Velocity: An Elusive Metric in Scrum

When I interview candidates for a position in an Agile/Scrum development project, I often ask: “What is your team’s current velocity?” The candidate might think the response needs to be a high number, but it doesn’t matter what the number is. What matters to me is that the candidate knows the number.

Velocity is an important metric in Scrum for measuring how well a team is working together. This is what I want to assess when asking this question. Unfortunately, the term has been misconstrued to mean something else: a measure of a team’s speed or productivity, often with the assumption that the number—whatever it happens to be—should increase infinitely over time.

When velocity is misused this way, it can be detrimental. For one thing, it gets discredited by the team it is meant to benefit. For this reason, it’s important to understand what velocity is, when and how velocity is useful, and why misapplying it actually puts the performance of Agile teams at risk.

The State of Mobile Pay and Why It Matters

The moment of transaction is critical for mobile experiences. Any technical or user experience issue has the opportunity to derail a sale. Fortunately, developers no longer need to roll their own payment solution, as a number of highly capable and trusted third-party services exist. Several recent acquisitions and partnerships have shaken up the mobile pay space, resulting in consolidation and competition between a few large competitors and a shift in how enterprises should approach mobile payment in the future.

Here are the key players in mobile pay today:

Technical Program Managers Innovate, Lead, and Solve Complex and Interdependent Technology Problems

The days when a “large IT project” effectively meant “enterprise-wide system installation” are long gone. Businesses today deploy large scale systems using services and micro services throughout their organizations. With systems being woven together in a complex tapestry, technology projects and initiatives demand incredibly precise coordination, especially to make large scale changes.

Fortunately, the Technical Program Manager (TPM) role has evolved to meet this need. TPMs combine superb technical skills with program/project/process management skills to dig into thorny, critical issues and lead teams to solve large and complex technical problems.

Docker and Containers: Do They Make Sense for Your Enterprise?

Containers are like an undiscovered band that’s played the same venue and the same old songs for many years but suddenly finds a stunning vocalist and vaults to the top of the charts. Their exciting new lead vocalist is Docker, and they’re embarking on a worldwide tour.

Native or Hybrid – What’s the Difference and Which is Right for Your Mobile App Project?

When you decide it’s time to invest in a mobile app, your next big decision is to choose how it will be developed. Should you choose Native development or should you go Hybrid? Like so many technology solutions questions, the answer will depend on your goals and resources. Each path can lead to success, and you can increase the odds of a great outcome by understanding the opportunities and costs associated with each choice.

Gaining Executive-Level Buy-In for Data Governance Strategy

Data governance initiatives are inherently complex because they affect one of the organization’s most critical assets: information. In addition, at their core lies a mandate for company-wide change. As a result, buy-in and enthusiasm is needed across the organization, starting with executive leadership.

Infographic: Understanding the Levels of Data Analytics Maturity

Analytics is of critical importance for an organization’s roadmap. Good analytics helps create the metrics which shape the roadmap of an organization and drive actionable results. Analytics also gives insights into history, competitive differentiation, and predictions about the future.

An organization’s analytics maturity can be described using an analytics maturity model. At AIM we employ a model with three levels of analytics maturity: Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive.

The #1 Mistake Customers Make with Tableau

Tableau is very clear and passionate about the company’s mission — to help people see and understand data. Their data visualization technology is second to none, a wonderful front-end tool that makes data come alive.

But when it comes to implementing Tableau, customers often make the mistake of relying on Tableau as a full data manipulation tool without an upstream data management platform or a plan to build one. Tableau has some very handy data manipulation features, but its focus is on front-end visualization, not data management, so these features have a few major constraints.

UX Rules the World!

You just downloaded a new app for your phone. You’re landing on a website for the first time. What do you see? What do you notice? Do you know what you’re supposed to do first? If it all makes sense and it’s easy to use – that’s successful UX.

Four Online Courses to Become a Better SDET

The trend toward continuous delivery and automated testing has caused organizations to lean more on the SDET role, increasing the demand for highly skilled SDETs in the marketplace. For manual testers who want to become SDETs, and for current SDETs who want to grow their value, continuing education is essential.

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