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Agile Soil

Posted by Maarten Uppelschoten on Apr 21, 2017 1:24:25 PM

“It’s all about the Soil” by Maarten Uppelschoten.

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Agile Is Normalizing

Posted by Paul Takken on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Authors: Paul Takken - Agile Innovation Consultant & Gunther Verheyen - Scrum Caretaker

Now that Agile has reached its full maturity, it's true potential is shining. Twenty-one years after its inception, a third wave of Scrum is rising. Since its introduction in 1995, cutting-edge companies have been ingraining the Agile and Scrum mindset. Looking forward, business leaders are beginning to re-imagine the ways Scrum can be used to improve rhythm, increase focus and simplify processes. Instead of spinning on hamster wheels, tomorrow's future-thinking enterprises want to invest in reflection, improvement, and innovation by balancing the scale, and normalizing Agile.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The High-Performance Organization

Posted by Marcel de Vries on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Traditional organizations are confronted with competitors that are able to deliver value from innovation quickly. Companies that successfully make the change to complete digitization are enabled to deliver value to their customers in lightning speed, while traditional organizations struggle and only deliver new value in months or years. In order to survive the digital revolution, organizations need to become High Performance Organizations (HPO).

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Cloud Infrastructure

Nurturing Agile Quality

Posted by Maaike Brinkhof on Apr 4, 2017 11:16:23 AM

Contrary to popular belief in software development, you cannot test quality in. Rather, achieving quality is akin to growing a healthy tree: its health can only be observed by looking at the tree as a whole. Is the tree supported by a solid trunk, does its roots go deep, does it have healthy branches and leaves? Also, a large part of quality is seemingly invisible just like the amazing water system inside a tree.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality

Digital Transformation: How to accelerate in the right direction.

Posted by Max Mouwen on Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Are you the CEO of your company? At least imagine this for a minute! How would you lead your organisation into a bright future with success and happiness for your customers, employees and yourself? You need to accelerate into the right direction. But what is your right direction?

To help you to find out the answer you should integrate three perspectives:
  1. What is your inspiring purpose and commercial strategy in this digital world?
  2. How to speed up your IT and reduce cost and risks far better than market average?
  3. How to transform your organisation into a high performance one?

To define the inspiring purpose and commercial strategy the history and dna of your company are a great starting point. Further analyse in-depth your customers needs and your (future) competitors.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

User Needs and User Satisfaction: The Next Critical Performance Indicators

Posted by Harm Jan Luth on Mar 28, 2017 2:42:04 PM
 As companies move towards more user-centered business models, user needs and user satisfaction will become increasingly critical performance indicators. To stay competitive, businesses must access valuable user personal time, which requires an increasingly dynamic and engaging user experience. How to achieve this in 2017? Here are 5 trends for UX:
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Topics: User Experience

4 Training Trends Your Business Should Know

Posted by Xebia Academy on Mar 23, 2017 1:11:40 PM
Professional development, as a concept, is nothing new - it makes sense to nurture talent and build your employees’ skill sets. But with the transforming tides of today’s IT world, the ways in which companies approach training are rapidly changing too. For organizations that want to remain flexible, responsive and competitive in today’s continuously fluctuating marketplace, knowledge is not only power; it's a priority.
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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructure, Agile Transformations, Big Data & Data Science, Security

Accelerate Innovation with a Software Development Platform

Posted by Marc Rooding on Mar 17, 2017 11:32:31 AM

Unlike the Earth’s rotation, markets and businesses move increasingly faster as global digitalization progresses.  In yesterday’s corporations, IT was usually a separate department. Today, it’s more likely entangled in every business process. More and more start-ups are technology-driven, overhauling the way some markets operate (think Airbnb and Uber).

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Let Operational Analytics Improve Your Business

Posted by Joey Compeer on Mar 10, 2017 3:44:23 PM

Products and services are getting smarter. The Google Car can drives itself. Your phone knows how to take the best selfie and it even tells you when to leave to be on time for that important meeting. The systems that runs these services are able to use and understand data in a very smart way. Now it's time for IT operations to get smarter.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Security Is Dead, Long Live Security

Posted by Dave van Stein on Mar 8, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Some time ago I attended BruCON. For those unfamiliar with it, BruCON is a security conference where everybody with an interest in security can share their views and findings. As always, it was a great mixture of technology, philosophy, personal opinions and hands-on workshops.

This time, however, I noticed a certain pattern in some of the talks. Chris Nickerson gave a presentation about "how to make a pentester's life hell" based on experience, Shyma Rose shared her views on risk management, Mark Hillick showed us how the security was improved at Riot Games and David Kennedy provided his opinion on the state of the information security industry nowadays. All four of them basically told pieces of the same tale from a different perspective and I will try to provide my viewpoint on the matter in this blog.

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Topics: Security