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Scrum is not Agile!

Scrum is not Agile!

Scrum is not Agile! There, I said it! Okay, okay, before you all bring out the pitchforks, please allow me to explain what I mean: Scrum is not the same as Agile, Or Scrum is not the only Agile framework; there are many more Agile frameworks, and one should not use the words Agile and Scrum interchangeably; Or one should not assume Scrum when someone says Agile. That’s all, that’s all I am saying. (Yes, the title is a clickbait!)…

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Feature Flags

Feature Flags

I take it that most people, by now, know what Feature Flags are. The interesting thing, though, is that depending on whom you ask, they’ll have a slightly different answer as they have a slightly different use for the flags. The UX designers see them as a way to test users’ responses to various interface choices and flows. Similarly, an advertiser will tell you that they use Feature Flags to test audiences’ responses to different campaigns. For software developers, they…

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Making The Interviews All About the Candidates

Making The Interviews All About the Candidates

Historically, interviews have always been about the company. It has always been a way for an organization to evaluate candidates. And no denying, that is the purpose of the interviews, this is why any company would fund the interviews. And this is why the interviews are so boring to go through as a candidate, this is why I as a candidate would be unsure if I wish to join your organization, unsure if you are offering what I am looking…

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Experimenting With Polyphasic Sleep

Experimenting With Polyphasic Sleep

Some 2 or 3 months ago I decided to experiment with Polyphasic Sleep. It is a fancy word, I would just describe it as “sleeping in multiple slots spread across the 24 hours of the day”. Don’t ask me why; maybe to make more time for myself, to be awake more, maybe to do more stuff, or maybe just because it is a fancy new thing. But I think it was because I wanted to wake up early, start my…

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A Definitive Guide: How To Migrate From Zoho to GSuite (Or any other service)

A Definitive Guide: How To Migrate From Zoho to GSuite (Or any other service)

I do not want to get into the reasons of why someone would want to migrate their email account from Zoho, a free/cheaper service, to GSuite, a paid service. For small businesses, Zoho is a really good service provider, but it has some drawbacks and so, if someone needs to migrate away from Zoho to GSuite, here is a tried and tested way to reduce your hassles with some handy tips along the way. Some Considerations Now this is your…

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Setting up VPN on ubuntu 19.10 and getting DNS to work correctly

Setting up VPN on ubuntu 19.10 and getting DNS to work correctly

A bit late to post this? May be. But it is still relevant, so here goes. We shall see how to setup openvpn client on Ubuntu versions greater than 18.10 (or was it 18.04?) It certainly matters for 19.10 though! A few things changed back then that caused issues in openvpn connection and DNS resolution. There was a fix found, and package released bundling the scripts so that normal users like us can install and enable those scripts. This solved…

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[TechNggets] Podcast Is Moving To tnt-podcast.com

[TechNggets] Podcast Is Moving To tnt-podcast.com

This is not an episode of the Tech Nuggets And Thoughts podcast, this is just an update. The podcast is moving to a new home: https://www.tnt-podcast.com Please follow the new website or various other podcast aggregators for updates on new episodes and topics. You can find all the applicable links in sidebar or on the new website. The blog will continue to be the vessel for my personal ramblings as usual.

[TechNggets] Episode 4: Delivering With Confidence: Unit Testing – Part – I

[TechNggets] Episode 4: Delivering With Confidence: Unit Testing – Part – I

This is the forth episode of podcast “Tech Nuggets and Thoughts”. In this episode, we talk about Unit Testing covering points such as: What is testing? What are software requirements? The test pyramid Importance of business in software and what it means for testing. Test principles: F.I.R.S.T Test First approach What is a unit, in unit testing? To get updates, you can subscribe to the podcast on: Apple iTunes, Google Podcasts, player.fm, RSS feed, FeedBurner, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn . If you have any…

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Who do we write code for?

Who do we write code for?

Recently, while reviewing some code, I came across the snippet below. Now a keen mind can spot many issues with this. The ones I am referring to are something specific and relevant to the business though. The code is supposed to fetch all active clients, loop through, get job specifications from some DataSources defined for those clients, build a config object and return those values to calling function so that those jobs can be fired. Interestingly DataSourceInstance, DataSourceOriginConfig and DataSourceJobConfig…

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[TechNggets] Episode 3: Circular Dependency

[TechNggets] Episode 3: Circular Dependency

This is the third episode of podcast “Tech Nuggets and Thoughts”. To get updates, you can subscribe to the podcast on: Apple iTunes, Google Podcasts, player.fm, RSS feed, FeedBurner, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn . If you have any suggestions, thoughts or recommendations, please feel free to comment below. You can also reach me on podcast’s twitter handle @TechNggets or my personal account @nikhilwanpal. (If the fancy player above does not work, try the bare bones player below.)