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Auditioning or Interviewing?

Written by Elise Zieman on February 1, 2016

Plain and simple – the interview process can be intimidating.  The spotlight is on you to communicate your educational and experiential qualifications as well as your aptitude, interest, and career ambitions over the course of a few brief conversations. You may feel as though you are auditioning for a play rather than interviewing for your dream…

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WIP Your Agile Team Into Shape!

Written by Dwight McCants on January 14, 2016

If it seems like your agile team constantly bottlenecks during a certain stage of a workflow, Work In Progress (WIP) limits may be your solution. Agile teams implement WIP limits to control the number of active items within each stage of an agile workflow. This control allows a team to concentrate on a concise amount…

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Raspberry Pi – Delicious Dessert or Door to the Future?

Written by Wayne Keadle on January 6, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quite the buzz in the modern day of Geekdom. IoT is the networking of any sensor, software or electronic device. The devices or “things” manage other “things” through the Internet, which is obviously a very large network. Can you imagine a world where all electronic devices and software communicate…

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How a Challenging BI Project Succeeds Pt. 1

Written by Radha Mukkai on November 16, 2015

In case you have not heard yet, big BI projects can have a high rate of failure. I could tell you the many reasons why these projects can fail, but I’d rather explain why this one didn’t.  I think we can learn a lot more from what went right in this project instead of what…

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The Dawning Age of Augmented Reality

Written by Brent Wiseman on November 10, 2015

If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV, whether you realize it or not you’re familiar with the concept of augmented reality. Seems all the networks these days project a yellow stripe onto the green field to show viewers how far the team with the ball must advance to obtain a first down. Except…

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The Real Reasons Behind Incorrect Software Estimation – Part 2

Written by Jeff Lether on October 27, 2015

Back in August, I explained that software estimation is difficult to get right, as reviewed in Part 1 of this blog series.  With so many projects overrunning on time and money, it’s important to examine the causes of estimating misses and identify things we can do to mitigate them. Here are 3 more common pitfalls and ways…

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Seeing Around Corners

Written by Jonathan Cortis on October 5, 2015

When I was growing up and in grade school, there was nothing I liked more than a fire drill.  It was always a chance to experience loud sounds and flashing lights, get some fresh air, watch your teacher generally annoyed and slightly disheveled (without the natural progression of a trip to the principal’s office), and…

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The Real Reasons Behind Incorrect Software Estimation – Part 1

Written by Jeff Lether on August 6, 2015

Software estimation is a notoriously difficult activity. According to an industry analysis such as the Chaos Report by the Standish Group, a large number of projects don’t meet original estimates. They suffer overruns on time, money, or both. This is fueled by the complex nature of software solutions, the dynamically changing real-world problems they try…

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Extracting Data Shouldn’t Be Painful

Written by Matt Jones on August 4, 2015

For many IT professionals, this 1823 illustration by Louis Boilly perfectly captures our feelings toward data extraction. In my last post, The Times They Are a Changin’, I stated that the current Question First process for business intelligence evolved out of a time where data extraction was difficult and time consuming. I also talked about…

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