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Operational Excellence

How the Best Testers Learn an Existing System

Have you ever been in an interview where you were asked the question “As a tester, how do you learn a new system?” Was your response “I will read the requirements and or system documentation”? Your response to the question should be: “Is this a new or existing system?” This distinction is what can make…

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Operational Excellence

Creating Non-Traditional Value Streams with a Capability Model

The Capability Model and the Value Stream are important tools to an organization for different reasons. The Capability Model, a model of an organization’s ability to successfully perform a business activity, helps an organization understand the capabilities developed through the execution of the business model and makes the executive decision-making process more seamless. Likewise, Value…

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Operational Excellence

Getting Started with Software Test Automation

Software test automation makes use of specialized tools to control the execution of tests and compares the actual results against the expected results. With automated testing, you can record and playback predefined actions or scripts and report upon the results quickly and efficiently. While it requires an upfront investment, the benefits are clear. Here are…

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Operational Excellence

Operational Readiness: 3 Keys to a Successful Takeoff for Any Large-Scale System

After you’ve spent months preparing for the launch of a large-scale initiative, the last thing you want to experience is a deployment debacle due to untested systems and unprepared users. I recently attended a project management training class that referenced one of the airline industry’s worst. It’s a textbook example of what can happen at…

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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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Operational Excellence

Choosing an Automatic or Manual Content Migration

Website redesign or re-platforming projects are often the most exciting and dreaded undertaking for marketing teams. No matter how much you look forward to a shiny new CMS, there’s no denying that the arduous task of content migration can zap some of the joy out of the process. In a previous post, we covered how…

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Operational Excellence

3 Myths You’ve Heard About Content Migration (And Why They’re Wrong)

Let’s face it – Content migration is complex. Like, really complex. After all, CMS solutions hold a lot of important data and moving it to a completely new system is risky business. You don’t want to be that person responsible for losing documents, lengthy downtime or underestimating the project entirely. It’s time to get realistic…

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Operational Excellence

5 Ways to Better Manage Project Communications

Throughout my project management career, one of the areas I consistently strive for excellence in is communications. I feel it is critical to the success of any project—big or small—so I wanted to share five ways that I effectively manage communications for my projects. 1. Map Out A Project Organization Never underestimate the communication power…

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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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LinkedIn LIVE events

Innovation in the Automotive Industry

Driving innovative disruption in the automotive industry

Celerity is known for being a place where people with disruptive ideas about enterprise transformation can connect. Recently, I hosted ...

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Webinars + podcasts

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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