Openness (and transparency), as used in the humanities, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning used in the physical sciences: a “transparent
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How CivicActions Adopted Agile/Scrum - Part Two: More Pods!

In my last post, I wrote a little of the history of the process at CivicActions and how we started to adopt the Agile/Scrum process. The first big step toward that was the formation of what we call Pods, or focused project teams.

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How CivicActions Adopted Agile/Scrum - Part One - The Way We Were

"A Quiet Revolution" is how I can best describe the process by which CivicActions has, over the last two years, adopted the Agile/Scrum process as our means of working with clients, internal teams and one another. And it continues as we learn more, add team members, work with new clients and shift into our own, more functional and agile organizational structure.

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What the Frack is Bitcoin and Can I Use it with Drupal?

Bitcoin is peer-to-peer digital currency. Like Napster or Limewire, it does not rely on a central trusted issuer, but upon a network. Currently, one bitcoin is worth about $0.90 US.

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Lessons Learned From Agile (Scrum) Applied - Slides and Notes From DrupalCon Chicago Panel

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our panel discussion at DrupalCon Chicago, and contributed to such a lively and educational session. For those who were there and wished to have access to our slides and notes, as well as for those who were interested but unable to attend, we have posted them below.

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Community-based Drupal training at DrupalCon Chicago

I'm at my third DrupalCon in as many years. This year's conference represents two firsts for me: it's my first as a CivicActions team member, and my first as a conference speaker. I'll be presenting on Community-based Drupal Training with three other people.

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Presenting... Some Tips on Presenting from She's Geeky

It is more than a month later, and I am still getting value out of my experience at She's Geeky in San Francisco. One of the most powerful sessions I attended was one by Lura Dolas, an acting coach, who also specializes in developing women's public speaking and presentation skills.

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Top 5 Resources for Agile/Scrum Development

As support for our panel session at DrupalCon Chicago on the topic of Lessons Learned from Agile Applied, and for all those who were not able to attend DrupalCon this time around, we have compiled our list of the top 5 resources to support Agile/Scrum development.

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Privacy Games Launched at the European Data Protection Day

Most of us are aware that many of our day-to-day actions are now captured in digitized form, from the more obvious online posts using email, blogs and social networking sites; purchases made using electronic payment systems and swiping your loyalty card at the supermarket.  Privacy games, launched on European Data Protection Day, provide deeper insight into data that is freely available with the hope that people will continue to ask the all-important questions: "who is collecting all of this – what are they doing with it  – with whom are they sharing it - why don't

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Augmented State Of The Union

Tonight is President Obama's second State of the Union address before Congress and the American People.  There has been no shortage of talk about civility (as signified by Republicans and Democrats intermingling on the House floor), and speculation about what the President will talk about (jobs), and in just a few hours we will see what it amounts to.

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She's Geeky Bay Area is Coming!

I am excited once again to support the She's Geeky Bay Area un-conference both through our sponsorship and attendance.  This year's Bay Area conference is happening January 28 - 30th, 2011 in downtown San Francisco.

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