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Disciplined Agile – Roles

July 5, 2016

Any given person will be in one or more roles, an individual can change her role(s) over time, and any given role will have zero or more people performing it at any given time. For example, Simon may be in the role of team member and architecture owner right now but step into the role […]

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Project versus Service

July 4, 2016

I see the phrase ‘project’ and ‘service’ being used interchangeably at times, which may be a factor in why putting together a coherent services catalog is challenging.  For a service organisation, projects should arguably only and at all times either result in a new service or manipulate an existing service.  A project that does not […]

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Agile versus Matrix

July 4, 2016

In Scrum / Agile team resources are fixed throughout the duration of the project and features are variable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development#The_Agile_Manifesto In a Matrix organisation resources allocation is variable and features are fixed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_management Agile / Scrum allows for variations late in the project where a traditional approach does not (or less). This is because Agile / […]

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Agile

July 4, 2016

“The focus in an agile project is on continuous learning and improvement.” Fail early Fail often Revise Learn Agile – Values PRIMARY Individuals and interactions Working software Customer collaboration Responding to change SECONDARY Processes and tools Comprehensive documentation Contract negotiation Following a plan Agile – Principles Satisfy the customer Welcome change Deliver software frequently Work […]

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Motivating staff

July 4, 2016

Everyone’s rights To be treated with respect. To have decisions made in a timely manner. To produce and receive quality work to agreed standards and principles. To estimate your activities aggressive yet achievable and have your estimates respected by others. To be provided adequate resources not limited to time and money to achieve what is […]

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Recursion

July 2, 2016

And so the younger races had made something a little like a computer virus, something like a pervasive bit of telepathy, something like an intricate pattern of signals, and had allowed it to spread throughout the universe. And everywhere a suitably advanced processing space or mind or pattern set evolved, it would settle and take […]

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The Night Watch (by James Mickens)

June 30, 2016

“A s a highly trained academic researcher, I spend a lot of time tryingto advance the frontiers of human knowledge. However, as someonewho was born in the South, I secretly believe that true progress is a fantasy, and that I need to prepare for the end times, and for the chickens coming home to roost, […]

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Koozali – Single multi-domain SSL certificate using Let’s Encrypt

June 27, 2016

Installation(Koozali SME server v9.x) Multiple clients are available for the “Let’s Encrypt” services. The official client from ‘letsencrypt.org’ is quite full-featured, but has a number of dependencies that it needs to install. It also requires a newer version of Python than is included with a standard SME Server installation. Due to this complexity, and the […]

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Portal 2

June 25, 2016

  GLAdos “I was getting so lonely down here. It’s good to finally hear someone else’s voice. I’m kidding of course. God, I hate you.”   “Very impressive. Because this message is prerecorded any comments we may make about your success are speculation on our part. Please disregard any undeserved compliments.”   “Here’s an interesting […]

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Darksiders 2

June 25, 2016

“Before time was born a bright kingdom was created for the angels, a dark realm for the demons, and a world for mankind.  But War, rider of the apocalypse destroyed the earth before its apointed hour…or so it was claimed.  To spare his brother from oblivion the second horseman rode forth.  And his name…was Death.” […]