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In this episode, Mads Kristensen returns to show extensions he wrote to make Web development easier. Mads shows us what's new in the Image Optimizer and how the Web Essentials extension provides a number of features that help you write Web apps faster. He also previews a new extension: CSSCop, which is FXCop for stylesheets. Demos: Image Optimizer starts around 5:00 Web Essentials starts around 9:00 CSSCop starts around 33:45 If you missed Mads first appearance on this show, check out Episode 10 and watch Mads show the Web Standards Update for Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

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As technologists we tend to talk a different language to business people. Trying to give non-technical examples of how, in this case, cloud computing makes a business more agile and able to respond to things that happen in the market, in the industry, with competitors – that kind of thing – can be difficult. I think you could either give this video to one of those guys who sits in that strata between technology and the business – somebody like an IT manager and let it work for you. Or you could lift the messages out of the video
and deliver them yourself in person to such a guy. Even the techies here who’ve watched it comment that although they knew about the mechanism for deployment of a cloud service – they had realised the core significance of being able to go “from whiteboard diagram to deployed in 15 minutes” and how that relates to 4 specific and very common business scenarios…
Business Agility and the Cloud
  Planky – GBR-257
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If you’re familiar with Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, you’ll recognize Ability to Execute.  “Ability to Execute” is a powerful concept.   Here is a quick mental model to picture Ability to Execute: Ability to Execute is a quick way to help prioritize ideas worth acting on.   After all, what good is a bunch of ideas you can’t do anything about.  In the world around us, there are too many ideas, and not enough action.    I’m a fan of making things happen.   My strategy is aim big, but flow value along the way.   The little wins build
execution muscle.    The trick though is to act on things that have value.  Otherwise it’s just noise.  It’s thrashing or churning and burning.  A better approach is to focus on meaningful results and high value. In the spirit of Garter’s Magic Quadrants, here is a view of Ability to Execute and Value: One thing to keep in mind is that value is in the eye of the beholder. My Related Posts Now Available on Kindle – Getting Results the Agile Way Free Time...(Read whole news on source site)

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