Chris Anderson: What I Read | The Atlantic Wire How do people deal with the torrent of information that rains down on us all? What's the secret to staying on top of the news without surrendering to the chaos of it? In this series, we ask people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets. Basically, I have a feed-centric media diet. In the morning, I open Google reader. There are three categories: media stuff, business stuff and robotics. Then, I'm not proud of this, but I do check Gawker every morning. And then in the robotics world, to see if there's anything my DIY Drones community needs to know, I read Makezine, Boing Boing, BotJunkie, and O'Reilly Radar. That's all between the baby waking us up at 6:30 and my shower. I don't really have much time to read during the day. Most of my essential commentators are on Twitter. We get a delivery of the New York Times, because my wife likes to read it. As a monthly magazine editor, I'm professionally almost obligated not to be distracted by the daily news.
Use cases vs User stories in Agile/Scrum development TL;DR – User stories aren’t use cases. By themselves, user stories don’t provide the details the team needs to do their work. The Scrum process enables this detail to emerge organically, (largely) removing the need to write use cases. Are user stories the same as use cases? When running our Writing Great Agile User Stories workshop, I’m frequently asked “So – are user stories the same as use cases?”. Looking around the web, there’s consensus that use cases and user stories are not interchangeable: My standard answer is that user stories are centred on the result and the benefit of the thing you’re describing, whereas use cases are more granular, and describe how your system will act. Use cases and user stories Let’s start with some definitions. A user story is a short description of something that your customer will do when they come to your website or use your application/software, focused on the value or result they get from doing this thing. Acceptance criteria Sprint planning meetings
Project management, collaboration, and task software: Basecamp 15 Awesome Time Management Tools and Apps As promised in my previous post regarding time management, here I am with a list of cool tools that can help you manage your time effectively and become more productive in your work. Since I am a big fan of tools which are operating system independent, you will find that most of these tools are browser-based and can work on any computer whether it is Windows, Mac or Linux. By the way, since I am also a fan of saving money, you will also notice that all of these tools are free! Launchy launchy.net/">Launchy is a tool for Windows users and as the name indicates, it helps launch files, folders, and programs in a single keystroke instead of searching through the start menu or file manager. QuicksilverQuicksilver is an awesome Mac-based tool which is like an advanced version of Launchy. HyperwordsHyperwords is a Firefox add-on and based on my personal experience, I can say that it is immensely useful. Autohotkey / MemokeysAutohotkey is the Windows counterpart of Quicksilver. Cheers, Abhijeet
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Why I still use use cases XP pretty much banned use cases, replacing them with the similar sounding “user stories” (see A user story is to a use case as a gazelle is to a gazebo (discussion: Re: A user story is to a use case as a gazelle is to a gazebo)}, and as a result agile zealots have been happy to dump use cases in the trash (along with their project managers, estimates, plans, and architectures). Scrum did similar, using the “product backlog” instead of user stories. Yet as I go around projects, I keep running across organizations suffering from three particular, real, painful, and expensive problems: User stories and backlog items don’t give the designers a context to work from – when is the user doing this, and what is the context of their operation, what is their larger goal at this moment? Use cases are, indeed, heavier and more difficult than either user stories or backlog items, but they bring value for that extra weight. As not-Einstein said: “Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” s.
Project Dashboards - Project Management Tools from MindTools Quickly Communicating Project Progress © iStockphoto/jgroup In today's busy organizations, project and program managers need to know exactly how the projects they're responsible for are doing. But they also rarely have the time to read through detailed status reports covering all aspects of the project. Perhaps Project A is on time and on budget, but is it going to deliver all of the functionality that your sponsor needs? Or maybe engineers have been working overtime to ensure that every last bug has been ironed out. From this "time versus information" dilemma grew the concept of the Project Dashboard. With a Project Dashboard you no longer have to wade through 3 different reports to determine whether the production department received the widgets it needed, and got permission to hire its new employees. With the overall simplicity of a dashboard, you need to remember that dashboards are not, in and of themselves, a panacea. Tip 1: Tip 2: If you're a client, beware false positives.