technology

Agile software development and “value”

Scrum Release Burndown by kjudy

As advocates of agile software development we focus on practices. The hype on those practices is they produce software, “faster, cheaper, better.” And we sell our efforts with the promise of, “delivering value.” We speak of value as if the definition is shared, self-evident, contained within our backlogs and measured by our burn ups. At the same time we minimize the hard and long the struggle to achieve mastery, identify and address a material need, and sustain creativity and quality. … Read More

FIRST LEGO League Robotics in Brooklyn

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Tournament, Brooklyn Borough Qualifier. FLL is a global program created to get children excited about science and technology. A hands-on program for ages 9 to 16 (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada), FLL uses Challenges based on real world scientific problems to engage children in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstone of the program is its Core Values, which emphasize friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement. (more…)

iRobot’s Soft Morphing Blob ‘Bot Takes Its First Steps

From the IEEE Spectrum via YouTube: iRobot’s soft, shape-shifting robot blob can roll around and change shape, and it will be able to squeeze through tiny cracks in a wall when the project is finished. Video presented at IEEE IROS 2009.

On the Media – cruelty and vulnerability on the internet

Streams of two segments from the NPR show On the Media: Smirch Engine There’s a name for how cruel people can get given a little anonymity on the internet. It’s called “online disinhibition effect” and the resulting venom can ruin your day or worse, destroy your good name. The Net’s Mid-Life Crisis The basic architecture of the Internet hasn’t changed since it was conceived 40 years ago. But what was once the playground of wonks is now the main staging … Read More

ContactPoint – Protecting the Children

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ContactPoint is a web accessible database containing identity information for all English children. From the Department for Children, Schools and Families: ContactPoint holds the following basic information for each child in England up until their 18th birthday: name, address, gender, date of birth and a unique identifying number name and contact details for each child’s parent or carer contact details for services working with a child: as a minimum, educational settings such as schools and GP practices contact details for other service … Read More