Why Difficulty-Based Estimations are Important for Agile

We all know the feeling. You sit down in a Sprint Planning meeting and a project manager walks in. The instant that he sits down you can tell there will be some tension. He wants to do it. He is compelled to. He will absolutely try to force real world hours on your estimations. He lives in a world of black and white and the only justification of the work that you are doing is measured in time. He will take your Story Points, and turn them into something they are not. Time. If you can empathize with the story above, you are not alone. This blog post will talk about tackling the ideology change I believe is needed to ensure accurate estimations.

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Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016

How Easy Dynamics Corp uses Microsoft SQL Server 2016

A Simple Question 

One of the most frequent questions that comes up in the realm of enterprise applications is: 

Who has touched / modified this data? 

Short questions usually have long answers, and this one is no exception. To understand the implications of this question, one has to understand the principle of temporal versioning. This essentially means that time is treated as a dimension over which changes to data are persisted and observed. A full discussion on this topic can be found here. This post identifies a new feature in SQL Server 2016 called temporal tables and contrasts it with the manual process of creating and managing temporal tables in previous versions of SQL Server. Continue reading “Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016”

Continuous Integration: Infrastructure as Code in DevOps

As technology continues to advance and more companies start to see the need to stay up-to-date on the “newest and latest,” the more I have become invested in researching ways technology is starting to impact roles in the workforce. As I dug deeper on Continuous Integration to elaborate further on my previously explored “DevOps” path, I stumbled upon this great concept referred to as “Infrastructure as Code” or “Programmable Infrastructure” and it really peaked my interest. This blog post will cover a high level description of Infrastructure as Code and how developers can start taking advantage of it while incorporating it into their everyday tasks. 

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