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DragonSpears Named One of Chicago’s 2021 Best Companies to Work For!

 Lisa Koci  Jul 21, 2021 6:30:00 AM  0 Comments

DragonSpears, a Midwest-based software excellence consulting firm, was named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” in 2021 by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This marks the fifth consecutive year that DragonSpears has received this award.

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How Innovative Chicago Businesses are Addressing COVID-19

 Lisa Koci  Apr 22, 2020 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

Last week, the Chicago Innovation Roundtable met virtually for the first time, using Zoom and a remote collaboration tool called Mural. A group of business leaders came together to discuss the current state, process issues, and challenges organizations are faced with during this uncertain time. Here are some of the key insights they shared about how they plan to move forward safely and successfully.

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How to Run an Effective 1-Day Design Thinking Workshop

 Lisa Koci  Feb 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM  0 Comments

The design thinking approach has gained popularity across all areas of business as an innovative problem-solving strategy. It brings cross-functional teams together to break out of their natural day-to-day patterns and unpack business challenges with a customer-centric mindset. The ability to work and think differently to flesh out early-stage solutions in a short timeframe has given design thinking its positive reputation. It's useful for innovation, strategy development, process improvement, and more.

Depending on the goals and context, design thinking can take many forms. For example, you can add small exercises to weekly meetings, conduct 1-day workshops, or run full 5-day design sprints. In this article, we walk through how to run a 1-day design thinking workshop to create strategic solutions and solve problems that might be holding you – or your customers – back.

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Value Stream Mapping for Improved Software Delivery Practices

 Lisa Koci  Sep 4, 2019 9:30:00 AM  1 Comment

When it comes to software development, there are often wasteful steps along the way that complicate the process, decrease efficiency, and reduce the return on investment overall. Many IT leaders and DevOps teams are turning to the principles of value stream mapping (VSM) to identify how to create software that delivers higher value to the organization and customers. Here’s a brief overview of what VSM is, how to get started, and the benefits of using it.

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