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Artificial Intelligence lends to Agile Machine Learning

Of late, Agile methodologies have been taking root in data science boosting complex collaborations between data scientists and other developers. Agile can be easily ported over to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence domains due to its feedback-heavy, iterative nature and given that incessant improvement is an innate part of AI. Such methodologies are characterized by fast feedback loops and short development sprints. Agile projects, in distinction to old-school waterfall approaches, involve error correction and cyclical stakeholder input and primarily focuses on short term goals rather than the long-term view. AI researchers should think of research as an iterative, evolving process to remain receptive and adaptive as per Agile’s basic tenets. To ensure that projects do not grind to a halt, maintaining a buffer of solutions for implementation is a priority as data scientists work on multiple projects, each taking months to complete. The iterative nature of Agile well captures experimentation as a core part of AI and ML projects. Agile maximizes value throughout the development process.

Read More at: http://www.dataversity.net/case-agile-machine-learning/

 

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The Two Roads to Project Management

Now a day’s evolution and invention can be seen in every field. One thing common in these fields is the need of management. Any project is successful only if a proper management plan is adapted. Here, one evolution turned out to be a mirror of legacy. Agile approach is significantly opposite of the traditional waterfall approach. 

Waterfall Approach, also known as Liner Sequential Life Cycle, is highly structured and sequential in nature whereas Agile methodology is a practice that helps continuous iteration of development and testing in the software development process. 

Both of these approaches have their own strengths and flaws. Thus, it becomes important for a business to identify and select most appropriate approach.

 

To know more visit: https://www.itbusinessedge.com/articles/choosing-between-the-two-approaches-to-project-management.html

 

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Twitter gets its New Director of VR and AR

Twitter hires ex-apple worker, Alessandro Sabatelli who is an interface designer and joined as the Director of VR and AR. He is also the founder of Ixomoxi. He will be working on the machine learning and AI team-Corex. Sabatelli will also work on Magic Pony, a technology that enhances video and image quality on twitter. By combing Machine learning and augmented reality together, Twitter can develop snapshot features like Face Swap etc. Also, augmented reality can combined with geolocation and geotagging tool. Read more at:  http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/twitter-hires-ex-apple-designer-as-director-of-vr-and-ar-322924.html?utm_source=top_stories 

 

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You need be “Agile” to enhance passenger safety in air

Agile is one of the most trending topic in organizational section. Agile project management mostly covers process development, value enhancement and to facilitate a process team engagement is in focus point. But do we ever imagine that one day Transportation Security Administration will follow agile waterfall process to identify the possible threats and nullify them through an automated process governed by agile methodology. With emerging and advancing threats to airport and aviation security, TSA identified the imperative to bring in an "application development team" to move Secure Flight toward a more agile development cycle. Not only that TSA is deploying identity-matching system it uses to crosscheck passengers with government watch lists for suspected terrorists or other possible threats to aviation prior to their boarding an aircraft. TSA is currently focusing on faster development cycles, enhanced name matching, improved reporting and data analytics, automated and consistent system builds and cloud infrastructure.

To read follow: http://fedscoop.com/tsa-eyes-agile-flight-screening-it

 

 

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Agile Marketing for Your Brand

To be ready for the next big trend or story, it is essential to build your personal brand online. To stay on track, good research and analytics is very important. If you are thinking of what's being shared on social media, there are many ways how your brand can take advantage of agile marketing. It can help in staying ahead of what is to come and be prepared for news and events. Today one needs to be active on social media and track content and trends. It is essential to build an audience. Knowing the need of the audience is a good start along with a flexible marketing plan. Few steps that can increase brand awareness are: - # Track the latest hashtags # Conduct thorough research # Be ready for change. As you involve agile marketing as a regular part of your personal branding strategy, it's good to remember that this is a process which involves careful attention and planning. To read more about agile marketing follow : http://www.business2community.com/branding/use-agile-marketing-bring-visibility-brand-01461244

 

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Hacking Marketing via Agile

Agile marketing as a management methodology mainly works on short term projects of weeks in order to meet the rapidly changing market. These short term projects are aligned with all marketing objectives. At the end of each project, the cross functional teams reviews the last project and prioritizes. Agile management basically adapts to the changing market more quickly and efficiently. Today marketers have the biggest challenge of handling the fast upgrading technologies and customer touch points. One of the solutions to overcome this challenge is to invest in pruning marketing contents. Secondly, cleaning the useless data, activities and tasks.

If you wish to know more, please read this Forbes article by Partrick Spenner, Strategic Initiatives Leader in CEB’s Marketing Practice, where he discusses this concept with chiefmartec.com founder Scott Brinker.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickspenner/2016/05/09/agile-marketing-is-like-riding-a-bike/

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When scrum goes old

When scrum is new, everybody seems to enjoy it but after repeated routine of sprints, planning, and daily reviews it becomes in interesting and old. There are some early signs or indicators which can prevent this kind of situation:

1.       Repeated

2.       Unresolved issues in retrospectives

3.       Stories are not demonstrable;

4.       Unfinished stories are split and carried over the next sprint

5.       During sprint planning, tasks are assigned to team members

6.       Team members are not 100% on the project or are withdrawn from the project.

Read the complete article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/may/when-scrum-becomes-stale-the-team-under-performs

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Top 3 takeaways from scrum

Scum experts who have been working on scrum for a long time have found out where the true power of scrum lies. It lies in these 3 main things: Transparency: Scum enables the every team member to be involved in the project from starting, unlike other design models like a waterfall. This helps to keep the development of process and product transparent; Self- organization: Self organizing teams fives freedom and power to innovate; Trust: It is the most important and crucial factor. Trust between teammates that they are loyal to the product. Read the complete article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/may/the-power-of-scrum

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Contracts in a scrum team

Many developers think that contracts are the concerns of only sales people and executives. But this is not the case.  Even a scrum team works under contracts. Contracts like DoR( Definition of Ready) and DoD (Definition of done) are the two contracts which every scrum team must have. DoR is an agreement between product owner and scrum team. DoD is a contract where the team must meet their requirements. It is also signed between PO and scrum team.  There can be many other contracts like Interteam contracts and organizational contracts. Read the complete article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/may/contract-negotiations-in-a-scrum-team

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Shift Left: The Right Key to Agile DevOps

Shift left is the practice of improving quality at an earlier stage (day to day basis) by identifying the defects and fixing them whenever they arise. It helps in running the application and system 25% faster, it also improves customer satisfaction with lower labor cost and higher production. Beginning quality assurance activities at earlier stage ensures improved estimation and planning, a proper test data and technical environment, test case properly design, test automation assets in place. It also has efficiency advantages. Business benefits by shift left are: lower cost, quicker deployment and delivery for the businesses, higher business process quality and glitches free execution, and the most important satisfies business partners. Teams that use it, step up their project planning and execution capabilities. To know more, read the article by Mark Summers at www.cio.com

link: http://www.cio.com/article/3050579/leadership-management/want-agile-devops-shift-left.html

 

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Ball runner: learning Agile through game

This game ball runner originated in London in September 2016. So what is it? It is a game where an individual is bombarded with balls and he/ she has to figure out what to do with them simultaneously. Some key takeaways from the game are: continuous improvement; self-organizing teams; challenge processes; theory of constraints; limiting WIP; Push vs. pull; Kanban. The game has a maximum of 20 players and minimum of 4. Read complete details here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/may/ball-runner-an-agile-game

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Agile Marketing Vs. Waterfall Marketing

Agile and Waterfall, both are digital marketing processes. Agile marketing is more flexible, requires close interaction between teams (use open-ended approach) and encourages creativity. Its methods rely on real-time data in order to respond quickly. Digital marketing under it requires an updated on-line platform and also works on SCRUMS (short-term update meetings). In contrast, waterfall marketing is less flexible, favors sequential and clear work division. It requires huge data gathering. Unlike agile, waterfall works on long term approach in marketing. Waterfall logistics are slow but are very effective and finished with in stipulated time frame mainly because work is always in planned and organized way. To read more, click here:  

 

http://www.rokkmedia.co.uk/blog/whats-the-difference-between-agile-and-waterfall-marketing

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Agile marketing Approach: More Efficient Way

Today marketers prefer one-to-one market with customers. This requires full agility and efficiency. The Agile marketing is more interactive, efficient and effective than waterfall approach (old sequential marketing). Big marketing campaigns are cumbersome and time consuming and there are always possibilities that campaigns may fail with high cost. Companies can reduce the stagnation in few steps:

 1. Increase the productivity by providing training to employees for multiple tasks.

2. Hire talent for both data science & analytic and creativity.

3. Use CRM (Customer Relation Marketing) and data driven marketing solutions.

4. Take expert help or consultancy services.

5. Outsource services if possible to decease the work.

To know more click on the Link: http://www.cmswire.com/digital-marketing/why-your-business-should-embrace-agile-marketing/

 

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Some common mistakes that Scrum Teams make

Well, nobody is perfect; we make mistakes, learn from them and make ourselves better; Right? But mistakes do waste most of the time. So what can be wiser than learning from other's mistakes rather than making your own? So here are few mistakes which Scrum Team tends to make –

·         Increasing the level of multitasking exponentially.

·         Behavior- oriented management; Foggy goals.

·          Making decisions without consulting teams.

·         Only efficiency focused mind set.

·          Centralize control.

·          No visualization.

·          Lack of team building activities.

·          No environment to ensure safe failure.

·          Ignoring quality.

 

Read the complete article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/march/top-10-mistakes-scrum-teams-make

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Is your working mode really agile?

You started working in agile; everything was going fine and smooth. But did you ever crosscheck that, are you still in the Agile Mode? If any of the following questions answers in yes, then you are no more working in an agile mode –

·         Has your organization working on the same project for years and the agile team has not changed and the requirements are always changing?

·         Have you regularly missed daily scrums, redefined stories? Does your burn-down chart have revisions or do the rules change often?

·         Do you see a sudden increase in velocity?

·         Are the Definitions of Done being redefined?

 

Read the full article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/march/are-you-really-working-in-agile-mode

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How to conduct daily scrums with distributed teams

Conducting daily scrum meetings is so easy when people are physically present at the location of scrum meeting. But what happens when the people are at a different geographical location and time zones. Here are some hacks to ease out the situation:

·         Choose the most possible convenient time zone for all teams.

·          Identify and attack blockers between scrums.

·          Use Agile planning tool to keep the team on the same page.

·          Mute telephones while another distributed team member is updating their status.

·          Take daily Scrum notes; Use chat tools to overcome the barrier of different language.

 Read the full article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/march/effective-ways-of-conducting-daily-standup-meeting

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Agile transformation doesn’t happen overnight

One of the most emerging trends in IT companies is the shift from traditional waterfall to Agile. Agile is dynamic and provides better results, but it does possess some limitations and challenges. Many organizations work on legacy systems where there are a lot of dependent systems that are operating under waterfall model. There is a need to find a way to support the client's demands for a major marketing push and enhancements within the given limitations. Read the complete article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/march/rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day

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Is Agile development a change in management?

According to Environmental Protection Agency CTO Greg Godbout, Agile development is not only about completing projects efficiently and cost effectively, but it's about urging the government to take new initiatives in planning and acquisition. He also said that it's all about the ability to learn more flexible ways to handle change in technology. It can be noted that managers resist change because they think it means to them that they have been doing it wrong. The push for agile is often met with resistance, but management eventually comes around. Read the full article here: https://fcw.com/articles/2016/03/02/agile-management-rockwell.aspx

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All About Agile Marketing

To be ready for the next big trend or story, it is essential to build your personal brand online. To stay on track, good research and analytics is very important. If you are thinking of what's being shared on social media, there are many ways how your brand can take advantage of agile marketing. It can help in staying ahead of what is to come and be prepared for news and events. Today one needs to be active on social media and track content and trends. It is essential to build an audience. Knowing the needs of the audience is a good way to start along with a flexible marketing plan. There are some steps that can increase brand awareness. They are: - # Track the latest hashtags # Conduct thorough research # Be ready for change. As you involve agile marketing as a regular part of your personal branding strategy, it's good to remember that this is a process which involves careful attention and planning. To read more about agile marketing follow : http://www.business2community.com/branding/use-agile-marketing-bring-visibility-brand-01461244

 

 

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Agile Apps Development

Mobile app developers are changing the app building and maintenance approach to new technologies and architecture that supports modular apps with collaborative development process and is flexible, speedy. Whether you're making an enterprise or external customer apps, it is an iterative process. Waterfall development practices are unable to support the demands of developers, to create and update apps for modern mobile users. Adopting a modular approach create a number of opportunities for efficiency. So, where do you begin? Here are three emerging technology trends that will get your mobile app development teams headed in the right direction. 1) Micro services. 2) Cards, and Deep Links. 3) Native JavaScript Frameworks. To read more about it follow the article by Peter Crocker (Founder and Principle Analyst at Smith's Point Analytics) at: http://www.informationweek.com/devops/mobile-app-dev-3-trends-that-will-shake-up-your-strategy/a/d-id/1324290

 

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