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Polar Expeditions and Agility: The 1911 Race to the South Pole and Modern Tales

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Joyful wind of change: A software craftsmanship short tale

This is the story of a team. A bunch of 11 aspiring software craftsmen who decided to change things around and get their job done in a better way. The story takes place between the 30th and the 50th iteration of the development process of a software. This software is a website serving over 2 million regular users and providing legal information and services to 65 million French citizens. Chapter one: Start from what hurts and set a direction Leaky pipeline It is normal that…

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New digital challenges in life science: the Swiss Lemanic area and beyond

The life science sector faces great challenges when the time comes to meet modern digital opportunities. This sector is incredibly dynamic, both from an economic and a scientific point of view, but innovation in the lab often comes in pair with a deep evolution in the information system strategy. In this article, we will first focus on the Swiss Lemanic area landscape and see how the main computational trends encountered there are representative of the domain at large. We will then try to extract the…

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Back from DevOps Days Paris 2015

I attended DevOps Days Paris, for which Octo was a sponsor, on April 14 and 15. Here's a small synthesis of the various talks I attended, and the one I presented. DevOps Days are mostly focused on the human side of DevOps, and therefore featured a lot of non-technical talks on the subject. The talks emphasized the importance of empathy and respect, of understanding peoples fears and wants, and of putting yourself in other's shoes. There was also a strong focus on challenging our assumptions…

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