Xebia Articles

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

Using Brain Science to Boost Your Scrum Events

Posted by Evelien Roos on Oct 15, 2018 10:40:16 AM

This article is published in Agile NXTAs an Agile coach with a passion for Scrum (and mother of three!), I’m always on the lookout for innovative ways to boost and develop personal and professional mastery. I recently attended a powerful training, “Training From the Back of the Room Back of the Room,” devised by Sharon L. Bowman. It teaches you how the human brain works in a learning setting like a training or workshop. I discovered some interesting differences between traditional and brain-based learning that also apply in the workplace. This article describes some of the concepts I learned and how you can apply “brain science” to make your Scrum events more effective. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Leadership’s Role in Business Agility

Posted by Arlen Bankston on Oct 12, 2018 10:43:34 AM

While the term “business agility” has come into vogue, many leaders still don’t comprehend what it exactly entails. This article explores a definition of business agility from the leader’s perspective, and shares some patterns based on real-world stories of dozens of companies who have attempted to become Agile from end to end.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Learn to experiment like Booking.com: State of Product Management Conference, November 16

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Sep 24, 2018 4:08:49 PM

State of Product Management Conference – November 16, 2018

Set better priorities, manage your personal growth, and increase your personal effectiveness across all levels of your career. At State of Product Management, you can expect three tracks with fast-paced, interactive sessions about the latest, progressive, topics in product management.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Agile Software Development

What is monitoring sprawl and what to do about it?

Posted by Martin van Vliet on Sep 19, 2018 11:41:00 AM

It's Thursday, 09:00AM. You arrive at work and see a huddle of people in the meeting room near your desk. Monitors are spread out across the room and engineers from the web team, Java team, .NET team and database team are staring intently at their screens. You forego your morning coffee for now and enter the room to see if you can help.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Next-Gen Monitoring: Time Travel for AIOps

Posted by Joey Compeer on Aug 23, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Root-causing and troubleshooting issues across the IT environment is a hard task as today’s infrastructure and applications span on-premise and cloud environments, and are more elastic, dynamic and distributed in nature. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

How IT silos slow down your business and how AIOps can help

Posted by Wytze Hazenberg on Aug 17, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Think about the following questions before reading this article: (1) did you ever encounter an outage in a business chain where someone depending on the chain could not perform their job for hours? (2) Is there anyone who has insight in all dependencies between systems? (3) Is the status of each system available to everyone? (4) Do departments report a scheduled release to the depending departments? 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

The Double Diamond Dilemma

Posted by Dylan de Heer on Aug 9, 2018 11:58:50 AM

When you are working within a product team that works by the means of scrum, you as a designer are presented with countless problems to fix, one after another. And it’s even worse when you’re just starting out. You are presented with a lot of methodologies, workflows, frameworks, canvas this and canvas that. But there is not a single place that I know of, that tells you how these brilliant tools actually fit together.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, User Experience

How to Find Blockchain Use Cases: Part I

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Jul 31, 2018 3:53:56 PM

More and more organizations plan “to do something” with blockchain technology, but often struggle to identify use cases. Before you can see its potential applications, you must understand both blockchain technology and your organization’s transactions in depth. This three-part series explores ways to find blockchain use cases, beginning with the problems it can solve.

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Topics: Blockchain