Sharing our consultant's learning - November 2017

by Nicole Bautista on 16/11/2017 10:30

Managing uncertainty and complexity is on most business and IT people's minds as we navigate a world that is rapidly changing and is increasingly unpredictable. This month our consultants share resources and learning on the value of cross-functional and self-organising teams for dealing with complexity, amongst other topics.

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Hiding columns on a VSTS sprint board

by Adam Knight on 14/11/2017 10:30

In my blog post Changing columns on a VSTS sprint board I was asked the following question in the comments:

"I added my custom states to my Task work item and they're showing up on the sprint board, but the Active and Resolved columns are also showing, even though I hid the Active state in the workflow. Is there something else I need to do to hide the Active and Resolved columns on the sprint board?"

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Michael Sahota presents on delivering a high performance Agile organisation

by Brendon Livingstone on 19/10/2017 10:30

Many New Zealand organisations are talking about Agile and using Agile, often on specific projects and in specific areas. But how many can truly say they have embraced Agile right into the heart of their culture and leadership to deliver a high performance Agile organisation?

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Sharing our consultant's learning - October 2017

by Brendon Livingstone on 13/10/2017 09:34

Making IT succeed today involves much more than technology considerations. Modern ways of working rely on people working together in high performance teams, placing increasing emphasis on people having strong soft skills. So in this post, while we have consultants sharing technology learning on MicroServices, VSTS and Azure, we also have consultants sharing learning on cognitive bias and the human and organisational considerations for Agile adoption and transformation.

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Feature Toggles on a .Net Core API

by Adam Knight on 05/10/2017 01:30

This article is republished from my original Feature Toggles on a .Net Core API post on fantail.io.

This is my second tutorial on feature toggling.  You can read the first here.

There are many languages and frameworks to choose from when it comes to back ends - I wanted to make a REST service to deliver all of the Time Entries to my Angular application, and almost every language available has REST server capabilities.  I chose to use .Net Core (C#) and Java for my example app.  My background is in Java, and I was really interested to see how .Net Core works.  If you don't know, .Net Core is Microsoft's cross platform offering - it has the Windows-specific parts taken out and runs on Docker. Linux, MacOSX, and of course Windows too.  It can also be compiled on other platforms too, which is very handy.

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