29 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Improving Team Communication

By | 2016-02-29T14:45:04+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Does your team share information in a timely and efficient manner? Do you have tools that enhance your communication?  Can your team communication practices improve? Do you experience problems related to poor communication? One key to successful agile software development is continuously improving communication practices.  Whether it is communication between the Team and the customer, [...]

23 02, 2016

You have the facts, now read between the lines

By | 2016-02-23T16:37:12+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Azure, Cortana Analytics, Data Science|0 Comments

You have data.  You likely have lots of it.  Your management loves looking at it.  Maybe you do too.  Is it easy?  Are you able to get the information you want out of it?  Data analytics is not always easy.  Parsing through the information and trying to find ways to slice and dice it into [...]

22 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Delivering Minimum Viable Product

By | 2016-02-22T09:29:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are you able to consistently deliver value every 2 or 3 weeks? Does your team frequently bite off more than they can chew in a single iteration? Does your team keep falling into old patterns and habits instead of focusing on delivering minimum viable product? One of the biggest challenges in adopting agile software development is educating [...]

11 02, 2016

DevOps is a Culture, Not a Team

By | 2016-02-11T12:00:00+00:00 February 11th, 2016|DevOps, Software Testing|2 Comments

I recently worked at a customer that had created a DevOps team in addition to their Ops and Development teams. While I appreciated the attempt to improve their processes, inwardly I was horrified. Just as DevOps is not a product, I think it is bad practice to create a DevOps team. DevOps is a culture [...]

10 02, 2016

Super Bowl 50 – The Way a Nerd Sees it

By | 2016-02-10T12:22:18+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Data Science, Reporting, Tools|0 Comments

How did you feel about the Denver Broncos winning Super Bowl 50? Never mind, I already know, or have a pretty good idea at least. That’s because at Northwest Cadence, we built out an engine in Microsoft Azure to analyze tweets in real-time then display the results on a Power BI dashboard. This means when [...]

8 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Is your development team committed?

By | 2016-02-08T11:11:58+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Is your development team fragmented between development and management tasks?  Does your development team have predictable time each iteration dedicated to development and testing?  Does your development team have at least one developer committed to actual development? Get your Development Team developing! Enterprises that are accustomed to longer delivery cycles often find serious challenges evolving to [...]