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Effective Ways to Manage Change on Your Agile Team

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 4, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

You love your agile product team, and the thought of losing the stability you’ve created sends you into a spiral of panic. In any business, the reality is that employees come and go and flow throughout the organization. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare to deal with changes on your agile team, and even take advantage of them.

If you’ve ever been in a spot where it seems like the only constant is “change,” here are three things you can do to manage team fluctuations and prevent losing domain knowledge or development velocity.

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DragonSpears CEO Patrick Emmons Accepted into Forbes Technology Council

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 2, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Forbes Technology Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for World-Class CIOs, CTOs, and Technology Executives.

Chicago, IL, October 2, 2019 - Patrick Emmons, CEO and Founder of DragonSpears, a custom software development company, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

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DragonSpears Named One of Chicago’s 2019 Best Companies to Work For!

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Jul 10, 2019 2:15:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Every year companies throughout Chicago compete to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach are bestowed this honor.

DragonSpears is thrilled to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” for the third year in a row. “We constantly aim for progress, not perfection. I think our commitment to our core values and transparency helps us build a team that really takes ownership of all facets of the business and uniquely qualifies us for this honor time and again.” Patrick Emmons, Founder/CEO.

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Developer Onboarding Checklist for Successful Agile Teams

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  May 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 1 Comment

Developers have a lot on their plate when they start at a new company. Whether it be the development environment, project information, or the organizational culture of their employer or clients, they need to learn a lot – and quickly. Adopting a strong onboarding process is vital if you want new full-time developers or contractors to succeed. Here is an 8-step developer onboarding checklist that will help you seamlessly integrate new hires onto your agile team and keep them around for the long run.

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Deliver Better Software by Using a DevOps Scorecard

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 23, 2018 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 1 Comment

Though a consistent definition of DevOps can be hard to come by, one thing we can all agree on is that the goal is to improve software delivery performance. While the desired outcome is clear, the path to achieving it is a bit hazy. As a practitioner of EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System developed by Gino Wickman, Author of Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business, we’ve realized the value that a scorecard adds towards identifying and measuring the key actions that will make our vision reality.

In this article, we provide an overview of the scorecard tool and outline some ways it helps us deliver 99.99 software.

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