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“May the Scrum be with you”

Nov 30, 12 “May the Scrum be with you”

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I’ve just completed a 2 day Scrum Master course in London and yesterday took my exam which I passed … so I’m now a Certified Scrum master and full member of the Scrum Alliance … which sounds like something out of Star Wars! 😀 I’ve now joined my fellow Scrum Masters in the Scum Alliance namely : Mr Kieran ‘Lord of the Scrum’ Brennan and Jon ‘ScrumWalker’ Hawtree. Young Scrum padawan Mr Tuck ‘Scrumbacca’ Cheang is yet to take the test but will join soon I’m sure! More about Scrum ... Scrum Is an Innovative Approach to Getting Work Done Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. The possibilities are endless. The Scrum framework is deceptively simple. The Scrum Framework in 30 Seconds A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog. During sprint planning, the team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wishlist, a sprint backlog, and decides how to implement those pieces. The team has a certain amount of time, a sprint, to complete its work – usually two to four weeks – but meets each day to assess its progress (daily scrum). Along the way, the ScrumMaster keeps the team focused on its goal. At the end of the sprint, the work should be potentially shippable, as in ready to hand to a customer, put on a store shelf, or show to a stakeholder. The sprint ends with a sprint review and retrospective. As the next sprint begins, the team chooses another chunk of the product backlog and begins working again. The cycle repeats until enough items in the product backlog have been completed, the budget is depleted, or a deadline arrives. Which of these milestones marks the end of the work is entirely specific to the project. No matter which impetus stops work, Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed when...

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2012’s Cider – “Lisia Melange”

Nov 24, 12 2012’s Cider – “Lisia Melange”

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I’ve finally racked off and bottled this years cider called “Lisia Melange”

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The Beginnings Of A New Cider Orchard @ Chez Tostevin

Nov 18, 12 The Beginnings Of A New Cider Orchard @ Chez Tostevin

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This weekend we’ve been laying down the foundations of what I hope will be a future Cider orchard.

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Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

Nov 01, 12 Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Dagtocht naar Amsterdam – “Day trip to Amsterdam” Yesterday we had a fantastic day trip to Amsterdam which took in a canal tour, a visit to the Rijksmuseum ending up with meal in Dam square.… lekker...

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Autumn in Holland

Oct 28, 12 Autumn in Holland

Posted by in Holland, Travel

We’re back in Holland again in time to see the gorgeous Autumn colours and landscapes … prachtig as they say here (beautiful) !! Also a chance for some of us (ie Annelies 😀 ) to partake of some good old traditional winter fayre … Pea Soup or “Snert” … so thick you literally can stand your spoon up in it...

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Shakespeare at the Castle

Aug 10, 12 Shakespeare at the Castle

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We’ve had a great evening of Shakespeare at Vale Castle, a medieval fortification perched above the little Russel overlooking Herm and Jethou. The play was “Julius Caesar”, officially a tragedy, but as it was the “Oddsocks” company performing it they managed to convert it into a hilarious romp through, in my opinion, one of the Bard’s best plays. Prior to the play commencing we had a fantastic picnic in the grounds of the...

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The Olympic flame comes to Guernsey

Jul 15, 12 The Olympic flame comes to Guernsey

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A first for Guernsey … as part of it’s mammoth trip around the UK, the Olympic torch was in Guernsey today. Around 15,000 islanders gathered in St Peter Port to watch it process around the town before it was used to light Guernseys own Olympic beacon. There was a fantastic party and carnival atmosphere and even the weather played it’s part !...

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Raspberri Pi

Jul 09, 12 Raspberri Pi

Posted by in General Tech Stuff, Tech Stuff

Yay … got delivery of my Raspberry-Pi today.

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