Ricky McAlister

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Explaining blockchain basics

Following my studies of blockchain, I've focused to have a deeper understanding of what is a blockchain and how it works. Of course a lot of you may …

Blockchain

Digital transformation, defined by the AWS transformers

Some pointers from the folks at Amazon Web Services.<p>"Digital transformation" is the term du jour these days, but how do you know if it's the real …

Project Management

What to Do When Each Department Uses Different Words to Describe the Same Thing

We’ve all experienced some version of this problem: Ask “how many customers do we have?” and the marketing team provides one answer, sales a second, and accounting a third. Each department trusts its own system, but when the task at hand requires that data be shared across silos, the company’s …

Management

Google Managers Use This Simple Framework to Coach Employees

Being a good coach is not a skill for the select few.<p>Project Oxygen, Google's extensive manager study, analyzed more than 10,000 bits of information including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition to determine the best practices of its most effective …

Employment

React vs. Vue: Clash of the JavaScript titans

Was it just a few years ago when we built our websites by lovingly placing each tag in the file with care and grace? That era of handcrafted websites …

PlayStation Vue

How to Invest in Stocks if You've Only Got $100

Here are three investing apps that make it easy for first-time investors to dip their toes into the stock market without paying high fees.<p>You might not hesitate to drop $100 on dinner and drinks for a special occasion, but you’d probably think twice before investing that money in the stock market. …

Stock Markets

Get the Most Out of Your Software Testing

• Do we really need to test the product?<br>• Why should I invest in testing when I know it works right? But… does it really? Give a minute to think.!<p>These …

Product Management

Writing a very simple plugin in Vue.js - (Example)

In this post, i will be showing you how you can write a basic plugin in Vue. <i><br>You should have a prior experience with Vue and JavaScript.</i><p>Enables you to …

JavaScript

An 8-Year Study Reveals the Key to a High-Performing Culture--and 8 Ways to Build It

Build trust and fuel organizational performance by focusing on these 8 components.<p>You can invest in the latest technology, lean out processes, and add as many extra employee incentives as you want. However, if you're going to motivate your workforce and create a high-performing organization, then …

Employee Engagement

9 Navy SEAL Sayings That Will Improve Engagement And Accountability In Your Organization

Engagement and accountability are critical elements for growth, productivity and profitability in any organization. But in this fast-paced twenty-first century age of disruption, improving engagement and accountability seems more challenging than ever before.<p>According to the 2017 KPMG Global CEO …

Employee Engagement

Create a Simple Microservice using Lambda and API Gateway

AWS Lambda<p>Developer Guide<p>What Is AWS Lambda?<p>Getting Started<p>Set Up an AWS Account<p>Set Up the AWS CLI<p>Install SAM CLI<p>Create a Simple Lambda Function and …

Lay Out Your Code Like You'd Lay Out Your House

Imagine you wake up and get up to brush your teeth. You go to the "brooms and brushes" room to get your tooth brush. Then, you go to the "cleaning …

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

Replacing QA Column in the Work Board

<i>It was quite a journey. I started as a completely manual tester who could occasionally do exploratory testing. Then, I made a drastic change of</i> …

Want to Be a Better Boss? Read Any of the 8 Books the Smartest Leaders Have Already Read

This remarkable publishing company aims to change the world by putting out profoundly positive leadership bestsellers.<p>In the process of writing a manuscript for my first book publication, my literary agent and I are choosing publishers wisely. One promising publisher on my radar screen is …

3 Essential Components of Great Documentation

I originally wrote this as a response to @nonlinearnygma's post:<p>It got really long and I felt a bit rude leaving such a long comment, so I decided to …

How to meet project goals by creating a work breakdown structure

A work breakdown structure helps deconstruct a project into individual tasks. Here's how to create one.<p>A work breakdown structure (WBS) is the …

Grafana – An Open Source Software for Analytics and Monitoring

Grafana is an open source, feature rich, powerful, elegant and highly-extensible analytics and monitoring software that runs on Linux, Windows and …

Agile projects need agile leadership

Humans feel less threatened when they have more autonomy, think more constructively and are more creative when they can operate in more agile management cultures<p>The Agile Business Consortium has been working alongside a wide range of researchers and experts to explore the cultural and leadership …

The Definitive Guide: How to Value a Stock

Investors need to have several tools in their toolbox when it comes to properly valuing stocks.<p>Investors who want to sport market-beating returns …

The (Im)Practical Continuous Delivery

This week I participated in a 2-day training session about pragmatic solutions in Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment. I was there …

DevOps

VS Code Extensions for Happier JavaScript Coding

As a web developer, having a well calibrated editor is paramount to productivity. One of the best parts of Visual Studio Code as a general purpose …

Here Are Nearly 1,200 Coursera Courses That Are Still Completely Free

Courses from 166 universities, including Stanford, Georgia Tech, Yale, Duke, and Michigan, are part of the list.<p>Are Coursera courses still free? At Class Central, we get that question so often that I wrote a guide to answer it. Generally speaking, Coursera courses are free to audit but if you want …

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 privacy DNS is real: here’s how to use it

Privacy has always been an important topic but, of late, it has become an increasingly troubling one. From smartphones to social media to plain …

Who’s the boss? Why strong leaders are ‘servants’

The best way to get your team to have your back is to win their hearts and minds. The road to that for leaders is to ‘Serve.’<p>The primary role of a …

Forget AWS Lambda, so long Kubernetes – this is the future of serverless

Forget about AWS Lambda and Kubernetes - AWS Fargate is the real future of serverless because it's containers that matter, says New Relic's Lee …

Want a 300 Percent Return on Investment? Try This Problem-Solving Practice

Align and get things done faster.<p>Design thinking is probably a term you hear every day, but have you woven it into the DNA of your business? Do you operate under the misconception that you don't run a creative business and therefore design is merely a superficial exercise, or the chrome you add at …

Inside The Design Processes At Netflix, Slack, Pinterest, And More

The design platform company InVision has released an intriguing report on how some of the world’s most innovative companies approach design. The Design Genome Project is an online resource describing the processes, organizational structures, and tool stacks (predictably heavy on InVision) at …

15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read

There's something here for everyone, whatever your level of leadership.<p>Since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, the servant leadership movement has risen from obscurity to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and …

Leadership

How I Make a Full-Time Income in My Spare Time -- And How You Can, Too

Affiliate marketing is simple, but it's not easy.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a young man, I learned how to make money online, initially to pay off my mother’s debt. I’ve used these same skills to create a lifestyle that many dream about, flying 96 times just this …

Marketing