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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Scrum still relevant? (

An anonymous reader writes: In an article titled "Scrum is dead: breaking down the new open development method," Ahmad Nassri writes:

Among the most "oversold as a cure" methodologies introduced to business development teams today is Scrum, which is one of several agile approaches to software development and introduced as a way to streamline the process. Scrum has become something of an intractable method, complete with its own holy text, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development , and daily devotions (a.k.a., Scrum meetings).

Although Scrum may have made more sense when it was being developed in the early '90s, much has changed over the years. Startups and businesses have work forces spread over many countries and time zones, making sharing offices more difficult for employees. As our workforce world evolves, our software development methods should evolve, too.

What do you think? Is Scrum still a viable approach to software development, or is it time to make way for a different way of doing things?

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 192

If you read the article and watched the video you would know that the headlights do not move - they continue to do what they have always done, which is light up the road in front of you.

There are 2 additional movable spotlights that complement the headlights which would highlight additional risks for you - such as people, animals, curves on the side of the road which may not be in the path of your headlights.

Comment Re:I thought they were already gone in EU (Score 1) 796

Likewise, I have to hand-write a check for my rent every month, rather than just going online and clicking a button to transfer a pre-registered amount to a pre-determined destination account (or just setting up a completely automatic monthly transfer).

You can likely setup your landlord as a payee in your online banking, and then set a recurring monthly payment of a pre-registered amount to the pre-determined payee and the bank will print and mail the check for you. Mine does. This would seem to resolve the issues you raised.


Submission + - BBC has lost original 9/11 tapes

zimba42 writes: "Maybe the citizens of the UK should all stop paying their TV tax. The BBC editor's blog is currently carrying the following statement from Richard Porter, editor of BBC news: "We no longer have the original tapes of our 9/11 coverage (for reasons of cock-up, not conspiracy). So if someone has got a recording of our output, I'd love to get hold of it. We do have the tapes for our sister channel News 24, but they don't help clear up the issue one way or another." Blog: _of_the_conspiracy.html"

Submission + - The Multicore CPU Race Is On

Anonymous writes: "Data center consolidation and virtualization may be driving server implementations these days, but there's a much more fundamental shift occurring at the microprocessor platform level. To wit, an article on reports that systems based on the industry-standard x86 architecture are taking on a predominant role in the overall infrastructure, rivaling the performance and capability of higher-end processors. At the same time, new generations of RISC-based enterprise platforms that run improved multithreaded implementations of Unix are making huge strides in throughput and performance."

Feed Jumbo Airbus Lands in N.Y. (

The world's biggest passenger liner, which the struggling European aviation company hopes will revive its fortunes, completes its maiden flight to North America. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - SpaceX to Make 2nd Launch Attempt of Falcon I

An anonymous reader writes: SpaceX will make their second attempt to launch their Falcon I rocket later today. The first attempt suffered an anomaly that resulted in the vehicle's exploding seconds after lift-off. SpaceX is one of two commercial partners with NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportations Services program to encourage development of commercial space transportation capability for eventual resupply of crew and cargo to ISS. Expected launch time is 4pm California time (11pm GMT) and will be viewable from their webcast. Previous slashdot coverage of SpaceX/COTS.

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