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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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3 Benefits of Hiring an Outside Software Consultant To Do a Code Audit

 Robert Perrin  Oct 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

There’s an old saying among business leaders that also applies to software development teams: you need to work on your business, not in your business. The grind of daily work often leaves developers with little time to create more strategic and structural plans required to accomplish core business objectives. Without a focus on the foundation of your processes and practices, there is the risk of making all of that day-to-day work less effective than it could and should be.

Some dev teams have the flexibility to hire a specific person to focus on those structural, strategic issues. A small portion of them are able to stick to that division of labor, even in the face of immediate business needs, which is great. However, many teams benefit greatly from partnering with an outside software consultant to help them with the strategic analysis of the codebase, systems, and development practices. A consultant’s role is to help you find the best practices that make your processes and jobs more efficient and effective going forward.

Here are three ways a third-party code audit from an experienced software consultant can benefit your team in the long run.

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How to Enhance Your Technical Interview to Find Better Candidates

 Rich Popola  Oct 16, 2019 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

Finding the right candidates to join your software delivery team is tough. Competition is fierce, and the last thing you want is to lose a good candidate due to a weak interview process. From the moment a candidate walks in the door through the completion of their technical assessment, you want to provide them the chance to show their best. Here are some ways to enhance your technical interview to find great candidates and build a better software delivery team.

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Experienced Facilitator Shares How to Run an Effective Design Sprint

 Patrick Emmons  Jun 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

Design sprints are gaining popularity as an efficient way to investigate ideas and determine solutions for big problems facing small and large organizations alike. Using this methodology, a team of seven people can find a big challenge they need to tackle, identify a solution, build a prototype, and test it with real customers in just five days.

In this interview, Simon Hunt shares his experience as a design sprint facilitator. He has a background in software development and product management at Nokia, Microsoft, and BMW, and discusses how to put together a solid team, what roles people should play, and pitfalls to watch out for.

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Developer Onboarding Checklist for Successful Agile Teams

 Natalie Lopez  May 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM  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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