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Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 2) 371

Our standups take five minutes for a US-local team of nine. Occasionally, a conversation gets started, but usually the interested parties just meet up afterwards. I think your team is sufficiently small that there's not a lot of structure required, which is great, but not every team is so lucky.

Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 1) 371

I manage a DevOps team, with lots of system administration work, and we were never able to get Scrum or Kanban to take off or get the results that were advertised. We dropped both, on our team, but we kept the daily standup (I actually wanted to kill it, but the team surprised me and said they wanted it). I still don't do anything for that meeting but read the roll-call, but if the team gets value from it, then it stays. The thing that agile seems to help in the broader organization (and I got this from a Scaled Agile training over the past couple weeks) is to help get diverse practitioners in the same room (testers, architects, project folks, execs), and helps give them a common language around expectations and timing, "Scaled Agile" calls these events "ceremonies", which is so syrupy that it makes me sick -- they're meetings -- but they do have very clear goals and opportunities to clear away misconceptions, so I think they're helpful. Agile also folds in the regular process of retrospectives, which I think are valuable as long as teams have the luxury of time to correct things that don't work well. Honestly, I think Agile is generally benign, and is helpful in chunking work into bits that can be worked iteratively, but teams need some degree of freedom to let go of the parts that don't work.

Comment Re:House loses most staunch Democrat (Score 4, Insightful) 406

Well, while you can get by without meat and poultry inspections for a little bit, and without water quality monitoring for awhile, or game and fisheries monitoring for awhile, or atmospheric tracking and monitoring for awhile, or auditing financial institutions for legal compliance, there would be a time afterwards when stuff like that would become meaningful again. None of that stuff showed up in the government basket out of thin air. It's nice to think that it can all be burned down and nobody would care, but the truth of it is that there are things the government does (most of what it does, actually) which private industry does not or cannot do reliably or without undue influence. Yep, there's also a lot of paperwork and inefficiency, too.

Comment I agree with the guy ... (Score 1) 684

... and I mentioned it on one of the gawker blogs and I pretty much got denounced as an anti-science troll. It's an unpopular opinion, but sending squishy meat-bags to mars is a waste of time, money and other resources that can be directed to other, more pressing priorities on this planet, or to projects that use robotic probes for exploration.

Comment As for me ... (Score 1) 842

It's a fascinating question, but let's just start with the assumption that I get a few billion and the tax man takes half. I have 1.5 billion to work with.

I'd probably start out with setting up a few small charitable trusts with 10 million each, for things that I care about in my community -- food banks, educational assistance for economically disadvantaged students, and housing & heating assistance for the elderly and disabled. They would pay out 5% of invested holdings every year. This would get me on a nice dinner party schedule, with some benefits to attend and give me some causes to work on and with other like-minded people. It doesn't have to be flashy, but it does have to be meaningful to me. This is how I'd meet people and pick up a social life.

I'd build a new house up in the mountains, with room for all my toys. I'd get an apartment in NYC and another house out in southern California. I'd probably move around between all three, through the year. I'd probably do a fair amount of traveling abroad as I felt the need.

I suppose, if my GF didn't care for this life, at some point I'd meet someone that would want to go along for the ride.

Honestly, I'd park most of the money in cash and securities and play it by ear.

Submission + - System Administrator Appreciation Day 2015

ninjagin writes: They might be underneath a desk, hauling cables above your ceiling, swapping out a drive in your data center, putting the blue smoke back inside that old pizza box on the rack, up at 2 am dealing with an alarm, upgrading or patching your systems over the weekend, but wherever they are today, take a moment to thank your friendly neighborhood system administrator, today. We always look to them to fix things up when things go bad, but they are rarely recognized for the majority of their effort — the quiet work they do in the background to keep the bits flying and things running smoothly.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 3, Informative) 552

I work in tech, only for about 25 years, though, and I see (and have seen) women being treated badly all the time. They have a much harder time getting their ideas into play, their opinions heard & listened to, and their work and credibility accepted. It's very hard to push back against it, too, without risk. I could go on, but you don't seem to be open to other points of view on the subject.

Comment Re:contempt? never! (Score 1) 213

Exactly. Thank you for saying this. I can't think of two western nations that have had a longer alliance than France and the US. We owe the very existence of the USA to France -- not just in the war of independence, but in the Louisiana Purchase (roughly a third of continental US land) and also in the war of 1812 where France was our largest (if somewhat reluctant) trading partner. The two nations may grouse a bit at each other from time to time (1820-1865 was a low period, to be sure, and I blame the string of lesser Napoleons), but I can't think of two nations that have been such steadfast partners for a longer total period of time.

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