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The hacker's guide to uncertainty estimates

Erik Bernhardsson

It started with a tweet: New years resolution: every plot I make during 2018 will contain uncertainty estimates — Erik Bernhardsson (@fulhack) January 7, 2018.

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Dev vs. Ops: 5 Problems That Make Dev Fight with Ops

OverOps

If Dev and Ops are one team, why don’t they share the same data? Everyone in tech is busy discussing Kubernetes, containers, and microservices as if the basics of DevOps and continuous delivery are all figured out. In practice, the classic blame game between dev and ops is still alive and kicking.

Why a matrix organisational structure will destroy your company

Evolution4all

The organisational structure is extremely important for the success of any business. In this blog post, I will explore how a matrix organisational structure built in the style of a matrix organisation can harm your company.

Data engineers vs. data scientists

O'Reilly Media - Data

The two positions are not interchangeable—and misperceptions of their roles can hurt teams and compromise productivity. It’s important to understand the differences between a data engineer and a data scientist.

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Developer On Call

Henrik Warne

For the system at work, I am on call one week every seven weeks. For most of the past ten years, I have been on organized on call rotations for the systems I have been developing. I think being on call is a logical way of taking responsibility for your work. You also learn a lot from it.

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3 Reasons Why Version Control is a Must for Every DevOps Team

OverOps

Do you have any files on your computer called something like DocFinalFinalFinal1_2.pdf ? If you do, then you probably already understand the basic value of version control.

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Difference between Top-down and Bottom-up Approach in Programming

The Crazy Programmer

Here you will learn about difference between top-down and bottom-up approach. Today we are going to have a comparative study of the two approaches being used in field of structured and object oriented programming.

How social science research can inform the design of AI systems

O'Reilly Media - Data

The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Jacob Ward on the interplay between psychology, decision-making, and AI systems. In this episode of the Data Show , I spoke with Jacob Ward , a Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University.

OKR Guide: Understanding OKRs and How It Benefits Your Business

Evolution4all

OKR Guide – Objectives and Key Results (OKR) is a popular framework in goal setting and management that helps organisations implement a solid strategy.

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Types of Data Structures

The Crazy Programmer

Data structures are a very important programming concept. They provide us with a means to store, organize and retrieve data in an efficient manner. The data structures are used to make working with our data, easier. There are many data structures which help us with this. Types of Data Structures.

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There is no longer any such thing as Computer Security

Coding Horror

Remember "cybersecurity"? Mysterious hooded computer guys doing mysterious hooded computer guy. things! Who knows what kind of naughty digital mischief they might be up to? Unfortunately, we now live in a world where this kind of digital mischief is literally rewriting the world's history.

I don't want to learn your garbage query language

Erik Bernhardsson

This is a bit of a rant but I really don’t like software that invents its own query language. There’s a trillion different ORMs out there. Another trillion databases with their own query language.

Georgia bill could stifle the state’s booming cybersecurity community

The Parallax

A new bill winding its way through the Georgia state senate has cybersecurity experts on alert. As Senate Bill 315 is currently written, academics and independent security researchers alike could be subject to prosecution in Georgia alongside malicious hackers.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Design Thinking: Understanding the Method Behind the Idea

Luis Goncalves

In a 2014 assessment handled by the Design Management Institute , the performance of design-led corporations like Apple, Nike, and Procter & Gamble exceeded that of the S&P 500 for the past decade by as much as 219%. Now many organizations want to learn design-based thinking – a distinct way that designers come up with solutions to problems. When people are faced with a problem, their initial reaction is that they have to solve it.

Exercises in Programming Style

Henrik Warne

In the book club at work , we recently finished reading Exercises in Programming Style by Cristina Videira Lopes. The book consists of a simple program implemented in 33 different programming styles. It is a great way of showing the different styles, and the book was quite popular in the book club.

Completed Copyedit and other notes

Martin Fowler

I've added a couple more memos to my thoughts on producing the second edition of Refactoring. Last week I shone a light on the hidden heroes. whose technical reviews removed many a mistake from the book. Today I added some thoughts about the copyediting of the book , which we've just finished.

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The Top 100 Java Libraries in 2018 – Based on 277,975 Source Files

OverOps

What are the most popular libraries Java developers use? 2018 edition. Time flies when you’re having fun, and the past year was pretty crazy.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Important Practices for DevOps in the Cloud

OTS Solutions

Cloud computing and DevOps are two aspects of the technological shift which are completely inseparable.

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Using machine learning to improve dialog flow in conversational applications

O'Reilly Media - Data

The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Alan Nichol on building a suite of open source tools for chatbot developers.

OKRs: A Simple But Awesome Strategy to Get Stuff Done

Evolution4all

The goal of OKRs is for every member of the organisation – from the key stakeholders and leaders down to the team members – understand the objectives of the company through a set of defined, specific and measurable actions.

5 Best Programming Languages for Kids

The Crazy Programmer

The rate at which children handle gadgets in this technology savvy era is quite interesting. The fact they are able to easily operate the gadgets, run programs on it easily shows that they are intrigued by it.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

What does Stack Overflow want to be when it grows up?

Coding Horror

I sometimes get asked by regular people in the actual real world what it is that I do for a living, and here's my 15 second answer: We built a sort of Wikipedia website for programmers to post questions and answers. It's called Stack Overflow.

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Interviewing is a noisy prediction problem

Erik Bernhardsson

I have done roughly 2,000 interviews in my life. When I started recruiting, I had so much confidence in my ability to assess people. Let me just throw a couple of algorithm questions at a candidate and then I’ll tell you if they are good or not! Over time I’ve come to the (slightly disappointing) realization that knowing who’s going to be good at their job is an extremely hard problem.

Meltdown and Spectre: What they are, and what to do

The Parallax

Two newly discovered critical security vulnerabilities are very likely affecting your laptop and phone, security researchers revealed on Wednesday. The good news is that patches are coming to protect your devices.

Time to Market: How your Company Can Keep Launching New Products and Features Ahead of Your Competition

Luis Goncalves

Time to Market: How your Company Can Keep Launching New Products and Features Ahead of Your Competition. Companies like Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have proven that innovation is the key to greatness. That’s why most businesses put a significant premium on it. However, just coming out with innovative products or new features is not enough. Companies also have to make sure their products and services reach the market in time.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.