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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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…