Steven Spruce

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Where Executives and Agile Beliefs Diverge

It is a commonly held belief that Executives and Agile are aligned and the problem with Agile adoption lies with the Frozen Middle (Management). …

How we use Trello on the GOV.UK Publishing Platform team - Inside GOV.UK

Teams at GDS are free to pick the processes and tools that work for them. On the GOV.UK Publishing Platform, our Kanban process is supported by …

6 Signs Your QA Is Not Agile

Many teams have either transitioned to Agile development or are in the process of doing so. It appears that transitioning a QA team is not an easy …

How we’ve destroyed user stories

Psst! Hey…You know there’s a simple way to get engineers to build what you want, and as a bonus you can call it “agile”…Shh! Try to keep this …

User Stories

Conducting User Story Estimation Meetings

Recently, my team changed the schedule for estimation meetings and how we manage estimating the user stories in our backlog. Note that this article …

The Real Reason We Estimate

Yes, this is spot on, great post. I think the main challenge with estimating is finding the balance between spending enough time on a story to get a …

Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup (5:2 Diet)

Sometimes I crave something green. I think it's my body telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. I really do believe our body tells us what we …

Food

7 alternative spots to hit up on your first trip to London

When visiting London for the first time there are so many ‘MUST DO‘ lists. Selfie Big Ben? Taking in the panoramic views from the London Eye or …

Here's a neat Chrome + multi-window trick you probably didn't know about

Android 7.0's multi-window feature is great, letting you split your display between two full screen apps. But it comes with a few caveats, including …

New places to stay this year will include a cool hostel at Hadrian’s Wall, a Titanic hotel in Belfast and a Coal Exchange in Cardiff<p>The people behind the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, are expanding their empire. Their new hotel collection is called <b>Another Place</b>, and The Lake is the …

England

Classic Basil Pesto Recipe

From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2015<p>Turn the bounty of summer basil into a delicious sauce with this easy pesto recipe. Try it stirred into a …

A warming, comforting soup ticks all the boxes for January eating<p>January can be a confusing time, but the general resolve is to eat less and move more. After a month of potatoes roasted in duck fat, wedges of stilton and brandy-soaked cake, we somehow convince ourselves that a diet of blitzed green …

Recipes

Business Analyst vs. Superman

Since when were Business Analysts a one stop shop for all project needs? We are expected to be Superheros; well-rounded BAs as well as Change …

Should you close old bugs?

<i>Do you actively close bugs because they reach a certain age?</i><p>One of the (many) things I love about Automattic is the attention that is given to <i>bug</i> …

Information Security

Rainbow walkways and streetfood in shipping containers: Forget Copenhagen, Aarhus is Denmark's new capital of cool

<b>Why go now?</b><p>Denmark’s second city will officially step out of Copenhagen’s shadow in the new year to become European Capital of Culture 2017 (along …

105 Types of Software Testing Every Tester Should Know

Due to businesses embracing digital platforms, mobile, big-data, social media, cloud and the internet of things, there has been a definite rise in …

Ask the experts: Paris on a budget

Q <b>Where in Paris do you recommend staying for a fun, budget weekend away?</b><p><b>Sarah Barrell, associate editor, National Geographic Traveller(UK):</b> If you …

A terrific Paris tour guide

FRANCE<p>We hire tour guide Iris Amice every time we go to Paris and recommend her to all our friends, who love her too. She is incredibly knowledgeable and a terrific storyteller — even the most resistant teenager will be riveted by her tales. She gives group and private tours through her company A …

Handling Non Functional Requirements in User Stories

For Training, Coaching, and Consulting engagements, please contact me for details on how I can help your organization.<p><b>Please Note:</b> User Stories are …

The slow cooker revolution

<b>There's a culinary revolution taking place and it's not in a hurry. Like many things from the 1970s, slow cookers are back in fashion with some retailers reporting sales up by a third in recent years.</b><p>Driven by the trend for slow-cooked meats such as pulled pork, and their general cost …

Advent in Austria merges angels and demons, Christian and pagan traditions – and it’s not for the faint-hearted<p>It’s just below freezing in the village of Grödig on the outskirts of Salzburg, and a large crowd has gathered. The air is thick with the smell of glühwein and anticipation. Five minutes …

European Travel

Lush at the Roundhouse, London

YouTube

Premiere: Is Bliss - 'Morning Sun' (Pinkshinyultrablast Remix)

There are any number of different approaches to crafting a remix, however it's always nice when like-minds collide.<p>So when <b>Is Bliss</b> sought out someone …

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Don’t assume a sailing holiday is beyond your budget – Antlos connects boat owners and holidaymakers in the same way as sharing websites Airbnb and Uber<p>‘What do you think you’re on – your father’s yacht?” This was a common put-down in my northern childhood when anyone gave themselves airs and …

Sailing

The 50 Best Indie Rock Albums of the Pacific Northwest

<i>PATH OF NO RESISTANCE</i> <i><br>Pacific Northwest Indie Rock Before and After the Gold Rush</i><p>By Sean Nelson<p>The suckerest bet in the music writing racket is trying to neatly summarize a regional music scene. But due to certain quirks of history and provincial character, it’s actually pretty convenient to talk …

Indie Music

Sicilian baked sausage with potato, tomato and herbs

Known as <i>salsiccia con papate e pomodori al forno</i>. If you’re pushed for time, it’s OK to skip the browning stage.<p>SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p>8 fat spicy Italian sausages<br>• 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil<br>• ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes (more if your sausages aren’t that spicy)<br>• ¼ tsp fennel seeds, toasted and bashed a bit<br>• 2 …

TR-909 beat machine anniversary celebrated with product avalanche

Unlike the beatbox it replaced, the 909 drum machine was part analog and part sample-based. It came with a built-in step sequencer, the ability to …

Music Production

Key Questions Retrospective Technique

New Agile teams tend to place a significant emphasis on the retrospective meeting. When an issue rears it’s head, they often say “we need to talk …