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Web Development, Visual Design, Accessibility, User Experience, Technology Evangelism, Leadership, Cooking, Geek Culture, Being Awesome. And Ninjas.

M3talinks For 06/29/2011

  • Japanese traditional background generator

    tags: background generator webdesign

  • A great reviewer at Amazon

    tags: Amazon.com reviews

  • Web FWD (Forward) is the new Innovation Accelerator from Mozilla. It’s a chance for us to work with you, product builders, and for you to work with us and our brilliant mentors. It’s about creating open solutions that push the Web forward, together. Interested? Keep reading.

    tags: web mozilla incubator

  • Tired of scrounging the forums for Kindle backgrounds and screen savers? Sick of having to stay up to date with the latest news on Kindle Jailbreaks? Well, we feel your pain, and we decided to come to the rescue! Click on the tutorial section and choose your device for instructions on how to jailbreak your device, and install the Screensaver Hack. Please note that while the hack has been tested on the devices with no issues (worst case scenario, you reset the device), you hack your device at your own peril. Kindlescreensavers.com takes no responsibility for broken or bricked devices.

    tags: kindle ebooks hack jailbreak unlock screensaver

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Agile Training

I did a day of agile training today. One way I took notes was twitter; here the highlight reel from those notes:

  • In Agile training today…
  • Agile is a learning system. Don’t know where to start, not sure how to do it, don’t have a good working system? Use #agile.
  • Nothing is sacred in Agile – continually question and re-evaluate the process and change if there’s a better way #agile #kaizen
  • Agile and Time Tracking are incompatible; Agile is designed to get faster – TT has no incentive to get faster. #agile via @mberteig
  • Face-to-Face communication is best – agile teams work best in the same space with no barriers #agile @mberteig
  • The better the communication, the more effective the self-organization #agile @mberteig
  • Great ways to build efficient teams: step one let them self-organize #agile #teams @mberteig
  • Remove dependencies; let people start at the same time & work independently to work @ their best pace #agile #teams @mberteig
  • Check roles and titles at the door; teams need to be skill-sufficent and aspire to being cross-functional #agile #teams @mberteig
  • Have a shared queue for all tasks: people work @ best pace by choosing work from pool of available tasks #agile #teams @mberteig
  • Beware of confusing commitment and estimation – commitments aren’t a gamble, which makes them discrete and small #agile
  • Scrum is good for orgs in crisis, building a new product. Scrum is hard to do, esp. zero defects. #agile @mberteig
  • Return on Investment, Time To Market and Client Satisfaction are the foundation of success metrics #agile
  • Task switching ++decreases productivity. Having >1 project in-flight at a time sounds good, but trades focus for mediocrity #agile
  • If you don’t have crisis early in a new Agile team, you’re probably not doing it right. #agile
  • 1 Team. 1 Project. 1 Room. Zero headphones. You’ll have better communication and be more productive. #agile
  • Do It Right, and the change comes fast. Get it Done and there’ll be no change at all. #agile

If I have time, I’ll add some of my other notes as well.

M3talinks For 06/28/2011

  • A Google Talk chatback badge will let visitors to your web page chat with you. They’ll be able to chat with you whenever you’re signed in to Google Talk as sean.yo@gmail.com. For more information, visit the help center.
    Each time you visit this page, we generate a new badge for you so you can use badges with different settings on different web pages. For example, you can share your status message on your personal blog and not on your public blog. To change a badge later, just return to this page and get a new one.

    tags: webdesign gtalk tools widgets badge embed

    • It has been over a couple of years since I posted my HTML tag and usability crimes posts, both of which are amongst the most popular articles here on Line25. There’s something about this title people just can’t resist! Let’s take a look at ten crimes you may be committing in your HTML content. These won’t exactly land you a life sentence, but I bet almost every one of us will be guilty of at least one of these petty crimes.

      tags: webdesign html entity

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    M3talinks For 06/25/2011

    • Perspectives on web education: What to teach the next generation of web professionals.
      Let’s face it. Technology moves fast; academia doesn’t. So how do we teach web design and development—a subject that is constantly changing? How do we prepare our students for the real-world and for real-world expectations? And how do we, as educators, stay up-to-date about the information we are teaching?
      The best way to approach this topic is to seek the expertise of leaders in the web design and development fields. As the people who will hire our students, they should have input about what type of students we are producing. With that in mind, I interviewed thirty-two leaders in the fields of web design and development, each of them is acutely aware of the importance of formally educating the next generation of web designers and developers.

      tags: webdesign course training book

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    Meet BitCoin

    If you haven’t heard of BitCoin yet, you need to.

    Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency. Peer-to-peer means that no central authority issues new money or tracks transactions. These tasks are managed collectively by the network.

    http://bitcoin.org/

    Bitcoin has the potential to be a hugely disruption technology – changing business, commerce and politics. Here are some hand-picked articles about BitCoin:

    M3talinks For 06/21/2011

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    M3talinks For 06/17/2011

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