Give Your Retrospective the Time It Deserves

Give Your Retrospective the Time It Deserves

Retrospectives are incredibly valuable and if you’re not doing them regularly, you’re doing yourself and your team a great disservice. Assuming that your teams are actively engaged in development activity, you may not be maximizing the value to its full potential. Great retrospectives can rapidly turn a good team into an even better team, but...
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Tips to Migrating Workloads off Legacy Mainframes

Tips to Migrating Workloads off Legacy Mainframes

As we talk to our clients, the opportunities to reduce IT spend across an organization are at an all time high, from the advent of Cloud computing, to easily transitioning legacy workloads to new platforms. Migrating rapid, low-risk mainframes to distributed environments are becoming the norm. Thousands of MIPS (Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages) are being moved to...
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Product Ownership Structure

Product Ownership Structure

How organizations or enterprises define the roles and responsibilities of the Product Owner (PO) and how they organize their resources can vary. The factors that influence this decision are numerous, and these variables certainly can change over time. But, generally how the PO position is defined hinges on the type of organization: Software Product Organization (SPO; i.e. Amazon)...
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Diving in to Hyper-Convergence

Diving in to Hyper-Convergence

What is Hyper-Convergence? Hyper-convergence is a software-centric architecture, or HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) for short. It integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system that is generally powered by stacks of x86 hardware. Let’s Take a Step Back To power an IT solution you need basic building blocks, like LEGOs that we often use...
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Thinking like a Lean-Agile Coach

Thinking like a Lean-Agile Coach

Are you a lean-agile thinker? Do you want to be? Who are Lean-Agile Coaches and what do they do? Let's take a look at the role of Lean-Agile coaching and lean-agile thinking; starting with the "lean" side of things. Quality Systems thinking was introduced by Edward Deming in the mid 1950’s and 1960’s. While shunned...
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Staying Aware of Social Media Hacking

Staying Aware of Social Media Hacking

Be Careful Out There For this week's blog post, we are going to examine the subject of social media, hacking, how they can effect outcomes and what platforms are doing to try to curb it.  You might have heard something in the news a time or two about these subjects (if only the internet had...
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Choosing an Agile Methodology

Choosing an Agile Methodology

With so many Agile methodologies out there it can be really tough to know which is the right one, and picking the right one is absolutely critical for your project. It’s critical because each has it’s own niche and each comes with it’s own weight and cost. It is so important that I can’t say...
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What is IoT and Why Should You Care?

What is IoT and Why Should You Care?

With the advances of chatbots, wearables and smart devices, it seems like a good time to cover some of the basics and talk about the power (and perils) of connectivity. When we say the IoT, the majority of people either don’t get the idea of what it is or associate it simply with WIFI-enabled devices...
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The Future of Data Centers

The Future of Data Centers

Sinking the Data Center....on Purpose. Ahoy! What if you could put an entire data center in a submarine and drop it at the bottom of the ocean? The folks at Microsoft and Project Natick said, why not?  This innovative project is now entering its second phase of testing with a large scale model. So why would anyone...
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Heart Monitor of the Agile Team

Heart Monitor of the Agile Team

Traditional project management places a strong emphasis on comprehensive metrics. The general thought is if you can’t measure it, then you can’t control it. While comprehensive metrics has its place, it’s often overused and adds unnecessary weight and complexity to a project. Our experience is the larger the organization, the more layers of metrics there...
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The Big Picture Behind DaaS

The Big Picture Behind DaaS

Let’s talk about an emerging trend called Data-as-a-Service (DaaS). DaaS is yet one of the latest addition to the *aaS model. Along with SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The big picture idea behind the DaaS model is all about offloading the risks and burdens of Data Management. Traditionally, companies and agencies housed and managed their own data within...
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Comprehensive Documentation or Muda?

Comprehensive Documentation or Muda?

Ah, the age old Agile question: what is the appropriate amount of documentation? The Agile founders gave us the 4 Values and 12 Principles which have guided us from the beginning, and time has proven them to be great guides. The second item in the Agile Values states “Value Delivered Over Comprehensive Documentation.” This value...
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Understanding the Shift to Microservices

Understanding the Shift to Microservices

This week, I thought we would discuss a bit about Microservices. These are a technical architectural style that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services, which implement business capabilities. The microservice architecture enables the continuous delivery/deployment of large, complex applications. It also enables an organization to evolve its technology stack. These services...
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Translating the Language of Agile

Translating the Language of Agile

Users of agile sometimes create their “own version” of Agile terminology to suit an audience or an organization. Sometimes, this is done on purpose to reflect long held business terms. Other times, it’s because they simply didn’t know any better when starting out. While this helps puts terms in the context of a given environment,...
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Making Sense of Block Chain

Making Sense of Block Chain

Block chain is a pretty awesome technology that essentially creates an infinitely audit-able record of data (aka: Block) linked through and secured through cryptography (aka: Secure Keys) creating a constant chain. The first real commercial use of the technology is, of course, Bitcoin which creates block chains of financial transactions. Each successive block of data...
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How Does OCM Impact your Agile Project?

How Does OCM Impact your Agile Project?

In April, Cambria hosted an OCM meet up in conjunction with the Association of Change Management Professionals in Northern California. Our goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with other practitioners about the intersection of OCM and Agile, and facilitate discussion about their experiences. An ACMP colleague agreed to apply her sketch-noting skills...
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Agile for Dummies

Agile for Dummies

Agile is not a silver bullet methodology that helps engineers build product faster or somehow equips organizations to deliver higher quality software to customers more frequently at less cost. Rather, it is a journey that builds the organizational culture, mentality, and behaviors that deliver more value to its customers with higher quality, greater reliability, and improved timeliness. Striving...
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Human + Ingenuity = Meaningful Organizational Change

Human + Ingenuity = Meaningful Organizational Change

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K Street building nears end of dramatic renovation

K Street building nears end of dramatic renovation

Photo credit Sacramento Business Journal Dennis McCoy By Ben van der Meer – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business JournalJun 21, 2019, 6:03am PDT Updated Jun 24, 2019, 5:37pm EDT By fall, another corner of K Street in downtown Sacramento should see a new burst of activity. Robert Rodriguez, managing director and founder for 731 K St....
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Rehosting saves millions and improves citizen services

Rehosting saves millions and improves citizen services

"Five core systems rehosted in four days following [an] 18-month planning period." The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) faced a challenge to modernize their mainframe-based systems to optimize productivity and provide ease of accessing data – improving these systems means improving various assistance programs and social services that enable low-income individuals and families to...
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