(Related: How improv can help your team do agile)A lot of companies, especially large ones, talk a big game about agile. When I’ve had a chance to peek inside, far too often they’re agile in name only. They do standups and use an agile board to track work, but they haven’t embraced the fact that agile means dealing with uncertainty, constantly challenging yourself to change when you need to, and trusting your teams to make the right call when the moment comes.When a company goes agile, questions like “When will this feature ship?” will be met with answers like “When it’s ready. We’re aiming for late next month,” or even better, “It already shipped, and we ship an improvement to it every day!” That’s a radical change from “Whenever we’re forced to ship it in order to meet our sales teams’ quota for the quarter.” And we managers should be motivating our teams to understand the importance of their effort and trust that our teams care as deeply about that feature (and the impact to our business) as we do.For their part, team members from different disciplines have to work side by side instead of working in isolation, and then “throw it over the wall” to the next team. That means aligning road maps, planning cycles and schedules. It means balanced teams with product managers, designers, engineers, tech writers and quality, which means opening yourself up to new people and understanding the project from different points of view. I’ll jump straight to the punch line: It takes more than agile tooling to make you agile.That’s probably not what you expected to hear from a guy who makes sophisticated collaboration tools. (Or, if you did, congratulations on being a mind reader. Now please get out of my head.)But it’s the truth.And it’s a truth that’s easy to lose sight of because tools are seductive—even sexy—in their own way. Who doesn’t fantasize about a magical tool that will instantly remove bottlenecks in your team’s workflow? A couple of jobs ago, my team started using GreenHopper (now known as JIRA Agile), which made a massive difference in our team’s ability to stay on the same page despite being split across five different locations. So I understand the obsession with tools. But there’s more to it than that.
Funded by HPE, the scholarship program has supported 46 female college students who are looking to join the IT security industry. The scholarship supports women interested in building a career in IT security through funding and hands-on internship opportunities, according to an announcement.To make sure women are represented in this workforce, HPE committed a US$250,000 four-year grant to the SWSIS scholarship program, which was started in 2014. In 2016, HPE, ACSA and CRA-W are funding 24 scholarship for undergraduates and master’s’ degree candidates from colleges and universities in the United States.Google.com might be dangerousGoogle’s Safe Browsing tool has labeled “google.com” as “partially dangerous.” The Safe Browsing tool scans billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites, and recently, Google’s search engine came up during the search displaying some potentially scary problems, reported the Washington Post.This doesn’t mean that google.com itself is dangerous, but it does suggest that some individuals have used Google services to host something dangerous, which is why the tool is flagging the whole domain as risky, reported the Post.Other popular sites also came up in the search for being a dangerous site. “Tumblr.com” and even “Github.com” came up in the search. Safe Browsing doesn’t monitor in real time, so it’s possible that the red flags might already have been fixed.VersionOne introduces ALM ConnectThe agile life-cycle management company VersionOne, announced ALM Connect, which enhances visibility and traceability while also connecting the VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform to popular application life-cycle management (ALM) systems.ALM Connect also gives organizations a way to manage ALM integrations from one Web-based interface. As ALM Connect integrates VersionOne with ALM systems, it provides visibility and coordination across development environments. ALM Connect also provides flexibility, with Web-based administration to provide seamless bidirectional or unidirectional integrations. This product can also perform field-level mapping, configure custom rules, and automate conflict resolution.ALM Connect is also powered by OpsHub, a provider of ALM integration and migration solutions.“By leveraging OpsHub technology, VersionOne is enabling its customers to easily synchronize their tools in real time across a heterogeneous ALM environment,” said Sandeep Jain, President and CEO of OpsHub.More information about ALM Connect is available here. The Justice Department is seeing another lawsuit, this filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit to determine whether the government has used secret court orders to force technology companies to decrypt their customers’ private communications, according to an EFF announcement.The lawsuit against the DOJ states that it must disclose if the “government has ever sought or obtained an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requiring third parties (like Apple or Google) to provide technical assistance to carry out surveillance,” stated the announcement.Ever since the FBI tried to force Apple to allow entrance into the iPhone of a terrorist in the San Bernardino attacks, the EFF has been concerned that the government might be threatening the security of citizens who use these devices every day.If the government is forcing companies to break encryption, whether it is done in private or public, it risks the security of millions of people, said EFF senior staff attorney Nate Cardozo.More information can be found here.Intel to cut 11% of workforceIn what may be one of the biggest cutbacks for the maker of semiconductors, Intel has made it clear that it will eliminate 12,000 jobs, or 11% of its workforce.Intel said that it is shifting its focus to areas like chips for datacenter machines and Internet-connected devices, according to Bloomberg Technology. Intel also showed a first-quarter revenue and second-quarter sales forecast that was short of analysts’ estimates.Also, shipments of Intel PCs dropped to the lowest level in a decade in the first three months of 2016, and the job cuts mark “the most radical action yet” for the company reports Bloomberg.The layoff will be the biggest since it reduced its staff between 2005 and 2009.Recipients of scholarship for women in ITHewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has collaborated with Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). It was announced that 16 new recipients and eight continuing recipients will be awarded the 2016 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS).
Captain Marvel gets up to speed on events leading up to Avengers: Endgame in a new Audi short film. In the two-minute spot, Carol Danvers is updated by a mysterious official about Thanos’ snap. But also updated on what she missed out on since she left Earth with the Skrulls. It’s a funny clip updating her on the Avengers roster, the war against gluten and how people Instagram their food without having to wait for photos to develop like in the s. However, as such promotional tie-ins go, “The Debriefing” is actually clever, and provides a connection between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. Lastly, the film arrives April 26.