Process

Four Key Digital Project Management Trends to Consider for 2018

The project management landscape for 2018 may appear different as clients, stakeholders, businesses, government and environmental expectations ultimately change. There has traditionally been a strong demand for technical skills and PM certifications but this does not always guarantee success. Because of changes made to business practices, requirements and expectations, there is currently a transformation taking 

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How to use AI for Software Development Effort Estimation?

Software development involves a number of interrelated factors which affect development effort and productivity. Since many of these relationships are not well understood, accurate estimation of software development time and effort is a difficult problem. The most significant activity in software development is to develop projects within confined time and budget. As accuracy plays a 

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How enterprises can adopt Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology is fast emerging as one of the biggest disruptive forces to drive benefits across multiple dimensions – cost savings, efficiency, accuracy, scalability, and compliance by automating key aspects of highly skilled knowledge work. Cognitive technologies that learn, recognize and process languages, designs and imagines like a human are poised to 

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How business analysts should approach knowledge absorption during transition

Knowledge Absorption (KA) is one of the critical phase in application transition. If KA fails everything else in the transition phase will be deemed for failure. The KA phase is especially challenging for those applications for which we have no pointers. Typically, the business analyst (BA) will be held responsible for functional transitions and during 

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A quick recipe for effective status reporting in large complex programs: Part II – Close the communication loop

In my earlier blog on effective status reporting, I shared the importance of making status reporting an integral part of program planning and having a structured approach to keeping clients updated of the program status. In this blog let us go a step further to understand how effectively we can close the communication loop once 

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A quick recipe for effective status reporting in large complex programs: Part 1 – Communicate to collaborate

A few days ago, I met up with an old friend of mine, quite unexpectedly at a social gathering. After exchanging the usual pleasantries and talking about random topics, neither of us could resist the temptation of talking about work. Although I was better off at holding back from letting my frustration out, my friend 

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A symphony of product owner, DevOps team and scrum master brings real business agility

“You can’t simply ask what customers really want and then try to give that to them, by the time you get it built, they will want something new.” This interesting quote from Steve Jobs has only become more meaningful and relevant in today’s context. Technology advancements, business dynamics and their associated disruption have challenged IT 

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Three reasons why basic requirement mapping document is a must for successful agile delivery

What level of documentation is necessary for the “Agile” delivery model? This remains a persistent question. Agile practices restrict the amount of time spent on preparing reports and documentation manually for all kinds of transactional activities like reviews, test execution reports, audit reports etc., which need to be pulled from the systems and tools as 

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Are we ready for Agile? Demystifying Agile (Part-2)

In the 1st part of this blog, we emphasized the importance of adopting Agile implementation to move towards seeing its advantages vis a vis the traditional methods. In this blog, we will delve into the measures required to achieving holistic Agile adoption throughout the organization. Agile mindset As competition becomes more intense, there is a 

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Are we ready for Agile? Demystifying Agile (Part-1)

Agile development has been in existence for almost 13 years and has been delivering immense value to organizations. It continuously accentuates on the rapid delivery of customer’s business value and provides the “best bang for the buck”. We witness a lot of frenzy for Agile Implementation. The interest towards the traditional waterfall and iterative models 

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Best Practices in Requirements Gathering: Focus, Flexibility and Adaptability

Based on different studies and surveys, it has been found that a good 60-70% of IT projects fail and only a lucky minority is able to reach fruition. Success here is being defined as the delivery of the agreed upon requirements while adhering to the proposed schedule and budget. One of the key reasons for 

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Social BPM: Gateway to Enhanced Process Efficiency

With the world getting more ‘social’, individuals are transforming the way they go about their daily lives. Businesses have recognized the need to rethink their strategies and reevaluate their operating models and have commenced to align them with customer expectations and customers’ perception of value. From focusing only on optimization of supply chains, penetration of 

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Process Patterns for Innovation – Enabling Innovation through a repeatable approach

Innovation is ingrained in all aspects of business and needs to be promoted, prompted and nurtured as a culture and a conscious activity. Most enterprises are facing the question of how do we bring a discipline around innovation and facilitate the process so that it does not remain as a branding or R&D activity. As 

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Process Analysis – A logical approach

One of the key constituents of Business Process Management (BPM) initiative is Process Analysis. The exercise usually commences during pre-inception or inception phase of a project (considering RUP). The participants comprise of process analysts (some call them process engineers) working with subject matter experts (SMEs) and senior management executives. The goal (vastly simplified) is to 

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The Five Factors of Agile Suitability

Agile is here to stay. With its emphasis on lightweight processes, high-quality deliverables, flexibility in dealing with changing business priorities, short delivery cycles, higher team morale, and a whole host of other benefits, agile development offers a fresh approach to businesses seeking greater agility in their software engineering processes. Agile over traditional practices brings in 

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Next Generation IT Services will take a Lean Approach

The next generation of IT Services will take a new approach to business process improvement and information technology.  The new approach uses Lean principles to deliver more than cost savings – it drives superior business performance through a relentless focus on waste reduction and continuous improvement. Clayton LockeMore Posts

The Mythical Quality of IT

No one likes to be told that they produce poor quality. Each one of us believes that the work we do strikes the right balance between customer needs and time to market, between cost/benefit and right quality. We reassure ourselves that the number of defects in our code is lower than industry standard. But the 

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