Andy XR

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This Photo Of A Solar Coronal Mass Ejection Is Beyond Comprehension

​The sun is incomprehensibly big, and as such, most of the things it does are also incomprehensibly big. Case in point: this coronal mass ejection, …

Astronomy

Improve Astrophotography Postproduction Using Photoshop's Dust and Scratches

You've spent all the time outside late at night, photographing the stars, and now, you have these images with all the potential and you're about to …

Tutorials

Study on Post-Orgasm Experiences Shows How Men Really Feel After Sex

The afterglow has a dark side.<p>Sex is straightforward until it’s over. As soon as an orgasm ends, a new, potentially confusing phase of sex begins — …

Psychology

Jeff Sessions announces a religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism

The Justice Department’s latest move is another nod to Christian nationalism by the Trump administration.<p>The Trump administration has consistently championed a narrow view of religious liberty in America. But the Justice Department’s latest religious liberty initiative may be the most far-reaching …

Religion

Jem D’jelal on the leadership as command and control anti-pattern – Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

When strong personalities are in positions of power, their ideas become “law”. But sometimes the leaders are themselves prisoners of their own …

North London

Role Expectations Matrix

The Role Expectations Matrix is a team forming activity that aims to map out the expectations among team members. It helps team members to best …

Scaling Agile FAQ | Silicon Valley Product Group

Recently I published an article Revenge of the PMO that argues against a particular framework for agile at scale known as SAFe.<p>This was a bit unusual …

Organizational structure in the Digital and Agile age

Someone asked the other day: <i>how should an organisation be designed?</i><p>There are two potential answers, which actually aren’t as contradictory as they …

Why Managers Believe Multitasking Works: Long Decision Wait Times

When I teach any sort of product/project/portfolio management, I ask, “Who believes multitasking works?” Always, at least several managers raise …

This Map Shows Where Your House Was on Pangea

The view might have been a little bit different<p>Earth has changed a lot over millions of years, but real estate is forever. That's the idea behind software engineer Ian Webster's tool which allows users to find where their home address would have been on the ancient mega-continent Pangea.<p>The tool …

Plate Tectonics

re:Work - Guide: Understand team effectiveness

Of the five key dynamics of effective teams that the researchers identified, psychological safety was by far the most important. The Google …

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Leadership

How To Plan a Model Portfolio Shoot

In comparison with typical portraiture, model portfolio shoots represent a more narrow genre of photography, with more specific requirements and …

Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

<i>“If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”</i> —Albert Einstein<p>In June 2018, a time when “Agile at Scale” is emblazoned on the front cover of Harvard Business Review, the management journal with quasi-papal status, the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management …

Innovation

Baked salmon or roasted chicken with basil – 20 best easy summer recipes: part 3

Sally Clarke’s roasted chicken with basil<p>At the restaurant in the summer we often tuck a basil leaf or two under the skin of the chicken breasts, just before roasting. The skin perfectly protects the delicate leaves, and allows the green shape to be visible when served.<p><b>Serves 6</b><b><br>organic or free range</b> …

Recipes

Trump is a baldfaced liar

By Colbert I. King<p>, Columnist<p>In all my years, I have never seen anything quite like this: a U.S. president who lies and demonizes at the drop of a hat. I don’t just mean President Trump makes statements that tend to be inaccurate or misleading or that he exaggerates, equivocates and, at times, …

Donald Trump

Yotam Ottolenghi’s courgette recipes

I associate courgettes with summer holidays in Greece, where the pale-skinned, pear-shaped variety are sold by the roadside and served in every taverna. Luckily, there are as many ways to cook courgettes as there are courgettes in Greece, and each has a different effect: maximise courgettes’ …

Recipes

Scrum vs. Kanban: How do They Treat Work in Progress?

Team Scrum or Team Kanban? No matter whose team you’re on, we want to support the first principle of the <b>Agile Manifesto</b>:<p><i>“Our highest priority is to</i> …

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 1: Seeing Your System

I’ve been working with a number of people who want to work in a more agile way. These nice folks have one stumbling block: resource efficiency vs. …

Project Management

Scrum By Example – Cascade’s Team Discover Scrummerfall

Cascade’s team is struggling, three sprints running they’ve been unable to build a potentially shippable product. The developers complain there isn’t …

Two Years of Pair Programming

For the last two years, I've built software using pair programming. I recently switched jobs; during this process, I talked to quite a few colleagues …

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik

Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before<p>If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US …

Trump Administration

Kilauea Volcano Has Turned This Hawaiian Shore Into an Apocalyptic Wasteland

It’s been over six weeks since lava fissures began erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island, and there’s still no end in sight. New videos taken by the US …

Platitudes and Brass Tacks

In my experience, change doesn’t fail — or get hopelessly watered down — because of a lack of “high level alignment”, but rather by what happens when …

How to have a zero waste kitchen: tips from Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Skye Gyngell and more

According to the campaigning waste charity Wrap, UK households bin 5m tonnes of edible food every year. That is 1.1m tonnes less than in 2007, a drop that, in CO2 terms, is equivalent to taking 2.2m cars off the road each year. But, clearly, there is still a lot that could be done to inspire us to …

Jamie Oliver

Josh Eggleton’s recipe for spaghetti with roasted garlic and anchovies

This recipe is quick, simple and easy to rustle up with staple ingredients that you’d find in your cupboard. You can really make this dish your own by adding a host of seasonal ingredients whether it be vegetables, herbs or spices. I’m trying to eat less meat at the moment, so the anchovies in this …

What is Value Stream Mapping

What is value stream mapping?<p>Value stream mapping is a flowchart method to illustrate, analyze and improve the steps required to deliver a product or …

Creating A Value Stream Map

This is a step by step guide to creating a current state value stream map, the first step in working towards your ideal state value stream and a …

Maps

Focus Improvement on the Manufacturing Constraint

What is the Theory of Constraints?<p>The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) …

Up Your Compositing Skills by Learning How to Realistically Blend Your Subject Into the Background

There's a lot more to compositing than just getting a perfect cutout. Here are some golden tips by Unmesh Dinda of Piximperfect on how to get a …