Xebia Articles

Introducing: Automated Pre-Mortem Analysis Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Nov 7, 2018 1:21:01 PM

Predicting incidents is the holy grail for modern IT organizations. It is no wonder that we see an increase in the usage of AI for prediction. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. But to what standard should we hold these predictions? When is a prediction important enough to wake you in the middle of the night? What is the level and type of information that ought to accompany a prediction? This blog introduces a new concept that is meant to raise the bar.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

How to Find and Bind Talent With a Flexible Shell

Posted by Daniel Burm on Nov 1, 2018 4:07:21 PM

The increasingly intense competition for highly-skilled knowledge workers pulls organizations in two, seemingly opposing ways. On one hand, companies want to maintain stability to profit from team learning. On the other hand, they want to offer a dynamic environment to find and bind talented new people. But how do you create a balanced learning environment which appropriately nurtures both the stability to learn and the desire to grow simultaneously? 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The 5 reasons why big IT projects don’t get done

Posted by Albert Starreveld on Oct 31, 2018 3:30:18 PM

Big projects take forever, never get done, and lose relevancy for before anyone uses them. Building things nobody uses is a waste of time, and money, but we spend fortunes doing it, over and over again. There is a better way.

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

Establishing Trust in Reputation Systems: Part III

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Oct 30, 2018 2:47:47 PM

Reputation systems are an essential part of the online world. We buy products, book hotel rooms and hire handymen based on the millions of reviews we find online. What can the blockchain add to the trustworthiness of these reviews? This third and last blog in my 3-part series exploring blockchain in practice attempts to answer this question.

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Topics: Blockchain

Down with substitute thinking, properly research your target audience

Posted by Jeffrey van den Dungen Bille on Oct 30, 2018 1:45:57 PM

“We know just what they want” is a common statement to come across while working on a project. It is expressed by people who fancy that their experience gives them the knowledge necessary to use substitute thinking. To decide for others what they want. The hope is that this will speed things up. However, it can lead to discovering later in the process that you are going about things the wrong way. Surely this is not a desired scenario. It would be much better to sympathize with your target group as much as possible.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

GoDataFest 2018

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Oct 29, 2018 5:04:33 PM

From October 15 to 19, the second edition of GoDataFest, festival of data technology, took place. Every day of this event, organized by GoDataDriven, highlighted a specific technology or platform: AWS, Dataiku, Databricks, Google Cloud Platform and open-source.

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

Product Owners and Their Contribution to Growth

Posted by Jurriaan Bernson on Oct 29, 2018 11:12:01 AM

You'll find it in almost every product owner's job description: "The product owner is responsible for maximizing value," or "for creating value". In order to grow, the real meaning of growth first has to be defined. After that, you can focus on execution and feedback loop. This is the first part of a blog series by Xebia Product Management.

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Topics: Product Management

Product Leadership for the Third Wave

Posted by Chris Lukassen on Oct 23, 2018 4:54:29 PM

Welcome to the third wave of Agile adoption - an age where organizations reinvent themselves around Scrum, and, if done well, the power trickles down to the people. These are the people who have the knowledge to make the best decisions, but this has exposed a new kind of problem. (This article was published in Agile NXT).

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Topics: Agile Transformations

How Blockchain Technology Will Make Platforms Obsolete: Part II

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Oct 16, 2018 2:58:41 PM

Blockchain technology can be used to give clients control of their data while also providing full transparency. This second article in a series on blockchain explains how the technology will eventually impact the business model of platform companies.

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Topics: Blockchain

Get Voice Search working for your business with these 3 steps

Posted by Marloes Joosten on Oct 15, 2018 3:49:14 PM

The amount of voice searches is growing at a phenomenal rate. The reason is simple: people speak quicker than they type. A US research company (Alpine.AI) estimates that currently, each month sees about 1 trillion spoken search queries taking place on the web. With the more and more Voice Assistant devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home entering the market, and more and more websites supporting voice searches, this type of query will soon become part of our everyday lives.

This means that being found on a website or an app no longer suffices. You will need to investigate the possibilities offered by voice search if you don’t want to miss the boat and be caught by big players. It sounds complicated, but it’s not. These 3 steps will make your business Voice Search ready!

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Topics: Agile Software Development