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Presentation: IASA’s Five Pillars of Architecture

by Michael Stal on  Jul 19, 2012

In his online presentation “Five Pillars of IT Architecture” Jim Wilt, architect at Microsoft, introduced IASA's view on the foundation of architecture. The pillars IASA identified include business technology strategy, IT environment, quality attributes, design and human dynamics.

PMI Announces Softening of Requirements for New PMI-ACP Certification

by David Bulkin on  Apr 07, 2012 4

The Project Management Institute is softening the eligibility requirements to qualify for their new PMI ACP (Agile Certified Professional) certification test. Previously individuals needed 1,500 hours of experience working on an agile project, with those hours accrued over the last two years. Now the requirement is 1,500 hours of experience on an agile project accrued over the last three years.

Agile Humour: A Wrap Up of April Fools Day 2012

by Craig Smith on  Apr 04, 2012

The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011 6

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

Navigating the Maze of EA Certifications

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 28, 2011 10

There are over a dozen Enterprise Architecture certifications available and they are becoming increasingly critical when hiring and evaluating architects. Microsoft’s Mike Walker categorized these certifications into a Reference Guide that can help architects better understand which certification(s) to pursue.

Scrum Extensions Update - 4th Quarter 2011

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Nov 27, 2011 2

This is the 4th quarter 2011 update of scrum extensions. InfoQ will be looking at proposed and approved extensions each quarter to see how scrum changes and evolves.

Mitchell Harper: University Education of Software Engineers is a Waste of Time

by Michael Stal on  Nov 15, 2011 45

Mitch Harper, co-founder of BigCommerce.com, claimed in a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald that university education might be the wrong way to become a software engineer. According to Harper, a self-educated software engineer without an university degree: universities leave their students rather unprepared for the realities of being a software engineer.

Agile 2011 In Summary

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 20, 2011 5

A brief summary and overview of the Agile 2011 conference held in Salt Lake City from 8-12 August. This article lists the key facts about the conference and identifies some of the highlights for this reporter. Future articles will expand on the content of a number of the talks.

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.

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