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Bas Vodde on Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)

Bas Vodde recently posted a message about a paper that he co-wrote with Craig Larman on Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Bas is a Singapore based Certified Scrum Trainer who I’ve worked with on a couple of occasions. He’s an experienced trainer and with an excellent background in software development and large-scale Scrum, so I […]

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The Marshmallow challenge + What you need to be reading this weekend: 09/17/2010

I’ve a special treat for the end-of-week roundup … the Marshmallow Challenge! The Marshmallow Challenge is an experimental game to explore emergent design and team collaboration. The goal is to build the tallest free-standing structure from spaghetti that supports a marshmallow on top. It’s nicely explained in this TED talk by Tom Wujec: And here […]

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Two wonderful videos from RSA

Here are a couple of videos that I’ve been watching recently. Both are talks given at The RSA and animated by Cognitive Media. I’ll start with my favourite which is “The Empathic Civilisation” by Jeremy Rifkin. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g&hl=en_US&fs=1] And, this second video is “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us” by Dan Pink. [youtube […]

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Software defects in quantitative investment funds

There was an interesting article in the New York Times over the weekend about software defects in quant funds. Quantitative funds (also know as Black Box funds) are investment funds in which investment decisions are determined by elaborate software algorithms. Over the last 10 years investors have put vast sums of money with quant funds […]

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