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I'm Loyal to Nothing Except the Dream

Coding Horror

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I've lived under nine different presidents. The first I remember is Carter.

Make a resolution to clean up your digital act? Here’s how

The Parallax

Did you get hacked in 2017? Chances are you did, thanks to Equifax’s inability to protect the data of more than 143 million of its customers. As a result, you might be feeling frustrated, vulnerable, even angry—not exactly a positive way to ring in the new year.

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Benefits of Continuous Delivery

Henrik Warne

During my career as a software developer, I have seen the release frequency increasing steadily. When I started, it would take 12 to 18 months for new features to reach the customer. Years later the frequency increased, so deployment to production happened every three weeks.

The eigenvector of "Why we moved from language X to language Y"

Erik Bernhardsson

I was reading yet another blog post titled “Why our team moved from to ” (I forgot which one) and I started wondering if you can generalize it a bit. Is it possible to generate a N * N contingency table of moving from language X to language Y? Someone should make a N*N contingency table of all engineering blog posts titled "Why we moved from to " — Erik Bernhardsson (@fulhack) January 25, 2017. So I wrote a script for it.

Rapid Experimentation at Every Stage of Product Development

Speaker: Tanya Koshy, VP of Product, UserTesting

Experimentation isn't something you do once you have designs or once you’ve built the product; it's important to validate early and often to better understand your customer, their needs, and the market opportunity. Join Tanya Koshy, VP of Product at UserTesting, as she explores how, by using customer feedback at every stage of the product development process, you can better and more quickly iterate on your product ideas. Ultimately, this rapid experimentation during development will enable you to deliver customer value faster.

Roy sells ThoughtWorks to Apax

Martin Fowler

ThoughtWorks, my employer, had some big news to share today. Our founder and owner, Roy Singham, has decided to sell ThoughtWorks to Apax - a private equity firm based in London. Apax wishes the current management team to continue running and growing ThoughtWorks, using the same model that's driven our growth and success for the last twenty-odd years.

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Top 5 Secrets All Real Estate Investors Should Know

Women on Business

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Performance comparison of different file formats and storage engines in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem

Cloudera Engineering

Zbigniew Baranowski is a database systems specialist and a member of a group which provides and supports central database and Hadoop-based services at CERN. This blog was originally released on CERN’s “Databases at CERN” blog, and is syndicated here with CERN’s permission. TOPIC.

Eight Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their “Sweet Spot” in Your Organization

Let's Grow Leaders

On paper, your middle managers are in your organization’s sweet spot. They’re the conduits between your strategic vision and the teams who implement that vision. In reality, however, your middle managers are in a tough place. They’re under increasing pressure–from above to […].

The Science of High-Impact Experimentation

Speaker: Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach, H2R Product Science

Too many product teams don't know what to test, which leads to poorly designed experiments and unclear results. How can a product manager be certain they’re making effective decisions when it comes to experimentation? Join Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach at H2R Product Science, as she walks us through the entire experimentation process, from deciding what to test to sharing the results with stakeholders, to illustrate what strong testing practices look like and how they can be implemented in every organization.

Why The Right Change Often Feels Wrong

Scott Berkun

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive ). This week’s question came from J.R. via email]: What is a favorite theory that you wish more people understood? A favorite theory I wish was more well known is the Satir Change Model.

Password Rules Are B t

Coding Horror

Of the many, many, many bad things about passwords , you know what the worst is? Password rules. If we don't solve the password problem for users in my lifetime I am gonna haunt you from beyond the grave as a ghost pic.twitter.com/Tf9EnwgoZv — Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) August 11, 2015.

2017 in cybersecurity and privacy news

The Parallax

From rampant ransomware to the Equifax breach to geopolitical machinations, it’s hard not to be a cynic about the past 12 months of security and privacy news. But a few important highlights might help convince you not to throw your phone and laptop into the nearest trash fire.

Programming for Grade 8

Henrik Warne

For the past two months, I have been helping my son’s grade 8 class to learn to program. All students wrote Python programs and got a feel for what programming is. This post has details on how we organized the course, code examples and lessons learned. Background.

Design and Run Experiments That Actually Progress Your Business

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Experimenting as a way to explore new products, services, and business models can help eliminate the guesswork involved in building something your customers actually value. That said, it's often quite tricky to take your vision and figure out the first experiment to run. How do you get started? How can you ensure your experiments are well-designed? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently an Innovation Coach at Kromatic, as he walks us through how we can figure out the right experiments to run for any product or service, and in organizations of all sizes.

Language pitch

Erik Bernhardsson

Here’s a fun analysis that I did of the pitch (aka. frequency) of various languages. Certain languages are simply pronounced with lower or higher pitch. Whether this is a feature of the language or more a cultural thing is a good question, but there are some substantial differences between languages. Hertz (or Hz, or ), is the standard way to measure audio frequency. Typical human speech ranges between 50 Hz and 300 Hz. Most men typically range between 85-180Hz, and most women between 165-255Hz.

The Rise of Test Impact Analysis

Martin Fowler

Paul Hammant shines a light on Test Impact Analysis: a modern way of speeding up the test automation phase of a build. It works by analyzing the call-graph of the source code to work out which tests should be run after a change to production code. Microsoft has done some extensive work on this approach, but it's also possible for development teams to implement something useful quite cheaply.

The Value of Value Chain Analysis in Transforming Your Business

N2Growth Blog

I have a different take on value chain analysis. Most think of it as positioning a business within its ecosystem.

Software Developers Should Have Sysadmin Experience

Professor Beekums

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How to Design Strong Experiments

Speaker: Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy, and Tendayi Viki, Associate Partner, Strategyzer

When testing new business and product ideas, choosing the right experiment is just the beginning. After we have chosen our experiment, it’s important that we spend some time designing it well. Join Tendayi Viki, corporate innovation expert and associate partner at Strategyzer, and Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy at Strategyzer, as they walk us through the three key elements that help you design stronger experiments and come away with the evidence you need to advance your idea.

Work-Life Balance Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

Women on Business

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Deep Learning with Intel’s BigDL and Apache Spark

Cloudera Engineering

Cloudera recently published a blog post on how to use Deeplearning4J (DL4J) along with Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark to get state-of-the-art results on an image recognition task.

Three Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting

Let's Grow Leaders

“This is so stupid–they asked for my opinion and then ignored it. I don’t know why I even bother! From now on, I’m going to just shut my mouth and do my work.” ” “Arghhh. We keep rehashing the same conversations.

Why Remote Workers Fail

Scott Berkun

[On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive ). This week’s question is from Regina [330 votes]: What gaps in communication exist in global virtual teams? Which I have simplified for your reading pleasure to why remote workers fail. ].

Get Better User Insights With Wasteless Validation

Speaker: Tim Herbig, Product Management Coach and Consultant

Product teams tend to get ahead of themselves by rushing from idea straight to building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). How can a product manager slow their team down and prevent them from wasting valuable resources? Join Tim Herbig, Product Management Coach and Consultant, as he introduces a new way of understanding MVPs and explores how you can approach validation without wasting the resources of your development team.

To Serve Man, with Software

Coding Horror

I didn't choose to be a programmer. Somehow, it seemed, the computers chose me. For a long time, that was fine, that was enough; that was all I needed. But along the way I never felt that being a programmer was this unambiguously great-for-everyone career field with zero downsides.

Trying to secure the 21st century ID card (Q&A)

The Parallax

PRAGUE—Relying on microchipped identification cards isn’t a bad idea, says security researcher Petr Svenda of Masaryk University. But first we have to make them much harder to hack.

More Good Programming Quotes, Part 2

Henrik Warne

A good programming quote captures an insight about programming, often in a funny way. Many quotes are quite famous, but I like ones that are a bit less well-know. A while ago, I listed some favorites. Here are more good quotes I have found since then. Enjoy! Programming.

Learning from users faster using machine learning

Erik Bernhardsson

I had an interesting idea a few weeks ago, best explained through an example. Let’s say you’re running an e-commerce site (I kind of do ) and you want to optimize the number of purchases. Let’s also say we try to learn as much as we can from users, both using A/B tests but also using just basic slicing and dicing of the data. We are looking at how many people convert (buy our widgets) but a constant problem is there’s just too much uncertainty. How can we learn faster?

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

FAQ for Product-Mode Thinking

Martin Fowler

Sriram has added a FAQ to address the common questions he runs into from people learning about using products rather than projects to organize software development efforts.

How to Manage Business Transformation and Keep Your Sanity

N2Growth Blog

Transforming a business is a lot like changing the tires on a truck while it is slamming down the highway at 90 miles an hour. The business world doesn’t stop just because you need to optimize your operations.

My Friend Who Was On Undercover Boss Has Something Important to Tell You

Steve Farber

Bryon Stephens is the president of Marco’s Pizza , one of the fastest growing food franchises in the US with over 800 stores and 1/2 billion dollars in revenue. He is a shining example of an Extreme Leader. As a matter of fact, he was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss.