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Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools

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One of tne of the most important things designers work with is color. Every element they draw, type, or generate with a computer, gets a color. It is impossible to create anything visual without making color decisions. And to make things harder, estimates of the total number of discernable colors range from one hundred thousand to ten million. Add issues of human perception and color vision deficiency, and you could get a headache doing anything with colors, let alone building a color scale for data.

 

Luckily, you have some great tools at your disposal to help with color decisions. These tools incorporate different approaches, so each one is good at slightly different things. There are two main classes of tools for dealing with color. The first class is intended to help with design decisions, and the second class covers data driven color scales.


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Great online tools for colour selection with a difference.

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Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies - LeadingAgile

Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies - LeadingAgile | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general, explore some of what it is, …
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So, I agree that we need to be small and simple, but getting to small and simple… much of the time… is a process of forming teams around business problems and technology, progressively decoupling them from each other, reducing dependencies, and dealing with bottlenecks.

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Do we need a Tech Lead? | thekua.com@work

Do we need a Tech Lead? | thekua.com@work | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
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People argue against the role of tech lead, claiming a team of well functioning developers can make decisions and prioritise what is important to work on. I completely agree with this position in an ideal world. Sadly the ideal world rarely exists.

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More Than LeSS

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While the agile community has come up with refreshingly new approaches to scale agile methods, these models still seem to fall short in addressing the organizational complexity around large projects. This article provides a holistic approach to scaling Scrum. It is based on LeSS, amending it to better face the challenges of large projects.
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How can an organization adopt a new way of running large agile projects and what role might models such as LeSS and SAFe play in this transition?

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Scaling Scrum - What People Are Not Talking About! - Scrum Inc.

There was a lot of talk about scaling Scrum at Agile 2014. Here's a photo of Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaling Agile Framework aka SAFe, and me. People have a lot of opinions about scaling frameworks.
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Scaling Agile Framework - shows a lot of promise. Key facts in article are Gold Dust.

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TED-Ed | Interactive Periodic Table - Fantastic!

TED-Ed | Interactive Periodic Table - Fantastic! | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
The team at Periodic Videos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Loved this. My eldest is just getting into this and I can see this would be a great education tool.

 

Well done.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 24, 7:26 AM

Interesantes videos que explican de una manera sencilla las características más importantes de cada uno de los elementos de la tabla periódica. 

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The Theory of Constraints and Brooks’ Law - LeadingAgile

The Theory of Constraints and Brooks’ Law - LeadingAgile | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
What follows is a look at Brooks’ Law in terms of the five focusing steps from the Theory of Constraints.
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After having read the Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, trawled for a good article on Theory of Constraints and Agile.

 

This is a very good article

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The Curious Coder's Java Web Frameworks Comparison: Spring MVC, Grails, Vaadin, GWT, Wicket, Play, Struts and JSF

The Curious Coder's Java Web Frameworks Comparison: Spring MVC, Grails, Vaadin, GWT, Wicket, Play, Struts and JSF | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it

Which Java Web Framework (Spring MVC, Grails, Vaadin, GWT, Wicket, Play, Struts, JSF) will you use in your next project and why?


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Sumarry of current Java Web Framework Usage

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Leonardo Cortes Ponce's curator insight, August 5, 11:36 AM

Que Framework usar en Java?

Algunas recomendaciones que deberías conocer.

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Its all about people | BehindTheWires

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Love this quote: Recognise that 99% of what people do or say is a manifestation of some positive intention. There are sceptics out there but I believe that the vast majority of people want to do good. When in disagreement with someone, put some effort into searching for that positive intention. This will help you empathise, even with people you find it hard to get along with. 
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25 web development tips to boost your skills

25 web development tips to boost your skills | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
Professional developers share tips and tricks from an accumulated century of hard won experience...

 

It’s often said that there’s no substitute for experience - but there are shortcuts to it. We spoke to seasoned developers; people who toil over loops and slave over attributes day in and day out. This collection of tips comes straight from the code-face.

 

Overflowing like an inadequately specified buffer, a googolplex of know-how has been filtered to bring you 25 fine features, tricks and tips. There are open source services that developers keep quiet about, mobile programming hacks and responsive development tips.

 

We’d heard a few of these stellar secrets before, but many were brand new even to us. We’re sure that you’ll find more than one or two to add your toolbelt.

 

25 web development tips to boost your skills

 

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Thought this list of web dev tools was on the money!

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Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 3rd Edition - Free eBook Share

Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 3rd Edition - Free eBook Share | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
eBook Free Download: Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 3rd Edition | PDF, EPUB | ISBN: 0136100910 | 2011-09-23 | English | PutLocker
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How to Enable Agile Adoption in Your Organization

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For years I’ve been lecturing and writing about the process of adopting Agile. Specifically, I’ve been promoting a model that Stephen Forte and I call the “Agile Buffet”where change, in this case the usage of Agile practices on a team, is pulled into the team incrementally based on real observable needs. I’m certainly not the first to suggest such models as organizational change is a heavily researched and written about topic. I entitled this post “How to Enable Agile Adoption in Your Organization” for a reason. First, I feel that I find myself glossing over some of the real challenges that teams have when facing change. Second, the adoption of change, even when it comes to Agile adoption, is rooted in basic organizational change techniques.

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Agile one scoop at a time 

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Trainingbytesize's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:29 AM

Interesting article from Joel Semeniuk and worth reading for any organisation thinking of adopting Agile.

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Designing Mobile Interfaces - Free eBook Share

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eBook Free Download: Designing Mobile Interfaces | PDF, EPUB | ISBN: 1449394639 | 2011-11-28 | English | PutLocker

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Fox eBook's curator insight, July 26, 2013 11:21 PM

With hundreds of thousands of mobile applications available today, your app has to capture users immediately. This book provides practical techniques to help you catch—and keep—their attention. You’ll learn core principles for designing effective user interfaces, along with a set of common patterns for interaction design on all types of mobile devices.

Mobile design specialists Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman have collected and researched 76 best practices for everything from composing pages and displaying information to the use of screens, lights, and sensors. Each pattern includes a discussion of the design problem and solution, along with variations, interaction and presentation details, and antipatterns.

  • Compose pages so that information is easy to locate and manipulate
  • Provide labels and visual cues appropriate for your app’s users
  • Use information control widgets to help users quickly access details
  • Take advantage of gestures and other sensors
  • Apply specialized methods to prevent errors and the loss of user-entered data
  • Enable users to easily make selections, enter text, and manipulate controls
  • Use screens, lights, haptics, and sounds to communicate your message and increase user satisfaction

Designing Mobile Interfaces is another stellar addition to O’Reilly’s essential interface books. Every mobile designer will want to have this thorough book on their shelf for reference.”
—Dan Saffer, Author of Designing Gestural Interfaces

Table of Contents

Part I: Page
Chapter 1: Composition

Part II: Components
Chapter 2: Display of Information
Chapter 3: Control and Confirmation
Chapter 4: Revealing More Information

Part III: Widgets
Chapter 5: Lateral Access
Chapter 6: Drilldown
Chapter 7: Labels and Indicators
Chapter 8: Information Controls

Part IV: Input and Output
Chapter 9: Text and Character Input
Chapter 10: General Interactive Controls
Chapter 11: Input and Selection
Chapter 12: Audio and Vibration
Chapter 13: Screens, Lights, and Sensors

Appendixes
Appendix A: Mobile Radiotelephony
Appendix B: Design Templates and UI Guidelines
Appendix C: Mobile Typography
Appendix D: Human Factors

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Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek : Book Summary

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek : Book Summary | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't - Book Summary | Read and Watch Now on FlashNotesTV Dean Bokhari | Simon Sinek
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Thid book tells us that when we know + trust that the people inside the Circle of Safety will look out for us and protect us from the dangers of the outside, we’re more likely to freely exchange information and ideas that will move the organization forward vs keep things to ourselves because we’re afraid someone might “steal” our idea.

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Large-Scale Scrum - Craig Larman

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LeSS, I like the fact that this is non prescriptive as one key message of Scrum is to avoid a cookbook or recipe of defined process and realize that each team and each product will have to inspect and adapt their own Scrum adoption, which will evolve Sprint by Sprint.

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5 Big Issues When Scaling Scrum | Agile Zone

5 Big Issues When Scaling Scrum | Agile Zone | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
I think it's a safe bet to say that if you're reading this blog then there is a good chance that you're at least interested in Scrum. The problem is that for...
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Important Big issues of scaling scrum.

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Case Study - QTP/UFT to Selenium Migration - 80% reduced execution time

QTP/UFT has been one of the leading Test Automation tool in the market. QTP supports a wide variety of technologies and with the recent article from Telerik ...
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I've experienced the speed to value benefit of Selenium and loved this Case Study.

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The Theory of Constraints (TOC): Strengthening Your "Weakest Link"

The Theory of Constraints (TOC): Strengthening Your "Weakest Link" | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
This theory helps you improve processes so that you can boost performance.
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Theory of Constraints (TOC) helps you identify the most important bottleneck in your processes and systems, so that you can deal with it and improve performance. This article helps in identifying what those constraints are.

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Story Points vs. Development Hours

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When transitioning from a traditional methodology (or none) to Agile, one of the big hurdles to get over is story points.  Many teams I have worked with struggle with the concept of points at ...
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An AngularJS Test Pyramid

An AngularJS Test Pyramid | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it

As a team with a strong taste for automated testing we focused from the beginning on how to test our Angular app. In this post we want to describe our different types of tests and how they form a Test Pyramid.

Level 4: Selenium Tests.
Level 3: E2E (Scenario) Tests.
Level 2: Directive Tests.
Level 1: Unit Tests.

For each kind of test, we will explain the following aspects:

* Purpose: What’s the idea behind this type of tests. When to use and what is being tested (the scope of the test). Principles how to write the test.
* Implementation: How does it look like in source code. Examples, technical issues.
* Our experience: Reflection about our specific experience. Some heuristic data.


Via Jan Hesse
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Very similar approach to what we are adopting and have adopted recently.

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Story of Business Analyst | SQL Lion

Story of Business Analyst | SQL Lion | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
More or less a real story of a Business Analyst and his responsibilities towards the client delightedness and the development team. Follow the link to know more…
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21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes. As always, I am nervous and excited for t...
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NoSQL Database Adoption Trends

NoSQL Database Adoption Trends | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
In this research survey on NoSQL database adoption trends, InfoQ would like to learn what NoSQL databases you are currently using or planning on using in your applications.
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Pls udpate on your usage of NoSQL

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Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools

Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it

One of tne of the most important things designers work with is color. Every element they draw, type, or generate with a computer, gets a color. It is impossible to create anything visual without making color decisions. And to make things harder, estimates of the total number of discernable colors range from one hundred thousand to ten million. Add issues of human perception and color vision deficiency, and you could get a headache doing anything with colors, let alone building a color scale for data.

 

Luckily, you have some great tools at your disposal to help with color decisions. These tools incorporate different approaches, so each one is good at slightly different things. There are two main classes of tools for dealing with color. The first class is intended to help with design decisions, and the second class covers data driven color scales.


Via Lauren Moss
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Great online tools for colour selection with a difference.

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How did Estonia become a leader in technology? - The Economist (blog)

How did Estonia become a leader in technology? - The Economist (blog) | Tech4Techy | Scoop.it
How did Estonia become a leader in technology?
The Economist (blog)
Two decades later, it is a world leader in technology. Estonian geeks developed the code behind Skype, Hotmail and Kazaa (a precursor of the Napster file-sharing software).
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This shows how a vision for change can transform a whole country.

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