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The word coach is used so indiscriminately that the meaning is hard to discern. Saying you are a coach still sends a signal, but the signal is at the mercy of the person that hears the term and it might not be what you’ve intended. In Agile Coaching Techniques: Styles of Coaches we used two different coaching approaches to define a continuum: directive and non-directive.  We used athletic coaches to mark the directive end of the spectrum and life coaches to mark the non-directive end. Each style has a very different approach to involvement.

To get a sense of how the market is leaning on the coaching involvement level scale, I grabbed a handful of job postings from LinkedIn from the US (some from the East Coast, Central Plains, and West Coast). I pulled out the job requirements and sorted them into categories. These categories could then be interpreted as directive or non-directive based on the verb they used.  For example, if the requirement used the active verb “manage” I put the requirement in the directive column. Verbs like advise and mentor I put in the non-directive category. I threw out things like projects and activities to be assigned as needed.

Coaching styles, as noted earlier, can be separated into two macro styles: directive and non-directive.  The basic approach of a directive coach is to “tell, show, do.”  The coach will teach the coachee (individual or team) how to perform a behavior or ceremony, then demonstrate, and then oversee the coachee performing the activity. The train-the-trainer approach used for transferring the knowledge to teach classes is a form of directive coaching. In directive situations, the coach needs to have deep levels of knowledge about the subject matter. For example, if you were coaching a team on behavior-driven development (BDD) you need an understanding of not only the theory but the practical knowledge of how to write and execute BDD tests.  

Directive job requirements included action verbs such as: 

Enforce,Implement,Lead,Manage,Methodologist,Participate,Improve (process), andMeasure.

The basic approach of non-directive coaches works by helping the person or people they are coaching to discover and apply their personnel experience to solve their problems.  Alyssa Adkins, the author of Coaching Agile Teams, uses the phrase, “ask the team” which is reflective of non-directive coaching. This style is very popular in agile circles.  

Job requirements whose action verbs include one or more of the following were judged as non-directive:

Facilitate,Mentor,Coach (this feels like defining a word with the word being defined), andTrain.

Even though the non-directive style of coaching is more popular in the agile community, the small sample of job descriptions include substantially more directive type responsibilities (about a 60/40 split). Styles are just

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By: tcagley
Title: Directive or Non-directive Coaching
Sourced From: tcagley.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/directive-or-non-directive-coaching/
Published Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 23:55:14 +0000

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Intel Claims 10th Gen Core i7-10750H CPU Offers Up To 37% Faster Gaming Performance Than AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H ‘Renoir’ APU, Up To 25% Higher Productivity Performance In “Real-World’ Benchmarks

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Intel has released a set of new benchmarks as part of its ‘Real World Performance’ testing methodology which compares its 10th Gen Comet Lake-H lineup against AMD’s Ryzen 4000 processors codenamed Renoir.

Intel’s Latest ‘Real World Performance’ Benchmarks Compared 10th Gen CPUs Against AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs, Claims Up To 37% Faster Gaming Performance

The Intel Real World Performance benchmarks have been marked with controversy ever since the blue team started using them. We have seen examples of Intel using different configurations when testing their own and competing chips, giving their own lineup an unfair advantage. We have also seen misleading slides where AMD CPUs were shown as one tier below the Intel CPUs based on its own performance metrics which consist of benchmarks purely optimized for their own processors or single-core workloads.

Intel 10th Gen CPU vs AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APU_Real World Performance Benchmarks_Gaming_1

In the latest set of benchmarks published by Benchlife, Intel is shown comparing its 10th Gen Core i7-10750H (Comet Lake-H) CPU to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (Renoir-H) APU. The Intel Core i7-10750 features 8 cores and 16 threads on a 14nm process node which clock in at 2.60 GHz base and 5.00 GHz boost clocks with TDP configured at 45W (PL1). The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, on the other hand, is an 8 core and 16 thread APU on a 7nm process node which clocks in at 2.9 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost.

One thing that should be mentioned here is that when comparing TDPs, Intel always sets its figures at the base clock. The 45W TDP for the Core i7-10750H is derived at 2.60 GHz while the PL2 rating is derived at the highest boost frequency. For 5.00 GHz, the Core

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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: Intel Claims 10th Gen Core i7-10750H CPU Offers Up To 37% Faster Gaming Performance Than AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H ‘Renoir’ APU, Up To 25% Higher Productivity Performance In “Real-World’ Benchmarks
Sourced From: wccftech.com/intel-claims-gaming-real-world-benchmarks-leak-10th-gen-cpus-vs-amd-ryzen-4000-renoir-apus/
Published Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:15:30 +0000

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AMD Navi 21 ‘Big Navi’ GPU Rumored To Be Featured In 16 GB & 12 GB Radeon RX Gaming Graphics Cards

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AMD’s Big Navi Radeon RX graphics card rumors are heating up as we get closer to Q4 2020. After the most recent rumor from Chinese PTT forums, a second rumor has emerged which points to a similar story but also adds in an interesting detail about the various configurations that we could expect from AMD’s enthusiast-grade RDNA 2 ‘Navi 2X’ GPUs.

MD Radeon RX ‘Big Navi GPU’ Gaming Graphics Cards Rumored To Launch in 16 GB & 12 GB Flavors

The second rumor comes from a more credible leaker ‘Wjm47196’ from Chiphell who has got many AMD specific rumors correct in the past. According to his latest rumor, the AMD Navi 21 GPU, which is internally referred to as ‘Big Navi’ and has been spotted with the Sienna Cichlid & Navy Flounder codenames, will feature at least two different memory configurations.

Rogame already pointed out at least four SKUs for the Navi 21 (RDNA 2) GPU but we did not know anything else aside from the PCI IDs. There’s active speculation going on right now regarding exact specifications and configurations of each SKU in terms of core counts, texture mapping units, and ROPs since we now know that the GPU consists of 5120 stream processors packed within 80 CUs.

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We know by now that Navi21 die has 80CU. We also know there are 4 variants of Navi21:

Navi21 XTX
Navi21 XT
Navi21 XL
Navi21 XE

W = water
A = Air

How many CUs do you think each variant will have?

I think XE will be cut down memory bus 320bit

— _rogame (@_rogame) August 5, 2020

As per Rogame, the Navi 21 GPU currently has the following SKUs:

Navi 21 XTX (0x731F:D0)Navi 21 XT (0x731F:D1)Navi 21 XL (0x731F:D3)Navi 21 XLE (0x731F:DF)

Each GPU SKU will be replacing the existing cards in the Radeon RX 5000 series family but in an entirely different performance segment. For comparison, Navi 10 also has four GPU SKUs that are available to consumers. The Navi 10 XTX chip is the highest binned part which powers the Radeon RX 5700 XT 10th Anniversary Edition followed by the Navi 10 XT GPU that powers the Radeon RX 5700 XT, Navi 10 XL which powers the Radeon RX 5700 and finally, the Navi 10 XLE which powers the Radeon RX 5600 XT.

According to the rumor, AMD is expected to introduce its Big Navi GPU based Radeon RX graphics cards lineup in at least two different VRAM configurations. The flagship variant is said to feature a 16 GB GDDR6 capacity while a cut-down variant is stated to feature 12 GB GDDR6 capacity. A 16 GB VRAM capacity would suggest a 512-bit bus interface for the flagship and a 384-bit bus interface for the cut-down 12 GB model.

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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: AMD Navi 21 ‘Big Navi’ GPU Rumored To Be Featured In 16 GB & 12 GB Radeon RX Gaming Graphics Cards
Sourced From: wccftech.com/amd-radeon-rx-big-navi-gpu-16-gb-12-gb-memory-graphics-cards-rumor/
Published Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:22:41 +0000

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Exclusive: The State Of AMD’s Supply Chain, August 2020

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We have been closely following the news cycle on alleged capacity constraints at AMD for quite a while now and with no clear answer, we thought it was time to do some digging of our own. This story is focused around the recent interest in AMD’s mobility processors (specifically Renoir) and is based on multiple sources spread throughout ODMs, AIBs, and industry contacts that deal directly with logistics (based out of Taiwan). All information presented has been carefully vetted, cross-checked and should be independently verifiable by anyone wishing to do so.

MD Renoir shipments to ODMs tripled from Q1 to Q2 with overall mobile shipments at a record level, supply chain is scaling at an unprecedented pace

AMD’s Renoir is an APU that is the culmination of an effort almost 4 years in the making. Combining the best of every world for laptops and notebooks, Renoir promises to provide one of the fastest computes, amazing graphics, and huge battery life at a cost lower than ever before. We have covered Renoir extensively in the past and our in-house polls have indicated it as one of the most eagerly anticipated chips from AMD. That said, fluctuating regional/retail availability of notebooks has sparked speculation about potential capacity constraints over at AMD and this is something we will investigate today.

The first thing we did was reach out to AMD for an official statement and while they had the following comment prepared for us, in typical AMD fashion, they decided not to reveal anything further:

We are seeing unprecedented demand for our AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile series processors based on leadership performance and energy efficiency. AMD Ryzen 4000 processor sales ramped faster than any mobile processor in AMD history. We are increasing production to address the incremental demand requests from our customers for AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors and are focused on growing our footprint in the notebook market.

– AMD Spokesperson to Wccftech, 8/5/2020

This comment from AMD does confirm that the company is scaling up production to meet demand, but it still doesn’t address the core of the issue. It also contains a very interesting hint which I will reference later. Lack of availability can usually be attributed to two different causes: a supply bottleneck (capacity constraint) or an excessive, unprecedented surge of demand that creates a temporary “supply chain lag” in the ecosystem. To answer this question, I reached out to some sources that are familiar with these issues and got some interesting facts back.

Before I state the gory details, let’s go over some publicly known context: AMD has already revealed that they delivered a record number of mobile shipments last quarter. They have also confirmed that Renoir is the fastest revenue ramping notebook processor in their history. With that in mind, based on my

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: Exclusive: The State Of AMD’s Supply Chain, August 2020
Sourced From: wccftech.com/exclusive-the-state-of-amds-supply-chain-august-2020/
Published Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:00:13 +0000

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