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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…