Was war. Was wird. Von Disparitäten, Durchsuchungen und anderen Döntjes

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 13:15
Demonstrierende Bürger müssen sich Jackentaschen, Laptops und Lebensläufe durchwühlen lassen, die Polizei muss sich nicht kennzeichnen, darf aber automatisch Gesichter erkennen. Helmut Kohls Bimbes profitierte indes von Mitgliedern der Atlantik-Brücke.

Bundestag: FDP macht gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Facebook-Gesetz mobil

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 13:00
Die Liberalen wollen am Dienstag einen Gesetzentwurf zur "Stärkung der Bürgerrechte" in den Bundestag einbringen. Auf der Abschussliste der Fraktion stehen die Protokollierung von Nutzerspuren und Löschpflichten für soziale Netzwerke.

ThinkShout: Meet Bene, an affordable, open-source website solution for nonprofits

Planet Drupal - 12. Dezember 2017 - 13:00

Bene is based on a simple goal: Smaller nonprofits deserve websites that are designed to increase their impact and grow alongside them. Sounds simple enough, but achieving it has always been a major challenge from both the nonprofit and agency perspective.

Nonprofits have traditionally been forced to choose their digital solutions from two extremes on a spectrum. On the one side, you have low cost do-it-yourself solutions like SquareSpace or Wix. While inexpensive and easy to launch, these solutions serve such a wide array of use cases that they have nothing unique to offer nonprofits in terms of best practices. The content strategy and designs are not intended to tell a nonprofit’s compelling story and drive engagement. In addition, as the needs of a nonprofit grow, out of the box solutions may not flex to meet those needs, forcing an organization to start over with its digital strategy.

On the other end of the spectrum are custom websites conceived through a rigorous discovery process and built on open source platforms like Drupal and WordPress. If done right, this approach yields the best results: a gorgeous responsive website that provides powerful storytelling tools, increases fundraising, advocacy, and other types of engagement, and serves as the hub of an organization’s digital ecosystem. But these projects take time and money, typically 6-9 months and upwards of $200k.

As ThinkShout has grown, our business has focused more on those larger projects. But in the process, it’s become harder to work with the thousands of organizations who can’t afford the time and cost involved in building a completely custom website. We wanted to find a way to partner with grassroots organizations, as helping them succeed is core to who we are and what we do.

Bene is our answer to this problem: A low cost website for small nonprofits bundling content management, mission critical features, a tailored user experience, hosting, and strategic support. All built on an open source Drupal distribution that can grow alongside the organization.

We first conceived of Bene during an open source “sprint for good” event nearly 2 years ago. This month, we’re proud to launch our first website on the platform for Free Geek, with two more on the way over the next few weeks. We do recognize there are other efforts to address this need, from Drutopia to WordPress.com. We support all of them, as the growing number of organizations working to make our world a better place have a wide range of requirements, and they need all the help they can get!

Learn more about Bene and please get in touch if you think it’s a good fit for you, or have some ideas on how to improve it. We realize we’ve only taken the first step.

Musk bestätigt: Tesla baut eigene KI-Chips für autonomes Fahren

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:30
Tesla entwickelt eigene KI-Chips, die in fahrerlosen Autos verwendet werden sollen. Was seit Monaten vermutet wird, hat Tesla-Chef Elon Musk nun auf einer Party bestätigt. Verantwortlich für die Entwicklung ist Jim Keller.

Sony: Playstation 4 über 70 Millionen Mal, PSVR 2 Millionen Mal verkauft

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:30
Sony hat neue Verkaufszahlen der Playstation 4 veröffentlicht. Die Spielekonsole wurde demnach über 70 Millionen Mal verkauft. Das VR-Headset zur PS4 hat derweil die 2-Millionen-Marke geknackt.

DHL-Erpressungsversuch: Innenministerium will Paketstationen videoüberwachen

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:15
Das Bundesinnenministerium macht sich für eine Videoüberwachung von Paketstationen stark, über die etwa die Deutsche Post DHL den Versand und die Annahme von Päckchen ermöglicht. Damit könne die Sicherheit verbessert werden.

SpaceX-Meilenstein: Recycelte Rakete schickt recycelte Raumkapsel zur ISS

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:15
Am 12. Dezember will Elon Musks Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX eine Dragon-Raumkapsel mit einer Falcon-Rakete zur ISS bugsieren. Das Besondere: Für beide Komponenten ist es nicht der erste Einsatz.

Intel kürzt "Intel inside"-Werbemittel

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:00
Intel will das seit 26 Jahren laufende Marketing-Programm "Intel inside" umkrempeln, was Auswirkungen auf den PC-Markt und die zugehörige Werbung haben könnte.

Kartendatenklau: Hiesiger Schaden sinkt trotz mehr Skimming

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 12:00
Kriminelle versuchen mit allen Mitteln, an Bankdaten deutscher Kunden zu kommen. Dank Milliardeninvestitionen in mehr Sicherheit lassen sich diese immer seltener zu Geld machen. Doch noch gibt es Lücken.

Amazee Labs: Defining work - Amazee Agile Agency Survey Results - Part 6

Planet Drupal - 12. Dezember 2017 - 11:50
Defining work - Amazee Agile Agency Survey Results - Part 6

This is part 6 of our series processing the results of the Amazee Agile Agency Survey. Previously I wrote about team communication & process. This time let’s focus on defining work. Who is involved in defining work and which tools are essential for organising your work?

Josef Dabernig Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:50 Defining work

When asked about who is involved in defining work, we asked about which roles would be included in different phases of the ticket process.

  • “Creating tickets” is performed by these roles ordered by a number of selections: “PM / PO Proxy”, “Any Developer”, “Lead Developer”, “Client / Product Owner”, “UX/Design” and finally “The entire team together”.

  • “Refining/grooming/specifying tickets” is performed mostly by “Lead Developer”, “Any Developer” and “PM / PO Proxy” rated equally high, then “Client / Product Owner” and “The entire team together” rated equally high and finally “UX/Design”.

  • “Estimating tickets” is done by “The entire team together” followed by “Lead Developer” or “Any Developer” rated equally often, then “UX/Design”, “Client / Product Owner” and finally “PM / PO Proxy.”

It looks like there is an apparent tendency for Developers or Lead Developers to be involved in all parts of defining the work. It also makes sense that Clients / Product Owners or the internal counterparts in the agency PM / PO Proxies do participate in defining the work but don’t participate in estimating.

For us at Amazee, having the entire team estimate is essential to make sure there is common knowledge about the problem space and that we can get multiple views to validate our understanding of the client’s requirements. Any of our developers can take a leadership position in a particular project, that person would then be tasked to specify tickets together with the Project Owner (PO) or the client directly, and get estimated by the team later on.

Survey contestants also shared some additional insights about defining work/tickets. I’d like to quote a few of them.

"We have in each team an estimation engineer, scrum master and an architect. Everyone is responsible for doing architectures and estimations, bit the QA goes through these roles. The scrum master is responsible for the 2 weekly process while also being part of the development team."

"Involvement across ticket lifespan evolves as project matures."

"Being the most verbose possible."

"You have not mentioned Acceptance Criteria. This is written in collaboration between our QA and Stakeholders client side, ideally the product owner."

"Again - depending on the project/the client and the PM. We had clients that created and defined tickets together with the PO at our side, so that they could be specified during planning and then estimated by the devs. Sometimes PM is doing it, and sometimes this is done by the lead dev (if PM/PO isn't able to do it). Estimation depends a bit on the time pressure and the team size. If possible we estimate with the whole team. But sometimes we only have the lead dev and the dev who is going to implement the feature estimate."

Organizing work 

We also asked which tools were how important when it comes to organizing work. As shown in the illustration above, the ones that had the most apparent tendency towards their importance were “Sprints”, “User stories”, “Acceptance criteria” and “Tasks”, whereas the graph looks more indifferent when it comes to “Epics”, “Definition of Done”, “Definition of Ready” and “Releases/Versions”.

For us at Amazee, two-week sprints are a crucial instrument for planning and deciding about the priorities of our work. We don’t use User Stories all the time but feel like they are a good way of allowing clients to explain their requirements to the team effectively. Acceptance criteria (AC) are a must for anything that the team will implement - this can be on the user story level or the task level. Our teams also follow a definition of done to make sure that everything is in the right place when it comes to browser testing or on which environment results should be available. Recently, we started using Epics to group requirements that we had earlier on put into components in Jira. This allows to easily track the progress per Epic which is a neat feature in Jira. Releases/Versions aren’t used too much in the teams I work with.

How do you define your work? Please leave us a comment below. If you are interested in Agile Scrum training, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay tuned for the next post where we’ll look at estimations.


Google Home Mini: Touch-Funktionalität teilweise wieder freigeschaltet

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 11:30
Fehlerhafte Sensoren beim Home Mini ließen den smarten Assistenten permanent lauschen. Nachdem Google als Reaktion die Touch-Funktionalität komplett deaktiviert hatte, sind nun zumindest einige Befehle wieder verfügbar.

Forbes: YouTuber DanTDM nimmt 2017 über 16 Mio. Dollar ein

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 11:30
Mit Minecraft- und anderen Let's Plays hat Daniel Middleton aka DanTDM sich über 16,8 Millionen Follower erspielt. Wie das Wirtschaftsmagazin Forbes ermittelte, ist er mit 16,5 Millionen US-Dollar der bestbezahlte YouTube-Star des Jahres 2017.

Kostenlose Sounds für Videos auf Facebook

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 11:00
Um das Veröffentlichen von Videos auf Facebook zu vereinfachen, bietet das Unternehmen jetzt eine Sound-Bibliothek mit Musikstücken und Klängen für die Videoproduktion an. Auch neue Werkzeuge für die Produktion von 360-Grad-Videos kündigt Facebook an.

Viel heiße Luft um Raumschiffe zum Mars?

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 11:00
Boeing und SpaceX liefern sich eine rhetorische Schlacht um die Mars-Eroberung. Dabei sind beide Unternehmen nicht einmal in der Lage, Astronauten sicher zu nähergelegenen Zielen wie der ISS zu bringen.

Wochenrückblick Replay: Der Bitcoin-Schatz im Müllberg

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 9:30
Ein Bitcoin-Millionär, der keiner ist; Probleme mit dem HEVC-Format; neuer Ärger mit iOS – und: PGP nervt! Die meistgelesenen Meldungen in dieser Woche.

CrossOver 17: Microsoft Office 2016 unter Linux

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 9:30
Microsoft Office 2016, Quicken 2017 und League of Legends sollen jetzt auch unter Linux laufen – mit CrossOver 17.0. Die neueste Version des kommerziellen Windows-API-Nachbaus bringt eine aktualisierte Wine-Version mit.

Apple will Musik-Erkenner Shazam kaufen

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 9:00
Der Musikerkennungsdienst Shazam steht kurz davor, von Apple übernommen zu werden. Das berichten US-Medien. Shazam verdient zwar kein Geld, soll aber hunderte Millionen Dollar wert sein.

Google Pixel Buds im Test

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 8:30
Google will, dass sein Assistant immer und überall ansprechbar ist. Dafür gibt es nun die Bluetooth-Ohrhörer Buds, die auch Apples AirPods Konkurrenz machen sollen. Welchen Vorteil haben die Buds?

Nvidia-Treiber GeForce 388.59 WHQL: Support für Titan V und Fallout 4 VR, viele offene Probleme

heise online Newsticker - 12. Dezember 2017 - 7:00
Der neue Grafiktreiber unterstützt die High-End-Grafikkarte Titan V und soll für die VR-Version von Fallout 4 optimiert sein. Der Treiber verursacht allerdings auch noch einige Probleme.