Qualities of a Scrum Master

The Scrum Master in a DevOps team is the buffer between Product Owner and team members, between iterations and acceptance, and between goals and achievements. Let us see how the Scrum Master can be his best when he plays the role of a facilitator. An effective facilitator is one who Enables others to achieve common objectives Is always neutral in opinions and does not take sides Is supportive of all in putting forth their best Promotes contribution and collaboration between team members to synchronize the common goals Provides authority stemming from evangelizing of Scrum Values The facilitating Scrum Master enables Collaborative and communicative relationships between team members and their environment Implements the Scrum process with continuous evaluation, testing and process improvement Integration and transition of the Scrum team with the enterprise Effective and productive Scrum meets Achievement of personal and team objectives

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The importance of statistical tests – statistical significance and confidence interval

When you start doing more serious research, you will need to conduct a statistical test. It helps you to determine whether your hypothesis is significant or can be rejected. If you start browsing for statistical analyses online, you will find a large number of possible test that can be chosen depending on your task. In this post, let us focus on a simple example of statistical analysis that would allow us to understand what is statistical significance and what is confidence interval. Building a test scenario To understand the matter lets use some random data which is distributed normally. For this, we can use 100 casual observations of the price tag for the new Nokia 3310 from different sources. The average price is around 50€ with a standard deviation of 10€ Now lets plot how those samples are distributed along with the standard distribution graph:

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eSports Poised to Surpass $1 Billion Revenue Mark as Upward Climb Continues

As a newer form of both professional level entertainment and competition, eSports are often underestimated. Especially the case with those unfamiliar with the gaming industry, those on the outside often display shock at finding the occasional game even been shown on major television channels, and this popularity is only growing. While in some countries, like South Korea, major eSports tournaments have long held national recognition and acclaim, it is only just now that the rest of the world is following suit. So, just how large has this industry become, and how do we know it is more than just a flash in the pan? Breaking billions A recent report from market research firm Newzoo has revealed that current trends predict 2019 eSports revenue streams to reach $1.1 billion. Having already cashed in $865.1 million in 2018, this would mark a 27.1% increase in a single year of growth. Accounting for…

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Modern betting depends on machine learning tools

Machine learning (ML) algorithms are becoming a standard way of improving decisions, whether this is a finance, health or gaming sector. Sports betting is one of those areas where ML technologies are becoming a standard decision support tools. The betting market is a massive industry, and simple means like statistics do not work anymore. Betting operators are focusing on machine learning-based methods to increase the expected return on investment. It is necessary to make accurate in-house predictions of sports events because all business mode success depends on this. It is essential for a betting operator to increase its accuracy in sports prediction to be an attractive company and be profitable. Professional betters, also are using machine learning algorithms to formulate strategies for accurate prediction. Using an ML is a two-way game, which depends on how well big data processing algorithms work on each side. To make a good prediction, this…

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Do Smart Homes and AI go Together?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smart homes are two hot topics in the digital world. Smart homes are causing groundbreaking benefits in home automation. AI is also being used in all kinds of industries to hasten and improve different kinds of processes. These inventions are changing the areas they operate in. But, will they work together? What are Smart Homes? A smart home consists of the many smart devices owned by someone. These devices use the Internet of Things (IoT) to communicate with each other. Because of IoT you can track, monitor, and control a smart home product as long as you have an internet connection. According to a study done by safeatlast.co, currently, 76% of all smart home products in America are controlled remotely through smartphones. What is Artificial Intelligence? AI is the technology that lends human characteristics to computers. It is used to help computers process information, anticipate, and…

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How I migrated Drupal Forum replies to WordPress. Part 2

In the first part, we have reached the point where users and forum topics are imported. There are no forum replies yet. Before we start playing with MySQL part make a backup of the whole WordPress database if you break something. And you should be at least a bit comfortable with SQL. Considering myself, I know just basics of SQL syntax, the other part is the logic and browsing internet if stuck. My SQL statements are straightforward using only insert, select, where statements. These are the most basic query structure elements and not always the most optimally used. But the logic behind is most apparent. Next part is to take care of the Drupal database source. If your Drupal database is on the same server, you can perform queries directly from it and this is how I’ve done this. But this adds keep off the track while writing queries. You…

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How I migrated Drupal website to WordPress. Part 1

Moving the Drupal website to WordPress is a hot topic online. There are lots of requests and interest in easy transition methods, but the reality is somewhat different. In fact, you get stuck with your own problems unless you are willing to pay for third party help. If you have a corporate website and want a smooth transition without getting hands dirty by figuring out all the nifty details, then the paid option is the way to go. If you need to transition a hobby website then there is a dilemma how to proceed. And you may even think about staying with Drupal before making a move. The motivation First of all, you may ask why to move from Drupal to another content management system (CMS). In fact, Drupal CMS is a great platform where you can set up almost everything you need. It already comes with lots of flexibility…

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