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Transformation troubles and non-technical debt
"...what you have actually done is payed back the "non-technical debt" in your company all in one go and "boosted" your future velocity as a result. You're still in business and now better prepared to take on the future, in fairness you've potentially saved the company from a steady decline and uncertain fate. Things are certainly different."
technical_debt  transformation  dopost 
yesterday by niksilver
Divining Business Value for Agile Projects - Value Mapping, Value Statements & Measures
Matt Hosking has some answers... "If you read a scrum guide or a paper on prioritisation, or indeed many of the learned texts on Agile, they all seem to fall into a grey area around what business value actually is. They will potentially give you reams of advice on prioritisation methods, however these can only be applied once you understand where your value lies."
value  measurement  agile  prioritisation  dopost 
2 days ago by niksilver
How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible | Ars Technica UK
"AVGater is the latest example of the way AV programs can make people susceptible to attacks that otherwise wouldn't be possible. These types of critical AV weaknesses have existed for as long as the industry has, but they didn't start to get much attention until researchers Alex Wheeler and Neel Mehta presented a talk titled 0wning Antivirus at the Blackhat security conference in 2005."
security  antivirus  dopost 
6 days ago by niksilver
Blog | Documenting Architecture Decisions | Relevance
"An architecture decision record is a short text file in a format similar to an Alexandrian pattern. (Though the decisions themselves are not necessarily patterns, they share the characteristic balancing of forces.) Each record describes a set of forces and a single decision in response to those forces. Note that the decision is the central piece here, so specific forces may appear in multiple ADRs."
architecture  decision_making  documentation  dopost 
7 days ago by niksilver
IBM’s plan to regulate pot with blockchains isn’t as crazy as it sounds | Ars Technica UK
"In a regulatory filing, IBM argued that the province should use a blockchain to manage its legal marijuana market. That is probably not a sentence that you ever expected to read. But it's not as crazy as it sounds."
blockchain  ibm  drugs  canada  dopost 
8 days ago by niksilver
Leaders as Decision Architects
"It’s extraordinarily difficult to rewire the human brain to undo the patterns that lead to such mistakes. But there is another approach: Alter the environment in which decisions are made so that people are more likely to make choices that lead to good outcomes."
failure  psychology  learning  dopost 
10 days ago by niksilver
The serious side of pranking - NCSC Site
"I was recently targeted for a prank and have taken the unorthodox step of asking James Linton, the very person who was trying to prank me, to help write this blog."
phishing  security  email  dopost 
11 days ago by niksilver
The Verge Survey: how Americans really feel about Facebook, Apple - The Verge
"The findings are fascinating: respondents trusted Facebook less than Google, and “trust” was a primary factor for individuals who abstained from using Facebook overall. Respondents trusted Amazon almost as much as their own bank."
survey  facebook  microsoft  twitter  apple  google  amazon  dopost 
15 days ago by niksilver
QA joke
"A QA Tester walks into a bar..."
quality_assurance  testing  humour  dopost 
17 days ago by niksilver
Steve Blank Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple
One of the strengths of successful visionary and charismatic CEOs is that they [...] unconsciously force out any world-class innovators from their direct reports. The problem is in a company driven by a visionary CEO, there is only one visionary.
leadership  innovation  apple  microsoft  steve_jobs  tim_cook  dopost 
18 days ago by niksilver
Yes, That Web Project Should Be a PWA · An A List Apart Article
"...many designers and developers (and their management teams) that PWAs aren’t appropriate for their projects. They are! Your site—every site—should be a PWA. This approach offers benefits for every project on the web, but I’ll get to that in a minute."
web_development  architecture  dopost 
18 days ago by niksilver
On HMRC, cloud providers, SMEs – and cloud-first government IT - Computer Weekly Editor's Blog
"The original scoop, another good piece from The Register, said that HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) decision to switch some of its cloud estate from a small UK cloud provider, Manchester-based Datacentred, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), sent the SME into administration. [But] according to our source, “Datacentred was already dead.”"
hmrc  cloud_computing  risk_management  amazon  dopost 
23 days ago by niksilver
Report: Twitter CEO took a Russian impostor’s bait in 2016 | Ars Technica UK
"Accounts like these can allow a fake actor to attract seemingly organic connections to other users, which Twitter may look for when determining whether an account is legitimate and/or should be pushed down by its "quality filter." From there, a politically motivated actor can distribute divisive messages or target advertising at a bucket of like-minded users."
dopost  propaganda  russia  twitter 
25 days ago by niksilver
Sell Your By-products – Signal v. Noise
"Look closely at everything you do. There are probably by-product opportunities everywhere. Hell, even your office space could be a by-product. You rent it to work, but what about after hours? Could you rent it out for events? Maybe you could hold stand-up comedy shows like Maryʼs Futons in San Rafael, California does. Sometimes customers return to buy the futon they were sitting on during the show. That’s extra sweet."
product_development  dopost  business_strategy 
29 days ago by niksilver
Quantitative Risk Analysis for overall project risk - YouTube
Demonstration and discussion of the eyeball plot (or football plot) for indicating projected project completion time and cost.
video  risk_management  visualisation  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
My tolerance for risk appetite is fading | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Now PwC has published a piece, “Board oversight of risk: defining risk appetite in plain English”. I was hoping to see new thinking that would help organizations and their boards manage risk effectively. Instead, while PwC says that risk appetite “is not a new concept but one that can be confusing”, I don’t believe they have succeeded in removing any of that confusion."
risk  risk_management  management  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
So what is a Coach and what is a Trainer? | LinkedIn
"The Coach should be able to ask the right questions and make sure the recipient team is moving in the right direction toward their own objective. The recipient team is normally providing all the content themselves. The more the Coach keeps the process moving along and resists him or herself from providing content in the discussion, the more effective they will be."
jobs  agile  coaching  training  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes - POLITICO
"Were Twitter a contractor for [Russian intelligence agency] the FSB [...] they could not have built a more effective disinformation platform."
russia  twitter  data  election  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
How Facebook rewards polarizing political ads - The Verge
"But even as Facebook makes unpopular messages more expensive to distribute, it can still promote polarization on a grander scale: thanks to Facebook’s microtargeting capabilities, voters can see fewer viewpoints that they might disagree with, because Facebook algorithms treat disagreement as bad for the user experience."
facebook  advertising  election  donald_trump  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver

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