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Balanced Team – Janice Fraser

In this discussion, Pivotal's Director of Innovation Practice, Janice Fraser, talks about the balanced team. The basic proposition is that an environment with a balanced team makes work more streamlined, creates better client relations, and improves results overall. Janice's role is to help clients and consultants work in Lean and Agile ways.

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Your MVP Sucks – Tristan Kromer

https://youtu.be/x8nwnGfm-uA

Lean Startup fails when it becomes routine or ritualized. This will be a frank discussion of where we most often go horribly wrong in the dogma of the MVP.

We’ll also go over a simple way of organizing your toolbox of lean startup and user research techniques to quickly get at the heart of the issue and design a useful test of our theories.

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Simplify the Process of Securing Mobile Apps – Andrew Blaich

http://youtu.be/QYAZNHqyNgg

The mobile app development lifecycle is one of the fastest and most demanding that tech has experienced. Time to market and usability are top priorities, yet operational considerations, including adding security, often command the lions share of time in the development lifecycle.

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Narratives – Nina Mehta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiv5wgnUtjw

There are always more than two sides to a story. In this talk, Nina shares her personal narrative about creative work to go a deeper on understanding the user experience. From making newspaper pages to 300-foot light installations to producing art/tech conferences in Tokyo, the work is always about people.

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Creating a Unified Front with Your Team – Nic Warner

In this talk, the Pivotal Labs team discusses how engagements have changed over time. Small teams have transformed. Where there used to be one anchor to coordinate everything, the world is now much bigger. For example, we have as many as 17 designers on one project. The scope of projects has also changed. The input comes from more places with more emotional weight. We all need to operate as one unit. How do we operate in a unified manner?

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Contravariance is the Dual of Covariance – Erik Meijer

Every developer that has ever dealt with contra- and covariance in Java or Scala shivers with fear when they have to deal with these concepts in their code. Typically the solution is to click, click, click, click on the ‘suggested fix’ by the IDE until the error messages finally go away.

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Parsing JSON in Objective-C – Part 2

In the previous article, we used TDD to parse JSON into our Person model and refactored the code under test. In part 2, we’re going to refactor the code further to be more reusable and extendable. All the code in this article will also be in the same repository.

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Parsing JSON in Objective-C

JSON parsing is a frequent task for clients interfacing with any recent web API. Those web services frequently vary in quality:

Is the API following a RESTful design pattern? Is it providing an object graph or just a single/collection of objects in the JSON response?

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Tech Talk: NodeCopter

NodeCopter is a hack event, non-profit organization, and community of developers using NodeJS to control the AR Drone 2.0. The organization focuses on exploring the capabilities of drones. Andrew Nesbitt talks about how to programmatically fly these drones using Javascript where the sky’s the limit.

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Tech Talk: Sourcegraph – A large-scale code search engine in Go

Unit tests are essential to maintaining code quality, especially as the complexity of an application increases. Sourcegraph is a large-scale code search engine (live at sourcegraph.com) that indexes millions of projects across 5 different languages. Its web app component is written in the Go programming language.

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