How to embed a PDF in your blog

Pictures are more compelling than words. Don't just link to your files; display them inline on your web page. Here's one way to do it for PDF files.

First, create your PDF file. Sometimes, I use PDF Creator to print my documents as PDFs. Other times, I use Google Docs and download as PDF.

Next, upload your PDF to a hosting service. To keep my life simple, I use Google for most of my services (blog, file hosting, email, etc.). For file hosting, I usually use my Google Group http://groups.google.com, and I add the file to my group's files area. Wherever you are hosting your PDF, get the file's URL and remember it. To get the URL in Google Groups, copy the URL from the group's home page.

In your web site or blog entry, use the HTML editor and paste this in:
<embed width="500" height="400"
Replace YOUR-FILE'S-URL with your file's URL and adjust the height and width until your file looks just right. For example:
<embed width="500" height="400"
That's it--now your PDF is displayed inline on your web page.


How many registered Certified Scrum people?

Every wonder how many Certified Scrum people there are? The Scrum Alliance web site has the answer. Scrum Alliance lists the names of all the registered certificate holders at http://www.scrumalliance.org/training. If I count correctly, these are the numbers, as of January 13, 2010:

Registered practitioners 53,9903,558 908 23105

There is some double counting, but it's not very significant. For example, most CSTs are also CSPs and CSMs, and they are counted in each category.

Here is a chart showing the same data:


Scrum Guide

The Scrum Guide is the definitive guide to Scrum. It precisely summarizes and hones the canonical sources from earlier this decade: Ken Schwaber's books, Agile Software Development with Scrum and Agile Project Management with Scrum (affiliate links). The Scrum Guide is hosted at scrum.org under the aegis of Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.


See Mary Poppendieck at Agile Bazaar

Mary Poppendieck will present The Leadership Team and the Software Crisis: A Cautionary Tale at the Agile Bazaar on Thursday, January 7. The festivities begin at 6:00 PM at Constant Contact in Waltham.

Before you get here, read a couple of Mary and Tom's excellent books. Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit is your guide to everything lean. Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point is their latest, and a good read as well. (Yes, those are affiliate links.)

See you there!


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