Is lack of functional requirements agile?

Nowadays everybody wants to be agile. In every team I worked with, the shape of agile was different. Some things are common – like daily stand-ups or planning, but other parts vary significantly.

In my current team there’s one detail which I find disturbing. It’s lack of functional requirements. Not only there’s no written form of expectations but also in the tasks it’s rather vaguely defined what needs to be done.

The project goal is to rewrite of the old system using new technologies. Old system doesn’t have any reasonable documentation as well. For sure up to date one doesn’t exist. Business owners’ description of requirements is – let’s do it in new implementation the same way as old. It seems reasonable but it’s not. Old system is kind of spaghetti code and extracting business requirements from it is costly. It seems that the situation affects planning in a negative way. For sure it’s prone to mistakes and bugs in new implementation (omitting some details).

Therefore I’m thinking – is it truly agile to have no business requirements in case of rewriting old system?

Do the Canadian Rockies lack red foliage in autumn?

I’m mulling whether to see fall foliage this year in Banff & Jasper, or Charlevoix.

Many comments allege that AB aren’t swarming with maple trees that discharge the red foliage.

3. Re: Banff Best Time for Fall Color _ Leaves 11 years ago

Also, don’t expect the cliche “Canadian” red leaves; maple trees are not hardy enough for Alberta weather. All our native trees turn yellow and gold, with the wild rose bushes adding an accent of red in the understory.

Banff and Jasper for Fall Colors

Yes, those who live in that region would have more expertise, but having trvalled through the BC mountains in fall, I don’t recall extensive colour. As mentioned by SheiliDawn, I believe alpine forest does tend to be predominated by coniferous specious. Fall colour tends to be associated with maples (e.g. Sugar Maples) and to a lesser extend other deciduous trees such as Oaks, Aspens (poplars), birch. Maples are, I believe, more abundant in the mid-north eastern North American Forests. Regions known for fall colours include Northern New England (Appalachians), Quebec (Laurentians), Central/Northern Ontario (e.g. Haliburton Highlands, Algonquin Park), Nova Scotia (Cape Breton Highlands). Peak colour is variable depending on the weather patterns in any given year – I usually target somewhere between late September and mid October.

1. Re: Best time for fall colors? 9 years ago.

The change in colours for vegetation is a characteristic of a Deciduous Forest… and as much of Western Canada is a Coniferous Forest (Evergreens) then the transition is not found with as much impact as it is in Eastern Canada and the USA (it happens, just that the “show” isn’t as significant due to the lack of “variety” in vegetation and Maple Trees).

The Yellows, Oranges and Red, that most folks think about… are primarily due to the Maple Trees, which actually grow primarily in a very small portion of New England (Massachusetts thru to NY State) and Canada’s Maritime Provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

aroundtheworld2005. 8 years ago

I live in Banff National Park and my vacation this year is to Montreal,Tremblant, Quebec City and area at the last week of September, first week of October, specifically to see the fall colours. So that should give you an idea of how we lack the colours here. As stated we do get the yellow and sort of orange colours in some of our trees in the Kootenay areas, and mostly yellow from the Larches in my parts, it is nothing like the pictures I have seen of the foilage in the east. We have maples from my home area of the west coast of Canada, but they just don’t compare.

But don’t the two pictures beneath, allegedly taken in Banff, show red foliage?

Banff in The Fall

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Pocaterra Fall

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Why does there seem to be an extreme lack of public trashcans in Taiwan?

After visiting Taiwan a fair amount of times, this is something that has struck me as quite odd. I’ve never seen a country quite like Taiwan where there is a very obvious lack of public trashcans. It seems no matter the city, not just the capital, all have a seeming absence of these trashcans, yet the streets still remain relatively clean and litter free.

At first I chalked it up to being just an uncanny feeling and not actually real. But as my trip progressed I found myself having to duck inside nearby convenience stores to throw trash away or stash it in a bag to throw away upon returning to where I was staying. It has always seemed that the best places to find a fair amount of public trashcans were either the public parks, or night market. Wandering along shopping streets yielded the same odd feeling of having nowhere to put trash.

There’s got to be an explanation for why this seems to be — it always feels off when there’s a lack of public trashcans, yet the streets mostly are litter free. Compare to a city like San Francisco, where the streets have a trash can that can be found on nearly any block, but at the same time still sees constant littering (of which some is from homeless, but not all).

Schengen Visa Germany, sponsorship denied due to lack of “commitment form”

My Thai partner recently attended an appointment for a Schengen visa at the German embassy in Bangkok.

Upon arriving and before submitting the application we were informed the application would be denied because I lack a commitment of sponsorship form that I apparently would have to obtain from the German embassy in the UK, a form that before the appointment I have found no reference to on shengen Visa advice websites.

In the application I (as a UK citizen) provided a sponsorship letter detailing my commitment to pay the costs and explaining the source of my funds. For supporting documents I included up to date bank statements (coving more than 6 months from today’s date), proof of property ownership in the UK, a copy of my passport, and a fully booked (and paid for) itinerary for our trip to Europe.

We applied for and have had accepted a UK tourist visa having supplied much the same set documents.

I have evidence of considerably more than the recommended sufficient (£55x planned number of days) funds available going back long before the time period on my supplied bank statements.

We would be happy to adjust our itinerary to apply to a different Schengen country for the visa, ideally one we could apply to from within Thailand, countries which we are already planning to visit are: Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania.

If anybody has had experience with this situation could they suggest an alternative recourse for a Schengen visa application that would not require me to fly from Thailand to the the UK just to obtain a form?

Which melee weapons have the Two-Handed and Reach property, but lack Heavy and Special?

For my Kensei monk I’m exploring potential additional kensei weapons.

Kensei Weapons. Choose two types of weapons to be your kensei weapons: one melee weapon and one ranged weapon. Each of these weapons can be any simple or martial weapon that lacks the heavy and special properties. The longbow is also a valid choice. You gain proficiency with these weapons if you don’t already have it. Weapons of the chosen types are monk weapons for you. Many of this tradition’s features work only with your kensei weapons. When you reach 6th, 11th, and 17th level in this class, you can choose another type of weapon – either melee or ranged – to be a kensei weapon for you, following the criteria above.

At level 3 I picked the longsword and longbow. At level 6 I’d like to pick a two-handed non-heavy non-special melee weapon, preferably with reach. Conceptually, a polearm would be sweet. Mechanically, a damage die of 1d8 or higher would be awesome.

Going through the list of equipment a couple times now, I seem to have only three options that come close:

  • a greatclub has two-handed but lacks reach.
  • a whip has reach but lacks two-handed.
  • a lance has reach and “kind of two-handed”, but also has the special property (so can’t be a kensei weapon unfortunately).

Are there actually such weapons, by RAW, that fulfill my wishes? In other words, is my source for equipment up-to-date with all the released books, including the playtest material of Unearthed Arcana?


In case it matters: I like the idea of wielding a two-handed reach weapon as an unarmored old man, because I think it’s cool. It’s inspired by dextrous martial artists IRL that wield relatively light polearms.

Lack of knowledge with RD Licensing

This journey is a long one. I will try to make it short.

I have several VM’s and each one has the remote desktop licensing not configured pop up. I went a purchased 50 keys, then tried setting up a Licensing server but I have not been able to get any of my machines to connect to the license server and use it. At first I couldn’t get them to see it, I fixed this by making an AD DS forest and now they can see the sever but do not have the credentials to request licenses.

TLDR: Need to know what credentials are required for a AD DS computer to get license privilege. I am probably thinking about this wrong, I am pretty amateur at this.

Schengen Visa: How to inform visa officer about the lack of a particular document?

So the situation is I work as a contractor for a US based company, hence instead of traditional salary slips, I have to raise invoices based on which my employer deposits money in my account.

I do have account statements, alongside copies of my invoices, from my employer that prove the money gets deposited in my account.

How do I convey this to the visa officer? Do I mention this in the cover letter, or do I need to mention it in a separate letter?

And a similar situation is with my tax returns, I have not yet filed for my tax returns. However, I have paid advance tax in the form of tax challan.

How to explain lack of 3 year Income Tax Return acknowledgement or Form 16A that is required?

I will be applying for a Schengen Visa in VFS Italy, and according to their website, we need to show Income Tax Return (ITR) acknowledgements or Form 16A of last 3 assessment years.

However, I only have Form 16A and ITR acknowledgement of 1 assessment year, as I was under the tax paying bracket before that, which means, I did not have to pay taxes, and therefore, didn’t get a Form 16 from my employers and didn’t file an ITR.

So, where and how can I explain this to the consulate? Will this be a problem?