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  • Q&A on the Book Scaling Teams

    by Ben Linders on  Feb 07, 2017

    The book Scaling Teams by Alexander Grosse and David Loftesness provides strategies and practices for managing teams in fast growing organizations. It explores five areas which often pose challenges when organizations need to scale -- hiring, people management, organization, culture and communication -- and gives solutions for recognizing and dealing with those challenges.

  • Size Estimation Approaches for Use with Agile Methods

    by Donald Reifer on  Feb 06, 2017 2

    Reifer’s software sizing survey identifies five commonly used methods for sizing agile projects along with their strengths and weaknesses. Size is used as the basis for measurement and estimation. Stories/story points is the most popular, while function points are used at the project level. Sizing by analogy, proxies, Halstead vocabulary and hybrids are used by others as the situation warrants.

  • Product Owner Raison d'Etre in an Agile Team

    by Adam Pahlevi on  Feb 05, 2017

    Companies may claim they're implementing Scrum, but is the claim really valid? Do they uphold the philosophy of Scrum? It turns out it's not, as a lot of companies are still practicing a distorted version of Scrum. Part of the common dysfunction is the misunderstood role of the product owner: a role essential to success with Scrum. What then is the actual job of a good product owner?

Q&A on The Great ScrumMaster

Posted by Ben Linders on  Feb 03, 2017

The Great ScrumMaster explores the ScrumMaster role and provides solutions for dealing with everyday and difficult situations.

Practicing Machine Learning with Optimism

Posted by Alyssa Frazee on  Feb 02, 2017

This article addresses a few examples of issues when using machine learning to solve real-world problems and hopefully provides some suggestions (and inspiration) for how to overcome the challenges.

The Misaligned Middle and Getting off the Hamster Wheel Using Kanban

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Jan 31, 2017

At the Agile 2016 conference, Dominica DeGrandis and Julia Wester of Leankit gave talks on helping middle managers adapt to change and how Kanban can be used to identify problems in workflows .

More Than React: Why You Shouldn’t Use ReactJS for Complex Interactive Front-End Projects, Part I

Posted by Yang Bo on  Jan 30, 2017

Yang Bo showcases reasons why React stumbles when used in complicated front-end projects and how his Binding.scala framework improves the experience. 7

Introduction to Machine Learning with Python

Posted by Michael Manapat on  Jan 28, 2017

In this article, we present an extended “case study” in Python: how can we build a machine learning model to detect credit card fraud?

Might the Blockchain Outlive Bitcoin?

Posted by George Hurlburt on  Jan 26, 2017

Crypto-currency remains controversial, and Bitcoin is at the center of this controversy. Here is an update on the state of Bitcoin in particular, and examines the future of crypto-currency in general. 1

Building Reactive Applications with Akka Actors and Java 8

Posted by Markus Eisele on  Jan 23, 2017

Use Akka and Java 8 to create distributed Actor based microservices that can elastically scale to support huge volumes of data.

An Introduction to Differential Privacy

Posted by Charlie Cabot on  Jan 22, 2017

Differential privacy leapt from research papers to tech news headlines last year when, in the WWDC keynote, Apple VP of Engineering Craig Federighi announced Apple’s use of the concept in iOS.

Q&A on the Book Soul-Centered Leadership

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2017

The book Soul-Centered Leadership provides ideas and exercises for developing skills to lead people while being in touch with your soul, based on emotional intelligence, psychology, and spirituality.

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