Kinect + Water = Gaming Fun!

Another use for Kinect!

It will be interesting to see where this leads.  Gaming immediately comes to mind.  Dynamic art objects could be cool.

Kinect + Water = Game Fun

A water interface?



Power to Change the World!

The New Energy War is on.  These Jersey folks are on it, patenting tech that converts energy from water.

Assuming this is for real, THIS is what needs to be on the cover of every media source (put Governor Christie on page 2).

New Tech: Energy from Water

Here’s how it works.

Check them out for yourself:  Think about lighting up an entire community from this little box.  No coal, gas, or nuclear generation issues.


And please, SHARE THIS and get the buzz going!  Because if this, and other similar technologies, are allowed to live and flourish, the world WILL be a better place.  If this is some hoax, we need to know that too.

BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces the Game Changing Achievement of the Generation of Millions of Watts of Power from the Conversion of Water Fuel to a New Form of Hydrogen
Cranbury, NJ (January 14, 2014) — BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced that it has produced millions of watts of power with its breakthrough Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) patent pending technology in its laboratories.
Using a proprietary water-based solid fuel confined by two electrodes of a SF-CIHT cell, and applying a current of 12,000 amps through the fuel, water ignites into an extraordinary flash of power. The fuel can be continuously fed into the electrodes to continuously output power. BlackLight has produced millions of watts of power in a volume that is one ten thousandths of a liter corresponding to a power density of over an astonishing 10 billion watts per liter. As a comparison, a liter of BlackLight power source can output as much power as a central power generation plant exceeding the entire power of the four former reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

Read more on their website:

Rogue IT!

The larger ‘swell’ is change coming from the bottom up.

You already bring your own tech (BYOT) to work, on your tablet or phone, to get the job done better/easier/faster.  Bonus: you are free from being locked into outdated corporate IT constraints.  And the ‘Help Desk’.

Benefits for corporations:
  1. It’s a whole lot cheaper… to buy and maintain.
  2. You’re more agile, in the flexibility sense of the word.
  3. Your people get and use the latest and greatest solutions available.
It’s a win-win, my friends, this next wave of change.  If you develop software, this is (or will be) you.  This is us.  NextWave Online Training is riding!
NextWave IS Rogue IT

NextWave IS Rogue IT.
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Another Alternative Burndown Chart

Reality… average velocity changes throughout a project.  For any number of reasons—level of work, its difficulty, spikes, staff changes, holidays, etc.  No two sprints are the same in terms of content so it’s not reasonable to expect velocity to stay the same from one sprint to another.  Therefore, it can’t be the only variable to use to predict your final sprint.

Backlog changes too.  This is normal.  It just makes project tracking difficult unless you have a tool like NextWave ScrumMaster™.

Reading Mick Cohn’s article, Alternative Release Burndown Chart, reminded us why we designed the interactive ScrumMaster™ Burndown graph to project and handle backlog, velocity, and end dates the way we did.

As Mike points out,

“For example, suppose a team had expected to make progress of 40 hours, points (or whatever) last sprint, but the burndown chart only shows net progress of 10. Was the team slower than expected, or was more work added to the release?
It’s important to know the answer to this question, because we cannot really predict when the release will be done without it.”

Absolutely, and Mike shows you how to handle it using Excel.

Or, you can let ScrumMaster do the work for you and then some.  As you can see in the video, ScrumMaster automatically projects your ending sprint.  It also shows you when, where, and how your backlog grew.

If you are using ScrumMaster, here’s how it differs from Mike’s Alternative Burndown Chart.

  • Projections to finish date are simpler… and ScrumMaster does it all.
  • Want to see the trend line to project finish?  Choose the Average velocity menu option and you get the classic projection.
  • Backlog is automatically adjusted at each Retrospective (purple dotted line).  You don’t have to add anything.
  • All task work is color-coded, Original work plus any new work (Added tasks, Issues found, Software bug, Spike, Technical debt, Meetings).  There’s a ScrumMaster Report that tracks and analyses Backlog by type, by sprint.
  • You can select confidence levels for velocity and backlog estimates, to make automatic percentage adjustments to the projected ending sprint.  The greatest impact is usually seen early in the project cycle.
Estimating Agile Project End Dates

The interactive Burndown graph shows your project’s last sprint.

Make sense?  Give us a shout if you have any questions or comments.
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NextWave ScrumMaster™: Estimating Ending Sprint for Agile Projects

Agile.  Scrum.  Project management.  When does this project finish?!!

As scrum masters and project managers, we live in the future as we constantly try to predict it.  If you’re already using ScrumMaster™, we sincerely hope it’s a tool that’s made your life easier.

If you’re new to ScrumMaster, this video shows you how to use NextWave ScrumMaster’s interactive Burndown graph to estimate when a project will finish.

NextWave ScrumMaster Video: Estimating Agile Project End Dates

How To video demo: Use interactive Burndown graph to estimate project end dates.

Closed captions (CC) can be turned on in the player.  The video transcript is here to download if you need it for translation.

Like it?  Let us know what you think!

Are backlog, sprints, stand ups and retrospectives part of your daily life?  Help build the community!  Follow us know so we know where we can follow you.  Send us a Tweet:  @NextWaveScrum
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The Vulnerable and The Invulnerable

Poetically put.  Essential to #Retrospective success.

Diary of a ScrumMaster

The Vulnerable considered options
The Invulnerable made a plan

The Vulnerable experimented
The Invulnerable stuck to the plan

The Vulnerable were open
The Invulnerable were defensive

The Vulnerable collaborated
The Invulnerable segmented

The Vulnerable listened
The Invulnerable assumed

The Vulnerable learnt
The Invulnerable blamed

The Vulnerable grew
The Invulnerable feared

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MetaPro IS the NextWave!

Holographic apps?  You bet.

Meta Holographic AR

The future is AR apps in action, and they’re nearly here.

NextWave is onboard to start development using Meta‘s cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) technology.  We can’t wait to get started in June!

Check out this video if you haven’t seen #Meta in action.

MetaPro Glasses

MetaPro glasses will drive AR apps