Agile Project Delivery: The Value of Relationships Built On Trust

Matthew Segall, Dave Kearney and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Agile Project Management, Best Practices, CFO, Collaboration, Finance, Leadership, Project Management, Software, Software Development, Team Management

For many businesses, executing on project delivery is like running an obstacle course full of endless challenges. One wrong move and scope expands, costs spike, or timelines extend. Suddenly, the project is off course, and teams fail to deliver. It’s an all-too-familiar scenario, yet one that can be easily avoided with teamwork.  In our last article, we introduced the idea …

Agile Project Management and the CFO

Matthew Segall, Dave Kearney and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Agile Project Management, Best Practices, CFO, Collaboration, Finance, Inclusion, Leadership, Project Management, Team Management

What is your CFO’s relationship with your IT team? If the overall corporate incentives are aligned, the engineers and the CFO will often have the same goals: complete projects that either make money or reduce costs. However, quite often, the CFO has more of an adversarial relationship with the IT team, seeing IT as a cost center that misses deadlines …

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Agile Project Management vs. Lean Continuous Improvement: A Real-World Example

Dave Kearney, Susan Larson Bouwer and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Agile Project Management, Best Practices, Leadership, Lean, Project Management, Software, Software Development, Team Management

Suppose you’re thinking of opening a restaurant. You’ll need to make a lot of smart decisions so that your establishment will achieve success. These choices include location, pricing, and cuisine—all of them will have a significant impact on your ability to succeed. To help with these decisions, you might first look at the community in which you’re thinking of locating …

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When Waterfall Wins: Picking the Best-Fit Project Management Approach

Michael Marmor, Dave Kearney and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Agile Project Management, Best Practices, Leadership, Lean, Project Management, Software, Software Development, Team Management, Waterfall, Waterfall Project Managament

When you hire a team to create software for you, the amount of effort put into initial planning is often what determines the project’s ultimate success or failure. An essential yet often overlooked part of that planning is the methodology chosen to manage the project itself. As a formal discipline, project management has been around for generations. But radical new …

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COVID-19 Creates Urgency for DevSecOps

Dave Kearney, Keith Worfolk and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Covid, DevOps, DevSecOps, Docker, Kubernetes, Security, Software

Mark Zuckerberg has said, “If things aren’t breaking, you’re not moving fast enough. People learn by making mistakes.”  In some regards, this is a guiding principle for agile solution development and DevOps processes.  But moving fast while innovating has its downside as well: it can inadvertently allow outside forces to break or steal your “stuff” – your data, your intellectual …

Insurance Company Stays Lean and Agile in Times of Crisis

Dave Kearney, Susan Larson Bouwer and Anjan Chatterjee Agile, Automation, Covid, Crisis Management, Insurance, Lean

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, our work had to continue, and our customers still required help. Many organizations had to scramble to provide secure remote network access, VPNs, phone services, laptops, monitors, video conferencing, and remote applications – all necessary to allow employees to work remotely. Beyond these infrastructure needs, organizations also had to provide training. And for thousands of …

Covid Spreads RPA in Hospitals

Dave Kearney and Anjan Chatterjee Automation, Covid, Healthcare, Hospitals, Robotic Process Automation, RPA

Covid-19 is like nothing we’ve ever seen, a genuinely novel virus that is challenging medical professionals. It’s especially challenging to adapt to new modes of thinking, given how the pace of change at hospitals is usually deliberate and steady. Patient safety is a hospital’s primary concern, and staff must be trained in emerging innovations and new technology to deliver proper …