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Waltham’s Care.com, online caregiver service provider, raises $20 Million October 28, 2010

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Waltham’s Care.com, a provider of online services for finding caregivers, raises $20 Million from a group of investors led by New Enterprise Associates, Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures.

Boxborough’s BNI Video, video management software provider, raises $16 Million October 28, 2010

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Boxborough’s BNI Video, a video management software provider, raises $16 Million from a group of investors including Cisco, Comcast Interactive Capital, Time Warner Cable, Charles River Ventures and Castile Ventures.

Westminster’s TechPrecision raises $3.9 Million October 6, 2010

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Westminster’s TechPrecision , a maker of components for alternative energy, medical, nuclear, defense, industrial and aerospace industries, raises $3.9 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.

Attleboro’s Mechanology, cleantech product manufacturer, raises $5.8 Million from a group of undisclosed investors October 6, 2010

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Attleboro’s Mechanology, cleantech product manufacturer, raises $5.8 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.

Billerica’s Harvest Automation, robotics technology developer, raises $5.3 Million in a Series A round of equity funding October 6, 2010

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Billerica’s Harvest Automation, robotics technology developer, raises $5.3 Million in a Series A round of equity funding led by a group of investors including Founder Collective, Cultivian Ventures and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation.

Providence, Rhode Island based Andera, customer acquisition solution provider, raises $9 million from Edison Ventures October 6, 2010

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Providence, Rhode Island based Andera, customer acquisition solution provider, raises $9 million from Edison Ventures.

Andover’s BirdDog, transportation management software maker, raises $2.1 Million October 6, 2010

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Andover’s BirdDog, transportation management software maker, raises $2.1 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.

Waltham’s Red Bend Software acquires Santa Clara’s VirtualLogix, for undisclosed terms October 4, 2010

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Waltham’s Red Bend Software, a provider of mobile software management tools, acquires Santa Clara’s VirtualLogix, a provider of real-time virtualization technology for mobile handsets, for undisclosed terms.

Dover, New Hampshire based Measured Progress acquires Newton’s Nimble Assessment Systems for undisclosed terms October 4, 2010

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Dover, New Hampshire based Measured Progress , a provider of student learning and improvement instruction inithe standards-based classroom, acquires Newton’s Nimble Assessment Systems , a provider of computer based testing, for undisclosed terms.

Boxborough’s Lightower Fiber Networks acquires Westford’s Veroxity Technology Partners, for undisclosed terms October 4, 2010

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Boxborough’s Lightower Fiber Networks, a provider of fiber network and broadband services, acquires Westford, Massachusetts -based Veroxity Technology Partners, a provider of fiber based data and internet connectivity solutions, for undisclosed terms.

Billerica’s VoltDB raises $5 Million from Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners October 4, 2010

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Billerica’s VoltDB , a maker of database software, raises $5 Million from Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners.

Cambridge’s ResearchGATE concludes a series A round of equity funding October 4, 2010

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Cambridge’s ResearchGATE, a provider of an online social netowrk for scientists and researchers, concludes a series A round of an undisclosed amount of equity funding led by a group of investors including Benchmark Capital, Accel Partners, and Individual Investors.

Needham, Massachusetts based Prelert, a maker of IT analysis and incident management software, raises $3.75 Million in a Series A round of equity financing October 4, 2010

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Needham, Massachusetts based Prelert, a maker of IT analysis and incident management software, raises $3.75 Million in a Series A round of equity financing led by a group of investors including Fairhaven Capital Partners and Sierra ventures.

Boston’s OurStage, a provider of online music marketing services for bands, raises $6.2 Million October 4, 2010

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Boston’s OurStage, a provider of online music discovery and online marketing services for bands, raises $6.2 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.

Boston’s Lytiks, a marketing software developer, raises $850K from a group of angel investors October 4, 2010

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Boston’s Lytiks, a marketing software developer, raises $850K from a group of angel investors including Peter Kroon, Nick Goggans, Sundar Subramaniam, and John Kelly.

Woburn’s ByAllAccounts, financial data collector for financial advisors, raises $5 Million October 4, 2010

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Woburn’s ByAllAccounts, a maker of technology that enables financial advisors to aggregate account data, raises $5 Million from a group of investors including Castile Ventures and Commonwealth Capital Ventures.

What is a User Story? How are they used in Requirements Gathering and in writing User Acceptance Tests? October 3, 2010

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What is a User Story? How are they used in Requirements Gathering and in writing User Acceptance Tests?

User Stories are short conversational texts that are used for initial requirements discovery and project planning. User stories are widely used in conjunction with agile software development project management methodologies for Release Planning and definition of User Acceptance Criteria for software development projects.

User Goals, stated in the form of User Stories, are more closely aligned with Business Priorities than software development Tasks and so it is the User Story format which prevails in written statements of User Acceptance Criteria.

An Agile Project Team is typically oriented to completing and delivering User-valued Features rather than on completing isolated development Tasks.These development Tasks eventually combine into a User-valued Feature).

User Goals are not the same things as software development Tasks. A User Goal is an end condition, whereas a development Task is an intermediate process needed to achieve this User Goal. To help illustrate this point, here are two example scenarios:

1. If my User Goal is to laze in my hammock reading the Sunday Boston Globe newspaper, I first have to mow the lawn. My Task is mowing; My Goal is resting. If I was able to recruit someone else to mow the lawn, I could achieve my Goal without having to do the mowing, the Task.

2. Tasks change as implementation technology or development approaches change, but Goals have the pleasant property of remaining stable on software development projects. For example, if I am a hypothetical User traveling from Boston to San Francisco, my User Goals for the trip might include Speed, Comfort and Safety. Heading for California on this proposed trip in 1850, I would have made the journey in a high technology Conestoga wagon for Speed and Comfort, and I would have brought along a Winchester rifle for Safety. However, making the same trip in 2010, with the same User Goals, I would now make the journey in a new Boeing 777 for updated Speed and Comfort and for Safety’s sake I would now leave the Winchester rifle at home.

· My User Goals remained unchanged, however the Tasks have changed so much that they are now seemingly in direct opposition. User Goals are steady, software development Tasks as stated on SOWs (Statements Of Work) are transient.

· Designing User Acceptance Criteria around software development Tasks rarely suits, but User Acceptance Criteria based on User Goals always does.

A User Story is a brief description of functionality as viewed by a User or Customer of the System. User Stories are free-form, and there is no mandatory syntax. However, it can be useful to think of a User Story as generally fitting this form:

“As a <type of User>, I want <Capability> so that <Business Value>”.

Using this template as an example, we might have a User Story like this one:

“As a Store Manager, I want to search for a Service Ticket by Store so that I can find the right Service Ticket quickly”.

User stories form the basis of User Acceptance Testing. Acceptance tests can be created to verify that the User Story has been correctly implemented.

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Boxborough’s Lightower Fiber Networks, a fiber network provider, acquires NYC’s Lexent Metro Connect October 3, 2010

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Boxborough’s Lightower Fiber Networks, a fiber network provider, acquires NYC’s Lexent Metro Connect, a provider of dark fiber networks, for undisclosed terms. Lightower Fiber Networks is headquartered in the same old former DEC building that houses eSpendwise, the employer of the Hub Tech Insider.

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