Xebia Articles

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

Indian Banks - Discovering New Digital Dimensions

Posted by Mohan Kumar & Anupam Banerjee on Oct 23, 2020 6:21:49 AM

We are witnessing a radical transformation in banking industry in India. Some of the key questions which industry is seeking answer to are – How can banks already equipped with digital technology provide an improved customer experience? How Indian Banks are moving towards Digital Revolution?

Read this blog to understand the evolving technology landscape of Indian banks Authors of this article are Mohan Kumar and Anupam Banerjee

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Topics: User Experience, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Software Quality Assurance

The Future of Organizing

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on Oct 1, 2020 11:16:17 AM

Experimenting by using business simulations

Shifting to a new type of organization requires more than just a change of the operating model. It also involves a change in beliefs and thinking. Com
bined, they represent paradigm shifts that change the rules of the game. Business simulations are the best way to experience these shifts by experimenting with them.
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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Leadership challenges in times of remote-working, part 1

Posted by Ellis de Haan on Sep 29, 2020 5:03:54 PM

In their blog series, Ellis and Chris will talk about their experience of leadership. 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

Digital Transformation at Shoeby: Store of The Future

Posted by Daria Nozhkina on Sep 1, 2020 10:25:17 AM

When your digitization journey truly supports your organization's core value.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Leadership and its purpose

Posted by Rik de Groot on Aug 18, 2020 9:37:08 AM

The world is changing due to extreme events like a pandemic. The purpose of leadership therefore needs to change accordingly. The natural response to a crisis is often the opposite of leadership. With fear as a counselor, we can see a reversion to traditional control and processes. The underlying cause of this is the need for safety and security. Precisely during extreme events leaders can make the difference. In these events the market and employees need different forms of stimulation and support.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy