Friday, 15 May 2009

Scaling Software Agility Presentation by Dean Leffingwell

This is a followup to one of my previous book recommendations - Scaling Software Agility by Dean Leffingwell

You can access a summary basically of the major themes Dean focusses on for Scaling of Agile: Scaling Software Agility (pdf)

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Thanking Your Teacher

"The best way of making an offering to your teacher is to practise what you have been taught"

- HH The Dalai Lama from "The Essential Dalai Lama"

Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Ideal Student

Lama Tsong Khapa in one of his "Great Exposition" writings stated that the 3 principal qualifications of an ideal student are:

1. An objective and open mind
2. The intelligence to judge between right and wrong
3. The enthusiasm for and interest in the subject

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Reveal to others

Dharmakirti said that there is no way that you can reveal to others that which is hidden to yourself...

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Studying without the desire

"If you study without the desire to relate what you are learning to your own life through practice, you run the risk of becoming hardened or apathetic"

- HH The Dalai Lama - "The Essential Dalai Lama"

Thursday, 9 April 2009

What's Up With All The Cynicism in IT?

At SPA2009, I had a little session titled "What's Up With All The Cynicism in IT?". It was unfortunately quite time reduced from my original plan, but I did manage to impart a little knowledge of Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats method to a group of 8 varied participants, who did supply quite a bit of "food for thought".

I've published my presentation, and the outputs of the group work sessions on the SPA2009 wiki: What's Up With All The Cynicism In IT? Outputs

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

SPA2009

Also known as the British Computing Society Software Practice Advancement Conference, 2009. I attended SPA2009 from Sunday-Wednesday (5-8 April 2009) and was really pleased that I did! There were a lot of new faces, a lot of old faces, great new topics and content on programming, process and people stuff. There were some strong opinions that people were passionate about and argued the merits of - a great learning and networking event!

Monday, 30 March 2009

Best View of London

On 27 March 2009, after living in London for 2 years, I got the best view of London I have had yet!

I was fortunate enough on this day to be flying back to London Heathrow, and arrived over the UK as the sun was beginning to set. I had been napping on the flight until then, and awoke to the plane circling south of the O2 Arena.

Round and round we went ... the green scenery below getting darker and darker. The sun dipped lower, and the City's lights started coming on. Spectacular! The City itself...the tall buildings etc - all I could think was "google maps, with perspectives, eat your heart out!"

And then finally, we were allowed to proceed to Heathrow ... over Picadily Circus, over Hyde Park, South Kensington ... following the Thames River back ... over Kew Gardens ... and then we were landing.

I am now hoping that my next return flight on 17 April will come back at sunset again, which is possible because the clocks went back 1 hour :)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers by Stacia Broderick

I just found this really good Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers presentation that Stacia Broderick put together for Agile 2007. I am quite comfortable with what she says, and the relaxed pace that she presents it at. A well "knit" session integrating some good points from various influences and showing some solid experience she has clearly encountered in real world situations.

Hosted on InfoQ: Introduction-Agile-Stacia-Broderick.

Stacia's blog site: Agile Evolution Blog ... is not all "agile" focussed, but some gems are scattered. :)

I think it's a good complement to my Agile Introduction recommendation from about a year ago: Agile Project Management - a place to start though at 1 hour 26 minutes it is a little longer. But I think the time invested is worth it.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

The Inventor of the Wind-Up Radio

It is quite a good read about inventing, inventors and a couple of other relevant topics: Trevor Baylis OBE.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Don't Shout At Your Computer!

An engineer shows what happens to harddrive performance if the harddrive is subjected to vibration, in this case, loud noises emanating from his shouting near them. ARGHHHHHHHH!.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Another wiki going places...

While doing some research for a last minute Sri Lanka holiday, I found this wiki that I was previously unfamiliar with. Content is good, growing fast, recent and accurate (for Sri Lanka at this time). If you want to avoid using a tour operator for your trip, you could do worse...wikitravel.

SANS Institute Publishes Experts-Agreed List of Top 25 Coding Errors

Some top people in the software industry, as well as critical organisations, have come together and agreed on a list of top 25 programming errors, and provided discussions and ratings on each. The information is well presented and easy to read: Top 25 Programming Errors.