Most digital leaders recognize the value of agile development, but many—particularly those in manufacturing—struggle to implement agile at scale. By changing just a fraction of processes and practices, organizations can realize 80 percent of the value of agile. In this article, we outline five ways companies can implement agile quickly for competitive advantage.
Recent security breaches have prompted governing institutions to take action. In short, regulation is inevitable. In this video, we look at the details of recent security breaches and what these breaches mean for the future of data and banking security.
Research has proven that teams don’t have to be in the same building to be effective. As it turns out, how teams are structured is more important than where they’re located. This article outlines ways leaders can ensure that delivery teams are successful, even if they're on different continents.
What can you expect from Devbridge Group in 2018? Earlier this month at Devbridge Kickoff 2018, our teams from around the world discussed just that—goals and predictions for the year. In this article, we outline those predictions, the challenges we see organizations facing, and how we’ll solve them.
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.
On February 27, we welcomed former Pivotal Labs Design Manager, Chris Wilkinson, as our new Director of Product Design. The role was established to further align Devbridge Group's three core disciplines of Product Management, Design and Engineering.
Having worked with many financial institutions on a number of different software design and development projects over the last year, it is clear that customer experience remains a key focus for 2017. A great customer experience encapsulates both digital and physical channels and introduces interchangeability between the two. However, banks are struggling to rapidly adapt to this omnichannel strategy.
To create an engaging digital customer experience requires three things: product management know-how, design savvy and engineering expertise. For enterprises, particularly financial institutions, to achieve this in-house requires significant time, money and resources at a time when hiring and retaining top designers, product managers and engineers is near impossible with the market drowning in demand and lean on supply. To address this challenge, many CMOs, CIOs, and CPOs frequently engage with outside agencies (design, innovation and advertising) to fill this gap. However, how do they truly know that the partner they are selecting meets all three of the above criteria?
Devbridge Group closed 2016 with a number of record-breaking milestones. Many achievements were closely tied to the company’s increased emphasis on, and broadened skill set, in product design (i.e., user research, user experience, interface design and user testing). These expanded service offerings under the design discipline complement Devbridge Group’s product management and software engineering specialties, and provide clients with robust, cross-functional product teams that align closely with customer and business needs. Our latest post highlights 2016 milestones and looks ahead to 2017.