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Mark Pearl February 2012 Entries
Goal Analysis Card game (a great activity for opening a retrospective)
Retrospectives are a tricky thing, you get a mix of people who have varying personalities and qualities and now they need to look objectively at the previous iteration, focussing on the performance of the team and interact, giving ideas and finding ways to improving the team practices for the next iteration. In the ones I have been involved in, you get an array of people, some like to dominate the conversation while others would rather not say anything. Getting a balanced participation and a focus ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:42 PM

Organization & Architecture UNISA Studies – Chap 3
Computer Components Virtually all contemporary computer designs are based on concepts developed by John von Neumen, which includes the following three concepts… Data and instructions are stored in a single read-write memory The contents of this memory are addressable by location, without regard to the type of data contained there Execution occurs in a sequential fashion (unless explicitly modified) from one instruction to the next Keep in mind that software and hardware are typically interchangeable ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 5:41 AM

Organization & Architecture UNISA Studies – Chap 2
Designing for Performance The basic building blocks for todays computers are virtually the same as those of the early IAS computers. The focus has been on optimizing and increasing speeds while keeping the same architecture. Processors Increasing speed with processors uses several techniques including… Branch prediction – a processor looks ahead in the instruction code fetched from memory and predicts which branches or groups of instructions are likely to be processed next. Data flow analysis – the ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2012 11:59 AM

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