links for 2009-02-12

  • "I developed and have been using a Story Card Matrix estimation process for a number of years to estimate story cards for each release. As a result our estimation sessions are much shorter and we have greater confidence in the accuracy of the estimated story cards. This is not meant to be a replacement for the Agile Planning Poker process. It is designed to compliment Planning Poker and speeds up your estimation sessions because the developers have all the information they need directly in front of them. That said however, I've found in more than two projects using the Story Card Matrix estimation that estimates are as accurate as we need them to be and we don't need to use Planning Poker which makes the process even faster."
  • "As I was setting up another new project in a tool I use, I reviewed the default template used for the story cards. Although I always only use parts of it depending on the project, I think it's good to review all of it each time to consider what the needs of the new project are, rather then be unthinking somewhat and stick with "what works" in a general sense. The template follows:…."
  • "The Internet may have been developed in the U.S., but the country now ranks 15th in the world for broadband penetration. For those who do have access to broadband, the average speed is a crawl, moving bits at a speed roughly one-tenth that of top-ranked Japan. This means a movie that can be downloaded in a couple of seconds in Japan takes half an hour in the U.S. The BMW 7 series comes equipped with Internet access in Germany, but not in the U.S.

    "So those of us otherwise wary of how wisely the stimulus package will be spent were happy to suspend disbelief when Congress invited ideas on how to upgrade broadband. Maybe there are shovel-ready programs to bring broadband to communities that private providers have not yet reached, and to upgrade the speed of accessing the Web. These goals sound like the digital-era version of Eisenhower's interstate highway projects, this time bringing Americans as consumers and businesspeople closer together on a faster information highway."

  • Steve Outing: "The core concept behind Kachingle: Just as online users currently pay an Internet provider $30 or more a month for their computers to access the Internet, and perhaps a monthly fee for all the music they want from a service like Rhapsody, they'll also pay a monthly fee for all the news and blog content on the Web. Only the last fee is voluntary, and it will be up to publishers to educate the public on the importance of paying for content online. (National Public Radio has been doing this for itself for decades. Now commercial news publishers and bloggers need to do it to benefit all of them, not just one entity.)

    "The next important point to grasp about the Kachingle model is that it allows individuals to financially support the online content providers that they like best. So if a newspaper wants to get paid for its content when a Web site visitor clicks through to one of its articles, it should ask that the visitor support the site via Kachingle."

  • "Ask yourself: What daily discipline(s) would make this goal a done deal? The answer to that question will tell you what habit(s) to install. If you can condition and maintain those habits, you’ll very likely achieve your goal. It’s only a matter of time."
  • Good resource for guitar basics
  • Oooooh, open-source manuals for open-source software! I like!

    "FLOSS Manuals make free software more accessible by providing clear documentation that accurately explains their purpose and use. Each manual explains what the software does and what it doesn't do, what the interface looks like, how to install it, how to set the most basic configuration necessary, and how to use its main functions. To ensure the information remains useful and up to date the manuals are regularly developed to add more advanced uses, and to document changes and new versions of the software."

  • I just pre-ordered my Kindle 2, and this is a pretty good rundown of the pros/cons to expect…
  • Hmmmm, whadya think this site is gonna turn into?

    "On Tuesday, February 10th, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will outline a comprehensive plan to restore stability to our financial system. In the address, Secretary Geithner will discuss the Obama Administration’s strategy to strengthen our economy by getting credit flowing again to families and businesses, while imposing new measures and conditions to strengthen accountability, oversight and transparency in how taxpayer dollars are spent. And Secretary Geithner will explain how the financial stability plan will be critical in supporting an effective and lasting economic recovery."

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