Xebia Articles

Recommended Reading for Every Agile Leader

Posted by Ron Eringa on Apr 25, 2019 3:54:11 PM

Some people may think we no longer need managers in this Age of Agility, but I strongly disagree. Without capable Agile leaders, we’ll never manage to break free from the chains that bind us to the old world. But how do leaders learn how to lead in this new world?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Digital Transformation Gets Real

Posted by Guido van den Boom on Apr 15, 2019 12:37:15 PM

The global business community seems to agree, we’re now entering the third wave of digital technology in which artificial intelligence will be the main driving force. In tremendous ways, and at an unprecedented speed, this third wave will revolutionize the way we interact with each other and corporations interact with us. Whether we are eating, sleeping, working, sporting or relaxing, a world without digital tech has become unimaginable. We’re seeing the first signs of
this all around us already. Take, for example, how the insurance provider Lemonade (Lemonade.com) uses AI to determines a customer’s risk profile, or how speech analytics is gaining ground in call centers.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

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 New Market Standard for Doing Business

Posted by Dennis Kaltofen on Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Interview with Thomas Laffree, innovation director, PGGM

PGGM and APG recently completed the first phase of a collaborative experiment that used blockchain technology to administer pensions. Based on the prototype they co-created, both pension fund service providers have extended their research.

According to Thomas Laffree, innovation director at PGGM and one of the project leaders, the potential impact of blockchain technology on the pension domain is massive. “By working together to develop proof of concepts and getting our heads around this exciting new technology, we’re investigating the true potential of blockchain”.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

How Blockchain Leads to New Organizational Structures

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Feb 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Tokens and Smart Contracts Redesign Existing Supply Chains

The rise of the internet and big data unleashed public access to a torrent of information. Blockchain is the next wave of this technological revolution. It took some time for the market to embrace the possibilities of the internet and big data, during which, they evolved and matured. The same phenomenon is happening with blockchain.

This article interprets and compares blockchain to the rise of the internet and big data and explains the core elements of its application. It also looks at its potential impact on society.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

5 Must-Know Trends in Digital Product Management

Posted by Aysegul Kaya on Jun 19, 2017 1:44:02 PM

Riding the waves of agility, rapid software development and customer centricity, digital product management is increasingly taking over waterfall-like processes. The shift from traditional to digital product management is well explained by the crucial change of the product lifecycle in the digital era. With a shorter time to market, increasing customer demands and the constant availability of information and platforms to make purchase decisions, companies are facing an immense field of competition. This leaves many organizations with the challenge to adopt a digital product mindset to deliver fast and great customer experiences.

Digital product management is greatly influenced by changes in technology, society and marketplaces. In this article, I will zoom in on the trending topics that currently define, influence and shape the practice of digital product management in 2017.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

Swimming With the Faster Fish - Part 2: The road to technical profit

Posted by Gideon de Kok on May 3, 2017 3:12:52 PM

 


True? "Companies shouldn't apply digital transformations with a strict technologic focus
. Yes!
Lagging development processes hindering to
swiftly adapt to the rapidly changing market , often bring the desire to start transformations. Boosting business flexibility is, however, something which should be done on a strategic and personal level. This means that a digital transformation in which a large part of the technology is re-engineered , should have the main focus in recovering and preventing the imbalances , which originally caused the need of this rebuild.
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Topics: Agile Software Development, Digital Strategy

Digital Transformation: How to accelerate in the right direction

Posted by Max Mouwen on Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Are you the CEO of your company? At least imagine this for a minute! How would you lead your organisation into a bright future with success and happiness for your customers, employees and yourself? You need to accelerate into the right direction. But what is your right direction?

To help you to find out the answer you should integrate three perspectives.
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Topics: Digital Strategy

Swimming With the Faster Fish - Part 1

Posted by Gideon de Kok on Feb 6, 2017 1:26:15 PM

Being competitive isn’t about being bigger anymore; it’s about being swift and adaptable. It is not the big fish which eats the small fish; it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish. What makes these newer players different as far as adaptability and agility go?

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Digital Strategy

Not IT but Human Infrastructure counts for Digital Transformation

Posted by Dennis Kaltofen on Jan 20, 2017 11:08:19 AM

Most digital transformation initiatives put hard change factors, such as technology, KPIs, process, objectives and organizational structure, at the heart of their programs. These are all relevant, but if you want to create sustainable digital change and accelerate your digital business, it's people that matter most.

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Topics: Digital Strategy