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Enterprise Agility

How to Streamline Quality Assurance for Agile Scrum Development

I have learned over the years that tried and true quality assurance (QA) practices work great in a waterfall approach. QA is regimented by nature and lends itself perfectly to the methodical nature of waterfall development, only with a lot of extra fluff. Can we cut out some of that fluff to match the streamlined…

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Enterprise Agility

A Logical Approach to Requirements Gathering

Requirements gathering is a critical, foundational step in all software development. It will either set the project on a course to great success if done well or doom it to failure if done poorly. As Janet Leon pointed out in her blog, The True Cost of a Software Bug, the earlier you catch a bug…

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Enterprise Agility

7 Ways to Effectively Manage a Product Owner Backlog

Product backlog management is an art form that requires relentless attention. As a Product Owner, it’s your responsibility to run a well-oiled machine and keep the product backlog healthy. This includes accommodating stakeholders, development teams, and most importantly, users. But how do you manage a product backlog in a way that is effective and results-driven?…

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Enterprise Agility

Mobile App Development Cost: The Top 6 Budget Factors

Recent studies show that 86% of consumers' mobile time is spent on mobile apps. To keep up with this growing trend, 90% of U.S. enterprises are increasing their investments in mobile app development. But what slows people down from actually executing an efficient mobile app development process, is not knowing how to plan and budget…

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Enterprise Agility

Create a High-Functioning Work Space with the 5S Methodology

In Business Process Management, Lean methodology is centered on the idea of eliminating waste. This process sounds simple in theory – “Get rid of defects, cut out steps that add no value” – but actually implementing these ideas requires strategic planning. The 5S methodology presents an organized way of eliminating physical waste and standardizing the…

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Enterprise Agility

The Price of Poor Product Ownership: 3 Ways to Doom Your Agile Project

Being an Agile product owner is a difficult endeavor. In fact, I would venture to say it may very well be the hardest and most critical product owner role on an Agile project. You have to keep the team happy and engaged, stakeholders are constantly looking for “status” updates, and you need to appease the…

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Enterprise Agility

Why Quality Assurance is Imperative to Your Organization

In today’s fiercely competitive marketplace, formalizing a quality assurance program is imperative for every organization looking to meet customer requirements and avoid the steep cost of quality failure. As defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000, quality is the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements. ISO 9000 was created…

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Enterprise Agility

4 Ways to Keep Up with Today's Agile Trends

For Agile to deliver on its promise of improved speed, quality, and customer-centric solutions, your Agile organization needs to continuously mature and evolve. So how can you keep up with the fast pace? Answer these four questions to ensure you’re keeping pace with Agile best practices: 1. Are you using Scrum? Scrum is the most…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile Development: 4 Ways to Tell if You’re Living in the Past or Staying True to Agile Principles

Companies have a history of creating lengthy documentation that bogs down software development. In this “pre-Agile” era, requirements were established up front, testing didn’t occur until Agile methodologies developed, and the customer wasn’t involved until they were given the end product. Modifications and changes could cause an entire project to go way over budget or…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile Scrum Framework: 4 Ways to Create High-Quality Software, Part 2

Scrum’s framework lends itself to high-quality solutions, but many loyalists need clarification on how to address that goal in the daily use of Agile methodologies. In Part 1 of this blog, I explained two key ways to prioritize quality through Agile Scrum: 1. Use a cross-functional Scrum team to reduce external dependencies. 2. A Development…

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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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Leading digital transformation

Bouncing forward: Leading digital transformation

Nonprofits and member associations have had to reconcile a rapid digital pivot with their event strategy due to the pandemic. Jay Brodsky, ...

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Whiteboard planning

Bouncing forward: Change management and customer experience

Anyone who sits down with Sjaloom Verhagen, as I had the privilege to do on the most recent installment of Celerity’s Bouncing forward ...

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digital-first

Bouncing forward

Last week, I got to sit down with Dan Murray, advisor at Quantum Metric and former CDO of Bed Bath & Beyond. Dan is whip smart and has ...

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activate journey map

Activate your journey map

Why is activating a journey map difficult? As organizations digitally evolve and transform, every aspect of the customer journey is mapped. ...

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innovation at scale

Harnessing innovation at scale

Harnessing innovation can be painful and disruptive unless you turn an innovation process into part of your company’s everyday routine. ...

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Service Blueprinting

Service blueprinting explained

Work smarter. Not harder. How we do our work matters, especially in today’s business climate. When employees are productive and engaged, ...

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