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Operational Excellence

A Jack of One Trade: The Age of Hyperspecialization

In the past, the widespread subcontracting of IT Talent was driven by cost reductions—but today, it’s more and more driven by what Harvard Business Review calls the impending “Age of Hyperspecialization.” As we learned in 1776 from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, hyperspecialization is the division of labor into ever smaller tasks, performed by…

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Technology

Is TDD Really Worth It?

I've heard a lot of controversy among developers as to whether Test Driven Development (TDD) is really worth all the extra time it seems to take. TDD means developing a small piece of functionality by first writing a test for it, then writing code to make that test pass. TDD should not be confused with…

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Operational Excellence

Is Your Business Process Ready for the Cloud?

You’ve decided your business processes need to be automated and you’re ready to move forward with a Business Process Management System or Suite (BPMS). Your first step will be to conduct an exhaustive review of BPMS vendors to determine which one is right for your organization. A key consideration in your vendor selection process will…

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Operational Excellence

5 Signs that IT Talent Outsourcing is on the Rise

No one can deny that IT departments are growing across the board as organizations seek to leverage the power of technology to achieve competitive advantage. But the question that this leaves us with is: how can you ensure your growing IT department contains the best talent for your new initiatives? Where will these new employees…

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Operational Excellence

Business Process Management & PCI Compliance: The Essential Approach

In 2006, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SCC) was established by the credit card brands to provide standards regarding protection of cardholder account data. Specifically, the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) outlines guidance for processing, transmitting, and storing cardholder account data. The purpose of PCI DSS is to increase controls around cardholder…

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Customer experience

Using Digital Analytics to Drive Intranet Adoption

As businesses continue to expand in stride with the global economy, the value and demand for more robust intranets is similarly increasing at a rapid pace. And it’s no surprise; given that a 2012 report cited nearly one in five American workers were “Actively Disengaged” with their company. In a previous post, Redesigning the Intranet,…

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Technology

How a Django Developer Can Write Speedy Unit Tests, Pt. 2: Fake it ‘Til You Make It

This post is the second of a two-part series on writing fast and efficient unit tests in Python/Django. If you missed part one, be sure to start here. At this point, a Django developer using Agile development methodologies will have a good handle on writing focused unit tests and your days of writing only integration…

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Enterprise Agility

Managing an Agile Development Project with Scrum: Balancing Speed and Feature Fidelity

Having an “I want it here, I want it all, and I want it now” mindset is one of the quickest ways to derail an Agile Scrum project. During my experience as a Scrum Coach working in Agile methodologies, I often see a lack of trust between business leaders and IT software development. This leads…

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Technology

Is The DAM Project Worth Doing?

You know your company needs a new DAM project, but persuading your boss is going to be damn hard! Your boss is probably a true numbers person who wants to see the return on investment (ROI). How do you go about justifying the project, calculating the ROI and convincing your boss? You’re off to a…

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Customer experience

Five Questions to Rate User Experience Quality

User experience is the primary competitive advantage for businesses today. The web or mobile interface that is the easiest to use is the one the most people will use. And that’s how market share is won. But what is this elusive quality called “usability?” And how do you know if you need to improve the…

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Editor's Picks

Why do companies struggle with digital transformation?

Companies of all sizes are faced with industry disruption, new technologies, and changing customer needs. Organizations with outdated…

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Operational Excellence

Leading people through forced change

When employees face disruptive change, they are often spurred on because there is a well-founded “why”—a justification for…

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Customer experience

So you have a journey map. Now what?

As organizations strive to become more customer-centric, journey mapping has become an integral tool to help organizations get…

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RPA in 2020

Mindless. Repetitive. Tedious. Necessary. Some of the most important functions in your business are cyclical, manual processes. Often…

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Harnessing innovation at scale

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