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Android P and Wi-Fi RTT

Recently, Google launched the first developer preview build of Android™ P.  With this, several new features were announced, including two that caught my attention.  Those being Neural Networks 1.1 and Wi-Fi RTT. Wi-Fi RTT peaked my initial interest because it was something completely new in Android P.  
By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
March 9, 2018
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From Senior Engineer to Mature Engineer

When I was fresh out of college with a Computer Science degree, I had a culture-fueled fantasy of what it was to grow into a senior software engineer.  Like the mythical 10x programmers, I dreamed of having full workings of a computer at my fingertips and able to hack like the best of them.
By Jon Duell, Engineering Manager
February 23, 2018
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The Marriage Retrospective

In popular culture and societal norms there is little space within romantic relationships to air your grievances about your partner. Or, if you do have a “safe” space to share things with your partner about the relationship — that you need couples counseling or a referee. But I’d argue that Agile methodology — that most versatile framework for product development — can even help when it comes to marital happiness. 
By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
February 21, 2018
The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

IoT is rapidly transforming manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and several other industries. The ability to predict asset failure, rapidly diagnosis bottlenecks, and invent new revenue streams are elevating industry standards at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. Executives in these industries have been asking me to give them the basics of what they need to do.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 28, 2018
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Mean Time Between Loss of Sleep

“MTBLS”: I first encountered this phrase on a New Relic blog. It's a half-joking reference to a concept used by reliability engineers, Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). I was intrigued though, and thought it would be an interesting metric to track. We have high-resolution data about our machines' health – down to the smallest minutia – but precious little about the health of our people.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 26, 2018

Docker Containers & Clustering/Orchestration

The Big Picture The aim of this blog post isn’t to get into the nitty gritty how to build and run a containerized app on your favorite cloud provider with a specific clustering technology. Rather, the aim is to discuss containers - where they came from, how they differ from VMs, scalability considerations, container repositories, running containers locally, what a container image consists of, and finally clustering and orchestration tools available to manage and maintain your container…
By Rich Staats, Senior Cloud Engineer
January 20, 2018

How to Integrate GitHub PRs with Bamboo CI

Bamboo / GitHub integration isn't perfect – perhaps because Atlassian wants to steer you towards Bitbucket (their GitHub competitor). Out of the box, there are several headaches. Below, I'll cover these, and how to solve each one:
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 18, 2018

Grokking Bamboo CI/CD, for beginners

We are heavy users of Bamboo for Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery (CI / CD). It's extremely flexible, integrates well with Jira, and elastic build agents make the most of AWS EC2 (even giving you the option of spot pricing for on-demand instances).
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 18, 2018
Five Levels

My daily use of the Five Levels of Leadership

Over a year ago, I read John Maxwell’s “The Five Levels of Leadership”.  Since then, I’ve grown increasingly reliant on it’s simple model.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 16, 2018

Want to get your product to market faster? Hire a Scrum Master.

In the practice of Agile Project Management, it has long been assumed that a Scrum Master (also referred to at Metal Toad as Agile Project Manager) is an integral member of any successful Scrum team. Whether it’s through day-to-day facilitation and coaching or the removal of project impediments, the Scrum Master’s value is largely presumed, but sometimes challenged. Recently, my team and I were wondering what value a Scrum Master brings to a Scrum team.
By Ori Applebaum, Lead Project Manager
January 15, 2018

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