Joe Townsend has been in the configuration management field for twelve years. He has worked for CNA Life Insurance, RCA, Boeing, UPS, and in state government. Joe has primarily worked with Serena tools, including PVCS Version Manager, Tracker, TeamTrack (Mashups), and Dimensions. He is an administrator for WebFocus and supports Eclipse users.
Joe Townsend explores the meaning of the term wagile. Apparently, this word is a result of what occurs when a team slips from agile development into waterfall development. In this story, Joe lists several organizations that have gone wagile and what we can learn from them.
With social media comes great responsibility and danger lurking with every post or tweet. In this story, Joe Townsend takes a look at that aspect of social media—when good tweets or posts go bad. In this ever-connected world, companies and individuals run the risk of things running amok.
It seems like every day we are hearing about more security breaches. Whether it is Target's losing credit card information of more than 110 million Americans or Yahoo’s data breach, in which the company lost user passwords and usernames, one has to wonder what is going on with data security.
Is the stereotype true that information technology (IT) professionals are nerds, geeks, and pocket-protector-wearing buffoons as sometimes portrayed in the media? Joe Townsend examines why these kinds of stereotypes exist and what is being done to address them.
The information technology (IT) field has a plethora of people discussing predictions for the coming year. In this story, Joe Townsend explores many of those predictions. Hopefully next year, we can look back and see if they were fulfilled or completely missed.
The topic of age discrimination is uncomfortable and, at times, even hard to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. However, recent cases of age discrimination in the US and abroad have proven that there is at least a perception that age matters in employment—and especially in the IT field.
Joe Townsend writes on problems involving the quality and quantity of IT professionals in the United States, as detailed in a survey by the Technology Councils of America. Perhaps the key to these issues resides in our education system, as Joe explains.