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How To Find the Proper Sprint Duration

Posted by Josh Speerstra on May 17, 2016 11:30:00 AM

As a team transitions to using Scrum and Agile, finding the proper sprint duration is likely something they will not give enough thought to. The team will likely just pick an arbitrary duration and set about to make that work. That is certainly one way to do it, but there is a real danger that this initial sprint duration becomes the norm without a second thought. I would caution against this idea. I find that it is important to understand how the scheduling works for sprints, and what a sprint of a given duration actually contains.

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Topics: Agile Methodologies, Agile, Scrum, Best Practices

Installing the Domain Controller (Part 2)

Posted by Chinho Ko on May 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Microsoft improved many features in Windows Server 2012 R2 compared to Windows 2008. Once you install Windows Server 2012, you will notice these new changes just by looking at the new management interface which provides administrators the ability to centralize the system. In this post, I will continue with my 3-part series in this second post: Installing the Domain Controller.  

  1. How to Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Part 1) (If you haven't yet, read Part 1 before continuing here)
    2. Installing the Domain Controller (the current post)
    3. Join the Domain
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Topics: Live Demo, Best Practices, Windows, Windows Server, System Administration, Installation, Operation System

Syntax Highlighting For Code Snippets in HubSpot

Posted by David Taylor-Fuller on May 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you spend enough time perusing technical blogs, one of the things that you will notice is that any code snippets that are included in the article seem to have an IDE or a very good editor embedded in their article since their snippets come with accurate syntax highlighting along with line numbers. Unfortunately, technical blog authors aren’t using some gold plated blog engine to accomplish this particular feat, though such blog engines exist. In most cases, they are using a client side plugin that is a combination of CSS and JavaScript called a Syntax Highlighter.

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Topics: Easy Dynamics, Live Demo, Best Practices, JavaScript, Installation, HTML, Web Development, Programming

Section 508 Standards and Testing

Posted by Kishore Jogia on Apr 28, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Have you been given the task of running a 508 audit against a site? Or perhaps you're building a site that needs to be 508 compliant and want to know what that even means? Then this guide is for you! It will give you a great starting point that will explain exactly what Section 508 Standards are and walk you through how to check if a site is compliant with these standards using free tools.

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Topics: Live Demo, Best Practices, Section 508 Standards, Testing, Web Development

Designing and Developing SharePoint-Hosted Add-Ins (Part 1)

Posted by Pranav Kothare on Apr 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There is a lot of documentation out on the Internet that showcases development of add-ins with code samples. In this 5 part series, I want to do the same but also shed some light on the development process from end to end. Before we go any further, I would like you to pay careful attention to a part of the title: SharePoint-hosted. Note that I will not be tackling provider-hosted add-ins in this series. Provider-hosted add-ins are a great platform for development, but there are some intricacies that can be best understood after learning how SharePoint-hosted add-ins work. 

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365, UI, HTML, SharePoint Online, Visual Studio, Office Dev Tools

Built-In and Custom AngularJS Filters

Posted by Kayla Funke on Apr 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Now that you know how to write custom AngularJS directives and how AngularJS helps validate forms, let's move on to the next great feature. AngularJS filters make it easy to display a subset of items from a collection. They are used with directives like ng-options and ng-repeat. Read this guide to learn how to decipher their syntax and even write your own. 

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Topics: AngularJS, Live Demo, Best Practices, JavaScript

4 Tips on How to Best Utilize Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Posted by Al Himler on Mar 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM

This blog post is written for people who hear that having a mentor can be very helpful for their career, but don’t know why or what to expect. I’ve been asked to mentor many people in the past, from people just starting their career to first line managers, and have found that many people approach the process wrong. People seeking a mentor often start their first meetings with a mentor by just talking about how things are going in their lives at home or in the workplace. While this may be a pleasant conversation, it really doesn’t let the mentor and mentee discuss anything in a meaningful way. Here are four tips to anyone who is either being assigned to work with a mentor or is thinking about asking somebody to be their mentor:

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Topics: Training, Easy Dynamics, Collaboration, Best Practices, Mentoring

Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

Posted by Jason Ramsey on Mar 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As an IT professional, I've had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it's likely you've encountered the tool yourself.

Generally speaking, it's all well and good to open the application, choose applicable stencils for your project (bundled or those you've downloaded from a third party), and start dragging shapes onto the page. A few labels and some strategically placed lines, and you've got yourself a passable diagram ready to share with your colleagues... yay. There are sometimes, however, when one of these third parties make available a well-intended, but ultimately awful, set of stencils that they invite you to use to document their nifty widgets and doodads... thus was my experience recently when I downloaded Amazon's AWS Visio stencils, and this blog post details what I did about it.

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, Architecture, AWS, Visio, Cloud Computing

AWS Certification - Solutions Architect Training Insights

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm.

In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your "technical expertise in desinging and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS." 

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, DevOps, SharePoint, Infrastructure as Code, Certifications, AWS, Cloud Computing

How to Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Part 1)

Posted by Chinho Ko on Feb 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

If you would like to become a System Administrator, you want to become familiar with any Operation Systems that manage your organization. The Windows Server 2012 R2 is one of the most common servers (provided by Microsoft) one should know. When you first time install any of the software or OS, you may be frustrated with all of the steps but I am here to demonstrate how easy the process of the Windows Server 2012 R2 installation can be. If you follow along, you will succeed in your first time installation.

I'm writing my series in the following order to ensure a smooth process for a first-time user. Read along and you'll find it much easier than you thought it would initially going in:

  1. Installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (the current post)
  2. Installing Domain Controller
  3. Join the Domain

Today, in Part 1, I will demonstrate how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. Let's get started!

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Topics: Best Practices, Windows Server, System Administration, Installation, Operation System

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