Shabby Chic DIY Desk – Extended Version

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I started building my wife a desk yesterday following DIY plans. We extended the width to 70″ and made the depth only 22 1/2″ to fit our space and equipment better. Going to finish sanding tonight and stain, glaze and wax tomorrow. I will add final build pics once the wax dries. Read the rest of this entry »


Agile Moment: Equating Story Points and Time

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Equating Story Points to Time = Bad

I have found a common recurring issue on some of my Scrum teams over the years regarding equation of time (hours, days, weeks, months) to story points for user stories.
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The pitfalls of making pay ‘transparent’

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What a really, really stupid and unconstitutional idea. That is, for the Federal Government to dictate to private companies that they publish private information.


Dear Annie: You might have heard that the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would prohibit “pay secrecy” at federal contractors, meaning we will have to reveal the size of everyone’s paycheck to everyone else. The company where I’m a group manager gets about half its annual revenues from federal contracts, so there’s no doubt that this will apply to us.

The problem is, although we have a sensible compensation strategy now, we started 25 years ago as a family-owned business where employees were paid more or less according to the (former) patriarch’s personal whims. And some of those people are still here, at salaries that are out of whack with what the market would dictate. I’m already dreading the discussions people are going to want to have about this whole thing. Your thoughts, please? — Just Mike

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Mobile Web App Testing Tool – MobileTest

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Here is a great resource for web software developers. MobileTest. It offer emulation for a few different mobile platforms.

#gapgate. Sigh. The media hounds are at it again…

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First there was #antennaegate, then the infusible stories on the new Apple iPhone 6 bending (see 5 million articles/posts/videos of whining on #bendgate) under 80 lbs or more of highly unusual physical forces. Now the media and fashion challenged (read: nimrods who stuff their expensive tech in tight fitting jeans, then bend over) people are stuck in “we don’t have a story” mode again (or I’m bored and have no journalism skills?) with a dig on Samsung over #gapgate. Read the rest of this entry »

Whitehurst: on DevOps, apps, and infrastructure; Blogagility – Agile Scrum is the answer

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An analysis

Jim Whitehurst discussed the interactions or lack thereof between infrastructure and operational folks and the guys who are locked in the closet – developers – in an interview with Fredric Paul (Network World). They discussed the fact that software is becoming ever more omnipresent in technology. It is the first level of interaction for users. People do tend to tune out the sleek new hardware and focus on the software experience. And it better be a good one! Not many end users care about the backend. So, Whitehurst asks the important question… Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Application: The Daily Scrum and other stuff for Remote Teams

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The world is changing, becoming smaller and smaller everyday thanks in large part to technology. Read the rest of this entry »