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I have been resistant for a long time when it comes to Password Managers. Like many people, it feels like putting all of ones eggs in a single basket. For various reasons, I finally signed up to one.

When I signed up, it imported my details and then offered me the chance to get a grading for my security status. It reviewed my passwords, my login password and various other elements and have me three scores. Security Rating. Ranking. Master Password rating. I scored 22%, bottom 50% and 50% for my security. I was shocked. After much work I now score 99%, Top 1% and 100%

A few weeks ago I said that typical project manager thing of “we don’t release on Fridays” Then I paused and thought. Why don’t we? We’ve got a good team of developers, a suite of automated tests and a QA department with excellent domain knowledge. We have ‘like live’ environments that are managed by puppet, source control in GIT, code reviews in Crucible that link to the feature descriptions in Jira.

An interesting document has been produced by the UK government regarding password security. I say interesting, because it is surprisingly perceptive in its approach. It takes into account that many breaches in password security are social rather than technological in approach and so driving people to complex regularly changed passwords tends to make them more easily guessable, or to result in them being written down. Worth a read for anyone working on securing customer data.

What is the Tribal Worldwide Web?

Tribal recently had a Spark Night, our name for our Innovation Team at Tribal Worldwide London, this is more commonly referred to as a Hackathon. It was a lot of fun, and as you would expect the various teams were made up from all the disciplines of the agency.


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What is it?

Wraith is a tool created by the BBC and then open sourced for quickly and easily comparing two versions of the same website. For example a development and a production instance. Within the config.yaml you can define the pages to be tested, the environments to test, and the screen-widths to test at. (it was originally built as a Responsive testing tool).


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Personally, I've never been a big fan of video calling. I had the old 3 video phones when they first came out, and I've played around with Skype and Hangouts but its never been a big thing for me.

That has changed since I've been working more and more with remote teams. Our daily scrum calls (currently bouncing between Hangouts, Skype and Teamviewer as we explore the advantages of each) were done as voice calls primarily. This lead to two issues.
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One of the core parts of my role is knowledge sharing. Having worked across most of the Volkswagen ecosystem in my time at Tribal I have a solid understanding of the how the various elements interconnect and this understanding needs sharing with the wider team. Typically I have been doing one to one sessions or every couple of months an hour or two meeting taking people through the systems. At some point, much as I love the sound of my own voice, I realized that I was beginning to repeat myself. Enter Adobe Connect.

I've been meaning to write about this bit of software for about three years. I first used it on the HTML Configurator project we did for Volkswagen. As part of delivering the first ever HTML responsive car configuration, we were looking at ways of showing how some of the changed ways of working we piloted.

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A friend of mine (Yemi Awoyemi, Technical Development Manager and generally clever fellow) mentioned I should write a post about the #noestimates debate going on on Twitter. I responded with a very well informed... "What #noestimates thing?"

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A handful of pictures of new starters

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