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Episode 138: Learning as a Part of Development with Allan Kelly

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Episode 138: Learning as a Part of Development with Allan Kelly

In this episode, Allan shares his insights about how learning is a necessary part of software development. He covers the personal as well as the team and the organizational level and offers practical advice.

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Episode 105: Retrospectives with Linda Rising

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Episode 105: Retrospectives with Linda Rising

In this episode we’re talking to Linda Rising about retrospectives. We start by defining what a retrospective is and discuss some of the logistics of making it work for software projects. We then look at the different phases of a retrospective. The main part then is a discussion about some of the practices or games that are used to facilitate the retrospective. We conclude the retrospective discussion with destroying some of the prejudices against it and the relationship to process improvement and CMM.
At the end of the interview we talk a little about Linda’s current interest: how does the brain work?

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Episode 56: Sensor Networks

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Episode 56: Sensor Networks

In this episode we discuss sensor networks with our guest Steffen Schaefer, who is the Technical Thought Leader for Sensors & Actuator
Solutions at IBM. The discussion resolves around the TREC device, which can be mounted on containers to track them on their journey over seas, railway tracks and roads. The TREC is a small embedded device developed by Steffen’s employer, IBM, that has various sensors and communications channels.

In the episode we first talked about container transport in general, and then looked at how the TREC device works – specifically, it’s hardware, software and power management. We then looked at the necessary backend infrastructure. The main part of the discussion covered the communication between the device and the backend, using technologies such as Zigby, GSM and satellite communications. We also looked at the middleware infrastructures used, such as the MQtt messaging tool.

We closed the episode with a little discussion of the “Internet of Things” and some discussion about embedded software devleopment in general. Note that SE Radio will feature more embedded topics in the future – an introduction to embedded development will be put online soon.

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