Xebia Articles

Engineered Culture: The Unintentional Side Effect of Agile Transformation (and How to Prevent It)

Posted by Ellen Barree on Jan 31, 2019 11:11:48 AM

Organizations that transform into Agile ones need their cultures to reflect their new values. Agile cultures promote flexibility and autonomy. They’re purpose-driven, idealistic, tolerant, open, inventive, explorative, warm, engaged and sincere. But how does an organization transition towards such a culture? Is it possible to create or engineer one? And, if so, what potential side effects should you consider?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Agile Software Development

Doing DevOps the DASA Way

Posted by Thomas Kruitbosch on Jan 29, 2019 9:55:51 AM

After embracing Agile processes and continuous delivery for application development, many IT departments are now adopting DevOps as a service delivery approach. DevOps is imperative for creating and operating a productive information platform that’s essential for digital business. As the name suggests, IT operations are part of these initiatives.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Ask me anything about: Voice Assistant technology

Posted by Mike Woudenberg on Jan 21, 2019 10:20:11 AM

The age of assistance is here! Voice based conversational technology has become readily available and the tools offered by Google’s Dialogflow allow for easy modelling and creation of such interfaces. This lowers the bar for entry and allows you to provide a personalized experience on a digital assistant platform.

This blog answers the most common questions about (voice) assistants based on our investigations with Google’s DialogFlow technology.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Accelerate Your Transformation With Visualization

Posted by Menno van Eekelen on Jan 18, 2019 11:19:45 AM

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Accelerate Your Transformation With Visualization

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Data Survey 2018/2019 - Data 50

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Jan 7, 2019 5:03:43 PM

What is the most popular data technology? As part of their international research into the use of data and AI, the team behind Data Survey 2018 - 2019 collected the insights of no less than 1,345 professionals from all over the world. They were surveyed about the solutions they use when it comes to data technology, cloud platforms, and data visualization tools. This research is the result of a collaboration between Big Data Expo, GoDataDriven, and Computable.

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

Unboxing the CoCreate Agile Scaling Model

Posted by Jarl Meijer on Jan 4, 2019 9:47:33 AM

There are several models on the market that describe how to apply Scrum and Agile in organizations with dozens, even hundreds, of teams. These including the well-known SAFe and LeSS frameworks. This article introduces CoCreate, a model based on Spotify’s “organizational blueprint” that has been applied to two Dutch companies, ING and KPN, that now serve as inspiring examples.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Autonomous Leaders with a Shared Goal

Posted by Jurriaan Bernson on Dec 14, 2018 10:25:32 AM

How Product Owners Should Be Aligned and Work Together.

Shared leadership is what you want in organizations that sometimes have dozens of product owners. But how do you get those product owners to work together in line with what the others are doing? Find a big, empty wall for part 2 of a blog series by Xebia Product Management.

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Topics: Product Management

Agility Without Agile

Posted by Theo Gerrits on Dec 11, 2018 1:06:38 PM

Agile is a buzzword these days. Many organizations work to become “Agile” so they can implement “Scrum,” another buzzword. But what is real agility? Here’s the story of a company that exemplifies it, and it doesn’t mention either buzzword once.

Who or What is Hans Boodt?
Hans Boodt Mannequins (founded by its namesake) manufactures high-quality, custom-made, bespoke mannequins for the show floors and windows of the top clothing and sports brands worldwide. The mannequins’ materials, shapes, and postures are unique to each customer - a tall order in the increasingly fast-paced fashion world. A company like Hans Boodt can only operate in this world by being extremely flexible and listening very carefully to what the customer wants.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Shared Leadership: The Product Owner as Mini-CEO

Posted by Jurriaan Bernson on Dec 3, 2018 11:05:30 AM

As organizational structures flatten, the product owner role becomes increasingly important. But what exactly does this role entail? Is just anyone capable (and willing) to become a mini-CEO?

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The Art of Personal Mastery

Posted by Paul Immerzeel on Nov 19, 2018 10:56:30 AM

In a digital world where technology rules almost every aspect of our daily routine, learning is critical to success, personally and professionally. What I’ve learned as an Agile coach is that leadership, mentorship, and coaching are strongly linked to employee happiness, performance, and growth. In even the most complex environments, incredible achievements are possible when people practice the art of personal mastery. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations