Xebia Articles

Serious Gaming – Want to Step up Your Serious Gaming?

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on Mar 30, 2021 4:30:43 PM

Serious Gaming is increasingly used to train teams and to develop effective leadership in organizations. What benefits does this bring over traditional training in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitude? Where can you best apply Serious Gaming in your organization, and when would it be better to opt for traditional training? It is clear that our learning needs are changing. We want it to be faster, it has to be fun and different, and more impactful. What’s more, we want to challenge people and invite them to think and work out of the box from time to time. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Structuring Agile; paradox or silver lining?

Posted by Thijs Wesselink on Mar 16, 2021 10:23:02 AM

Let's start with a hard and inconvenient truth: transforming your business is a highly complex undertaking with social, organizational, and technological factors at play. Many (research McKinsey 70%) organizations fail to deliver on their transformation's promises.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Create Sustainable Growth by Investing in the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Riët Broekhuizen & Marianne Pot on Mar 16, 2021 10:22:22 AM

How to Be Ready for the Future? Invest in Sustainable Growth. Invest in the Workforce of the Future.

Ask CHROs how much time and money they spent on finding the right person for a job - they will admit it's quite a lot. A large part of HR's budget will go towards recruiting and onboarding people to introduce new skills and competencies. But what about developing the capabilities of your current team? Why is that option so frequently overlooked?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

The Data Native Organization

Posted by Daniel Burm & Michael Maurer on Mar 16, 2021 10:21:35 AM

Data is the new gold, and becoming a data-driven company is at the top of many companies' change calendars. However, transforming your business proves to be challenging. It requires great alignment across many layers and effective collaboration between Business, IT, and Data Science.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Exploring the Future

Posted by Daria Nozhkina & Rik de Groot on Mar 16, 2021 10:20:37 AM

Shifting paradigms unlocks new possibilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a great case in point, showing that being Digital and Agile is what differentiates between those that adapt, and those that fail and become irrelevant as part of a natural evolution process. Still, most companies are not able to take advantage of this shift. Often, a clear shared vision to build a strategy and set concrete goals and expectations is missing, diluting the value delivery down in the organizational trenches. Furthermore, the organization often gets stuck in politics, individual motives, and human biases, also known as a ‘social strategy’, disabling, and debilitating the ability for change to be manifested in the desired behaviors. In many cases, the leadership shies away from making big moves and instead sticks to the status quo. This results in semi-cooked or no digital and agile change. This is understandable, since managing change amidst complexity is risky and requires bold moves and significant time investment from the leadership.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Big data, but little value? Why Product Owners can unlock value from data science.

Posted by Rutger de Wijs on Feb 24, 2021 10:29:01 AM

Data science teams frequently struggle to deliver business value because the results of their work are not embedded in the organization. Often data science teams work somewhat isolated and try to push their output into the organization. As a Product Owner (PO) you are uniquely positioned to pull this work into the organization, thereby increasing the odds of creating business value. To do this effectively, you may need to better understand data science and how you can leverage it to build better products, regardless of the product you own. Let’s explore.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Serious Gaming – Let the Games Begin

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on Feb 3, 2021 10:00:22 AM

Games can be used for more than just entertainment. Serious Gaming or Applied Gaming combines game craft technique with business, leadership, culture, behavior, or social issues. In Serious Games, you can search for boundaries, experiment, change strategies, and make mistakes without immediately incurring real-life consequences. In this way, you practice skills and build experience with the new behavior, which increases the self-confidence to show this behavior in reality.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Is now a good time to transform my business?

Posted by Vivian Andringa on Feb 2, 2021 2:39:48 PM

"Never let a good crisis go to waste." A well known saying, but how does it apply to businesses today? Contrary to what you might expect, the pandemic has accelerated business transformation.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructures, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Big Data & Data Science, Agile Software Security, Software Quality Assurance, Product Management, Cloud Transformation

Leadership challenges in times of remote-working, part 2

Posted by Ellis de Haan on Nov 10, 2020 11:14:01 AM

Read part 2 of the blog series by Ellis and Chris, in which they share thoughts about the perception of leadership, especially in times of remote-working.

Ellis is Business Unit Manager of Xebia IT Architects (XITA), one of the business units of Xebia focusing on DevOps transformations. Chris is principal consultant in this unit and expert in behavioral management and executive coaching. There is a great opportunity in leading an expert in executive coaching, and reflection on how to lead, and be led. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Transformations, Hiring

People as the beating heart of change

Posted by Riët Broekhuizen on Oct 29, 2020 10:14:23 AM

This summer, I read a Harvard Business Review article* stating that, according to research, 50 to 60% of organizations expect to have to reinvent themselves to a greater or lesser extent every three years due to increasing global interconnectedness and dynamic circumstances. In the same article, reference is made to a recent study by BCG, revealing that 75% of changes do not deliver the desired result. One proposed way to boost this percentage is to "place the human at the heart of the change."

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy