Overheard: Word of the Day

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February 12, 2010  11:32 AM

Overheard – Emotional intelligence and soft skills

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
business alignment, management
“Historically, if you were the network administrator, the network was yours. You controlled everything. The network was your domain.  In this new world, you may have to become an ‘influencer,’ which means you’re going to have to be able to advise your organization about what’s good and what’s bad to put in the cloud … and a lot of network administrators are short on those soft skills.”

James Staten, as quoted in IT job security fears over cloud computing? Network jobs still vital

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is emotional intelligence.  See also: soft skills.

February 10, 2010  7:59 PM

Overheard – Scrum sprints

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Smaller teams seem to gravitate towards short sprints, around two to three weeks. Planning’s are pretty simple and quick. The short sprint allows for the team to turn around things really quickly, and I personally like it a lot as product owner.

Brian Hartsock, Scrum Tip: Sprint length is a variable

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Scrum sprint.

February 5, 2010  6:41 AM

Overheard – Regional Internet Registry

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
IP addressing, IPV4, IPv6
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced that less than 10% of the remaining IPv4 addresses are unallocated, and that puts IPv4 on the endangered species list.  What’s NRO? The group that officially represents the five Regional Internet Registries that oversee Internet number resources.Kate Gerwig, Move away from IPv4…This is not a test

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Regional Internet Registry (RIR).

February 3, 2010  6:17 PM

Overheard – mobile browser

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
browser applications, Mobile, Programming
If Google’s vice president of engineering is right, it means that many developers might be wasting time trying to port their application to various mobile platforms out there. Build for the mobile browser; it might not look like a very good idea now, but it could pay off in the future.

Stan Schroeder, Google: Browser is the Platform of the Future, Even on Mobiles

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is mobile browser.

February 2, 2010  4:53 PM

Overheard – Wireless Distribution System

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
802.11, Mobile, Wireless, wireless distribution system
WDS uses standard 802.11 wireless to forward traffic between access points, as an alternative to Ethernet or another wired distribution network. In effect, WDS turns a pair of APs into a pair of wireless bridges or repeaters…WDS is based on the 802.11 standard, but is not fully specified by that standard, so WDS links often work only between same-vendor APs (or APs using the same chipset).

Lisa Phifer, What’s the expected range on a pair of Belkin 54G routers in wireless bridge mode?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Wireless Distribution System.

February 1, 2010  7:13 PM

Overheard – XaaS

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Cloud computing, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, XaaS
There will be many flavors of cloud computing with many subsets. Already we have a plethora of “X as a service” (XaaS) offerings, including swapping the X with software, infrastructure, platform, data, integration, etc. I expect to see clouds as a service (CaaS) any day now.

Dana Gardner The distinction between grid and cloud computing

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is XaaS.

January 29, 2010  3:09 PM

Overheard – Wireless medical telemetry services

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Hospital environments are especially vexing for wireless devices coping with interference [EMI] created by anything from the reflective signal characteristics of a building to the multitude of electronic devices crowding a patient’s room or treatment area.

R. Srinivasan, answering the question “What are the requirements for effectively deploying and managing wireless medical devices?”

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is wireless medical telemetry services.

January 28, 2010  3:30 PM

Overheard – IFRS

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Compliance, compliane reporting, international compliance
While U.S. GAAP could conceivably become the de facto global standard, it seems more likely that IFRS will hold that distinction. More countries and markets use IFRS, it has been developed with an international view from the start, and it has the structures in place to obtain global input and acceptance.

Scott Taub IFRS & U.S. GAAP: Where Do We Stand?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the day is International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

January 27, 2010  6:11 PM

Overheard – Pigs and chickens

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Agile development, Programming, scrum
People who are not committed to the project and are not accountable for deliverables at the meeting do not get to talk. They are excess overhead for the meeting. They might be called eavesdroppers if you don’t like chickens. Whatever we call them it should have a negative connotation because they tend to sap productivity.

Jeff Sutherland, SCRUM: Pigs and Chickens

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is pigs and chickens.

January 26, 2010  5:07 PM

Overheard – burn down chart

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
agile programming, Project management, scrum
As a pilot, I like to think of a burn down chart as being like the glide path of an airplane on final approach…If you are stabilized on the glide path you will hit the runway at the designated touchdown point. If you are too high, you will not make it to the runway…If you are too low, watch out for the trees!

Peter Stevens, Towards a better burn down chart

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is burn down chart.

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