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1) Seeing The Big Picture For Jira (1,000+ Views)

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While working at Liquid Interactive, I got the chance to investigate portfolio mapping tools that could integrate with Jira. I wrote an internal article for the company, which contained an in-depth analysis into BigPicture.

It gained much of its traffic from Google, which made me think of writing guides for software with little documentation.

2) 3 Thing I Wish I Knew Before I Took My First Tech Job (337 Views)

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I wrote this in 2019 as a reflection of 3 years of working in tech. This gained a lot of traffic because I posted it in Code Network — a university coding club with a big audience of undergraduates.

3) NFTs — What, How and Why Views (275 Views)

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In 2008, the Global Financial Crisis and subsequent bailouts fostered an wave of mistrust and resentment towards Wall St and the wider financial system.

Many people felt the moral hazard, the idea that overleveraged institutions could be bailed out by governments for reckless lending, meant the system needed a fundamental rethink.

One of those people was Satoshi Nakamoto, who developed bitcoin on the idea that the control and ownership of money shouldn’t be centralised.

Fast forward 12 years and the DeFi revolution continues to challenge the centralised control of currency, slowing pushing it into the mainstream. …

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One of the biggest features of blockchain technology is not trusting a central authority. As long as a central authority has the power to record transactions and define which are valid, there is opportunity for that authority to misuse that power and manipulate transactions.

The creators of Bitcoin and other decentralised blockchain projects recognised this, designing their systems to distribute trust across many actors in their economies.

These actors, usually called ‘miners’, are tasked with recording and grouping transactions into blocks, which are then added to the blockchain.

The process of adding blocks into the blockchain and choosing the most…

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A Small Correction: In this article I refer to Earth2 as a blockchain technology, however this is not the case. Question 82 on Earth2's FAQ page says using the blockchain is not a decision they have made yet.

When I first heard the term NFT in the news this month, the overwhelming narrative was: “People are selling digital art for millions of dollars! ThAt’S CrAzY!!!”

After practising my Google Fu for a few hours, I started to understand the broader significance of NFTs, as well as their relationship with blockchain and smart contracts.

In 5 minutes, I’ll explain NFTs, their…

While in between jobs, I’m building SaaS software.

After spending a couple of years working on enterprise software, one area I really liked was task and workflow management software — so I’m building my own.

Although I work as a business analyst, I understand technical concepts and I wanted to use my spare time to expand my career options.

The project I’m building gives me the chance to use Node.js, React and AWS.

Defining The MVP

First things first — I’ve defined an MVP.

It lacks so much of what I want the product to be, but I need to start somewhere!


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A certification from Amazon Web Services is a great way to expand your career options. In Q2 of 2020, AWS holds the largest highest market share of cloud infrastructure service providers at 33%, followed by Azure (18%) and Google Cloud (9%)1.

With more organisations looking to migrate and build their infrastructure on the cloud, now is a good time to learn about cloud ecosystems take advantage of these opportunities.

Over the last 3 months, I’ve been extending and formalising my knowledge of the Amazon ecosystem, while hoping to find work building/managing data-driven SaaS products.

Becoming an Associate Certified Solution Architect…

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Recently I was asked to investigate BigPicture, an addon for Jira, and assess the value it could provide to a software project.

After an investigation of the tools was complete, it made sense to publish the results so others could benefit from the research.

The Big Picture

BigPicture is a Jira Add-On that provides high-level project oversight of work completed in Jira through multiple lenses.

A user can choose to apply a number of modules to manage a body of work called a Program, which is then broken up into Program Increments (like phases) by default or Iterations (with a feature called Agile…

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Recently I was asked to investigate Jira Plans and assess the value it could provide to a software project.

After an investigation of the tools was complete, it made sense to publish the results so others could benefit from the research.

What Is Jira Plans?

Jira Plans is a native implementation of the Advanced Roadmaps For Jira Add-On, available on the Premium license for Jira Cloud.

The tool capitalises on many of the elements native to the product including Releases, Teams and Sprints. …

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Recently I’ve had the opportunity to tutor final year university students in enterprise architecture. It’s been an opportunity to step back from having a traditional corporate job and decide how I’d like to approach a role.

One student asked me if I could write an article about the pros and cons of business analysis. This made sense, given many information systems students will be business analysts in their first job.

After some thought, here are 5 insights (3 pros and 2 cons) that I’ve observed from doing the job for 2 years.

Pro: You Get To Work Across Teams

It only takes a week in most software…

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It’s been 3 years since my technology career officially started, and although I don’t consider myself an “expert” in the field of technology / information science — I’ve learnt 3 important lessons that would prove useful for soon-to-be graduates.

Extraordinary Technology Innovation Is Done By A Select Few

No one doubts the impact of technological innovation on our world, particularly with the advent of electronic computing in the last century. That said, many of these advancements are only made by a few companies, and inside those companies, a few select people.

Although you might be fortunate enough to do something truly exciting in your very first role in your…

Damian Grasso

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