12 Months, 12 New Skills
2010 was a busy year. Started out with my talk at SXSW, which actually took more time than I expected. I’ve set up a Support Department at Mangrove, helped starting a separate Product Dev team and put a lot of time in moving the office and all of the network infrastructure. So, time for a fresh start. I’ve set myself a goal for 2011: to learn something new every month, starting this February. This will include some programming languages, some missing skills, some advanced topics. Will blog about this. Will present it next year. Already asked Inspire.conf to speak on their conference in November, so I have an incentive to actually make it happen.
It can be bought for $10 and tastes like a $10 wine.
The first time that I watched the video of Google Goggles I was amazed. Google Goggles is visual search via image recognition. It sounds so simple and it is! You just take a picture of, for example a product, and it gives back the Google search results for that product. It recognizes the brand and present you the website. You can also take pictures of landmarks and it gives back some wikipedia information. Or you can Goggle a book and find reviews. You can even take a picture of a text and it recognizes the text or (Google) translates it for you.
Google Think 2011
On the 5th of November Google organized Google Think2011 in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Danny and I attended this event.
Canvas; Flash killer
Now there’s a statement many developers believe to be true. To be a Flash developer these days requires a thick hide because them “other” developers be a-bashing! After reading many articles and hearing many rants I decided to find out for myself; is there any truth behind the banter? I then ported one of my old Flash projects to the almighty canvas.
Online Scrum Tools - Review
There are a lot of online project management tools. I have selected several of these tools that aim to simplify the practices of the Scrum framework. These tools should have features for the three Scrum roles that makes their life easier. The applications should for example make it painless to collect user stories and maintain the product backlog for the product owner. Typically it is advised to be careful with using tools because time should be spend on doing Scrum (and your work). We should remember that the first value of the Agile Manifesto is: “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. At the other hand, it can be very informative how the various tools have implemented Scrum and what they see as the best practices. I am especially interested in the question: “Are one of these tools really time saving and therefore essential to use?” Impressions of the tools I will not try to systematically test to prove that a tool is appropriate or not. Just my first impressions and I will try to accomplish couple of standard user scenarios like prioritizing the product backlog or defining a sprint backlog and generating a burn down chart. The selected tools: I have selected 8 tools that seem to target Scrum teams: 1. skinnyboard.com 2. scrumpad.com 3. acunote.com 4. versionone.com 5. rallydev.com 6. scrumedge.com 7. pangoscrum.com 8. pivotaltracker.com All of the tools are web based and can be used without installing any additional software. The pricing is for some of the tools totally free and others are monthly paid hosted solutions.
I actually made it. I am really, really, really really proud to have been invited to take the stage, there, in that Holiest of Holy places: the annual South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival. And of course, I will happily lend my expertise to what is going to be my third south-by.