The Whole Enchilada: The Value of Value Stream Mapping, Part 1

Posted by Tom Wessel on Mar 29, 2018 2:25:07 PM

The familiar expression ‘the whole enchilada’ implies that one should look at the whole situation, the whole picture rather than just focusing on the individual components of the metaphorical enchilada. Whether it is Mexican food or life, the whole is ideally greater than the sum of its parts.  

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Technical Debt is a Business Problem

Posted by Bob Fischer on Mar 22, 2018 11:43:09 AM

Technical debt, one of the key drivers of slow delivery, is rarely understood by non-technical business people. Even rarer are companies who have a strategy for investing in its reduction, which has been jointly agreed to by both business and technology groups. Debt is viewed as a problem for technology to address, not a systemic issue. Unfortunately, this leads to longer cycle times, higher costs, and lengthy time-to-market. The DevOps focus on continuous improvement is displaced by behavior that leads to continuous worsening. For companies to improve, the reduction of technical debt must be understood and addressed as a systemic issue.

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What does being "Agile" mean to your CFO? Part 3

Posted by Bob Ellis on Mar 14, 2018 12:17:53 PM

The Business Case for Business Agility

Cliché or Real? The world is changing around us at a faster and faster pace. Companies we hadn't even heard of a decade ago have become the centerpiece of our daily lives. The decadent luxury of one generation has become the standard of the next. Consumers and businesses alike now favor pay-per-use and “try before you buy” options. Information and services of yesteryear are now available on our Smartphones for the cost of just a few clicks or the “ad-free version” for a few dollars a month.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Creative Portfolios

Posted by Kurt Brokhoff on Feb 16, 2018 10:26:38 AM

Finding work as a creative can be challenging. What exactly are prospective clients looking for? How should a portfolio be positioned to demonstrate that you are capable of addressing a client’s needs? How do you know which pieces to include, and what formats and platforms should be used? Below are some tips, tricks, and tools to keep in mind as you create your portfolio, because finding work as a creative can be challenging...but it doesn’t have to be.

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Kicking Off 2018 Right: Celebrating a Team-First Culture

Posted by Eliassen Group on Feb 8, 2018 1:33:01 PM

Each year, professionals and companies alike spend time closing out and reflecting upon the previous year and kicking off the next one. It’s a time for reflection and renewal, candor and celebration, learning and planning. And at no time was this truer than within our own organization during the past two months.

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Eliassen Agile featured in TechTarget: Software development skills shortage spurs channel business

Posted by Eliassen Group on Feb 7, 2018 12:09:22 PM

It probably comes as no surprise that there’s a massive demand for DevOps and Agile development skills in the marketplace. Based upon the 2018 IT Priorities Survey conducted by TechTarget, Agile development methods and DevOps are top priorities for IT organizations that must fuel their digital businesses.

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Avoid Business Transformation Failure: 3 Transformative Truths (Part 2)

Posted by Mark Hill on Jan 30, 2018 9:35:00 AM

Part Two: Three Transformative Truths Essential to Success

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Avoid Business Transformation Failure: 3 Transformative Truths (Part 1)

Posted by Mark Hill on Jan 10, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Part One: Transformation as Rubber Band or Brave New World?

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Five Online Development Platforms That Will Help You Land a Great Job

Posted by Kurt Brokhoff on Nov 16, 2017 2:18:36 PM

So, you say you’re a talented developer with experience in Angular, React, Node, and other hot technologies. And you’ve got a pretty strong resume that talks about your recent projects. While that’s all great, there’s one piece of advice that we offer to every developer seeking a great new position with a top tech company: take advantage of the amazing online development platforms to create a profile where you can SHOW examples of the work you have done.

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Agile: It Ain't No Big Thing

Posted by Bob Dobson on Nov 6, 2017 10:45:00 AM

During a recent Agile coaching engagement I overheard this comment: "Agile isn't a big thing." This viewpoint was clearly negative, as in: "Agile isn't any different than anything else." To provide context around this comment, it was mentioned in relationship to the scope of an Agile Transformation in its pilot stage; this is the part of a transformation where we work to share the vision and provide a limited set of people in an organization with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to become change leaders.

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Business Agility: How to Avoid Becoming Organizational Roadkill

Posted by Tom Wessel on Oct 5, 2017 1:24:47 PM

The Need for Business Agility

A shortcoming of most Agile transformations is that they do not go far enough when implementing Agile within an organization. They tend to solely focus on the IT side of the organizational equation without addressing the business side of the equation. IT transformations allow organizations to become more efficient and effective at delivery value once that value has been defined. Once something has entered the organization’s internal system, it can then be processed quickly. A colleague of mine refers to this form of optimization as ‘internal optimization.’

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What Does Being "Agile" Mean to Your CFO? Part 2

Posted by Bob Ellis on Sep 1, 2017 9:15:00 AM

In Part 1 of this series, we addressed the value that Agile delivers in terms of the change in working capital from which many companies can benefit. In this post, we turn our attention to another key factor that CFOs must consider when evaluating Agility and its impact for the business related to de-risking the income stream and standing by the organization's fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders.

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User Experience Design in Healthcare: On the Precipice

Posted by Danielle Benn on Aug 16, 2017 4:27:31 PM

When you think about trends in the marketplace, one of the most critical ones we’re seeing on the creative front is that healthcare companies – including everything from walk-in clinics to hospitals to health insurance companies - are doing a lot of hiring for user experience design. Up until recently, many of these organizations weren’t extremely concerned with the end user; just keeping up with HIPAA compliance and moving from a paper to a digital experience was challenging enough without adding this additional layer of design complexity. Getting healthcare professionals on board with the digital experience and getting patients “in and out” was of primary importance.

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My Coder is Faster Than Your Team

Posted by Bob Dobson on Aug 1, 2017 8:39:00 AM

Here's a scenario you might have encountered.

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Summer Book List 2017: Top Business Books & Fun Reads

Posted by Eliassen Group on Jul 20, 2017 3:39:38 PM

Do you have a little beach time coming up? Maybe a few flights scheduled? What a great time to catch up on your reading! With that in mind, we’ve got some fantastic suggestions for you from our diverse team of leaders and subject matter experts, including top notch business books, suspenseful novels and uplifting biographies. Check these out and let us know if you have other suggestions or thoughts about the ones below. Happy reading!

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