Agile Survey Results

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

I conducted a survey for our AgilePhilly group to get an idea of what people are doing with agile methodologies and tools, and where they’d like to go in the future. Here are the results:

How do the responses compare with those of your company or community?

Scrum Story and Task Templates

Monday, December 8th, 2008

I spotted these on the table during an Agile Philly meeting at LiquidHub:

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Custom templates like this are a great way to make sure all the information you need for a story and task is recorded; I’m looking into having similar custom Post-Its printed for my group.

Cloud Computing at Amazon

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Blending into the skyI attended a few talks on cloud computing last week, including an overview of Amazon Web Services. My previous view of Amazon’s mission was that they’re out to commoditize everything, from books to products to computing. In fact, they actually do have 3 lines of business:

The extent of their web services is testimony to it’s standing as a main pier of the company: it includes a variety of inexpensive a la carte services for data storage, messaging, and raw computing power. Web service traffic actually surpasses that of the retail site. Of course, the real proof comes in some of their success stories:

  • SmugMug stores and serves 700 TB of data through Amazon (case study)
  • The New York Times TimesMachine split and completed optical character recognition on 130 years work of newspaper scans in less than 24 hours for a few hundred dollars
  • Animoto launched their viral video application on Facebook, and quickly scaled from 50 virtual servers in Amazon’s cloud to 3500

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