Archive | October, 2011

Burn Down Chart Tutorial: Simple Agile Project Tracking in Excel

For me, going from a non-agile development methodology to an agile one should have been simple. I had read the articles, attended the seminars, and knew the theory. However, what I did not have was a basic template for project tracking throughout an iteration. This article provides that template with the burn down chart shown below being the end goal. The only tool we need is a spreadsheet.*

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Why code review beats testing: evidence from decades of programming research | Kevin Burke

No one approach to bug detection is adequate. Capers Jones – the researcher behind two of the papers McConnell cites – divides bug detection into four categories: formal design inspection, formal code inspection, formal quality assurance, and formal testing. The best bug detection rate, if you are only using one of the above four categories, is 68%. The average detection rate if you are using all four is 99%.

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timeEdition – OSX Time Management

timeEdition is targeted at all users in a computer workplace who value detailed documentation of their working hours, whether they use it for customer billing or for monitoring the duration of individual projects.

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Lustre – high performance file system

For the world’s largest and most complex computing environments, the Lustre™ file system redefines high performance, scaling to tens of thousands of nodes and petabytes of storage with groundbreaking I/O and metadata throughput.

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Sidekick Changes Your Mac’s System Settings based on Your Location

Sidekick is a utility that will adjust your network settings, change default printers, start or close apps, and more—all based on your physical location.

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Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer”

Identify the data you care about from the sources you work with (e.g. Excel spreadsheets, files, SQL Server databases).
Discover relevant data and services via automatic recommendations from the Windows Azure Marketplace.
Enrich your data by combining it and visualizing the results.
Collaborate with your colleagues to refine the data.
Publish the results to share them with others or power solutions.

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Grockit Raises Money for Online Test Prep – NYTimes.com

On Monday, Grockit announced that it raised $7 million in venture capital, for a total of $24 million, from GSV Capital and NewSchools Venture Fund, which invests philanthropic donations in education businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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