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Enterprise Agility

Agile Scrum Framework: 4 Ways to Create High-Quality Software, Part 1

Heard of the Scrum framework? It's exceedingly popular for its unmatched success in solving complex software development problems. Scrum, however, only implies the need for high-quality solutions and doesn’t actually suggest how quality should be addressed. Here’s my take on it: A Scrum implementation focused on continual quality and technical excellence is more likely to…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile DevOps: A Crash-Course on Docker for Microsoft Containers

In technology, getting an idea from inception to value involves a lot of moving pieces, which introduces risk. The concept behind DevOps enables organizations to break down the barriers to reduce that risk and get to value faster. To execute DevOps, developers can use containers for improved automation and on-demand deployment. So, in effect, containers…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile Development: 3 Steps to Get Funding from Stakeholders

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein I love this quote because it’s a universal adage that applies to any situation where we find ourselves reviewing lessons learned and reflecting, sometimes in agony, at what could’ve gone better. In my work, I’ve…

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Enterprise Agility

The Agile Rhythm: How to Find Yours & Why

Remember ‘song time’ in Kindergarten, when your friends would all join together in a sing-along? My favorite was, “Old MacDonald,” because the simple melody and repetition could convince even the shyest person to sing. Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-OH And on that farm there were some ducks, E-I-E-I-OH The song repeated with cows mooing…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile Software Testing: How Your SDLC Can Benefit From a New Strategy

The shortened sprint cycle is a significant change that occurs as the direct result of migrating the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to an Agile development methodology. It brings a number of immediate benefits, but also introduces several challenges. One of those challenges is maintaining a consistent level of quality as part of every release…

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Enterprise Agility

5 Surefire Ways to Become an Awesome Product Owner

As a product owner, you’re the one who defines and prioritizes a team’s work, which is difficult but rewarding. After all, you define the tools for building the product that will ultimately help your company achieve its business goals. Frankly, it can be overwhelming to try to balance often-competing business priorities and constraints of time,…

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Enterprise Agility

Agile Transformation: 5 Changes Project Managers Can Expect

The manufacturing and software development fields have been using Lean and Agile principles for years, and service sectors like financial services and healthcare are rapidly following suit for project implementation and delivery. Companies want to find a competitive edge by delivering the most valuable product in the least amount of time, and Agile development methodology…

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Enterprise Agility

Scaled Agile: 3 Ways to Keep it Going

So you’ve gotten rolling with Agile methodology at your company, eh? You tore down common Agile misconceptions after reading the first blog in this series and then you learned the keys to Agile success in the second blog. Assuming your first initiative went well, you now want to scale your processes. Hold up – Scaling…

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Enterprise Agility

5 Must-Have Ingredients for Agile Development Success

In part one of this series on Agile, we debunked the top three excuses for avoiding Agile development. Now, let’s look at the five foundational building blocks you need once you decide to employ Agile development methodologies at your company. 1) Embrace Change What’s that saying? “Only wet babies want change,” and even then there’s…

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Enterprise Agility

3 Reasons Agile Development Fails - And Why They're NOT Valid

When it comes to the topic of Agile development methodology, I bet you fit into one of these categories: (a) you’ve tried Agile and failed (b) a leader in your organization is mandating Agile, or (c) you’re just a geek and interested in it. But why would you consider a new development methodology? The old…

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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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the Age of the Customer

Bouncing forward

Recently, Anoop Warrier, former Head of Digital for SunTrust Bank, spent some time with me discussing digital transformation and leadership ...

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Bouncing forward

The business world won’t be bouncing back from COVID-19. Instead, some businesses will “bounce forward” with the help of three key ...

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financial services transformation

What’s new in financial services transformation?

Every now and then I get to talk with a leader who is so deeply knowledgeable one could say they are a tiny bit obsessed. Jason Henrichs ...

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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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