New release of Responsible Data Handbook

The Responsible Data in Development Handbook that was the result of a Book Sprint in 2014 with the engine room recently received a beautiful make-over including its own website, new chapter summaries, slidedeck templates, new visualizations and a lovely title: “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist”. We love to see a Book Sprint turn into a living community and the book to live on through various iterations! You can check out the handbook here: https://responsibledata.io/resources/handbook/ And read about the Book Sprint here: Book on responsible development data published and here Launching a new book on responsible development data.  ...

GIZ Book Sprint finished the book “Treasure Hunt”

After a five-day Book Sprint, a group of ten contributors finished the book Treasure Hunt – How Good Financial Governance can support resource-endowed countries in achieving the SDGs. “Treasure Hunt, a term referring to both the gold digger atmosphere that surrounds the exploration of natural resources and the often Don-Quijotian quest of public officials for revenues.” (from the Foreword) Amidst rain and sunshine (but more rain), with the river Rhine swelling until it flooded the banks behind the GIZ academy’s garden, the participants stayed inside and worked long days (and some long evenings, too). From Monday to Friday they conceptualized, structured, wrote, discussed, re-wrote and edited the book on good financial governance in the extractive sector. Photos of the Book Sprint can be seen here on...

GIZ Book Sprint on Good Financial Governance in the Extractive Sector

GIZ (Germany’s agency for international development cooperation) has been doing extensive work on good financial governance as well as on improving governance in the extractive sector, but consolidating these two areas is still to be done. Ten experts from the GIZ and consultants came together this week in a Book Sprint to map the work being done in intersection of these two areas and to identify new directions going forward. Starting on Monday, the participants met at the GIZ Akademie in Bad Honnef, with the river Rhine flowing by just behind the building, plenty of rabbits on the lawn, and the rhododendron in full bloom! Spring rains kept the group inside on the first day and concentrated on the issues their partner countries with extractive industries face in tax administration, budget planning, and regulatory frameworks, among...

Cisco Book Sprint completed!

“A Modern, Open and Scalable Fabric: VXLAN EVPN”, the new Cisco Guide produced with the Book Sprint method, has been finalised today after 5 days of intense collaborative writing. The Guide intends to give a solid foundation of VXLAN EVPN and provides real-world use cases to achieve a successful transition to next generation data centre Fabric. The intended audience for this book is both network professionals and network administrators. The Book is the result of the collaborative effort of 13 participants (Cisco Technical Marketing and Sales Engineers). Some of their impressions of the week can be found in the videos below.       You can check the pics of the Book Sprint here...

New Book Sprint with Cisco in California

Yesterday, a new Book Sprint started in San José (California) with a group of Cisco engineers from all over the US and Europe. Within 5 days, the group is bookspinting to write a guide on ‘Standalone’ Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) as the routing protocol, along with Ethernet virtual Private network (EVPN). Taking into account that we are moving towards the age of cloud, the guide intends to show the benefits of this technology which offers to operators of multi-tenant clouds the possibility to scale their networks and make them more flexible for the demands of cloud networking. The guide is targeting Technical decision-makers (TDM) and Businesses decision-makers (BDM). Following a debate on the structure and the book scope, participants are now drafting the main sections of the Guide. You can check the pics of the Book Sprint...

F5 AFM Operations Guide concluded

A great 5-day Book Sprint at the F5 premises in San José, California, concluded this Friday. The group of participants came out with the “F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager Operations Guide”. This guide includes recommended maintenance, tuning, and monitoring procedures. It will be extremely helpful to assist customers with keeping their BIG-IP optimized, and performing as designed.   The guide will be published soon after an internal review process. You can find more pics here....