Scrum is like 20th Century Politics (Part 3 of 3)

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In Part 1 and Part 2, we saw the forces of extreme right and extreme left savage two organizations in the name of scrum. One company goose stepped about in Luftwaffe jumpsuits. Another built a gulag for stakeholders who would question its developers-only central planning meetings.

In both cases, malevolent propagandists diverted the team’s purpose, and product progress all but ceased. The right was called wrong. The in progress was called done.  The 1 was called 0. User stories were enigmatic and undecipherable.

Name Recognition

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Dear reader:

After being heads down in the code for quite a while now, we decided to dedicate a little time to sharpening our writing skills. In the coming weeks you should see a number of contributions covering a wide variety of topics. We’ll kick things off today with a seemingly pedestrian subject: the naming classes, files, variables, packages, etc.

Three OCR Software Vendors Compared

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I recently evaluated three vendors of OCR technology for a C# .NET desktop app. Basically the software needed to accurately read and report the results of scanned “bubble” tests – the kind that you took as a kid for your Iowa tests (yes I’m from the midwest) and SAT’s. In addition to reading bubbles, the software needed to accurately read barcodes, OCR or printed characters (the test takers name) and ICR or hand-written characters (for hand-written answers).

Kenmore Live Studio FaceBook Application Released

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Grio, in partnership with Fluid, have released a Facebook application where fans of Kenmore can go to interact with Kenmore's Live Studio event. Kenmore's Live Studio contains a live video feed of special events, rsvp to these special events, watch past events, and chat with other Kenmore fans. 
The application was built using Adobe Flex, PHP and hooks into the Facebook API, the YouTube API (data and video) and Twitter API.

Installing an ISO file from Mac OSX to a parallels Windows instance

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Yesterday I attempted to install Visual Studio 2008 from a DVD onto my
mac parallels Windows 7 instance. After sitting back and admiring the
pictures of happy Microsoft programmers provided by the VS
installation software, I heard a ticking sound coming from my
computer.  After several minutes, the install crashed. Some sleuthing
proved that the disk was scratched and worthless – a typical Monday.

Grio partners with Clientshow

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Grio is helping to develop applications for ClientShow that will allow creative professionals to manage their clients and pitch their work. Launch of the system is targeted for early 2010.

Grio to develop systems for Teachscape

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Grio has signed an agreement with Teachscape to develop education-related software that enhances the learning experience. Teachscape was founded in 1999 and is the leader in providing solutions that drive increasing levels of student achievement. 

Vook is Live Today

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Grio developed the vook platform and Flex-based reader. Look for new vooks to come out on a regular basis.

Grio Inks a Vook Deal

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Grio has been selected by Vook to develop an end-to-end technology that bring the worlds of video and books together on the Internet, through multiple applications, devices and platforms.