2020

Can’t-miss sessions for AWS Summit Chicago

Stackery

AWS Summit Chicago on the horizon, and while there’s no explicit serverless track, there are some amazing sessions to check out. Here are my top choices for the serverless sessions and a workshop you won’t want to miss: Workshop for Serverless Computing with AWS + Stackery + Epsagon. If you want to prime your mind for all the fantastic content coming up at AWS Summit Chicago, be sure to attend this hands-on workshop hosted by Stackery, Epsagon, and AWS the day before the event kicks off!

On Pair Programming

Martin Fowler

At ThoughtWorks, we regularly use Pair Programming. We find it's a rarely used practice, in part due to lack of knowledge in how to do it well and because its benefits are not immediately obvious.

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How to hire smarter than the market: a toy model

Erik Bernhardsson

Let’s consider a toy model where you’re hiring for two things and that those are equally valuable. It’s not very important what those are, so let’s just call them “thing A” and “thing B” for now.

How to make your Zoom meetings more secure

The Parallax

Zoom , the video-conferencing app darling of the stay-at-home coronavirus era, is zooming through some cybersecurity growing pains alongside explosive growth.

Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Strategies for Modernizing Software

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can manage the same challenges.

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

OverOps

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.

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The Common Drawbacks of Selecting ERP Software for Small Business

OTS Solutions

Despite the technicalities of running a business, running a business can be boiled down to efficiently managing business processes. Business processes are looked at as the building blocks of a business which include sales and marketing, customer services, and virtually everything else in between.

Sustainability and Agile

Agile Alliance

Sustainable development has always been in the Agile Principles, and, though this was mainly focused on creating a consistent pace of value delivery by not pushing humans too quickly, it also applies to the larger picture of how we work to benefit the ecosystem we deliver 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.

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How product quality is affected by the test automator role

Xebia

What is happening to product quality? Throughout my career as a quality engineer, I have developed a deep passion for quality. This passion goes way beyond the quality of software products.

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

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.

Certs to go: All AWS exams now available online

A Cloud Guru

Today, AWS announced an expansion of its online-proctored exams. All AWS Certification exams will now be offered with online proctoring via Pearson VUE. AWS notes that wait time for online-proctored appointments may be longer than usual due to high demand. Certification News azure GCP AWS

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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.

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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.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Set your iPhone up as a Google 2FA key in 5 steps

The Parallax

You don’t need for an app for this. Google has made it possible to use your iPhone as a two-factor authentication key, just as it did last year for Android phones. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to account log-ins.

The Robinhood Outage, Corornavirus and Keeping Your Software Healthy

OverOps

What’s the connection between Robinhood services, Coronavirus and your application’s health? It’s all about the environment.

Improving Sprint Retrospective with Scrum Patterns

Scrum.org

When Scrum Teams discuss too many problems during the Retrospective they may lose focus. That results in shallow decisions that barely scratch the surface. Teams are disappointed and lose faith in the Sprint Retrospective. Let’s see how to improve the event with the Scrum Patterns.

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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.

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Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play

Agile Alliance

Innovation Games will be indispensable for anyone who wants to drive more successful, customer-focused product development: product and R&D managers, CTOs and development leaders, marketers, and senior business executives alike

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Remembering Freeman Dyson

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

Freeman Dyson died last week at the age of 96 after injuring himself in a fall in the cafeteria at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, where he had continued to work right up to the end. I can’t resist adding to the outpouring of appreciation and love that has ensued.

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Making the most out of remote EventStorming

Xebia

A while back the virtual Domain-driven design meetup experimented with doing a remote EventStorming. The outcome was that doing remote EventStorming as you would do it offline is sub-optimal. The interaction was lacking during the storming parts, and the number of insights gained was lower.

WebAssembly Might Not Be JavaScript’s Replacement, But It Does Have A Lot To Offer 

The Crazy Programmer

95% of the 1.6 billion websites in the world rely on JavaScript to get the job done, but that doesn’t make it popular or well-liked. As a programming language, JavaScript is that ugly, smelly shopkeeper that insists you give them a kiss on the cheek every time you go do your shopping.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The Go-Getter’s guide to diversity hiring in tech

Hacker Earth Developers Blog

Over 47% of millennials want to work at diverse companies but a lack of workforce diversity and unconscious bias are fast becoming a systemic problem in tech.

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The Linux Foundation to Award 500 Training Scholarships

DevOps.com

The Linux Foundation this week announced it will make up to 500 training scholarships available this year.

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CanSecWest, the last tech conference standing in the face of the coronavirus

The Parallax

What if someone threw a hacker conference, and nobody showed up? As I boarded a United flight at SFO on March 17, the first day of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order , that question was on my mind.

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?