Baton Rouge Office Opening

Baton Rouge Office Opening

Cambria has opened a new corporate office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We’re excited to work with the Louisiana Department of Health PPMO and being a part of the local economic growth in downtown Baton Rouge! See press release for more details. CSI-Baton-Rouge-Office-Opening-PR-Nov2019
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What is Cambria HumanXperience (HX)?

What is Cambria HumanXperience (HX)?

HumanXperience is Cambria’s branded approach to our User Experience (UX) practice and Human-Centered Design (HCD). It is a flexible framework that easily adapts to any process (from waterfall to Agile) and to any project context (product, service, or process). HumanXperience is about creating a great experience for users and paving the way for a successful...
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Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Cambria is honored to be selected as one of Inc. Magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for 2019, for the eighth time in 16 years! Making the list gets harder every year for companies, but Cambria’s growth is a testament to our awesome team, our great clients and partners, and our ability to innovate and deliver...
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5-Step Guide to Recovering From Poor Research Execution

5-Step Guide to Recovering From Poor Research Execution

There are two things I know for sure: (1) researchers vary in style and personality, and (2) this variance allows them to fall into a few different categories, especially when it comes to evaluating their own research execution performance. Truth is, some will always be unsatisfied (partially due to their desire for perfection), no matter...
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Empiricism

Empiricism

“Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and control risk. Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation." (Ken Schwaber and Jeff Southerland,...
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So Many Architects, So Little Time.

So Many Architects, So Little Time.

Let’s talk about architecture. That word is thrown around a lot in IT circles but is often misunderstood or misrepresented. In the traditional sense, to practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings that have human occupancy or use as their...
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Low-Code/No-Code

Low-Code/No-Code

For this edition of the Tech Blog, we will cover the topic of configured systems also known as "low-code/no-code" applications. It has become a bit of a buzz-term, but it is nothing dramatically new. The applications have matured and the marketing surrounding them have slightly changed. For over a decade, vendors have sold the message...
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The Product Owner

The Product Owner

The Product Owner (PO), is a position created during the early years when Scrum was conceptualized. The role and responsibilities materialized out of a reaction to heavy, big, up-front, rigid requirements gathering within traditional, heavily predictive, "waterfall" project management frameworks. It is one of three main roles within Scrum: Development Team, Scrum Master and Product...
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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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