplace. Five Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current offers data scientists guidance for thriving in AI-driven enterprises.

Geospatial Anomaly Detection (Terra-Locus Anomalia Machina) Part 3: 3D Geohashes (and Drones)


Massively Scalable Geospatial Anomaly Detection with Apache Kafka and Cassandra. In this blog we discover that we’ve been trapped in Flatland, and encounter a Dimension of the Third Kind. We introduce 3D geohashes, see how far up (and down) we can go (geostationary satellite orbits, the moon, and beyond), revisit Cassandra partition sizes, and come back down to earth with a suggested 3D geohash powered hazard proximity anomaly detector application for Drones!

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You’re not alone

I'm Programmer

Sneaky Fox funny humor 1 of 3 Sneaky Fox Sneaky Fox Tags.Add(PostTags.Meta) Tags.Add(PostTags.Meta) The ultimative guide to project management The ultimative guide to project management The post You’re not alone appeared first on I'm Programmer. Programming Funny Images Programming Jokes

Evaluation and Control Program Warning Flag 1 – The Illusion of Accuracy

Strategy Driven

“Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, and cut with a chainsaw” Author Unknown. Evaluation and control programs provide executives and managers with the critical information they need to make effective business decisions. However, an equally critical component of the decision-making process is the understanding that no data-set is a perfect reflection of reality.

The Story Behind all the Animals on O’Reilly’s Book Covers

The New Stack

In March, on International Women’s Day, O’Reilly Media president Laura Baldwin noted that 50% of the company’s executive and management positions were held by women. And women also constituted 47% of their workforce.) But it’s interesting to look at the impact women have had on one of the publishing company’s most iconic (and long-running) decisions: to distinguish the covers of their technical books by using illustrations of animals.

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.