estimating their work using things called Story Points
trying to predict a release schedule using a thing called Velocity
This is where it started to fall down. This team have no handle on their velocity. It seems to vary wildly from sprint to sprint, and the elephant in the room is that it's steadily dropping.
I see this a lot. Even where the velocity appears to be steady, it's often because the team have been gradually inflating their estimates as time has gone on. They do …
As we were starting to think about how we could launch our new iOS app in a new and innovative way we tossed around a variety of ideas. The one that really stuck with us was to use Passbook as a way to give users an exclusive peak at what we've been working on.
Passbook is kind of an unsung hero of the iOS 6. When it was announced, everyone thought it was a really neat idea. As iOS 6 has matured, however, use cases have been few and far between. I've …
Telling A Story
Footers must also match your business goals. Early 2012, we relaunched ZURB.com with a brand new look and a splashy footer. Content-wise it was mostly the same — still largely geared toward generating leads for our services — but with more emphasis on personality. After the success of proving ourselves with our own products, we wanted the world to know what it was like to work with us.
But by that time we were so much more than that. Foundation was gaining …
Tell Your Story Better
In order to tell you story better, you have to be able to do the following:
Write it down . A story isn't good unless you put it into written words. Keep a doc — Dreadful . Statementor otherwise — around so that others can refer to it. You can even write it as a
Make it real . Writing down your story also makes it real. It becomes tangible, something others can touch. But more than writing it down, it has to also be actionable …
Share Your Story
During the development of the New Relic iOS App, our team usedfor deployment, for crash reports and for for mobile monitoring. We'd like to learn more about the tools you used. Share your feedback in the comments below.
The Story from's In the Beginning was the Command Line
When the Clown Prince ofmet the Dark Prince of Fiction.
And finally, here's an excerpt from Neal Stephenson's In the Beginning was the Command Line . It was his 1999 essay in which he proposed that proprietary operating systems weren't going to be profitable ventures …
Terrifying Story About Facing Mortality By the way, I don't mean the type of experience where you encounter a floating ball of light and learn the wisdom of the universe. I mean the kind where you're like, holy shit, I almost died. One of my near-death experiences involved this complete dipshit of a cardiologist who actually put a catheter inside my heart which was too big to fit, and caused my heart to stop pumping for a second. I was watching the whole thing happen on an x-ray monitor …
…Sending Email Is Easy, Getting It Delivered is Another Story How email is delivered from your application to your customer's inbox is not a direct process as the email request goes through several checkpoints to filter out spam and all of them can prevent your email from being delivered.
Spam is Everywhere
Day of, I was standing behind the curtain where 130 investors sat waiting to hear our pitch on the other side. All of us in the program were anxious. I recall waiting to deliver my presentation and thinking,
We have spent many, many months of programming, 10 weeks in the accelerator program working with our team in Sydney across timezones. It's all coming down to these 3 minutes.
It felt like the backstage of a boxing match.
The Shop2 Story: A Shoppable Magazine Curated by Brands & Bloggers
two essential components: Avatar and Story
be yourself, but be your best self
Avatar: the image you present, should be slightly different than the norm but not weird
Story topics: did something fun, did something you weren't supposed to do, took charge of a situation, etc.
Something else Alan said really struck me: "Networking is doing favors for other people." This isn't about taking advantage of people, hypnotizing them into buying your crappy stuff, or being …