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  • Robot Social Engineering: Brittany Postnikoff at QCon New York

    At QCon New York, Brittany Postnikoff presented “Robot Social Engineering: Social Engineering Using Physical Robots”. Quoting findings from academic research literature, she demonstrated that humans can often be manipulated via robots. A core message of the talk was the need for security and privacy to be part of any robot's fundamental design.

  • Uncovering Sustainable and Scalable Solutions for Digital Transformations

    Using the term “digital transformation” limits our change approach to traditional linear management techniques which are ineffective in dealing with today’s organizational complexity. We need to focus on understanding the context and the organization’s inner working to come up with sustainable and scalable solutions for organizational change.

  • Refactoring Organizations to Reduce Organizational Debt

    Organizations can accumulate organizational debt when adopting new ways of working. An agile mindset can be a driving force to remove organizational impediments and promote continuous improvement, said Jess Long, enterprise Agile coach at LeanDog. At the ACE Conference 2019, she presented how we can reduce organizational debt by refactoring organizations.

  • DOES London: Team Topologies and Cognitive Load

    At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London this year, authors of the soon-to-be-published 'Team Topologies', a book that aims to offer a practical, adaptive model for organisational design, Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, took to the stage to share their thoughts with the audience.

  • Autonomy and Accountability: Randy Shoup’s Advice for Moving Fast at Scale

    Randy Shoup, VP of engineering at WeWork, presented "Moving Fast at Scale" at CraftCon 2019, and discussed how he has organized teams for speed at scale without sacrificing innovation, business value, quality or team autonomy.

  • Cultivating High-Performing Teams in Hypergrowth

    To support their hypergrowth, N26 created a shared picture about what to work on, how to do the work, and the organisational structure. Called the Target Operating Model, it has helped them grow while maximising team autonomy and alignment. At QCon New York 2019, Patrick Kua, chief scientist at N26, spoke about cultivating high-performing teams in an organisation that’s going through hypergrowth.

  • DOES London: RBS' Jennifer Wood on Conquering the Abyss and Rebirth

    Jennifer Wood’s talk, ‘Our Heroes’ Journey to Agility’, opened the proceedings at this year’s DevOps Enterprise Summit in London. Wood first spoke at the conference last year, with her ‘The Art of Scaling Agile and DevOps’ and took the opportunity to build on the journey she is witnessing at RBS in her role as chief operating officer.

  • Preview of C# 8.x

    Even though C# 8.0 is still months away, planning has begun for C# 8.x. Some of these features are new, while others were previously considered for C# 8.

  • DevOps Needs Continuous Improvement to Succeed

    Continuous improvement is not a new thing and is often misunderstood. To be successful, we can take guidance from agile principles and apply them to the DevOps world, argued Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. At Agile Portugal 2019 he spoke about DevOps leadership in the age of agile.

  • C# 8 Nullable Reference Types Update

    Work continues on nullable refence types for C# 8, revealing edge cases that need to be addressed before the final release and new opportunities for reducing the amount of boilerplate developers have to write.

  • Payara Tour of Japan 2019

    Payara recently completed a one-week tour of Japan in which they visited prominent Java Users Groups. Featured speakers were Kenji Hasunuma, service engineer at Payara, Ondrej Mihályi, senior service engineer at Payara, and Yusuke Yamamoto, Java Champion, creator of Twitter4J, and president of Samuraism, a Japanese company providing development tools and training.

  • Applying Cyberpsychology Research for a Positive Internet Experience

    There is a lot of opinion and not enough fact on how we use the internet and the effect of the internet on our lives; the goal of cyberpsychology is to establish the facts, said Oonagh O'Brien. At RebelCon.io 2019 she spoke about her research on the use of the internet and its effects on student well-being and academic performance, and on positive use of and positive development on the internet.

  • Quality and Culture: Learnings from Other Disciplines and Industries

    We can gain by learning about other industries such as aviation and healthcare, and studying other disciplines, argued Conor Fitzgerald, software tester at Poppulo, at RebelCon.io 2019. Aviation has a history of continually learning from its mistakes, whereas in healthcare, culture and bias seem to challenge learning and continuous improvement.

  • UX Design Ethics: Dealing with Dark Patterns and Designer Bias

    It’s easy to design an interface that persuades users into something that’s in the interest of a company. The question design community needs to ask more often is if we should comply with such practices, argued Agnieszka Urbańska and Ewelina Skłodowska, UX designers, at ACE! 2019. Dark patterns and even unconscious designer’s bias contradict empathy and are incompatible with human-centered design.

  • Teaching Machines to Understand Emotions with Sentiment Analysis

    Sentiment analysis teaches computers to recognise the human emotions present in text. The fundamental trade-off in sentiment analysis is between simplicity and accuracy. Approaches vary from using a list of words associated with emotions, to deep learning with techniques like word embeddings, neural networks and attention mechanisms.

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