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The Time Sensitive Nature of Communicating Changes in Agile Priorities

 

We all can identify with this scenario: a delay causes us to start our commute 10 minutes late. The timing of the late start adds 30 minutes to our commute, and we end up missing an important meeting.

Communicate the Big (Agile) Picture

 

John G. Saxe’s poem, “The Blind Men and the Elephant,”  based on the famous parable, is an example of how the individual perspective can differ from the big picture perspective. In the poem, six blind men seek to learn about an elephant. Since...

Will All Companies Eventually Become Software Companies?

The other day I read an article in Information Week magazine titled, Capital One CIO: We’re a Software Company. I don’t think it’s any surprise that for a while now, Capital One has distinguished itself from competitors and other large...

Successful Communication is Crucial to Your Agile Transformation

One of the most common challenges for organizations on the Agile journey is navigating the gap between adoption and transformation. For example, a football play can look great on the chalkboard and the concept may be a winner, but it won’t go...

Looking Back to Look Ahead: Talent Lessons from the Dot-com Era

During the Dot-com era the talent pool was so scarce we used to joke that the technical screening process was reduced to having the candidate breathe on a mirror, and if they could fog it, they were hired. That is a slight exaggeration, but they...

A Data Breach – Scarier than Michael on Halloween

 

The Surprising Simplicity of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

 

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury once wrote, “Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an...

How Small & Medium-Sized Organizations Can Modernize Data Operations Like Capital One & Fannie Mae

I recently came across an article in Forbes about how Fannie Mae is transforming its data environment to emulate more of what we see at firms like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. Fannie Mae brought in Scott Richardson, formerly of Capital...

A Tale of Two Data Strategies: It Was the Best of Data, It Was the Worst of Data.

I’ve been engaged in several data modernization discussions lately with various organizations, and there seems to be a theme emerging that points to two very different and diverging approaches to data modernization: one that is very thought-out,...

Associations Are Data Companies – Plain and Simple

The data modernization movement has taken hold in the commercial sector, and we’re now seeing signs that the nonprofit and association sectors are beginning to follow suit. It’s no mystery that for the most part, associations struggle with their...

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