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DDDNorth 2014 Review

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I had no excuse for not attending DDDNorth this year, as it was held at Leeds University, a relatively short drive from home. Not that I'd be looking for an excuse - these free events are always superbly organised and provide a valuable opportunity to see sessions from a wide range of speakers without having to take time off work. It's no wonder the tickets are always snapped up so quickly. As a contractor, I also appreciate the opportunity that DDDNorth affords me to catch up with so many friends and colleagues that I've worked with over the years, and
it was great to see so many familiar faces. With five slots during the day each offering five concurrent sessions there were plenty of difficult choices to be made. In general, I tried to attend sessions offering information I didn't think I would be able to get from books, blogs or PluralSight - stories from the trenches and architectural concepts rather than deep dives on specific technologies. The first session I attended was "So You Want To Be A Tech Lead - 10 Things You Need To Do To Succeed" by Joel Hammond-Turner (@rammesses). I was delighted to find that...(Read whole news on source site)

Office Web Apps Server will only be available for Volume License customers shortly

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Today the Office Updates blog added a new blog post titled “Web Apps Server Removal from Download Center”. The contents of that blog post is short: As of 11-24-2014 Office Web Apps Server will be removed from the Microsoft Download Center.  At that time it will only be available for download under Volume Licensing agreements.  For more information please visit the site Volume Licensing Service Center. Office Web Apps Server, used by SharePoint, Exchange and Lync to view, preview and edit Office documents is and has been one of the key features/add-ons of these products and
allows for browser based editing and collaboration. It has up until now been available as a free download, free from licensing for reading but requiring Office client licensing for editing. So from the 24th of November you will not be able to download Office Web Apps Server (WAC) from the Microsoft Download center. To download it you will be required to have a Volume License agreement with Microsoft and you will only be able to download it from the Volume Licensing Service Center. Why this move? I don’t know. I will try to find out though… This...(Read whole news on source site)

Upcomming Scrum at Scale Workshop from Scrum.org

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If you are scaling agility in the enterprise through scrum then you will understand when I say that this can be a very difficult problem. And it's mostly about people and about culture and the Scrum at Scale Workshop can help you. The post Upcomming Scrum at Scale Workshop from Scrum.org appeared first on naked ALM - Experts in ALM, TFS & lean-agile with Scrum.

Think a Series of Sprints, Not Marathons

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When you drive business change and digital initiatives with Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data (and Internet of Things), successful businesses think a series of sprints, not marathons. Successful businesses go digital by transforming their customer experiences, their employee experiences, and their back-office experiences through rapid prototyping, building proofs-of-concept, testing pilots, and going to production.  It’s a fast cycle of prototype –> pilot –> POC –> production. These short cycles create rapid learning loops, build momentum, and help adapt for change. In the book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, George Westerman, Didier
Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee, share some of their lessons learned in driving digital initiatives and agile transformation. The Digital World Moves Quickly Avoid Big Up Front Design.  Whenever there is a big lag time between designing it, developing it, and using it, you’re introducing more risk.  You’re breaking feedback loops.  You’re falling into the pit of analysis paralysis.   Focus on “just enough design” so that you can test what works and what doesn’t, and respond accordingly. Via Leading Digital: “The digital world moves quickly.  The rapid pace of technology innovation today does not...(Read whole news on source site)

Announcing PostSharp 4 RTM

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Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of PostSharp 4, the newest version of our 100%-compatible productivity extension to C# and VB. PostSharp allows developers and architects to automate the implementation of design patterns by encapsulating them into reusable components named aspects. Unlike other development productivity tools, PostSharp does not just make it easier to type code, but results in a smaller codebase that is easier to understand and has fewer defects. You can download PostSharp 4 today from Visual Studio Gallery and update your projects using NuGet. PostSharp 4 applies the success of pattern-driven development to the realm of
multithreaded applications and provides a thread-safe extension to C# and VB. Application developers can annotate their classes with custom attributes such as [Immutable], [Actor] or [Synchronized] and have their code automatically validated against the model. Any violations result in build-time errors or run-time exceptions instead of data corruptions. PostSharp 4 makes it incredibly easy to implement undo/redo in desktop and mobile applications by automatically recording changes in model objects. Additionally, it includes more than 15 other improvements and enhancements. Information in this release announcement includes: Threading Models; Undo/Redo; Aggregation and Composition; Other Improvements; More Free Aspects in PostSharp Express; Platforms Newly Supported;

Announcing the Scrum at Scale Workshop from Scrum.org

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If you are scaling agility in the enterprise through scrum then you will understand when I say that this can be a very difficult problem. And it's mostly about people and about culture and the Scrum at Scale Workshop can help you. The post Announcing the Scrum at Scale Workshop from Scrum.org appeared first on naked ALM - Experts in ALM, TFS & lean-agile with Scrum.

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