Archive for August, 2013

Scaled Agile : Telstra Case Study & Experience Centre

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recently the Telstra Case study of Scaled Agile was blogged and presented at Agile Australia

http://scaledagileframework.com/new-telstra-case-study/

New Telstra Case Study

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Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 3.40.36 PMTelstra is Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet. When Telstra’s Enterprise Data Warehouse delivery team began their Agile journey, they found themselves struggling to make the leap from agile projects to an Agile program.  After reading Scaling Software Agility and Agile Software Requirements,” notes Mark Richards (Agile Coach) and Em Campbell-Pretty (General Manager, EDW Delivery), “we were inspired to establish Telstra’s first Agile Release Train.
” Later, they both followed up with SPC certification to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

This Case Study and presentation, from Agile Australia 2013 in June, covers how SAFe provided a recipe for success, reflecting on how Telstra translated Program-level SAFe theory into practice, transforming not only the delivery capability of the EDW team, but also the culture.

Here is a link to the slides and case study

http://www.scaledagileframework.com/telstra/

On other news this week an inspired visit to Telstra’s experience centre, where partners like Samsung, Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom have digital labs showcasing some exciting things in the future.

The overall theme of the centre is about  improved connectedness with customers/employees around the country or across the world through these new technologies.

These included products such as the pack and fold V-Pod, stand alone video conferencing, that could be placed in rural or remote areas such as libraries, schools, hospitals, councils etc. It reminded me of looking at the public phone of the future a V-Pod.

A connected home also was a highlight which showcased the latest integrated control systems for the home. Via the use of a single tablet (eg an iPad), all the home’s electrical devices can be controlled with one swipe of a finger, replacing several remote controls. television, internet, Foxtel, home security, the lights, and surround sound, could all be controlled easily with one single device.

The next horizon medical lab was a highlight, which is also featured in the Telstra Our Connected Future video at the top of this blog, showcasing some of the things that Telstra have in the experience centre.

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Bored of Earth Get Ready for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Mars One is taking applications for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

https://apply.mars-one.com/

Here are some of the criteria you need before applying to literally a job offer out of this world.

http://www.mars-one.com/en/faq-en/21-faq-selection/251-do-i-qualify-to-apply

What are the qualifications to apply?

Qualifications

In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem – some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process.

The astronaut selection process

In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.

Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.

Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.

Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut

Characteristic Practical Applications
Resiliency
  • Your thought processes are persistent.
  • You persevere and remain productive.
  • You see the connection between your internal and external self.
  • You are at your best when things are at their worst.
  • You have indomitable spirit.
  • You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason—you trust those who guide you.
  • You have a “Can do!” attitude.
Adaptability
  • You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation.
  • You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them.
  • You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different from your own.
  • You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds.
Curiosity
  • You ask questions to understand, not to simply get answers.
  • You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not.
Ability to Trust
  • You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others.
  • Your trust is built upon good judgment.
  • You have self-informed trust.
  • Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust.
Creativity / Resourcefulness
  • You are flexible in how an issue / problem / situation is approached.
  • You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking solutions.
  • Your humor is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response.
  • You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness.
  • You are aware of different forms of creativity.

Age

The astronaut selection program will be open for applicants who are 18 years or older.

Medical and Physical Requirements

In general, normal medical and physiological health standards will be used. These standards are derived from evidence-based medicine, verified from clinical studies. The applicant must be free from any disease, any dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints, visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses, free from any psychiatric disorders. It is important to be healthy, with an age- and gender-adequate fitness level. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position. The standing height must be between 157 and 190 cm.

Country of Origin & Language

Mars One accepts applicants from any country in the world. It is possible to apply in one of the 11 most used languages on Internet: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese. The official language will be English. Nevertheless, when a candidate applies for the selection program, it is not necessary for him or her to possess an extensive knowledge of English: we will provide candidates with documentation in different languages. As applicants progress through the selection procedure, requirements on their English skills will increase.

Read more about the plan here http://www.mars-one.com/en/mission/summary-of-the-plan

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