March, 2020

Agile forecasting techniques for the next decade

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in North America. It was first published in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas who wanted an almanac “to be useful with a pleasant degree of humor. Many long-time Almanac followers claim that its forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate. . This claim was seriously tested in 1816 when Thomas made a mistake in his Almanac. His weather forecast for July and August called for snow!

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Tips for Conducting Onsite Technical Interviews Virtually


In the last few weeks, engineering teams have been forced to adapt their hiring processes, especially when it comes to onsite interviews. No longer can candidates come into the office for a technical interview – which means gone, at least for now, are the days of in-person onsite interviews. However, we still need to conduct “onsite” interviews – that is, face-to-face technical interviews – before we can make hiring decisions.


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How COVID-19 Response Is Expanding the Cyberattack Surface


As organizations rapidly move to a remote-work model in response to COVID-19, cybersecurity professionals are facing a sudden expansion of the attack surface. Here’s what you need to consider from a vulnerability management standpoint to keep your organization safe. As organizations of all sizes respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by enabling vast numbers of employees to work from home, cybersecurity leaders are facing a sudden expansion of the attack surface.

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32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns. Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition. Do you want to get this article in your inbox? You can sign up here and join 25k other subscribers. The Scrum Stakeholder and Organizational Excellence in Legacy Organizations.


11 Required Monitoring Platform Capabilities for Enterprise DevOps Teams

In this eBook, Isaac Johnson, a Principal Software Engineer and DevOps Architect with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, reveals the key things he looks for when evaluating monitoring platforms for enterprise DevOps teams.

Six Steps Every Business Should Take to Protect Its Data

Data may or may not be the new oil but it is the growth engine of today’s digital age. Data about a company’s customers, products, services and sales is worth a lot to the company itself, of course, but also to its competitors, as well as to business-savvy hackers. This is why every business, regardless […]. The post Six Steps Every Business Should Take to Protect Its Data appeared first on Blogs DevOps Practice DevSecOps data data protection data security PII

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8 Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic


In light of the increasing threat of the COVID-19 virus , a large number of nonprofits have temporarily transitioned to a remote workforce if possible. In this short post, we'd like to take a moment to share some best practices for holding virtual meetings during these times. Operations Marketing and Communications

It’s Human Transformation, Not Digital Transformation

The Crazy Programmer

When asked about the defining process of the last decade, a lot of people would be tempted to answer with digital transformation. It’s understandable. The rise of mobile devices, cloud-based services, data science, artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies has had a massive impact on practically all human activities. Under that light, it’s hard to argue with the idea of digital transformation being an era-defining process.

Ruinous Empathy of a Scrum Master

You must have heard about the Radical Candor book and its quadrant model. Today I want to talk about how you can apply this model to a Scrum Master role. And because empathy is an important trait for a Scrum Master, I would like to focus on how this trait might get out of hand by using the radical candor model. The Four Quadrants of Candor.


What is the Recommended Scrum Team Size?

Agile Pain Relief Notes from a Tool User

Nearly every client I work with asks me this question at some point. The Scrum Guide offers very limited guidance, suggesting 3-9 people per team (exclusive of ScrumMaster and Product Owner), without giving reasons or context for those numbers. There isn’t one, universally correct answer for optimal team size, but there are a number of factors and tradeoffs worth considering when figuring out what will work best for your team.


Building Evolvable Architectures

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against is constantly changing in unexpected ways. It’s no surprise many CIOs and CTOs are struggling to adapt, in part because their architecture isn’t equipped to evolve. This webinar will discuss what’s at stake if companies continue to use long term architecture plans.

Whither Goest Thou, Enterprise Workloads?


Line of Business (LOB) applications or workloads determine the livelihood of enterprises and impact the success of enterprises directly. IDC tracks eighteen types of workloads across seven categories – Business Applications, Content and Collaboration, Data Management & Analytics, Engineering/ Technical, Application Development & Testing, IT Infrastructure, and Web Infrastructure. IDC Tracker products (Server Workloads, Enterprise [.]. Cloud cloud enterprise workloads workloads

The Elephant in the Architecture

Martin Fowler

Last week I gave one of the keynotes at O'Reilly's Software Architecture conference. When I was invited to do this last year, I asked my colleagues at a radar meeting dinner for suggestions on what to talk about. They commented about how they were often asked to do architectural assessments for clients, and almost always discovered that the architects neglected to properly understand the business value of the systems they were looking after.

A Deep Dive Into AI for IT Operations

Traditional IT administration and management techniques are reforming. By employing artificial intelligence (AI), IT operations are taking an interesting turn in the field of advancements. The term “AIOps” stands for Artificial Intelligence for the IT Operations. AIOps uses AI techniques and algorithms to monitor the data as well as reduce the blackout times. The dominance […]. The post A Deep Dive Into AI for IT Operations appeared first on

Why Testing is No Longer Sufficient for Today’s Software Delivery Pipelines


The move to innovate at speed and scale is stressing software quality and exposing the limitations of testing. Don’t get me wrong – testing in all its forms is inseparable from the software delivery supply chain. Tests and static analysis are essential to software development pipelines, and this holds true for both traditional and cloud-native applications. But the problem is…they’re not sufficient.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. But how do you monitor your new program? Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Why organizations should commit to innersource in 2020


Even if you’ve never heard the term “innersource” to describe how teams build their software, you’ll probably still recognize some of the principles behind it. They’re powering code at the world’s most influential companies, and they might even be important practices on your team. Innersource isn’t a novel concept.

Sprint Goal Template

The Sprint Goal is mentioned numerous times in the Scrum Guide, however it can be over looked by many teams or seen as an "oh yeah" moment when teams are finishing Sprint Planning. When I started out in a Scrum Team we never really had a Sprint Goal, our focus tended to be looking at the items in the backlog then saying "Get that done and that one, if not all of them!" . One purpose of the Sprint Goal is to provide focus to the Development Team during the Sprint.


How my team manages to stay connected in times of isolation


The jokes must go on It sounds like a paradox. Contradictio in terminis, as the linguistic in me likes to put it. Staying connected in times of isolation. Now that most of us are working remotely, teams need to find ways to stay connected. I’d like to think that times like these also bring opportunities […]. The post How my team manages to stay connected in times of isolation appeared first on Xebia Blog. socio-technical Teams


Scrum Masters are People Too – Give ‘Em a Break, and a Hand

Agile Alliance

There are great Scrum Masters and lousy Scrum Masters. There are also great and lousy managers, developers, testers, salespeople, and neighbors. People are people – no matter what their profession or role in life. Scrum Masters are people too. And just like every profession, most people grow and improve with time and experience. Some grow … Continued. People agile teams scrum scrum master


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!

When I’m 54: Tackling ageism in tech with Kerry Gates

Hacker Earth Developers Blog

Now that I’m older and my resume. is too long for you. Will you still be sending me a meeting invite? Strategy session with a quick bite? If I’ve been out on caregiver leave. Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still hire me. Now that I am 54? Kerry Gates is the Director, MCB Community Professional Development and Communities Executive Event Producer at Microsoft.

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How to do effective video calls

Martin Fowler

During 2011-2012 there was a small but significant revolution in how we worked at ThoughtWorks. When we needed to communicate while separated we used to do telephone meetings, but within a year the telephone disappeared and we started using video calls instead. Now Covid-19 has struck, a lot more people are getting acquainted with remote working and the video calls that come with them. So I thought I'd share some of things I, and my colleagues, have learned about doing them.

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Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by opportunity cost

Erik Bernhardsson

Hanlon's razor is a classic aphorism I'm sure you have heard before: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. I've found that neither malice nor stupidity is the most common reason when you don't understand why something is in a certain way. Instead, the root cause is probably just that they didn't have time yet. This happens all the time at startups (maybe a bit less at big companies, for reasons I'll get back to).

Secure by Design

Henrik Warne

I really like Secure by Design. The key idea is that there is a big overlap between secure code and good software design. Code that is strict, clear and focused will be easier to reason about, and will have fewer bugs. This in turn makes it less vulnerable to attacks. This is easy to say, but Secure by Design is full of techniques for how to actually do this. Here are the ideas from the book that I liked the most. Domain Primitives.

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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.

Remote work - How to work from home efficiently

. Interesting times have come. Due to danger of coronavirus spread many organizations decided to switch to the remote work model. Besides the influence on Scrum implementation, this might be a new situation for you personally. At first working from home might seem easy, but without a good approach, it might be difficult to get things done. I have worked many times from home and as Agile Consultants, in QAgile we are all part of a virtual team.

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Tips for Better Remote Meetings

Agile Alliance

As of this week, many people who are accustomed to going to the office are working from home. I myself am mostly staying at home, avoiding face-to-face interaction with colleagues and friends, especially those over 65 or with medical issues. That means more remote meetings, remote working sessions, and remote social catch ups. (My My book … Continued. People agile teams meetings remote2020

Top Trend of Microsoft Dynamic CRM in 2020

OTS Solutions

Here Are Top Seven Trends Of Microsoft Dynamic CRM In 2020. Arguably the most significant tool that a business can use is a customer relationship management tool. Also known as a microsoft dynamic CRM tool. This tool helps businesses manage and process current and potential clients for long-term profits. While it might sound like a malicious tool. It uses human interaction and other natural approaches to gain the trust and respect of a client.

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Coping with Covid-19, part 2

Martin Fowler

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread, we at ThoughtWorks continue to react. In China we're slowly restarting our office work, with some significant protective measures. Elsewhere it's all about a rapid shift to more remote work and plans to respond to the economic impact.


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.