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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UX and Emotional Design: Why They Are Not Mutually Exclusive

UX and Emotional Design: Why They Are Not Mutually Exclusive

We are steadily inundated with creative UX presences, whether it be the bright new kiosk placed in front of our local grocery store, the Hallmark card section beautifully displayed inside it, or the new marketing campaign ad for your favorite online store. We see a variety of designs daily, and as a result we act...
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Kanban for Non-IT

Kanban for Non-IT

If you are pursuing Agile from a non-IT perspective and looking for a good book to get you going on Kanban for “knowledge work”, then you may be wondering - where do I even begin? We are excited that you are looking to move yourself into the Agile world. Kanban is near and dear to...
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Dissecting the General Data Protection Regulation

Dissecting the General Data Protection Regulation

In a few short days, the full brunt of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced. The GDPR not only applies to organizations located within the EU but it will also apply to organizations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior...
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Navigating the World of Bots

Navigating the World of Bots

How a Conversational User Interface (CUI) Can Change Your World Conversational User Interface. What is it? Why does it have so many names? How can it help your organization? To put it simply, a chatbot is a service that simulates a conversation with a human by leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing. This may...
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Without HumanGenuity® it’s just technology

Without HumanGenuity® it’s just technology

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Color Outside The Lines

Color Outside The Lines

Most bots focus on refining well-understood user experiences rather than creating new types of interactions. As we move forward, Cambria is thinking critically about how people interact with applications, services, and devices and how we can create new, innovative uses for the evolving AI technologies. Answering questions from an FAQ page is a simple, familiar...
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Bottoming-Out in the Hype Cycle

Bottoming-Out in the Hype Cycle

It’s not surprising that artificial intelligence experienced a backlash as organizations experimented with a brand-new technology. Like wearables, virtual reality, and cryptocurrencies before them, we rushed into chatbots as “the next big thing” — even at the cost of user satisfaction. The resulting cooling of attitudes in many ways signaled the chatbot’s coming of age....
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Downtown Sacramento’s renaissance continues with the extreme makeover of a key corner on K Street

Downtown Sacramento’s renaissance continues with the extreme makeover of a key corner on K Street

The City - By Hillary Louise Johnson, Sactown Magazine Rendering by DGA New plans for the former American Savings building on K Street include a rooftop deck that could host events like fundraisers and outdoor film festivals. The ripple effect of Golden 1 Center continues to expand as one of downtown’s most promising blocks is...
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What is a Chatbot Anyway?

What is a Chatbot Anyway?

A chatbot is a service that simulates a conversation with a human by leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing. These bots help organizations provide targeted, proactive user experiences while increasing revenue and user engagement. They can range from functional to fun, run on a variety of different platforms, and provide a near limitless number...
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The Agile Toolbox

The Agile Toolbox

Let’s talk about a common problem that is a very real threat to any Agile company or project. We’ve all heard the term “pounding a square peg into a round hole” when something is misused, and I would be willing to bet that we’ve all experienced it. Some of you might be experiencing it right...
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The Art of DevOps Explained

The Art of DevOps Explained

What is all this talk about DevOps and why should we care? Good question, and to answer, we need a little history of software development and its roots in traditional engineering principles. Software development takes most of its predecessor processes from traditional engineering principles, which include drawing blueprints by skilled draftsman, having those evaluated by manufacturing teams, building tooling and making prototypes, refining the drawings and then manufacturing the product...
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Battle of the Century: Technical Debt vs. Feature Development

Battle of the Century: Technical Debt vs. Feature Development

Our teams are asked quite a bit about performance testing in an Agile environment and how that might differ from the traditional waterfall approach. If you’re asking the same question, you’ve hit on one of the greatest heavyweight grudge matches in world history! Technical debt and feature development have battled for the spotlight since the...
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