This post discusses why adoption of agile methodology has become important for organizations, what challenges are faced by remote teams in implementing agile software development, and what are the best practices for agile offshore software development.
Agile software development refers to a set of practices and methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions to problems evolve through effective collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams. The practices and methods followed in agile software development are founded on the values and principles stated in the manifesto for agile software development.
Agile software development has been widely used when teams are present in the same office. But agile methodology can also be applied in the case of remote teams, where different teams are located at different locations, usually in different countries with different time zones. By effectively following best practices, remote teams can successfully use agile offshore software development methodology to develop and deliver a high-quality product.
Scrum is a framework that allows a team to easily address complex tasks by implementing effective team collaboration. The use of Scrum framework allows timely and effective delivery of the products of best possible value. Scrum Master certification is a great way to earn expertise in Scrum framework.
Scrum is used for project management, software development, products, marketing, services, management of operations of organizations, etc. Scrum has even been used in new fields such as bioinformatics. Continue reading →
Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is a product of modern civilization and poses a serious health hazard to the mankind.
According to the WHO, ambient (outdoor) air pollution, in both cities and rural areas, caused about 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2016; the cause of mortality was exposure to the fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
Particulate matter (PM) is the term that refers to a mixture of solid and liquid particles of organic and inorganic substances suspended in the air. PM10 refers to the particles having diameters of 10 micrometers (microns or µm) or lesser. PM10 is also known as coarse particulate matter (coarse PM). PM2.5 refers to the particles having diameters of 2.5 micrometers or lesser. PM2.5 is also known as fine particulate matter (fine PM). Particles having a diameter of less than 0.1 micrometer are known as ultrafine particles.
An erroneous decision has been taken to stop the publicly-funded (NHS-funded) homeopathic treatment in Bristol, England. Before the decision was taken, the NHS-funded homeopathic treatment was only available in one city in England – Bristol. With the end of the NHS-funded homeopathy in Bristol, comes the end of the publicly-funded homeopathy in England.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the governing board of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 7th August 2018. Current patients would be able to finish their ongoing homeopathic treatment, but the new patients will only be able to access the treatment through the National Health Service (NHS) in exceptional circumstances. The CCG’s individual funding request panel will use a clinician to decide why a particular patient is exceptional clinically and requires the homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy has a long history in Bristol as it has been available there since 1852. Continue reading →