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Negotiable Stories in the INVEST Model

In the INVEST model for user stories, N is for Negotiable (and Negotiated). Negotiable hints at several important things about stories: The importance of collaboration Evolutionary design Response to change Collaboration Why do firms exist? Why isn't everything done by individuals interacting in a marketplace? Nobel-prize winner Ronald Coase gave this answer: firms reduce the friction of working together.  Working with individuals...

Team Building Using the Workforce Engagement Equation

Jamison J. Manion published a book titled The Workforce Engagement Equation: A Practitioner’s Guide to Creating and Sustaining High Performance, and I recently had the chance to ask him a few questions during a phone conversation. I wanted to know why he developed The Workforce Equation.  Specifically, I asked him: "What value would practitioners gain from investing their time to learn standardized approach to team building outlined...

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Pyjnius: Accessing Java classes from Python

We’re pleased to announce the Pyjnius project. It’s a Python library to access Java classes from Python, on the desktop or on Android. Source code: github.com/kivy/pyjnius Documentation: pyjnius.readthedocs.org We found others libraries such as JPype or Py4j, but we weren’t happy with the design and the usability. Using Jython wasn’t an option either, because we wanted to use the library within our python for android...

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The ROI of Cold-Calling

In How to Make a Living in the Web Industry, I outlined a simple plan for generating enough revenue to make a living and a profit. For round figure’s sake, I said if you needed to earn $50,000 a year and your average project is $2,000, you must land 25 projects, or roughly two jobs a month. To land those two jobs a month, I said you must do four things consistently: Generate conversations with enough people in your target client...

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Contemporary Trends Change Magazine and Newspaper Printing Markets

The markets of magazine and newspaper printing firms are undergoing significant changes, reflecting on-going transformations in the customers they serve.Some of the changes have been under way for 2 decades with traditional printing companies morphing into printing service companies offering more profitable value-added services and products.  These included high-end specialized printing capabilities and services, database printing,...