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Ask me anything about: Voice Assistant technology

Posted by Mike Woudenberg on Jan 21, 2019 10:20:11 AM

The age of assistance is here! Voice based conversational technology has become readily available and the tools offered by Google’s Dialogflow allow for easy modelling and creation of such interfaces. This lowers the bar for entry and allows you to provide a personalized experience on a digital assistant platform.

This blog answers the most common questions about (voice) assistants based on our investigations with Google’s DialogFlow technology.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

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

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

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

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

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

Building an Augmented Reality app for The Stratos III Rocket - TU Delft

Posted by Dennis Meelis on Jul 18, 2018 3:26:07 PM

We all dream of being a rocket scientist
Everybody's inner geek probably has an inner rocket scientist that has probably contributed great theoretical advances to inner rocket science, advances that the real world is probably not ready for at present! :) The past couple of months I have had the pleasure of letting my inner geek rocket scientist out to play with the actual rocket scientists! I wanted to share some of my experiences.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Understand the engineering mindset to create a good engineering culture

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Jun 18, 2018 2:59:39 PM

In the previous post I stated that there is more need for engineering talent, and that there is a war on talent going on which will only increase. However, we see many organisations that have trouble hiring engineers, and even then there is a high chance that these new hires leave within a year - sometimes even within a month. The reason is that those organisations do not provide the right environment - they do not understand the engineer’s mindset. In this part of this series we will talk about what the engineering mindset is.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

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

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