Natalie Lopez

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The Secret to Building High-Functioning Software Development Teams

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Part of creating 99.99 software is building high-functioning software development teams. We’ve all been in situations where we’re enamored with a candidate or vendor that looks great on paper: they check all the technology boxes, have the desired years of experience, and a history of working with organizations or clients you admire. But once you get them in the door or sign the contract, you realize you are working with an order taker, they lack follow-through, or they don’t have the level of respect, initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, or whatever other unique attributes your team values. What gives?

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How to Create High Performing Teams Using Agile Methodology

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

High performing teams regularly accomplish the impossible. They are the engines of innovation. Unfortunately, they are far too rare. A study in the Harvard Business Review estimated that three out of four cross-functional teams are actually dysfunctional. The study found that these teams most often fail to meet organizational expectations due to:

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Characteristics and Responsibilities of a Great Scrum Product Owner

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Complex software projects have no shortage of moving pieces, making the Agile methodology a logical approach to keep everyone heading in the right direction. Though there are several roles on a scrum team, there is only one that provides the “single source of truth.” Within the Scrum framework, the scrum product owner is THE key stakeholder of a project. But what does this really mean? And most importantly, what makes a great product owner?

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People Behind the Product: 3 Pillars of a Scrum Team

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In the world of Agile project management, Scrum is one of the most important tools that companies use to keep complex projects on track, on target, and on budget. It was originally created for the quick life cycle of software development and has since become a standard discipline for effectively managing all types of projects. While there are many roles within a scrum team, the three pillars are the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and the Development Team.

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Dragonspears Received 2017’s Best Places to Work in Illinois Award!

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  May 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Working in a dual role between Human Resources and Marketing gives me insight into what truly makes DragonSpears such a special organization. Throughout our recruiting process, I often involve employees and encourage candidates to ask them questions. It’s not long before candidates ask the inevitable question: “What do you like about working at DragonSpears?” The number one answer I hear is “the people.” This also rings true for our clients. When asked why they like working with DragonSpears, without missing a beat they cite “the people” as the hands down winner.

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