I volunteer in the HATCH maker space in Watertown, MA. I learned how to use pretty much everything there but the sewing machines (which was on my list) and even teach classes there. The things I used for myself the most were the 3D printers and the laser cutter.
With the Coronavirus lockdown, though, there are no more volunteers on site. As of 10/2020, volunteers and patrons can spend limited time in the facility, which is the best they can safely do, but it’s hard to try things and iterate and experiment in true maker fashion. I decided I needed to buy my own 3D printer.
Agile New England is once again holding the Agile Games and Mob Programming conferences back to back.
Register here for either conference while the Early Bird rates are in effect while the Early Bird rates are in effect!
- Agile Games 2018: April 9-11, 2018
- Mob Programming 2018: April 12-13, 2018
I heard a CEO say the other day that “Charity is not a business model”. I’m not so sure that’s the case, but it got me thinking. And researching. It turns out that companies (and their executives) are not legally bound to maximize shareholder profits, as many people (including myself, until now) think. Businesses can form to, and focus on, maximize any collection criteria they want.
I just read an interesting article from DZone called There’s No Such Thing As A “Devops Team”. Readers who have been around a while will know that a flippant title like that is neither going to be totally true, or even the real point of the article. And they would be right. The real point of the article is that silo groups are bad, and silo groups that don’t talk to each other are infinitely worse, and the bigger the [real or imagined] barrier to them communicating, the worse it is. The solution to two teams not working together (in this case the developers and the operations/release engineering group) is rarely to insert another group between them.
Agile New England, one of the groups I’m on the board of, had a sold out meeting this week. We even asked our hosts to expand the capacity of the room and still had a waiting list. Janet Gregory spoke about the pitfalls of testing, how to tell when you’re in trouble, and how to get out of it. The audience was fully engaged, and there were lots of great questions. Next month, Johanna Rothman speaks on Agile project management vs non-Agile project management. Sign up quick!
Just as exciting, next week is our Agile Games 2011 event, which is almost sold out. There are four or five tickets next. What is it you say?
The Agile Games conference is an exploration of how concepts like serious play, collaboration, and experiential learning apply to the field of Agile software development and project management. Our theme for this year is “Learn. Share. Play!” More than a conference, this will be an experience where attendees will be able to learn new concepts, then immediately share and experiment with other professionals. Forget death by PowerPoint. Every single session we offer will be interactive, hands on, and – dare we say – fun! Whether you’re new to Agile, a capable practitioner, or a seasoned veteran, this conference has something for you.
This promises to be a great event for people at all levels. If it interests you, sign up soon.
Those who know me will back me up on this; I evaluate things fairly. You will never hear me say $FOO is clearly superior than anything else, and there’s no reason for anyone to use anything else. That includes Linux and Linux distros. I calls them as I sees them, and I do not feel that Linux is always better in every situation for every user, nor is one distribution/brand of Linux clearly the best for all situations. And I’ve been using Linux since Red Hat 4.2 in 1997 (I still have the disks).
I recently installed Ubuntu Karmic (9.10), waiting a few months after release as I usually do so the major bugs are already fixed, and ran into many more problems than I expected. I find this unfortunate, because one of the main reasons I switched from Fedora to Ubuntu is no longer valid. Some of this post is about this release, and some is about the state of Linux in general.