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Lack of Software Engineers Bears Risks

by Michael Stal on  Aug 12, 2011 32

Although many products and solutions increasingly leverage software as an essential fundament, software engineers are becoming a rare species in Western countries. The problem with scarce availability of well-educated software engineers is that many companies require more engineers then they can get and if that gap widens, this could damage the leading edge of some companies.

31 Days of SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 05, 2011

Pinal Dave has posted a 31-part series titled SQL Server – Interview Questions and Answers. It starts with general topics such as “What is Normalization?” and works its way to obscure topics such as “What is Difference between ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE and WITH NO_WAIT during ALTER DATABASE?”. Data warehousing is covered and there are even guest posts on SQL Azure.

Scrum Alliance Strengthens CSP Certification, Announces Beta

by David Bulkin on  Jul 08, 2011

The Scrum Alliance announced plans to strengthen the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation into "a certification program that meets worldwide standards for structure and testing required for accreditation." The CSP designation, goes beyond the CSM as it requires experience applying agile in the workplace. Details for a beta program will be in the next Scrum Alliance Newsletter.

Caucho Resin is Officially Certified Against the Java EE 6 Web Profile

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jun 08, 2011

Caucho Resin has recently been certified a compliant implementation of the EE 6 Web Profile, starting with version 4.0.17.

Agile Leaders Weigh in on PMI Agile Certification

by Todd Charron on  May 19, 2011

Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber welcomes PMI's establishment of its own Agile certification program, and has recently posted his thoughts.

PMI Agile Certification Pilot Begins in May 2011

by Vikas Hazrati on  Mar 01, 2011 5

With the growing presence of Agile sessions at PMI conferences, there was a strong speculation that PMI would be embracing Agile. PMI finally announced their own Agile certification.

Craft or not? Dan North rejects the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship

by Michael Stal on  Feb 04, 2011 11

In recent blog posting Dan North, well known expert for software engineering and employee of DRW Trading, explains his rejection to the Manifesto for Software Craftmanship. This posting raised some immediate responses in the community and among the readers of the blog. According to Dan 20000 people visited his blog and 150 people left comments.

Scrum Training Exercises

by Dan Puckett on  Nov 22, 2010 1

Need to deliver some Scrum training? Exercises can be more effective than a dry presentation. These exercises teach Scrum principles and techniques.

Tobias Mayer on Scrum Alliance; Part 2

by Dan Mezick on  Nov 04, 2010

Tobias Mayer's career in Scrum includes becoming one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers, or "CST”, authorized to grant the Certified Scrum Master credential to students who attend his Scrum courses. His career also includes being banished from the Scrum Alliance and later reinstated by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of the Scrum framework. This is the final segment of a very candid interview.

Tobias Mayer on Scrum Alliance

by Dan Mezick on  Oct 28, 2010 28

Tobias Mayer held a high-profile role at the Scrum Alliance. He quit, and wrote a scathing blog post about the Scrum Alliance. In that post, he questions the Scrum knowledge of the leaders, questions the integrity of the Scrum Alliance board, and asserts that that the Scrum Alliance "has become the epitome of the dysfunctional organization that Scrum practitioners are committed to transforming."

Big Changes at Scrum Alliance

by Dan Mezick on  Oct 21, 2010 7

The Scrum Alliance has a new Managing Director, Donna Farmer. She issued an introductory email to Scrum Alliance members on Wednesday, soliciting feedback on the organization, and providing her email and phone number. Earlier, former creative director of the Scrum Alliance Tobias Mayer summarily quit his role in the organization, later making mention of the Scrum Alliance in a volatile blog post.

Interview, Part 2: Alistair Cockburn of ICAgile.org

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 23, 2010

Alistair Cockburn is a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, an author of multiple Agile book titles, a keynote speaker at numerous Agile conferences, and most recently, the spokesperson for ICAgile.org, a credentialing body offering several levels of Agile certification. This is Part 2 of an interview that covers a wide range of topics in the Agile space.

Interview with Ken Schwaber, Part 3

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 16, 2010

Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. This is Part 3 of a multi-part interview with Ken, covering Scrum credentialing and testing, Scrum coaching, Agile certification for Java developers, and more.

Interview with Alistair Cockburn

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 09, 2010 1

Alistair Cockburn is a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, a book author, a keynote speaker at numerous Agile conferences, and most recently, the spokesperson for ICAgile.org, a credentialing body offering several levels of Agile certification. This is a multi-part interview that covers a wide range of current topics in the Agile space.

Interview with Ken Schwaber, Part 2

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 02, 2010

Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. This is Part 2 of a multi-part interview with Ken, covering Scrum credentialing and testing, Scrum coaching, the influence of the Kanban Method for managing complex work, Ken's thoughts on the future of knowledge work, and more.

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