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Experienced Facilitator Shares How to Run an Effective Design Sprint

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 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

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  May 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

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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How DragonSpears is Advocating for AI and Machine Learning

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  May 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Chicago-based Illinois Technology Association (ITA) recently announced the formation of a new AI council. Their mission is to advance programming, investment, and policy for AI technology. Patrick Emmons, owner of DragonSpears, is pleased to participate as a member of the AI Council Advisory Board to help guide ITA’s policies and advocacy related to AI and Machine Learning.

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Agile Communication Plan Best Practices for Successful Outsourcing

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  May 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Outsourcing software development can be a great way to add expertise and productivity to your team. However, successful outsourcing is only possible with a clear-cut agile communication plan. Here are a few best practices for effective communication from project initiation to product delivery.

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4 Signs You’ve Found a Great Software Consultant

[fa icon="user"] Greta Kelly [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 17, 2019 11:45:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In the world of software development consulting, inventory (hourly work) is very perishable. An hour lost can’t be relived! Great software consultants understand this and implement strategies to ensure their clients get maximum value for time spent working on projects. If you outsource all or some of your custom software development, here are 4 signs you’re making a sound investment.

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