Germán Parra

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Stop ‘delivering’ software with Agile — it doesn’t work that way

Clickbait-y title or not — i’ve got some stern truths for you.Photo by Jason Rosewell on UnsplashLet me start by asking you a question.Are you …

Project Management

Everyone claims they are following “agile methods” but few actually do

When we talk with managers who are undertaking ambitious digital projects, we ask them if they are using agile methods. Many of them will say “yes, we’ve adopted agile already.” You’d think that would be an encouraging sign: when practiced well, agile methods can create exceptionally valuable and …

Project Management

Against Chill

In recent years, “chill” has become one of the most desirable qualities in a romantic prospect. But it is a garbage virtue that will destroy the …

Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning

Over the years I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts. I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative …

Ultra-capacitor hybrid radically boosts power and efficiency of lithium batteries

Nawa Technologies' core product is a new type of carbon ultra-capacitor with a set of remarkable advantages over typical lithium-ion battery …

How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

It's the biggest smorgasbord on TV. NBC and its related platforms are serving up more than 2,400 hours of Olympics coverage through the closing ceremony on Feb. 25 — a record for a Winter Olympics. It's all there in front of you, but figuring out what you want and when you want it is a challenge. …

Awesome Adventure Lodges That Won't Break the Bank

Adventure<p>We found five impressive spots you can actually afford.<p>Camping might make you feel one with nature, but it far from guarantees a good night’s rest. At the same time, shelling out for quality accommodations in America’s most spectacular outdoor destinations can be a hard-to-justify …

Amazon vets develop $20 WyzeCam home camera, end up competing against their former employer

The four founders of Wyze Labs are all former Amazon employees, and they’ve hewed closely the company’s well-known leadership principles in …

Smart Homes

An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers Are Always a Bad idea

Elon Musk says putting managers in the middle of communications is "incredibly dumb." He's not alone.<p>Survey.com's annual "Wasting Time at Work" report revealed that if you eliminate managers completely, you remove 75 percent of the reasons someone will leave your company. There is a simple reason …

Here's The True Story Behind The Collapse of The Mysterious Easter Island Culture

No, they didn't destroy their island.<p>For a long while it wasn't clear whether the island's native population originated in Polynesia or South America.<p>…

Two Dark American Truths From Las Vegas

On the certainty of more shootings<p>Beyond the scores of people who have been killed and the hundreds who have been wounded in Las Vegas today, thousands of other people, though not visibly or directly injured, have had their lives changed forever. Children and parents. Husbands and wives. Brothers …

Guns

The Best War Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘The Hurt Locker’

War never changes...or maybe it does.<p>Ron Perlman would have us believe that war never changes, but the movies about it certainly have. The last 15 …

War

Barcelona release unseen Lionel Messi footage from rise through La Masia

Barcelona have released a new video containing highlights of a young Lionel Messi's career at the club's famed academy, La Masia.<p>Messi joined the Spanish club from Argentine side Newell's Old Boys in 2001 and rose through the youth ranks to become one of, if not the, greatest footballer of all time.<p>…

A Noninvasive Colon Cancer Test That's FIT To Be Tried

Not so very long ago, colonoscopy was the gold standard for colon cancer screening. But times are a-changing. Last month when I went in for a checkup, my primary care doctor handed me a FIT test, a colon cancer test you can do at home without the unpleasantness and risk that turn people off to …

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For people with lung cancer, immunotherapy has emerged as an important new treatment option. Drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors that “release …

'Unprecedented results' in trials combining immunotherapy drugs

Thousands more patients with terminal cancer could go into remission if immunotherapy drugs were used in combination, scientists believe.<p>The drugs, …

CRISPR Gene Editing Is Making Huge Strides In Curing Sickle Cell Disease

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>Researchers have known what causes sickle cell disease for 70 years–a simple mutation. But the disease, which …

Genetic Engineering

Patients in remission after taking lung cancer drug that causes tumours to 'shrink'

A cancer drug that causes tumours to "completely shrink" in some patients has proved successful on a number of Australians taking part in a global …

Astounding' New Cancer Treatment Could Destroy Incurable Tumours

"...we've penetrated and destroyed the Death Star..."<p>Researchers believe they have beaten the "Death Star" of cancer with a new method of treatment …

ASMR and 'head orgasms': what's the science behind it? | Pete Etchells

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call ‘head orgasms’, or ‘brain tingles’. But what does the research say about it?<p>Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in …

Girl awake after nearly deadly flu case

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 4-year-old girl who nearly died because of the flu is breathing on her own for the first time in nine days and can speak to her parents after waking up from an induced coma.<p>"It's beyond belief," said Gemma Botelho's father, Alex. "Everyone here at the hospital -- their spirits are lifted. …

Star Wars: Battlefront gives you nerdy chills even with a lack of content

It’s time for me to lock my journalist foils into review position.<p>Star Wars: Battlefront brings the beloved franchise into the modern era of gaming, and it looks gorgeous. However, it wouldn’t be the modern era of gaming without a few caveats. Publisher Electronic Arts didn’t include a campaign …

Star Wars

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

How Uber's Top Lawyer Wins Equal Pay For Women

<i>Uber general counsel Salle Yoo has her own formula for hiring a diverse workforce: Appoint women in senior roles early on—and pay them the same as</i> …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Flu

Someone Finally Quantified San Diego's Smart Growth Failure

Half a dozen news reports last week blared a similar headline: A new study showed San Diego’s trolley stops, or its trolley system in general, were …

These electric powered surfboards can surf on flat water

The latest entry into this burgeoning category comes from Onean Electric Jet Surfboards. The company has recently unveiled a pair of boards equipped with powerful electric engines — effectively allowing you to surf without waves.<p>The Carver and the Manta, as they're called, both sport onboard …

Surfing

The founder of Google's top secret project lab has a new plan to double the world's GDP

His efforts turned into Google X, the secretive "moonshot factory" that has produced some of Google's most technically ambitious projects like self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, Google Glass and internet bearing balloons.<p>But after guiding Google X through its early years, Thrun relinquished …

MOOCs