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Enterprise Agility

The Benefits of Agile for the Team

It's the typical Agile transformation story. Management hears about the marvels of Agile. Team attends Agile training. Team starts Agile project. Team sees little to no results and insist Agile doesn’t work and it would be so much faster if they just went back to what they had before. Sound familiar? As we undergo Agile…

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Enterprise Agility

Why Your Agile Team Should Use Relative Story Point Estimation

To state it plainly, estimating software development projects is no easy feat. A traditional waterfall approach involves a lengthy requirements gathering effort, resulting in complex documentation and a project plan with estimated hours and dollars. Today, Agile development methodologies have largely become the new normal, with a key benefit of providing the ability to quickly…

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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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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

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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Webinars + podcasts

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On-Demand Webinar: How Responsive Enterprises thrive in uncertain times

When disruption reigns, let your customers show you the way with Customer-Centricity, Operational Effectiveness and Agility Business as ...

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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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