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Software Development Times® is the leading news source for the software development industry. SD Times reaches more than 79,000 subscribers in 131 countries, and was recognized by Media Business as the fastest-growing IT publication in 2007.

10/30/2021
VSMcon 2021

This year's TWO-DAY digital conference examines the benefits of creating and
managing value streams in your development organization.

Value streams can help organizations unlock the bottlenecks and eliminate process waste to continuously improve how they work and deliver better experiences.

While user experience design is proven to be a key differentiator in the market success of an application, the trend of ...
10/12/2021
Merging UX design with low-code & no-code platforms - SD Times

While user experience design is proven to be a key differentiator in the market success of an application, the trend of LCNC development tools mostly ignore the level of customization and experience that a design team and stakeholders would consider differentiating and exceptional.

UX is a key differentiator in the success of an application, but low-code tools ignore the level of customization a design team provides.

Over half of website traffic comes from mobile devices, so ensuring that web applications are high quality and free of v...
10/11/2021
Improve your mobile QA practices to improve your user experience - SD Times

Over half of website traffic comes from mobile devices, so ensuring that web applications are high quality and free of visual bugs is crucial in order to deliver the best user experience.

Kobiton's CTO Frank Moyer joined us for an SD Times Live! Talk to share advice for how to improve mobile QA practices.

Kobiton’s CTO Frank Moyer shares best practices that teams can follow in order to ensure that their mobile QA practice is set up for success.

Reclaim the lost art of critique.
10/05/2021
Reclaim the lost art of critique - SD Times

Reclaim the lost art of critique.

Lost in need to empathize with users of software is the need to empathize with colleagues and stakeholders who can critique work in a constructive way.

The past year and a half has laid bare an insidious problem that stymies companies’ ability to adapt: process debt. Proc...
09/29/2021

The past year and a half has laid bare an insidious problem that stymies companies’ ability to adapt: process debt.

Process debt is similar to its cousin, technical debt. It occurs when businesses operate with legacy processes that are suboptimal, leading to wasted time, money and productivity. Process debt hampers how cross-functional teams collaborate with each other, creating unnecessary friction and delays.

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The past year and a half has laid bare an insidious problem that stymies companies’ ability to adapt: process debt.

Process debt is similar to its cousin, technical debt. It occurs when businesses operate with legacy processes that are suboptimal, leading to wasted time, money and productivity. Process debt hampers how cross-functional teams collaborate with each other, creating unnecessary friction and delays.

https://buff.ly/3zLZTwU

Software engineering leaders can use this six-step talent development program to upskill and reskill their developer tea...
09/29/2021

Software engineering leaders can use this six-step talent development program to upskill and reskill their developer teams.

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Software engineering leaders can use this six-step talent development program to upskill and reskill their developer teams.

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How Movements Are Born John Burl Smith Back in 1967, as a white gas station attendant put gas in my 1962 VW, he hid my gas cap in his shirt, told me I didn’t have one and tried to sell me my gas cap. That incident became known as the “gas cap incident” in the black power movement in Memphis. I had recently returned to Memphis, after my discharge from the Air Force. Having survived a tour in Vietnam, I was a proud American, and convinced I had earned the same rights as white people and could use the law to defend those rights. As such, I called the police on the thief. Rather than the thief going to jail, I was arrested and the white thief walked away laughing. Hence, I have spent the last 60 plus years of my life fighting for human rights for all people. Making my stand, I helped organize the “Invaders,” a black power group that was instrumental, helping the Memphis sanitation workers win their strike in 1968. A major result of becoming a black power activist, I became one of the last two people to meet with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a strategy meeting, less than an hour before he was assassinated (4/41968). I bring these facts up because of the controversy the World Tennis Association created with its ham-handed and punitive retribution against Naomi Osaka. Without speaking to her and only reading press reports, I know Naomi O never thought her decision to protect herself mentally would make her the mother of a movement. Consequently, her stand is the point of my introduction. Back in 1968, I was not trying to become a black power activist, in fact, I was opposed to black power, so I was thinking only about what was happening to me at the time. Commensurately, I am convinced Naomi O was simply thinking about how to heal herself. She probably had no idea so many people were suffering the same oppression as she, but only feeling trapped by a system in which she had no control. Again, I believe, in trying to free herself, she gave voice to so many desperate souls, suffering in silence. That is how movements are born, not by hundreds or thousands, but individuals, crying out in desperation, because the world refuses to respond to their pain. Although he did not survive his desperate cry “I can’t Breathe,” yet so many struggling for breath heard George Floyd’s forlorn appeal and deathly cry. Again, even though no one was able to ride to his rescue, like “knights in shining armor,” still millions around the world rose up to embrace his desperate plea. During those lonely, desperate 9 minutes and 16 seconds, I am sure, no thought of starting a movement entered his dark world, as he called out for his mother. But, a movement grew, as his struggle and pleas were pregnant with the budding gasp for freedom that millions of black men and women have and still utter, trapped in the same madness. Untold numbers around the world today, because of George Floyd’s painful death, are nurturing the orphan of his travails, trying to keep hope alive. Naomi O, in giving vent to her frustrations, is the culmination of a process centuries in the making, which began with the first descendant of slavery to pick up a tennis racket, and once the first strolled onto a tennis court, the die was casted for one day this moment would arrive. I look back at Althea Gibson, hitting balls on the sidewalks of Harlem in the 1950s, she could only smile, and shrug off the torment that rang in her ears throughout her career. But no tennis fan can forget the debut of the Williams sister—Venus and Serena—who lit a fire of rages in the hearts of descendants of American slavery that burns even today in the hearts of millions, and burn even brighter still, whenever they walk onto the court. Who can forget my most salient moment of Serena’s many stands against umpires’ lines call and a relentless press gallery, digging at her, trying to chip away at her confidence. Standing like granite at Indian Wells, during the height of the women’s movement, when none stood with her, was Serena’s finest hour. White tennis fans tried to drive her from the court with boos, while hoping to kill her promotional appeal, but this valiant devil-may-care, swashbuckling, lone riding “woman,” stood before the world, as no other, endearing herself to fans—black and white. A happy mom today, Serena reigns supreme, “Queen of her Royal Court.” My intent here is not only to hail the birth of a movement, but to shed a little light in the dark corner of the American sport industry, which continues to pretend it is not drowning in systemic racism perpetuated by the Jerry Jones’ all white ownership world. White owners—NFL, NBA, MLB and others—collude to keep Blacks out of ownership. They use made-up fictitious categories in order to discriminate against descendants of American slavery. The latest example is the made-up theory of “race-norming,” which assumes Black players' brains predisposes them to dementia, which white are not similarly subjected. The practice assumes Black players start with lower cognitive skills, which makes it almost impossible for Black players to justify injury claims and access awards from the settlement fund. However, when it benefits owners and organizations, as with the WTA press conference situation, whites claim descendants of slavery are the same as white people and must be treated as equals, and not given an advantage. I see the WTA, ostracizing Naomi O, as the NFL has exiled Colin Keapernick to Siberia, and circled their wagons to prevent Keapernick from ever returning to the NFL. United owners refuse to offer him a job; collusion led by Jerry Jones!!!! So presently I believe the WTA is plotting to make Naomi O the example of what happens to an “angry Black woman,” who dares to speak out!!! White people readily dismiss any claim that slavery has long term impacts on slavery’s descendants, as though walking away from plantations, slaves left it all behind. Magically, the 400 years of torture, r**e, lynching, oppression and other types of degradations were not passed on, as part of white people’s acculturation and continually expressed in their behavioral and psychological make-up. Accordingly, this decision began and ends with Naomi O. Her stand has given birth to a movement that cannot be recalled. Similar to Colin Keapernick kneeling spread throughout sports in solidarity WTA’s press conference practices will change. But more importantly, I point an accusatory finger at the news media and its reporters, who are the real culprits in the “dirty little game.” I remember Martina Hingis’ interviews; they were not grilled as Serena. Reporters fond all over her, with “softball” questions, never asking anything that might chip her confidence; it was a love fest!!! Unlike the Barbecue skewering’s Serena endured. Beneath it all is the, not so subtle, attempt to show black players cannot handle the pressure of being on such a “big” stage. However, in actuality, the effort is to try and remind Black players of negative thoughts, and give their next opponent a psychological edge in their next match. This is what Naomi O is trying to protect herself against. Shame on the white media!!!!
Holy War: A Prayer for Peace John Burl Smith I watched my granddaughter jam to Alicia Keys blast her anthems “Holy War” and “Back to Life,” I was impressed with their choice, but wondered if they understood their implications. Having come through war in Vietnam, the black power movement, and five years in prison for my activism, I have always worked and prayed their future held different prospects for them. But then, atavistically appeared Donald Trump and today's Republicans, unearthing America’s old bad debt, it has tried to escape. Now, what white Americans thought was behind them, looms like the “grim reaper,’ today’s debt collector. A diverse coalition of young and new voters propelled President Biden to victory in November, according to a major new study of the 2020 electorate. The report, from the Democratic data analytics firm “Catalist,” showed the most diverse electorate in American history, turned out to vote in last year’ elections. Nonwhite voting increased 2% points from 28% of in the 2016 presidential election. This result sent shockwaves that are still reverberating through the Republican Party, which is trembling in fear from its resounding defeat in 2020. Although their reactions seem defiant, definitely retaliatory, Republicans are whistling, passing the graveyard, which many see has its new destination. Their party’s reaction is an updated version of the “Hatfields and the McCoys,” while reigniting all the leftover issues that exploded into America's Civil War in 1860. The shocking thing is Republicans seem to be just as oblivious to the real impact of another bloody insurrection, as slaveholders were marching off to war in 1860. Similar to those rebels, Republicans are only looking at the outcome, not the day to day bloodshed and dying paid by those in a real war. Most of those out front pushing rebellion today, have not served in the military nor face another man across a battle line. I will remind them this time they are not talking about some far off terrain; this fight is against next door neighbors, family members on streets where they live, daily and nightly, not just on weekends. Putting Civil War II in prospective, more than 159 million Americans voted in 2020, the largest turnout in the nation’s history, but such an internal war Republicans are currently trying to ferment, will bring in another 141 million, while Russia and China waits patiently in the wings to pick up the pieces of a broken America. Republican are terrified by the skyrocketing number of nonwhites that poured out to cast ballots, 31% among Latino voters and 39% among Asian American and Pacific Islander, now exchange those votes with guns. For the first time, Latino voters made up 10% of the electorate. Black American turnout rose by 14%, outpacing the total growth among white voters with a college degree, which was up 13%, while whites without a college degree rose only 11%. One last caveat for why Republicans have gone bunkers out West, a measure of just how rapidly the Hispanic vote is growing, more than 1 in 5 Hispanic or voters 22% cast their first ballots in 2020. Indicating 40% of Hispanic voters had never voted in a presidential election before, compared with 29% of the overall electorate. The 2020 elections was the first presidential contest where millennials and Gen Zers combined to eclipse Gen X voting power. These young generations accounted for 31 percent of the electorate, up 8 points from four years earlier, while Gen Xers were only 26%. The fact that these numbers were so frightening and enraging to Republicans, I ask would they prefer to face Malcolm X’s scenario “The Ballot or the Bullet.” It is not my desire to push the panic button, but instead to provide a retrospective on where this can end up, if Republicans continue looking at America, as if they are back in the 1850s, and the choices for descendants of American slavery and other people of color is the same, as they were for “Negro” beginning in the 1890s. What Republicans refuse to accept, as a growing and continuing reality is that new Black, brown, red, yellow and young white voters were the key to Pres. Biden’s win in several key swing states. But, the shock came from Georgia, where Biden received over 200,000 more votes from Blacks than Hillary Clinton just 4 years earlier (2016) to gain an 11,779-vote margin over Trump. This was a wakeup call not only for Republicans, but for Black voters in other southern states as well. Biden’s margins among all Black voters were larger than his overall wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan, the foundational swing states he won gave him the White House. The question is where can Republicans go from where they presently are, when voter suppression does not give them majorities in the House and Senate in 2022, more importantly what if they lose seats? On the other hand, these numbers offer real hope to Black, brown, red, yellow and young white first time voters. These voters hold the balance of power, not only because they are the largest demographic, but they are on the front line of survival and cannot run. They know the outcome of this scenario is political or physical war, because Republicans are dug in supporting insurrection. This is not a fight they asked for, because they would prefer to play video games, chat on their phones and jam it up on Tic Tok, but Republicans have given them no choice. They realize if they do not fight now, they will be like young Palestinians on the West Bank. For young Palestinians war is life; one does not join it, they are born into it!!!!