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Home Affairs reveals Australian authorities already using new encryption powers

This is how it starts, how under the guise of “security” our freedom and privacy is stripped away. A thoroughly bad law has been implemented and supported by both sides of Australian politics. What’s worse than the impact on our individual privacy is what it means for the state of cryptography across the entire Internet: purposefully allowing back doors to be built into core components of the technology foundation is ripe for abuse by both state and non state actors.

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Where did it all go?

Yep, we’ve all been there managing an ever decreasing amount of storage on our favorite weapon of choice. A short post to plug Windows and Android tools to assist.

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Agile – how to document a "proper" handover

How you leave tells you something about a person, about their passion and about what’s important to them. It can be a simple act like pushing your chair in after a meeting, pushing all the chairs in, cleaning the whiteboards even if you didn’t use them, leaving something in a better state than you found it. Below is the text of my handover notes published on Confluence ten days before our team was disbanded…

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Saying goodbye: the hardest

Saying “goodbye” to an awesome team is so very, very hard. What have we learned? I’ll warrant more about ourselves through each other than we’d have learned alone. Two quotes have been swimming in my mind tonight, one from the Bard and one from a seminal film.

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Agile team size

What’s the “right” Agile team size? Smaller is better. A collection of excerpts and quotes on Agile team size, you may find this useful in discussion with Product Owners and those “paying the bills”. Empirical data is paramount to show how and why a specific team size is best in your situation…

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Agile software development

This post is the text of an article I wrote and internally published on Friday, 27th April 2018 while working at NBN Australia to provide an Iteration Manager aka Scrum Master retrospective the day before our next Program Increment planning session. It’s from a point in time where the Iteration Manager (me!) was looking at what’s changed and what challenges are still to come for the development team.

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Myth 8: The Scrum Master is a Junior Agile Coach

There’s sometimes a view that the Scrum Master role is below an Agile Coach, and often times this is extended to the view that they are simply a junior coach, the “we’re all in it together” view of Agile breaks down in situations like this. And remembering that we’re trying to effect change and flatten hierarchies, Barry Overeem of scrum.org debunks this myth.

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