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Raymond Camden09/23/14
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Using the New York Times API to Chart Occurrences in Headlines

This weekend I discovered that the New York Times has a pretty deep developer API. I thought I'd try to build a little experiment. What if we could use the API to map the number of times a keyword appeared in headlines over time?

Kevin Daly09/22/14
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How an onion can help your development team be more productive

So how do we onboard new team members? How do we make them productive as soon as possible? Layered software design!

Alec Noller09/22/14
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Introducing DZone's 2014 Guide to Big Data

DZone's 2014 Guide to Big Data was produced to help you discover emerging information about the Big Data landscape and learn about how the shifting needs of data scientists and developers are influencing new tools and technologies.

Gerry Claps09/22/14
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Product Owners can DESTROY your Agile teams

Every Scrum team has a Product Owner, but not every Product Owner is being 'agile'. Here's 3 steps on how to get it right!

Trevor Parsons09/19/14
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How to Avoid the Big Data Black Hole

Data collection should be synthesized into meaningful events. Getting users addicted to a platform by the quality and frequency of decisions versus encouraging them to spin the wheel to see what happens and becoming a 5th limb.

Steve Hanov09/19/14
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A Quick Measure of Sortedness

How do you measure the "sortedness" of a list? Here, I propose another measure for sortedness. The procedure is to sum the difference between the position of each element in the sorted list, x, and where it ends up in the unsorted list, f(x). We divide by the square of the length of the list and multiply by two, because this gives us a nice number between 0 and 1. Subtracting from 1 makes it range from 0, for completely unsorted, to 1, for completely sorted.

Jim Hirschauer09/19/14
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Top 5 Mobile APM Myths: Myths 1 & 2

There is a lot of confusion in the market today. So in this blog post, I’d like to dispel some key myths around mobile apps. And how, with the right mAPM tool, you can nail your mobile app experience — both interactivity-wise and performance-wise — and thereby win the market.

Johanna Rothman09/19/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 2

Delivering working software builds trust. Trust obviates many needs for estimates. If your managers or customers have never had trust with a project or program team before, they will start asking for estimates. Your job is to deliver working software every day, so they stop asking.

Mark Needham09/19/14
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R: Calculating rolling or moving averages

I’ve been playing around with some time series data in R and since there’s a bit of variation between consecutive points I wanted to smooth the data out by calculating the moving average.

Mark Needham09/19/14
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R: ggplot – Plotting a single variable line chart

I’ve been learning how to do moving averages in R and having done that calculation I wanted to plot these variables on a line chart using ggplot.

Paul Hammant09/18/14
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Throughput Over Backlog (an Agile Value)

The initial signatories of the Agile Alliance sat and hashed out 4 key values in their Agile Manifesto in 1998. Colleague Paulo Carroli, a few years ago, socialized a thought that 5th value could be added to the manifesto: Team throughput over detailed work backlog

Josh Begleiter09/18/14
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Why I'm Afraid of Systemd

Over the last two months or so it’s become apparent that systemd is taking over the Linux world. Many have expressed their reservations about systemd (including Linus Torvalds himself). Is systemd a reasonable alternative to sysvinit; are there favorable alternatives to systemd?

Rob Galanakis09/18/14
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Japanese vs. Western models of decision making

I was reading a book about The Toyota Way last year and something that stuck with me was a section on Japanese versus Western decision making.

Gil Zilberfeld09/18/14
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How To Waste Estimations

The point is: the effort put into estimation should be small enough to provide the numbers to management.

Mike Bushong09/17/14
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Playing politics and self-defeating behavior

If you take an informal survey about the characteristics of dysfunctional organizations, you will probably hear the word politics rise to the top of most peoples’ lists. But what is really behind office politics?