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What we've got here is a failure to communicate

Language is in many ways, probably humanity’s greatest invention. And yet, in many ways, it's also completely useless. Consider this, the Oxford dictionary definition of the word ‘irony’.

Irony

/ˈʌɪrəni/

What's the best way to learn?

The 70-20-10 model, formulated in the 1960s has been a long-standing framework in the learning world.  This model is centered around the idea that lessons learned by successful and effective managers aren't solely discovered in the classroom or from books.

How to get into safe mode in Windows 8, Server 2012 or Windows 10

A question I often get asked is how to get into safe mode on the new Windows operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows 10 and Server 2012.  One answer is you shouldn’t have to – if Windows detects problems (for instance with the registry and / or drivers) it should automatically launch the Recovery Environment (aka Win-RE) - but that is a little unsatisfying. Suppose you had some malware that was able to auto launch and was disrupting normal operations. In that case you might want to manually force a safe mode boot and investigate the issue further.

Our top TED talks

From thinking twice before you accept a meeting attendance request, to keeping management processes simple, these nuggets of advice sound like common sense but we'll all admit that sometimes we have to be reminded! We've always been big fans of TED talks at Quanta. We hope that this list of collated TED talks will give you some inspiration and provoke a little thought.

 

COBIT 5.0 – the five principles

COBIT is based on 5 principles - since COBIT is about providing alignment and control, it is worth noting that these principles can also be applied to other sources of best practice which might be used within your enterprise, such as ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP® or other sources of guidance in the industry. These principles apply to information governance first and foremost. Any of these sources of best practice which generate information and require control can benefit from the application of COBIT and these principles.

5 things about Windows 10

With a release date at the end of July, this highly-anticipated operating system will be addressing the previous short-comings of its predecessors such as Internet Explorer and the curious disappearance of the much-loved Start menu. The logical name of 'Windows 9' has been strategically side-stepped for the more rounded-sounding Windows 10.

Hoping to be its last major operating system overhaul, Windows 10 hopes instead to favour gradual updates on a regular basis to accommodate for changing consumer trends.

Here are the things you must know about Windows 10:

Case study: What's the value? - Scrum at Aroq

Aroq, an established information provider to the automotive, food, drink and clothing industries, was already using elements of scrum when Quanta came on the scene. Aroq found that even with the best intentions, scrum is easy to learn but hard to do.

SQL server transaction log size issues

One of the most common questions we get asked on our SQL Server courses is why do my transaction logs keep getting bigger?  Transaction logs record changes made to your databases and are used primarily to support different types of recovery. This blog post will concentrate on recovery where you restore a database backup and want to recover changes made after the database backup. In full recovery model, changes made to your database are recorded in the transaction log and are potentially kept indefinitely - that can cause your transaction log to grow without bounds!

Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes

Many moons ago, as an impoverished student, I had the life-enhancing experience of selling timeshare on a part-time basis on what came to be known as a zero-hours contract. The job involved calling people as they were leaving for work or having their dinner, with the aid of an enthusiastically-worded script, to encourage them to attend some kind of seminar.

 

COBIT 5 – IT governance is corporate governance

Governance has become increasingly important in our information-centric enterprises. There are many examples from the corporate world that reinforce the view - information needs to be properly managed and controlled. The collapse of Enron and Worldcom which led to the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation in the U.S. is only one example, albeit one of the best known. Many products now trumpet support for information governance and provide tools which allow for higher levels of control.

PRINCE2 Agile - a match made in heaven or hell?

How many of you find that in order to satisfy everyone involved, the procedures of PRINCE2 and Agile often run parallel to each other on the same projects? We can all admit to having used a Gannt chart to show senior management that the project will be delivered on time, yet still operate in sprints and keep a product backlog. Having identified these common denominators in many project teams, AXELOS is launching a new PRINCE2 Agile qualification which aims to blend the best methods of each to produce a best practise guide and qualification.

Case study: Achieving joined-up development - Scrum at Incommunities

This social-housing provider based in Bradford uses its development team to deliver its own in-house corporate business systems. At the time, Incommunities were having trouble being able to align the needs of the business with what the development team were realistically able to do. This is why they decided to give Scrum a try.

 

Why do we like Agile?

We've been reviewing the recent 'State of Agile 9', the annual survey carried out by VersionOne which gives us a real insight into the adoption and popularity of Agile. Scrum is still the most popular kind of Agile with 56% of companies who participated in the survey using it.

We thought we'd hone in on the findings about what improvements that Agile ways of working have made to the people who took part in the survey.