If you don’t have voice integrated into your product within the next two years, someone else will introduce a competing product that does. This article outlines what companies must do to examine their investment and adoption approach to voice as a user interface, and understand why they have that position, and what factors would need to change for them to adjust their approach.
Blockchain technology is often heralded as having potentially limitless capabilities, but to fully understand it, we first must ask, “what is it?” This article provides a technical deep-dive into what blockchain is and whether its business potential lives up to the hype.
When a severe thunderstorm took down a Microsoft Azure data center Sept. 4, it served as a costly reminder to many companies—including one of our clients—that business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery planning (DRP) are essential when considering cloud migration. This article outlines what migration options are best suited to business-critical applications.
New tools in product design make for exciting industry chatter, but tools alone aren’t a substitute for skill and experience. In this article, we evaluate how to approach new tools and how they fit into the product designer’s toolbox.
On Sept. 13, we celebrated 'International Programmers' Day' with a gift to the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. Working with the city, we installed a 'phone lane,' a dedicated pedestrian walkway for mobile users. This article details our celebration of programmers in Lithuania and around the globe.
Today’s machinery buyers want to educate themselves about product features before engaging with a dealer or sales rep. This article explores why manufacturers must invest in a delightful digital experience if they want to win the sale using digital solutions.
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.
Metrics are an important tool for product managers, but metrics alone don't solve problems. Metrics are a starting point for conversations about objectives, and how we're progressing toward meeting them—metrics aren't the end of the story, but rather the beginning. This article explores how product managers can use metrics to create a vision for a product, then work with teams to execute that vision.
The promise of what Agile and DevOps can do for companies is an enticing one: The ability to be nimbler and react faster through continuous integration and continuous delivery. Why, then, are banks and other financial institutions struggling to implement it? This article explores the vast potential of DevOps and how it can be implemented.
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.
With the sheer amount of software being created today, software development techniques are rapidly and continuously evolving. Even industries that previously had a very fixed cycle, such as car manufacturers, are moving towards continuous delivery. As more companies adopt an Agile development process to support continuous delivery, testing (or quality assurance) and delivery need to keep pace. Hence, the rise of DevOps, which manages the entire product lifecycle. But, there are varying levels of DevOps. In this post, we define those levels and share with you our approach. How does your enterprise measure up?
On November 9, Devbridge Group hosted local Chicago Meetup Mobile on Tap for a lively discussion around building great apps people love. Bill Cronin, Director of PMO and Eric Strubinger, Senior Designer from Devbridge Group took more than 20 business and design professionals on a process-centric, Agile-driven, technology-focused journey.
Saying that we're into agile is a bit of an understatement. We've written numerous articles and ranted at scale across conferences globally on the topic. On November 4, Morningstar's offices became the watering hole of the agile community as Agile Day Chicago 2016, went into full swing. One topic specifically drew my attention this year--Breaking Things on Purpose--and I wanted to expand on it in this post.
The concept of Dual-Track Scrum was first evangelized by Marty Cagan back in 2012, and more recently elements of it have been incorporated into Google's Design Sprint. We recently wrote about how Dual-Track works from a design perspective, and want to demonstrate how it can be applied in practice. By leveraging Dual-Track Scrum, teams are more focused, reduce their rework and significantly improve their ability to plan while still retaining their agility. In this article, we'll review the benefits of Dual-Track Scrum and show how we implement it in practice using agile tools.
Evidence indicates that agile software delivery results in a higher success rate for software projects as compared to waterfall delivery. Download our infographic to see why.
For more than a decade, Devbridge Group has been working with companies to deliver higher value digital products to market faster. What we’ve seen along the way are many companies burning through budgets and being disappointed by the outcome. In this blog, I outlines a five-step approach to help companies create stellar, value-added products quicker.
What are the five key elements of starting a successful agile transformation in a financial services enterprise? Is it possible that focused effort in these five elements can drive 80% of the value delivered by agile, while still staying compliant with regulatory requirements? Read on to find out.
Classic software project management processes were born out of best practices established in the manufacturing industry. Elaborate contract negotiations, detailed requirement gathering, and excessive documentation were cornerstones of an effective project. These practices fail time after time to deliver software customers actually need. Why do detailed requirements predict the doom of a product launch and how can agile be used to deliver more business value at a lower cost?