You don't have to work in software development long to hear the terms 'Kanban' and 'Scrum' thrown around under the banner of 'Agile.' At times they seem to be used almost interchangeably. There is, however, a difference. This is explained succinctly in the video below. .
This talk by Jim Benson on Kanban is excellent. Although I still prefer scrum, he makes a compelling case for his preferred approach to software development. His argument towards the end against estimates and story points was pure gold.
A few times already I've blogged about the problem people in the developing world face in obtaining safe, clean drinking water. A particular challenge for those attempting to remedy the situation is that simply installing a well doesn't work. What if it breaks down (and it will eventually break down). That's where social entrepreneur Marten Susebeek steps in. Through his company, Suseteq, a solution in terms of micropayments may have been found. Let's hope it scales.
Note:The video mentions the Kree homeworld in reference to Guardians of the Galaxy. That planet is actually Xandar. Other than that, it's a great introduction and overview. See Also: Avengers of Oz:Age of Tin Man
Several months after moving to New Jersey, I went into Manhattan on my own to take care of some business. At that time I absolutely didn't know my way around the city, but I did okay until around 4pm. That's when the streets filled with pedestrians, people who work in the city but live elsewhere. It was rush hour, a lot of folks were in a hurry to get home, and I was in the way. I learned a key lesson that is highlighted in the Glove and Boots video below: Get out of the way!
If you're planning to go as a tourist to New York City, you definitely should watch the video below. Take notes. And remember: Get out of the way!