Xebia Articles

A/B Testing Tools: Build or Buy?

Posted by Ruben Oostinga on Feb 4, 2020 12:09:46 PM
When it comes to A/B testing, off-the-shelf software offers the promise of quick integration – but should you be restricted by its limits? Ruben Oostinga breaks it down. 

When you Google something, you are served tailored results created using data that the search engine has collated over time. Perform the same search again and you may well be served a different – or differently ordered – set of results. Although your preferences may have evolved infinitesimally in the interim, the disparity could be because Google is running a test and you’re its lab rat. Multiply the number of users, add in a control group – and you’ve instantly created a giant focus group. This process is called A/B testing and Big Tech uses it in many different ways to improve conversion rates and consequently, revenues. 

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Alibaba Cloud: A Gateway to China

Posted by Marloes Joosten on Feb 4, 2020 10:47:00 AM

Xebia’s partnership with Alibaba Cloud offers a business gateway to China’s billion-plus market, with speedy transactions and physical and digital infrastructure that frees companies to focus on their core activities.

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The Future of InfoSec

Posted by Dave van Stein on Jan 30, 2020 2:23:00 PM


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Topics: Agile Software Security

Building a Voice-Interface with Dialogflow

Posted by Mike Woudenberg on Jan 13, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Suppose you discover a great business case for a voice application and now you want to develop one yourself. In this article, Xebia guru Mike Woudenberg shares his experience of using Google Dialogflow—software designed to model voice-interfaces—to do just that.

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SRE: Striving for Antifragile Operations

Posted by Frank Levering on Dec 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With increasing customer demands, system reliability becomes more critical by the second. You can’t prevent all incidents, but you can learn from them—making your systems more resilient, reliable and capable of providing the services your customers need.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

re.vers.ify: The Need for Agility in the Face of Perplexity

Posted by Gunther Verheyen on Dec 12, 2019 11:11:47 AM

Your iceberg is melting. Your cheese is being moved–at light speed. The balance
of society has rapidly shifted from industrial (often physical) labor to digital (often virtual) work.
It profoundly changes the fabric of society and our social systems. The industrial paradigm is rendered useless. The need for agility is bigger than ever. Hence, the value of the Agile paradigm, today and in the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

3 Guiding Principles for Digital Innovation

Posted by Dennis Kaltofen on Dec 10, 2019 9:59:00 AM

In the current digital era, change is accelerating at an exponential rate. Businesses must “adapt or die” if they want to survive. To do this, they are looking for new ways to disrupt and innovate their market or industry, in most cases in a digital way. However, to increase their chances of success, organizations should take into account three key guiding principles for digital innovation.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

Yesterday’s Competitive Advantage is Today’s  Industry Standard

Posted by Edwin Oldenbeuving on Dec 5, 2019 9:47:51 AM

To meet the digital demand of the 21st century, an increasing number of companies have chosen the Agile business model. Cloud-native systems, embracing social media, mobile platforms, continuous feedback, the predictive capabilities of (big) data, and other technologies all are extensions of this organizational transformation.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

What Makes a Team a Winning Team?

Posted by Bart Bouwers on Dec 3, 2019 4:07:53 PM

For the last twenty-five years, I’ve enjoyed working with teams to improve them.
I've worked with all kinds of teams, from those that barely make progress to those that turn everything they touch into a success. What sets these teams at opposite ends of the spectrum? What makes a team a winning one?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Micro-Interventions from a Position of Leadership

Posted by Rik de Groot on Dec 2, 2019 9:19:39 AM

Organizational agility requires a cultural transition. Too often, transformations get stuck in the blueprints of pre-planned waves of change. In large, top-down transition projects, change implementation is mandated across the organization. This method is rarely effective and often merely establishes a limited, temporary effect. The new way of change consists of many micro-interventions from leadership that bring about a mega-change. The micro-interventions are small, powerful, and applicable at any time. These bring about a more effective organization with a culture to match.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is the magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. Theme of #2: New Insights for Agile Performance Management.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy