October 17, 2012

Agile Bug Management: Not an Oxymoron
Carrying bug debt is unhealthy and sometimes, even destructive. We should fix bugs, not track them. A feature isn't done until the bugs are fixed. Quality is part of the overall cost. Bugs are prioritized against new features. A bug needs to be more important than the next new feature.

Q&A: Moving Between Cloud Technologies
Many organizations start with private clouds, then move to a public cloud (or adopt a hybrid mix). That move can be filled with risks, especially regarding security -- and once you have a public/hybrid cloud in place, what new skills does IT need to manage it?  Learn about the problems and best practices from moving between cloud models, from Andrew Hay, chief evangelist at CloudPassage;

WatchDox for SharePoint Enables Secure Sharing of Office, PDF Documents
WatchDox, a provider of secure access, file sync, and collaboration solutions, has released WatchDox for SharePoint, an integrated solution that securely enables SharePoint libraries to be both mobile and collaborative across company boundaries.

Getting Real with MDM
Since the first survey from The Information Difference in 2008, much has changed in master data management, both in technology and in implementation expertise and experience. In particular, MDM has graduated from a novel innovative technology to become relatively mature and accepted. It is increasingly being adopted by multinational organizations to tackle their data inconsistency nightmares and deliver reliable, trusted business information.

NASSCOM BPO Summit 2012 Day2: Opening Keynote
Here is the recorded video of Steve Tower's Key Note address outlining the Outside In: The power of putting customers at the center of your business.

When to Fire a Top Performer Who Hurts Your Company Culture
Star performers should be let go if they become a "cultural vampire," Eric Sinoway writes. Such workers collect power, influence and followers, and soon "there's a small army of vampires and zombies attacking the stars, high potentials and leaders who are doing the right thing," Sinoway writes.

Salesforce.com chief scientist on how and why the cloud is here to stay
The best way I can respond to that question [about whether cloud computing is for real] is, ‘Do my children no any different?’” said Salesforce.com Chief Scientist JP Rangaswami during a morning session at our Structure: Europe conference on Wednesday.

Breaking into a New Company
All of a sudden you don't have any friends, you're not sure what you're supposed to do, and it's hard to find the bathroom. Adding to the pressure is the unspoken fact that the clock is ticking: Your new colleagues may give you a grace period, but you know that they are making judgments about whether or not you'll be a good fit, starting on day one.

5 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects
In a new post, Chris Bruzzi and Nick Hamm, both with Appirio, a cloud services provider, share their experiences in cloud application development. They point to the five changes in mindset that needs to take place as application development and deployment evolves to the cloud world.

The Right Way to be Wrong
Dan Rockwell through Leadership Freak: Too many mistakes and you lose credibility. Too few mistakes and you’re dead in the water, you can’t lead. 5 ways to get good at mistake making

Quote for the day:

"You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within." -- Bob Nelson

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