Whether or not they follow other precepts of Agile development, many software companies have implemented some form of a ‘scrum’ – a short daily stand-up in which team members report on their current progress. A well run scrum can be an extremely valuable communication asset for team members. A poorly run scrum can be an annoying and time consuming hassle that turns teams off of scrum. And even though teams are supposed to be “self-organizing”, in my experience a good scrummaster is always important for a good scrum outcome. Below I’ve outlined a few common problems for scrums, and things the scrummaster can do to keep things on track.
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.
On a recent project for a client, I was asked to make the CSS style “text-overflow: ellipsis” work on FireFox browsers, which has never supported this style. This style basically truncates text and adds an ellipsis (…) when the length of the text overflows the container. Supposedly FireFox 7.0 will correctly this issue, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Posit Science as agreed to work with Grio in building an Adobe Flash-based application that will be used by scientists as a tool to study human brain. This application provides games and excercises designed to stimulate brain activities.
Posit Science helps people be at their best throughout their lives by providing brain training software clinically proven to improve cognitive performance.
Playnomics has agreed to leverage Grio's talents to provide software development assistance and recommendations for architecture improvements and optimization.
Playnomics provides a platform that publishers of online games can use to understand who their most valuable players are and how to acquire players who will be the most dominant to their game. The platform collects in-game event data and uses proprietary algorithms in combination with an advanced recommendation engine to quantify player value.
In this collaboration, Grio will help build applications that interact with and enhance the Playnomics platform.
Allied Wireless (Alltel) has selected Grio to create its web presence that includes the alltelwireless.com <http://www.alltelwireless.com> consumer website as well as Alltel’s corporate intranet website.
Grio is assisting Alltel in various technical areas ranging from architectural recommendations to service integrations with Alltel's internal systems. Grio is providing software development resources for the creation and maintenance of Alltel’s website properties and content management systems.
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation is a wireless telecommunications provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas. It currently serves approximately one million subscribers in six states – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho.
This year's Game Developers Converence® (GDC) will take place from Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2011 in Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. Grio developed and maintains Schedule Builder, Schedule Build Mobile (enhanced for Blackberry devices and iPhones) and Vault for GDC.
The GDC is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event. Presented every spring in San Francisco, it is the essential forum for learning, inspiration, and networking for the creators of computer, console, handheld, mobile, and online games.
The GDC attracts over 17,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the Think Services Game Group, a division of United Business Media.
vChatter has selected Grio to help enhance its Internet audio-visual communication tools and platforms. These tools provide video-chat capabilities and other features to the public via Facebook and other social networks. vChatter is the largest video chat service on Facebook with over 2 Million users and over 25 Million calls established. It provides a fun, casual and comfortable environment to discover new people and develop meaningful relationships.
In this collaboration, Grio team will provide engineering expertise and support for custom software development, recommendations for software design and architecture improvement and optimization.
I’m am working on a project currently that is leveraging an Enterprise CMS. At the outset, I did an analysis of existing CMS systems to select the one that best fit our clients needs. That turned out to be Magnolia (www.magnolia-cms.com).
However, another one of our clients is using the Alfresco CMS for their business. I reviewed it over the weekend and was impressed by the slick and intuitive user interface. The creators of Alfresco come from Documentum and Interwoven.
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).