Nine years ago, five individuals were faced with a choice: continue trudging through the corporate world of indifference, or quit, and invest in the seedling of a business. Those five chose the latter, founding Devbridge Group. The choice was in line with a value we continuously strive for: to defy mediocrity. This article recaps how we've grown since that time, and how we strive for constant improvement.
Role definition and change management are the most difficult obstacles to overcome for large organizations that adopt Agile. Employees can feel threatened and pushed out of their comfort zone by the barrage of changes—from the process they use, to the changes in titles, the reporting structure, and the focus on results versus risk mitigation. This article explores how best to facilitate role changes during an agile transformation.
At a bare minimum, software applications need to be usable and useful. But more organizations are seeing the benefit in building digital products that tolerate user mistakes and allow users to learn the systems in a fraction of the time and training costs. This approach, design thinking, has given the discipline of design a greater voice in enterprise digital strategy. Products that adopt design thinking not only meet the bare minimum usability requirements, they also create brand advocates. This post details how design can take products from usable to useful. Then, to desirable—and finally—to delightful.
Underinvesting in a company's culture results in lower employee engagement and, in turn, a higher cost of doing business. Gallup reports that 70% of the U.S. workforce is unengaged. The negative financial impact? Around U.S. $450-550 billion per year. This post discusses themes for investing in and changing culture for the better to ensure team members are energetic, engaged and impassioned.