Xebia Articles

Reducing Waste in the Race for Innovation

Posted by Wilco Nap on Jul 25, 2019 3:37:04 PM

The term “arms race” describes an escalating competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons. The concept has been further applied to a number of disciplines and situations (evolutionary biology, mathematical decision making, logic and computer science, amongst others) in which escalating competition arises from two or more opposing groups striving to outdo one another. This concept can also be applied to the field of innovation, whereby competition between companies occurs for superiority in the development and accumulation of innovative products. This is termed an “innovation race.”

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Create the right Engineering Culture with the right environment

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 28, 2019 9:45:37 AM

In the previous articles (part I and part II) we discussed the forces that lead to a need for more engineering talent, and the engineer’s mindset. In this article we will discuss a number of measures you need to take to create an environment where engineers will be able to excel, and will want to stay.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Cultivating a Culture for Engineers with Agile

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 12, 2019 3:13:37 PM

Today’s digital age is buzzing with “transformations” and “accelerations” that are driving organizations to new levels of competition and increasing their reliance on IT. Information technology is no longer a secondary, supporting resource; IT has become a primary business USP. In turn, the increasing demand for capable, seasoned engineers has sparked a virtual “war for talent.” The only way to attract and retain the best of the best is to cultivate a culture specifically designed for engineers. Agile can help you do that.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is a new magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. It challenges you to think differently and improve yourself, your team, and company a little more each day. 

Digital Drivers 
There are four critical ramifications of today’s digital age fueling the war for talent and the increasing demand for engineers: 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Engineered Culture: The Unintentional Side Effect of Agile Transformation (and How to Prevent It)

Posted by Ellen Barree on Jan 31, 2019 11:11:48 AM

Organizations that transform into Agile ones need their cultures to reflect their new values. Agile cultures promote flexibility and autonomy. They’re purpose-driven, idealistic, tolerant, open, inventive, explorative, warm, engaged and sincere. But how does an organization transition towards such a culture? Is it possible to create or engineer one? And, if so, what potential side effects should you consider?

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

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, Test Automation & Quality, Agile Transformations, Software Quality Assurance

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

This event is in the past. Please visit the event page for latest updates.

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 Software Development, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

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