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  • IronFleet: A Methodology for Proving Distributed Systems

    A group of researchers from Microsoft has published the paper “IronFleet: Proving Practical Distributed Systems Correct” (PDF) and made available the accompanying source code demonstrating the use of the methodology in machine proving the correctness of a non-trivial distributed system from a safety and liveliness point of view.

  • Having the Right Mix of IT, Culture and Practice for DevOps

    An interview with Nicole Forsgren about why organizations are starting to embrace DevOps methods, how being able to deploy fast can also increase IT stability, what to focus upon when changing the organizational culture to improve performance, how lean management can help to increase the performance, and asked her for advice when organizations want to apply DevOps to increase their performance.

  • Business Case for Diversity in Organizations

    There is a positive correlation between diversity and financial performance and in an inclusive workplace, employees are more engaged which is crucial for retention and performance says Regina Chien. Having a diversity of thought and life experiences is going to help engineers create the best products.

  • Software – Is it "Engineering" Yet?

    At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Mary Shaw talked about progress towards an engineering discipline of software. She explored what it means to have an engineering discipline, how far we have progressed toward having one for software, and what can be the next steps.

  • Developments in IT Project Management

    The demand for IT project managers is increasing. Agile methodologies support collaboration with distributed teams for creative problem solving. The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape. Project managers have to pioneer IOT initiatives, be prepared for the influx of data and ensure that deliverables from their projects are secure.

  • Apple's ResearchKit Available on GitHub

    As announced last month, Apple has published ResearchKit, its open source framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research.

  • Experiences and Good Practices from Hackathons

    Hackathons are events where developers work together during a fixed period to collaboratively develop software. They provide learning opportunities and space for developers and organizations sponsoring the hackathons to network and have some fun.

  • Dealing with Negative Emotions in Teams

    When people work together in agile teams, emotions are bound to happen. Where positive emotions can give a boost to team working, negative emotions can have significant impact on collaboration in teams and affect their productivity. Noel Radley published a report on how team mood can impact project management. InfoQ asked her why negative emotions happen and how agile teams can deal with them.

  • Agile 2015: Call for Speaker Submissions

    The Agile Alliance is inviting people to submit sessions for their annual conference in 2015. The submission system will remain open until February 22, 2015; speakers are encouraged to submit early.

  • Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

    The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis about structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods.

  • Ayasdi Partners with Cloudera

    Ayasdi announced last month a partnership with Cloudera, the biggest distributor of Apache Hadoop. The partnership will ensure the compatibility of their solution with Cloudera Enterprise 5, the latest version of Cloudera’s big data platform based on Apache Hadoop.

  • Role of Management in Agile Governance

    How can we manage and govern multiple agile teams? At the Agile Governance conference in Amsterdam Christoph Johann Stettina presented about agile governance and the role of management. He studied 14 large European organizations on how they apply agile project management methods in IT project portfolios.

  • What’s the Problem with Mobile HTML5?

    A recent research concludes that contrary to the general belief performance is not the main problem with HTML5 but rather the missing of profiling and debugging tools and the lack of certain APIs.

  • How Googlers Use Their 20% Time

    This article contains comments from googlers providing insight in how Google’s engineers use their 20% time on pet projects.

  • Are Older Programmers More Knowledgeable?

    A recent study based on Stack Overflow’s data attempts to answer if programming knowledge is related to age, if older programmers are more knowledgeable and if they acquire new skills or not.

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