Can Agile overcome cultural barriers

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In the end we are all different and unique human beings with our own beliefs and cultural backgrounds. So can agile overcome some of these barriers?

Agile in practise

I have had the privilege these past couple of months to experience the difference agile can make in different cultures. In the Indian culture it is custom to have a representative or a spokesperson. It was a challenge to get the whole team ...

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Tips for networking effectively

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Networking is a vitally important marketing tool for every business, whether big or small. Creating valuable and engaging contacts could be the single most important thing that you do for your business. Most chambers of commerce offer networking events to encourage businesses to get to know one another. In addition, there are many business associations that facilitate networking events with their members such as the BNI network, the Business Women’s Association and many more. So start ...

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Best computer programming language to learn how to code

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With today’s rapid pace of technological advances it is becoming more and more important to understand computers beyond typing letters in Word and playing Solitaire instead of working. But where does a complete stranger to programming start?

Introduction

I can only imagine how confusing it must be for a person with no background in computing to figure out how to start programming. The web is scattered with blogs and articles written by ...

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The roles within agile

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One of the biggest challenges in any industry is finding the right people for a particular vacancy. Within agile we have two very important roles that will ensure agile survives at your company.

The Product Owner

The product owner is responsible for a product and thus must know his product thoroughly.  Ideally it should also be someone that will be comfortable in a client facing role.  A common mistake that is made ...

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Online Agile Project Management Tools

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There are a number of online agile applications to assist with the management of agile software development projects. We’ll focus on agile tools that we’ve used on internal and external projects, namely Jira/Greenhopper, Pivotal Tracker and Trello.

Jira with Greenhopper

Greenhopper Agile tool

At Infoware Studios, we use Jira for all our projects. Jira is ...

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Agile Marketing – JIRA project management tool

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The agile way

At Infoware Studios, everything we do is managed by using an agile approach, including our marketing department. Not only are we fiercely passionate about agile, but we practise what we preach as well and follow agile principles in all our projects.

As someone who is new to agile, software development ...

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Increasing JIRA memory

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(Seeing OutOfMemoryErrors in the logs or Jira slows down is symptomatic of this.)

Java applications like JIRA and Confluence run in a “Java virtual machine” (JVM), instead of directly within an operating system. When started, the Java virtual machine is allocated a certain amount of memory, which it makes available to applications like JIRA. By default, Java virtual machines are allocated 64 MB of memory, no matter how many gigabytes of memory your server may actually ...

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Learning through making mistakes

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Since early childhood we all are taught not to make mistakes. We are constantly reminded to be perfect.

Even in adulthood we are scared of making mistakes and usually in the corporate world we get punished for making mistakes.  When agile was found there became an awareness of the benefit to learn through making mistakes.  Through making mistakes we can as a team assess our mistakes and work towards finding a solution. But this doesn’t mean that ...

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Ruby on Rails: Sublime Text Packages

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I’ve finally moved from Vim (which is still awesome) to Sublime Text as my primary editor for Ruby on Rails development, here are some of my favorite packages.

Sublime Text Package Manager

Thanks to the package manager, installation of packages is straightforward.  More details on installation and usage of the package manager can be found here: 

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Favourite WordPress Plugins

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At Webware Studios, our Internet Marketing division, we specialise in creating WordPress websites for small and medium-sized businesses who want a professional website that is still affordable and suits their limited budgets. WordPress is a content management system that allows one to constantly update content on their website and provides an easy-to-use user interface for novices wanting to blog or keep their websites fresh. WordPress is known for its functionality and abundance of themes and WordPress plugins, which ...

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AGILE TOOL SUPPORT: JIRA SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR GUIDE – Permissions & Security

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Permissions and Security

What is an issue ‘security level’?

Issue security levels allow you to control who can see individual issues within a project.

A security level’s members may consist of:

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  • Individual users
  • Groups
  • Project roles
  • Issue roles such as ‘Reporter’, ‘Project Lead’, and ‘Current Assignee’
  • ‘Anyone’ (eg. to allow anonymous access)
  • A (multi-)user picker custom field.
  • A (multi-)group picker custom field.
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Here is a list the different global permissions and the functions they secure:

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How to write a simple plugin that adds a new tab in JIRA

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How to write a simple plugin that adds a new tab (section) to JIRA’s top-level menu, with a number of menu items in the section. The menu items link to specific web pages. 

You can use this sort of plugin to add links from JIRA to other locations in your environment, such as your company’s intranet or your Confluence site.

In order to do this, you will create a JIRA ...

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Agile: A Journey

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Every journey has a start and an end destination. In life we tend to focus so hard on the end destination that we forget about the journey itself.

Agile is a lifestyle

With agile people tend to think it’s a quick fix or the silver bullet instead of a journey.  Or we start the journey and then decide it takes too long or it simply isn’t working and then start all over ...

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SpecFlow – Agile Testing with Visual Studio

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Introduction

SpecFlow supports TDD (Test Driven Development) and BDD (Behavior Driven Development) concepts, and integrates very well with Visual Studio.

Installing SpecFlow

Installing SpecFlow is straightforward, simply go to the Visual Studio Gallery site, download the SpecFlow extension and then install it.

Creating a new SpecFlow project

Once SpecFlow is installed, follow these steps to create a new project as part ...

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