Taking the Agile Product Ownership Role to a Higher Level

In an effort to take advantage of the speed and efficiency offered by Agile software development and Scrum, many organisations oversimplify the process. As a result, the responsibilities of the role as the Product Owner, the key function of which is to act as a bridge between the software development team and the key players in the organisation, are likely to overwhelm and frustrate everyone involved in a project.

No App is an Island: Innovative Mobile App–API Connections for iOS

yow415-no-app-is-an-island-innovative-mobile-app-api-connections-for-ios.jpgWhether they create iOS mobile apps for large corporate operations or small mum and dad stores, all developers face the demand to bring more data to end users in a simple, yet sophisticated format. To meet this objective, mobile apps need to tap into an increasing number of APIs, while limiting the device resources they use to avoid instability. At the same time, developers always face the reality that new, yet unknown mobile devices, with unknown capabilities are on the horizon. 

Deloitte Tech Trends 2014 report: Wearables, cloud orchestration, social activation, cognitive analytics and cyber-security shape, inspire and transform business

In launching the Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption report, Robert Hillard, Deloitte’s Managing Partner, Technology Agenda, said 10 topics were selected that have the opportunity to have an impact on organisations across industries and geographies over the next 18 to 24 months.

Domain Driven Design: from the source

If you want to learn about Domain-Driven Design then there can surely be no better way to do so than from the inventor himself. And at a workshop in association with the YOW! Conferences in Sydney and Melbourne in December you will have a chance to do just that.

Tackling technical debt

What’s technical debt? No it’s not all the money you owe on your maxed out credit card because you splurged on too much of the latest ‘just-had-to-have-it’ high tech gadgetry. According to Wikepedia’s entry on the topic it’s “a neologistic metaphor referring to the eventual consequences of poor or evolving software architecture and software development within a codebase.”

How fast are your IT skills decaying?

“In my opinion, a techie’s skill set from a marketability perspective has a two year half-life. That is to say, that the exact set of skills you have today will only be half as marketable two years from now.”

Web app security: not rocket science


web-app-security-not-rocket-scienceA web presence is mandatory for all but the smallest businesses. Yet at the same time web sites are the biggest and one of the easiest targets for hackers: they are notoriously fraught with vulnerabilities. Information Week and Dark Reading offer a few strategies to help you deal with this dilemma.