Xebia Articles

Discover your growth path by doing the Scrum Master Scan

Posted by Evelien Roos on Jun 4, 2018 4:59:22 PM
There was a point you were a Scrum Master for the first time. Maybe you read about Scrum and decided the Scrum Master role would be perfect for you, or maybe your company chose to work with Scrum and pointed you out as the Scrum Master. Either way, there was a day one as a Scrum Master, you started learning about Scrum, about people, about organizations and a lot more.
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Topics: Agile Transformations

Is Scrum Agile and is Agile Scrum?

Posted by Alexander Koffeman on Jun 4, 2018 4:50:39 PM

Future Fit Organizations

Organizations want to become flexible and Agile or as we like to call it at Xebia: Future Fit. Just like when you go to the gym and want to become fitter. Yes, there are more ways to achieve that.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Blockchain in Business Meetup - May 29, 2018

Posted by Thomas de Boer on May 30, 2018 2:05:02 PM

The Meetup Blockchain in Business was part of the Dutch Data Science Week and another exciting day with Schiphol – Transavia – Zorginstituut – Ledger Leopard and Safeguard App!

More videos and social updates will follow on our #DDSW18 playlist for the latest videos and  livestreams  as part of the Dutch Data Science Week 2018!

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Topics: Blockchain

Cloud Survey - Cloud Adoption

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on May 30, 2018 1:38:23 PM

Some form of cloud technology affects most organizations in some way. It has found its way into nearly every industry, and organizations of all sizes.

In this blog post, we share insight and experiences gathered from business professionals. When it comes to the question, “Are you already using the cloud?”, 100% of C-suite executives and boardroom strategist unanimously responded “yes,” and 60% of the software and application users agreed. Government organizations (50%) and financial services (50%) lag considerably behind on cloud adoption.

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Topics: Cloud Infrastructures

Agile Soil

Posted by Maarten Uppelschoten on May 29, 2018 3:48:01 PM

"It’s all about the Soil"

What are most organizations striving for? Most organizations, whatever they do and create, want to do the work “Cheaper, Better and Faster”. They want to become more effective and deliver the best outcome possible. Which basically means they want to change and improve the way they currently do things and want to be able to constantly adapt to ensure the most valuable outcome.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Shareable Blockchain Knowledge

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on May 1, 2018 11:52:59 AM

Finding answers to questions about blockchain and cryptocurrency isn’t easy. There’s an information overload online, and at conferences, it’s often hard to meet the experts after their talks.

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A good engineering culture is crucial to compete in the digital age

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Apr 23, 2018 3:52:49 PM
In the digital age, all organizations need to become IT companies because it has become a driving force for value. This has lead to a much higher demand for good IT engineers. The other challenge is that many organizations have not considered themselves to be an IT company and have no experience with IT. How do they attract and retain top engineering talent and give them the ecosystem to excel? This series of four posts discusses why we need a good engineering culture, what engineers personally want and need, how to set up a good engineering ecosystem and how to scale it.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

GDPR: "May 25th is when it really begins"

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Apr 11, 2018 11:43:12 AM

The monitoring of compliance with the GDPR will start in just over a month. What does that mean for your work as a developer or data scientist? "You have to continuously ask yourself what data you really need, and how you can minimize the impact of its use."

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

Taking Back Ownership of Your Data

Posted by Laurence de Jong on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The internet makes information available everywhere, but it also comes with a downside. If a user wants to gain access to specific pages and apps, they are often forced to hand over personal information to third parties, which can lead to undesirable consequences. This article examines the current situation online and describes how decentralized technologies could empower individuals to take back ownership of their data.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Consensus: The Blockchain Backbone

Posted by Niels Zeilemaker on Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One of the defining aspects of a public blockchain is that anyone can add information to it. However, before it is added, the information must be verified. All cooperating nodes in the network must agree on the definitions of valid, and invalid, information. For example, in the case of Bitcoin, there must be a consensus on what defines a legitimate transaction. When the new information is deemed valid by all participating nodes in the network, then the consensus is reached. This article explores how a decentralized network could achieve consensus through two different algorithms: proof-of-work and proof-of-stake.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations, Big Data & Data Science