August 10, 2015

Scaled Professional Scrum – Nexus Framework

The Nexus framework scales the roles, events and artifacts of Scrum to improve the ability for 3- 9 Scrum Teams to jointly develop and sustain complex products. A Nexus is a Scrum eco-system that produces integrated versions of product from a rigorous focus on people, communication, development excellence and integration of work. From the outside, a Nexus is no different than any small-scale instance of Scrum. All work for the product or system being developed is organized in a Product Backlog. By the end of a Sprint, every 30 days or less, a releasable (integrated) Increment of product is available. Communication is optimized to deal with dependencies, proactively as well as via reification, because dependences are the hidden killer of product development at scale.


What Are the Effects of Computer Hacking?

The big threat that these worms bring is the knowledge that a system is open. This can allow the automated response to install a back door into a system which can allow malicious hackers to gain access to computers as well as turning systems into "zombies" which could be used for various purposes including spamming and masking the actions of the original hacker. Creators of catastrophic software such as the author of the first Internet worm, Robbert Tappan Morris Jr. did not mean to do bad at all. ... Morris created the Morris worm, which was meant to gauge the size of the Internet but had actually gained access to ARPANET by accessing vulnerabilities in Unix based systems which were in use at the time.


The Need For IoT and Social Media Mix

Previously unthinkable business models are changing the way we understand and do business these days. Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. It is time to think ahead if you want your business to remain relevant. Enough examples, let’s start by analysing the implications of latest trends in IoT and Social Media, uncovered by WT VOX’s latest survey. Mobile users place a high value on utilitarian content. With the majority of social activity taking place via mobile devices, consumers are increasingly intolerant of social content that doesn’t provide value, especially on larger social networks.


How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bots

The promise of it all is beyond exciting—we’re living on the brink of incredible change. The flip side is that the stakes couldn’t be higher. Modern technology and connectivity offer both challenges and opportunities to peoples around the globe, with dramatic implications for climate change, wealth distribution, diversity, poverty, health care, security, and privacy. Which means we have some deeper thinking to do and critical choices to make in the years ahead if we want to live in a future rich with human possibility and opportunity.


Does too much technology make a car artificial?

GM's OnStar paved the way, and now it's a rare hybrid or battery electric vehicle that can't use an Android or iPhone as a remote. Of course, this means letting the outside world have hooks deep into a car's control systems, the dangers of which are all too clear thanks to irresponsible stunts like the recent Uconnect hack. All these changes make for awkward times when people happily driving decade-old cars butt up against the modern driving machine. You can see this in discussions on the Internet. The Internet commenter must be heavily underrepresented in car industry focus groups, since most posts about cars tell us that the author wouldn't be caught dead letting a car brake for them, steer for them, or shift their gears.


Why You Need A Data Strategy To Succeed In Industry 4.0

Since the beginning of the industrial age, the manufacturing sector has experienced a number of dramatic turning points, where the introduction of a new invention has radically changed manufacturing processes and output. Today,the manufacturing and high tech sector finds itself at one of these significant turning points -Industry 4.0. If you’re wondering what went before – Industry 1.0 is associated with the beginning of manufacturing where mechanical production systems were powered by steam and water. The next revolution in manufacturing came when the invention of electricity powered specialisation during the production process. Then came the use of electronics and IT to drive new levels of automation in Industry 3.0.


How Flash destroys your browser's performance

In case you needed another reason to uninstall Adobe Flash, we’ve got one: It can drag down your PC by as much as 80 percent. Yes, 80 percent. So not only is Adobe Flash incredibly unsafe, it’s a memory hog. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it. As part of an upcoming roundup of the major browsers, we tested their abilities to handle Flash. Two browsers, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, do not include Flash, although you can download a plugin from Adobe to enable it. A third, Microsoft’s new Edge browser, enables Flash by default, although you can manually turn it off. Both Internet Explorer 11 and Google’s Chrome also include Flash, which you can disable or adjust within the Settings menu.


Understanding The Future Of Mobility

The benefits will be enormous: An 80+ percent reduction in the cost of transportation. Reduced pollution. Reduced stress and road rage. A dramatic decrease in accidents and traffic deaths. Gaining back time lost to commuting — and the associated increase in productivity. Freeing up two lanes on many urban roads by eliminating parked cars. Even the reclaiming of the space allocated to home garages. This future is being driven by the nexus of three significant trends. Each is important in and of itself, but combined they create an unstoppable force for change. As with most significant changes to the way we live our lives, safety and trust and data are key to enabling the potential of on-demand mobility.


Strategy, Leadership and the Soul

Transorganization: Organizations that design both interpersonal awareness and business strategy synergistically are more able to see and sense the macro-environment and are more able to create relevant value. Transleaders: Individuals who understand that their leverage comes from the coordination of getting things done through others through the use of compassion, awareness, developing conduits, acquiring and distributing meta-knowledge, coordinating multiple intelligences and being excellent collaborators. Like a body has capillary systems to exchange oxygen, blood and information, transleaders do the same to create vitality for the bio-organization which we call a “Transorganization.”


Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend

The reason? The hacker motive for these data breaches is not (primarily) financial gain. No doubt, someone, somewhere, may have made money in the process — especially if a hired hacker was doing the hacking actions for someone else. Why is the motive of the hacker a significant issue? The past decade of data breaches has been dominated by the conventional wisdom and this public perception: “Follow the money.” Specifically, organized bad-guy hacker criminals are looking to rob banks, steal intellectual property, get your social security number, steal credit card numbers or gain your logon credentials to ultimately get to your cash — or better yet, your organization’s cash.



Quote for the day:

"The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell." -- Confucius