Social, Agile and Transformation

5 Recommendations on How Much To Invest in Agile and Scrum Courses

Social, Agile and Transformation

Are you considering getting formally trained or certified in agile methodologies or scrum? Are you looking to become a certified scrum master, or maybe get trained in an agile framework such as SAFe or LeSS, or specialize in agile transformation with classes like StarCIO Agile Planning?

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Why Data Science, DataOps, and Data Governance need Agile Methodologies

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It's called science for a reason. Data science requires questions, hypotheses, discovery, analysis, and recalibration. While the words I'm using to describe a data science are different than software development, the process and mindset are very applicable to agile methodologies. .

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Digital Transformation is not a 9-5 Job

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It's the last week of summer, so maybe take some time to reflect on your team's performance over the last several months. Has your team come up for air after adjusting to COVID, remote working, and realigning digital transformation priorities? .

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Why You Should Avoid Calling it Automation

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I've learned the hard way that using the word automation to describe an initiative, project, process, or algorithm is a bad idea. Equating automation with artificial intelligence is even worse. Anchoring a digital transformation on initiatives driven by automations completely misses the point.

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How to Shift Slow Cultures into High Gear

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How leaders work with their colleagues and teams over the next few weeks can make or break innovations, capabilities, and business impacts over the next 3-9 months.

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What is the Modernized Role of Scrum Masters

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The 15th episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke focuses on the modernized role of the scrum master. . The role needs recasting. Ten years ago, scrum masters were the experts on agile methodologies and charged to coach teams through the process.

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How a Small Nonprofit Succeeded in Digital Transformation

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One of my favorite clients, Charity Navigator, just released a major upgrade to how they process and rate nonprofit charities. Say you're passionate about saving the rainforests, improving homeless shelters, or helping children with cancer, Charity Navigator's tools help you find and make smarter choices about where you contribute and donate. agile planning agile software development digital transformation innovation leadership organizational change

5 Priorities for IT Leaders During this Summer of COVID

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It's been a very challenging year for everyone and indeed, this has been the case for first responders. Somewhere a couple of rungs further down the ladder, most organizations owe plenty of thanks to CIOs, IT leaders, and especially the IT service desk. It's one compliance requirement to have business continuity plans, but an exponential challenge to quickly enable global. cio citizen development crisis management digital transformation enterprise 2.0 future of work it management leadership

What are Seven Types of Big Data Debt

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As more organizations have embarked on agile software development over the last five years as part of digital transformation programs, the term technical debt is more widely understood.

Transforming the Workforce with Governed Citizen Development

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It’s an unprecedented time to be a CIO or any technology leader. On the one hand, technology organizations are working hard on digital transformation and developing many new customer and employee-facing applications. On the other, IT is now running double duty by supporting more remote working employees and then responding to other COVID-19 business needs. There’s never been greater demand on. cio citizen development digital transformation enterprise 2.0

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

From Legacy to Intelligent ERP: A Blueprint for Digital Transformation

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Do you cringe when it’s time to upgrade the ERP because of all the testing that’s required? Do you have frequent nightmares of executives and managers coming after you because the ERP is down or performing slowly?

Planning Digital Transformation Initiatives When There are Too Many Priorities

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Let's recap 2020 without losing our minds. We went into the year with high aspirations around our digital transformation programs and all the places we wanted our organizations to succeed with experiences, analytics, and technology. window.dojoRequire(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us14.list-manage.com",". agile planning cio cmo customer experience digital transformation enterprise 2.0

Agile Transformation Everywhere! - Winning over Stakeholders

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One of my favorite workshops that I do is called Agile for Stakeholders. Now there are books, frameworks, and tools to help agile product owners, scrum masters, and leads, including StarCIO Agile Planner, but there are limited resources for stakeholders.

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What is the Most Important Agile KPI?

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I'm asked this question on selecting agile KPIs all the time from leaders. . Some want to try measuring agile methodologies with the same project management measurements that worked for them in the past, while others are trying to establish some oversight on a process that they don' fully understand.

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5 Ways to Better Manage Technical Debt

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There are specific topics that will get CIO and IT leaders to vent. Talk about show many spreadsheets bounce around through email, midyear budget cuts, or hundreds of projects everyone won't prioritize, and you'll get an earful. But there's one topic that will get them out of their seats and red in the face with anger. That topic is technical debt. agile planning cio DevOps innovation leadership software development

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

My Top Books 2019: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, AI

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One of my 2019 new year resolutions was to read more books. I signed up for GoodReads and stated a reading challenge with a modest goal of finishing twelve books. I finished twenty-four, and many of these books are great reads for entrepreneurs, CIOs, and other digital transformation leaders.

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CIO Must Pivot to a Safer-Smarter World

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My boss used to say to me, "Isaac, read the tea leaves" to get a sense of what to present, share, and focus on depending on the business temperament. Just two weeks ago, I was keynoting to CIOs about investing in data governance, agile data practices, and changing the culture to prepare their organization for machine learning organizations. I reminded IT leaders that a competitive, digital.

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What Digital Transformation Means Viewing Through a COVID-19 Lens

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It's an interesting time to be thinking about transformation. Some will argue that we have to slow digital transformation efforts because COVID-19 business issues will have higher priority.

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12 Top Posts for Agile Product Managers

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The fourth episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke covers the role of product management. I take on the challenge of defining the role's strategic responsibilities and illustrating how product managers should best work with agile teams.

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Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Digital Transformation is Absolutely Important in a Volatile COVID-19 World

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Should COVID-19 start, slow down, or pivot your digital transformation strategy? The answer is yes, but it depends on how your organization defines digital transformation and where it is in its journey. There's a running joke floating on social media, "What started your organization's digital transformation," and the answer circled is "COVID-19." Hopefully, your organization started it's. cio citizen development crisis management digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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How Business Transformation is Fundamentally Different from Innovation

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An interesting debate transpired during the last #CIOChat on Thursday at 2pm around Myles Suer's question, "How is #innovation fundamentally different from business transformation?" I had significant feedback to my tweets and decided to dedicate this week's blog post to detail my perspective. I provided a two-tweet answer require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl". about me digital transformation innovation

3 Virtual Meetings Hard to do with Zoom

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I use Zoom synonymously for all other virtual meeting technologies, including Google Meet and Microsoft teams. Most of you are getting used to virtual meetings because of COVID-19, and the technology largely works well in many situations requiring teams and people to collaborate.

Where to Place Your Machine Learning and AI Bets

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A few weeks ago, I published my 2020 predictions and stated explicitly that enterprises must demonstrate AI and Machine Learning wins. So, in this post, I survey several recent research surveys to determine where organizations should place their bets.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What is Driving Digital Transformation Change?

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After I posted my last 5 Minutes with @NYIke video on the #1 Reason Why Digital Transformation fail, a small discussion ensued on LinkedIn about transformation and change management. Is digital transformation a new name for business transformation? And regardless of what we call it, how can leaders help the resulting change management easier for employees and less difficult for leaders? cio digital transformation enterprise 2.0

John Cusack Practical Quotes on Strong Digital Leadership

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Every once and a while, I draw inspiration from movies and actors/actresses. I have a post paying tribute to the great movie. What about Bob? Baby Steps - A Guide to Digital Transformation.

5 Signs You're in a Hot Potato Culture

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In this week's episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I provide three ways to address a hot potato culture. But first, let's define it and identify its signs. Here are some definitions of the idiom, hot potato: (i) any subject which several folks are talking about and which is frequently argued, (ii) something that is hard or terrible to. cio digital transformation executive presentations it management leadership organizational change

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Why it's been a Remarkable Pivotal Year for Digital Leaders

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What will you remember about 2019? I believe 2019 will go down as a pivotal year for how businesses will continue to invest in technology, data, automation, and customer experience.

The Complete Guide to Distributed Tracing

Distributed tracing is a diagnostic technique that reveals how a set of services coordinate to handle individual user requests. Distributed tracing helps enable loosely coupled work across teams for fast, independent problem-solving.

5 Critical Takeaways from the 2020 State of Agile Report

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The 14th annual state of agile report is now available, and it's one of the papers I look forward to reviewing every year. It surveys over one thousand software development professionals from a mix of company sizes, development team sizes, geographies, and industries. It provides a barometer on what the practices, tools, and business benefits aligned with agile methodologies. agile planning agile software development cio DevOps digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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Delight Employees and Empower IT to Shine at ITSM

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Wake up! No one likes opening service desk tickets or using ITSM tools. Employees expect self-service capabilities and easy to use technologies.

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Breakthrough Agile Transformation: The Important Leadership Roles

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I've written several posts on the CIO and leadership roles in agile transformation, agile adoption, and agile practices.

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COVID-19 in the Numbers: Transformation Leadership Needed in Banking, Travel, and Higher Ed

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Every business in every industry needs to look at itself in the mirror and decide who they want to be when they emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown. That is if they come out of it. The world's changed. Every person, business, and institution is going to be looking at their own mirrors and deciding for themselves. And what are the key questions? What's important? What's relevant? What do I. agile planning cio crisis management customer experience data management digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

Driving Competitive Advantages with Master Data Management

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Do you feel like your databases are more like data vaults? The data vault contains all the information on customers, prospects, products, operations, and finances, only no one knows how to unlock it and discover its secrets. Getting inside the vault is only the start of the challenges. Inside, it contains a myriad of data silos, including databases, data lakes, file systems, and other.

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What is the Role of the Tech Lead in Agile?

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Tech lead is a role many organizations assign without providing a role description or defined responsibilities. That's because it's often used as a role on an initiative, product, project, or team, and not a formal job description. Most organizations spend their efforts on defining and wording job descriptions and related career paths. They don't go more in-depth into. agile planning agile software development enterprise 2.0 future of work leadership organizational change

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10 Questions before starting a Machine Learning POC

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37% of organizations have implemented artificial intelligence in some form according to Gartner. Since AI is a a broad category of algorithms covering cognitive, natural language, pattern recognition and other areas, I suspect the number of organizations experimenting with machine learning or deep learning is a lot smaller. Yet there are daily stories of different organizations benefiting. agile data AI big data data management data scientist innovation leadership

What is Agile Planning in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

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Why are some organizations stuck with fr-agile development processes? Hint: It's not because you need to "scale" agile. Many organizations succeed in getting an A-team practicing agile and then look to "scale" their best practices to the rest of the organization. And several frameworks are focusing on this scaling. But IMHO, the issue at many organizations is not about scaling agile. Focus. agile planning agile software development it management leadership product management

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.