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Myth 8: The Scrum Master is a Junior Agile Coach

There’s sometimes a view that the Scrum Master role is below an Agile Coach, and often times this is extended to the view that they are simply a junior coach, the “we’re all in it together” view of Agile breaks down in situations like this. And remembering that we’re trying to effect change and flatten hierarchies, Barry Overeem of scrum.org debunks this myth.

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Nothing will come of nothing

When Shakespeare’s King Lear utters those words in reaction to his daughter’s refusal to proclaim sycophantic love he sets in motion a causal sequence leading to a greater understanding of himself, of love, of life. When I look up on a clear night and observe the stars and perceive the incredible beauty of our existence I’m seldom left without a feeling of awe. Awe at this existence of ours, our self awareness, our being. Too often in our work life we’re so focused on the task at hand that the wider picture, the context, the reason, is forgotten. What are we trying to achieve? What does success look like? What lateral avenues are available to us? How can we “win”? The role of self reflection, of introspection, of pure thought is oft resigned to the backwaters of the consciousness…

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Brass in pocket

Brass in pocket, no, not quite. The saying “brass in pocket” as a colloquialism for having money in your pocket, and what is money but stored value? Having value in your pocket. And the Pocket app is one of my most favorite cloud based incarnations of the modern app. You haven’t heard of Pocket? Read on to learn about this incredibly useful tool…

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Five eyes good, one eye bad

Here’s how the mandatory encryption laws passed by the Australian government in late 2018 started, from fear. A reaction from this author on how this won’t stop those it’s intended to stop.

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Program Architecture

I’ve called myself a “Program Architect” in various roles over the last ten years during which time I’ve sometimes found that when the question comes up “what do you do?”, replying with a role title leads to a blank look then “oh, you’re a programmer?” etc. – that same look you might see trying to explain the colour red to someone who’s been blind since birth. As a community service, here’s my definition of what a “Program Architect” is and is not.

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Performance

There’s never enough. Performance. Speed. Optimisation. I recently became reacquainted with the dark and mysterious arts of hosted website optimisation eeking out as much additional performance as possible from my end. This reminds me of the days when I optimised DOS systems then NetWare and Windows NT servers squeezing out every last drop of performance I could get. Back then it was advantageous if you knew about cache and memory optimisation, stripe and cluster sizes and it was mandatory to have profiled the application to get any decent increase in performance. We’re more limited these days without reaching into your wallet for content distribution services, dedicated virtual servers and enhanced server configs…

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What’s in a name?

So it turns out, quite a lot. That’s what’s in a name. Our response. Our attitudes. Our history. Our background. Our imperfections. Our desires. Us. We transpose ourselves on to the name, the thing, the semblance of our perceptions. We sign the signifier and in doing so give it a meaning, our meaning, our relationship with that name…

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Germanic

I’ve been doing some work with a German piece of content management software, interesting getting to know the product, its limitations and strengths and also the subtle language differences.

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What’s not to love about the Internet?

I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about the Internet? Looking to resurrect Lazarus I got caught in a nasty Catch-22 logic loop trying to restore a ten year old MySQL database, the old “copy the data directory from a gzip tar file made on a Linux system in 2006 and plonk it onto a 2016 Windows 10 XAMPP MySQL build and fire up the cmd line”, I mean, what could possibly go wrong with that?

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Errorware

Cute error message today from a site while uploading some source code: programmers love their “alternate” sense of humor 😀 FileZilla retried and kept on trucking.

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An incumbent’s guide to digital disruption

McKinsey & Company: “From the vantage point of 2016, when print media lie shattered by a tsunami of digital disruption, it’s easy to talk about who made the “right” decision and who the “wrong.” Things are far murkier when one is actually in the midst of disruption’s uncertain, oft-hyped early stages…”

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Second Life creators to revamp in VR

Virtual worlds and communities can be fascinating: existence outside the physical, projecting yourself, your mind, your existence into the digital realm, new possibilities, new ways of being, new frontiers. At issue though is making a compelling business model, just like the Internet wasn’t built for commercial gain, not everything should be business return driven, and the issue then is how to achieve scale, penetration and uptake without it. If you build it will they come?

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Code Monkey

On the back of NetworkWorld’s recent announcement, and other harbingers of doom, that Android’s KitKat (4.x) LolliPop (5.x) & Marshmallow (6.x) releases have known security issues, I decided to seriously revisit taking up being a code monkey again. This time though it’s (more?) serious with 100+ issues including several chipset code vulnerabilities being reported by our good friends at Google. Easy, I’ll have this fixed in a jiffy: whip out VirtualBox currently enjoying a cushy life as a Xamarin Android Player for a virtualised Nexus 7 LolliPop plaything (what, you don’t have virtual playthings?) and that old copy of Ubuntu LTS 14.04 which has been taking up precious NAS space and use up some of that extraneous SSD space on my i7 laptop…

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