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The Marathoner’s Metaphor

A professional marathon athlete is hired from a team in order to run in a big national event in Dublin. He arrives in Cork 5-days before the event. For the first time after hired, he is told that in order to reach Dublin, he is not allowed to use any transportation (train, airplane, bus, etc.), but he has to walk from Cork to Dublin. Of course, he is unpleasantly surprised.

The marathoner understands that even if he walks 30miles per day, he might cover the 150miles on time, but then he will have to run 40km of a marathon and compete against all the other athletes. He then asks whether he can use a bicycle, as that it will save him time, allowing him to do 75miles per day and reach Dublin in 2-days, rest 3-days and race. Yes, he can use a bicycle, but he has to order the bicycle and wait minimum 3-days to get it and spend another 1-day to register the bicycle and insure himself for travel injuries. Now, he realizes that he has 1-day to do 150miles with a bicycle and then run the 40km of the marathon.

There is no easy way out, but a marathoner’s best friend is time, so he starts walking. While he is walking to reach Dublin, he calls the team owners and he asks them whether he can get a taxi, there are so many going to Dublin. The answer is maybe, but it will take 1-month for getting approval, so it’s better to continue walking. Before ending the call, he asks about his gear for running the marathon (shoes, uniforms, etc). The owners reply do not worry the gear is not ready yet, you will get it 1-hour before the event. The marathoner asks:

But I will have to run a marathon with brand-new shoes?

Yes, what’s the problem?

Sure I understand…

The marathoner hangs up the phone. The mental game has already started inside his mind, but he is not even racing. His initial goal was to compete for the win, but the only thing he thinks now is whether he will even be able to finish the race. Obviously, the marathoner is already confused and psychologically stressed. He decides to stop for food and water in one of the petrol stations. An hour later, as the marathoner leaves the petrol station, his phone rings. Marathoner’s best friend, also a professional marathoner is on the phone.

Hey, where are you ? Are you already in Dublin resting for the upcoming race?

The 2 friends have been training for years together and run several times in long distance races side-by-side. The marathoner explains the situation to his friend and the reasons that he is not in Dublin yet. Phoneline silence, a few seconds later, only a single question:

Why do you waste your talent, after so many years of hard work and dedication? We both know, you won’t be able to even stand in that race, not have a chance of winning it.

The marathoner thanks his best friend for the moment of clarity and he finds a B&B to spend the night. The next day, he calls the team owners to say that he wants to have a transportation to Dublin, otherwise he cannot race. The owners reply that it is not possible and the only thing that he should target as goal is to just register for the marathon the day of the race, and run even for 1-minute, otherwise the owners will lose their sponsorship. The marathoner explains that his intention was to race for the win and not only the participation and he will quit if he cannot reach Dublin a few days before the race, in order to rest. The owners suggest to the marathoner to start running instead of walking until he reaches Dublin and wear also his own pair of sports shoes in order to get used of them, as this is his best alternative option for the race. He will arrive in Dublin 1-day earlier from the race and solve also the problem of the shoes. The marathoner quits the next day.

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TeacherFinder – Got a major update!

It’s been a while, but the new fully upgraded version of TeacherFinder has been published. A lot of new features, enjoy!

TeacherFinder | The Search Engine for Greek Tutors

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Anonymity, privacy, data control, no-tracking


anonymity, privacy, data control, no-tracking

a luxury lost in the cloud

OR

services under construction

?

It is so obvious, that all the traffic that goes over the Internet is tracked and analyzed. That allows to define business markets, user trends and obtain an absolute knowledge, about things that a few decades ago were probably considered personal information. As all the services are keep growing under the concept of a “cloud infrastructure”, our ability to control our own data disappears gradually. It is replaced with an illusion of control as we delegate trust to the service providers. The majority of the users do not understand the impact and they are unaware of the technical aspects of tracking, which runs silently at the background of each offered service.

…because awareness is missing…

...because awareness is missing...

The unavoidable exposure of the information tracking that takes place over the network triggers several actions by communities or individuals, which try to balance our ability to control the information that we will expose to the public. A number of different services around privacy, anonymity and data control already exists and becoming more and more popular. These services try to provide an alternative exit for gain back some control over decision making, that has been lost unconsciously.

…because somebody has to care…

...because somebody has to care...

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When agile fails, a hotfix is not enough

PDF Version: “When agile fails, a hotfix is not enough”

It is incredibly confusing how sometimes companies try to apply Agile Development and how they terribly fail to do so. There is no comprehension of what they define as their “own agile development” and certainly the chosen structure is at best unstable. This article analyses the situation with a pure engineering insight, leaving out of the picture all the micro and macro management processes. Finally,it challenges the fixed model that exists in most of the companies, which sets: “Agile development as the one and only panacea for everybody to follow”. In that attempt, it proposes the Manager, Architect and Developers (MAD) model, purely inspired from different aspects of real life examples.

Introduction

When in June 2001, a group of developers came up with a lightweight development method, they were just trying to solve their own problems in the area of software development. They defined some very basic and important principles that should be followed during development and they published the so called:

Manifesto for Agile Software Development


Individuals & Interactions
over
Processes & Tools


Working Software
over
Comprehensive Documentation


Customer Collaborations
over
Contract Negotiation


Responding to Change
over
Following a Plan


The manifesto states that while there is value in the items appear on the bottom of the above list, the items that appear on the top are considered to be more valuable. There is no doubt that the agile principles amplify a more flexible culture around software lifecycle and prioritize business reasons against time consuming processes. But a quote from the past, wisely recalls:

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

Unfortunately, the agile model a decade after its first appearance, became another heavy industry. Expensive commercial tools, strict unnecessary processes, companies offering consultancy to a model that paradoxically enough, was targeting to simplify things. Victims of a system that is hard to change, in a period that software engineering explodes. Unfortunately, billion dollar companies are left with no time to reconsider their approaches from inside out and adjust a productive bottom-up development model based on their needs. Creating extremely frustrating environments that they are desperately trying to be agile, like there is no tomorrow if they choose not to be.

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