People fall asleep in retrospectives or have bad temper? They do not like to share their thoughts – if they have any? Maybe you are trapped in repetitive rituals and would like to do something about it? Last Wednesday I had been attending the Agile Breakfast in Zurich titled "Organizing Retrospectives Effectively" with fellow-Liiper Christoph Meier. Marc Löffler was going to address how we can make our retrospectives better.
Apple released OS X Yosemite as a public beta release last week and it of course comes with updated utilities, eg. Apache httpd 2.4 and PHP 5.5
DrupalCon Austin was last week, and I was the Liip delegation. Being my first American DrupalCon (6th overall), it was very interesting to experience the biggest DrupalCon yet.
UX Lausanne 2014 conference inspired a local and an international audience by offering a variety of perspectives about our nature.
Our souls, our lives, our day-by-day is more and more widely influenced by the contribute of new ambitions, cross knowledge and the errors we keep solving from past. Contemporary life is easier – he hope for better, but it might not be. Throughout history, we have been living faster due to a forward thinking which allows us to do more in less time. But that time seems also faster, or we are taking more time then what we want to see… Why are things rushing up? Is that good? Is that bad? What if we are designing futuristic visions of an organism that is slowly swallowing us till nature is destroyed? Will we be able to coordinate our expanding skills towards the benefit of a better universe? We all guess so. Human beings are just a small part of it, and till now, we have been effective not only spoiling things but fortunately, also virtuous improving an increasing number of lives too. We can thank that to great minds, experiments and new findings. The will to create useful things that help others, that are accessible, sustainable, delightful, etc… is rescuing us from the increasing data pollution where information becomes obsolete. Production, sharing and wasting speed is showing its cons and among many other professions, designers exist to help solving it. “Will there be a counter-technique to turn data into information, information into knowledge, knowledge into wisdom?”, raised Oliver Reichenstein closing the UXLS'14 conferences.
Last week was the fifth Berlin Buzzwords conference, held in the lively Prenzlauer Berg area of the city, and fellow liiper Lukas Kahwe Smith and I were there. Berlin Buzzwords has three tracks on data analytics and processing at scale: search, store and scale. As well as finding out about the big data topics of the day, I went there hoping to find out some tips and tricks for Solr and Neo4j, which I've been interested in since Philipp Küng recently gave a techtalk on it at Liip.
We at Liip started using Docker for some of our projects. For now mainly on the CI server, where it already helps us a lot in regards of reliability and performance. But we'd like to use it locally for development as well (and hopefully one day on production servers)
A bunch of Liipers (me, Andreas Amsler, Stefan Oderbolz, Rachel Knowler and Gerhard Andrey) have been attending different days of this year’s Swiss Data Week. It could also have been called “Swiss *Big* Data Week” because that was the main topic.
We were a bit surprised to find ourselves among “suits” (we were dressed casually). The talks reflected that: There was a lot of marketing. Companies seized the opportunity to showcase their soft- or hardware solutions.
Many speakers introduced us to Big Data. It was not so much fun to hear the same thing over and over again but at least we’ve got it hammered into our heads so much that we were beginning to think what it really means for everybody out there.
Last week, I was invited to do a Symfony Content Management Framework tutorial at the PHPDay in Verona. I saw great talks, most notably a demo of Docker. I had a good crowd of people for the two hour walkthrough of building a website with the CMF. In this post, i share some experiences from the conference.