“Agile teams are very resistant to work on things that are open ended or hard to estimate. Part of the problem is that we expect our Agile teams to accurately estimate their work and then rate them on how well they do this (that they are accountable for their estimates). This has the side effect that they are then very resistant to work on things that are open ended or hard to estimate. Generally for innovation to take hold, the performance management system needs a bit of tweaking to encourage innovation and higher risk tasks, rather than only encouraging meeting commitments and making good estimates.”—Unstructured Time at Sage - Stephen Smith’s Blog
No doubt, this has been a tough weekend for Meetup. Since Thursday, we faced a massive attack on our servers — a DDoS attack, which is a barrage of traffic intended to make service unavailable. We’ve had many hours of downtime over several days, a first for us in 12 years of growing the…
We have many partners within Microsoft, such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, Bing, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and SharePoint, who build sites that serve millions of visitors and who have the engineering experience to help validate the changes that we made to the CLR GC.
No mention of Office.com server teams… The rumor mills in Seattle says Redmond engineers are rewriting certain C# server services in C++ to deal with multi-core processor issues.
Thinking through any time processor architecture has fundamentally changed new languages have been ushered in…
Node.js | Scala + Akka | Go | Angular Dart,
.NET… days have to numbered….I’m sure MSR has something excellent, but will Microsoft pull it out of the research hopper?
According to Ylian Saint-Hilaire from Intel’s software and services, the key to dreaming up new usages is to ask the right questions and continually seek “a higher quality of ignorance.” In this, the second installment of our three-part series exploring ideation, learn about the Intel software pathfinder’s unique approach to enlisting customers from diverse cultures to generate ideas and help create new usages for existing—and future— technologies. What questions will you ask?
“I don’t want to live online so much, you know? Like, when I go to dinner, phones are never on the table. And sometimes it’s fun to ask a question and not Google the answer - just to see how long your normal mind takes. Everybody has these quote-unquote insomnia problems, but it’s really because you won’t get off your gadgets. Why don’t you just try and lay still for 10 minutes while facing upwards. Without something in front of you that glows.”—Katy Perry (via davemorin)
“As much as we’ve moved to the market, the market has really moved to us,” says Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth. “We’re able to provide much more detailed information than the health plans even know what to do with today.”
In this case, providing means selling information about people who have used SoloHealth kiosks.
In our lifetimes, the global picture of poverty has been completely redrawn. Per-person incomes in Turkey and Chile are where the U.S. was in 1960. Malaysia is nearly there. So is Gabon. Since 1960, China’s real income per person has gone up eightfold. India’s has quadrupled, Brazil’s has almost quintupled, and tiny Botswana, with shrewd management of its mineral resources, has seen a 30-fold increase. A new class of middle-income nations that barely existed 50 years ago now includes more than half the world’s population.
And yes, this holds true even in Africa. Income per person in Africa has climbed by two-thirds since 1998—from just over $1,300 then to nearly $2,200 today. Seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies of the past half-decade are in Africa.
Here’s our prediction: By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.