Category: Process
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
25 Sep, 2019

Integrated Project Teams – 10 steps to building your company’s capabilities

Using consultants to address challenging technology problems gives you short-term acceleration. Integrating consultants with your tech team provides for continuous knowledge transfer, builds capabilities and maintains velocity after the consulting engagement. This approach avoids the consulting hangover that happens when your tech team does not retain the capabilities that...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
18 Sep, 2019

Vertical Value

One of the issues I see a lot out in software product land are teams trying to plan and jam big features or capabilities through their development cycles. Often these are discussed on the order of many weeks or months with multiple, complex, and interrelated projects to complete before...
Gherman Medovets
Gherman Medovets
13 Mar, 2018

Aligning Product Management and Sales to Win

While it may not seem evident in day to day business, there is quite a bit of symmetry between product management and sales teams. In fact, both teams want the same thing: products that customers love and want to buy. So why then, is there often friction between product management...
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
20 Apr, 2017

Taming of the Subselect: Three ways to use this troublesome SQL Query

Subselects can be used in many ways: filtering, retrieving specific data, and creating custom joins. Writing effective SQL using subselects, though, can be frustrating. While SQL is ubiquitous in software engineering and is a valuable skill for testing, data analysis and reporting, nowadays a lot of SQL is abstracted...
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
08 Nov, 2016

6 Out of Scope Ways to Add Value to your Company and Clients

It seems to go without saying that adding value is important. As consultants, we add value through our work; otherwise, our clients wouldn’t hire us. Every day, we try to maximize our delivery according to the Statement of Work (SOW) we have in place and the business needs of our client.  Value...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
21 Jul, 2016

Congratulations! Your Company Is Now a Scaleup

It’s late on a Friday afternoon in the summertime, and, as the CEO of a hot startup, you should be feeling pretty good.  The key metrics on your monthly dashboard are all glowingly positive.  Revenues have passed $400K per month and are accelerating.  The Company just turned cash flow...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
12 Apr, 2016

Rule Books: A Secret Ingredient for Scaling Companies

Every game has rules – except for Calvinball – so I would bet that most people have at least leafed through a rule book. Game rule books attempt two things: teach you how to play AND serve as a reference during play. Businesses need rule books, too, to support...
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
06 Oct, 2015

Utilizing Maven Enforcer plugin to ensure dependency and version usage

Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project’s build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.  Using Maven for managing builds, reporting, and documentation has become a standard practice in...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
04 May, 2015

On Becoming Agile

A short discourse on some key areas and lessons for those who want to adopt an agile culture.
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
30 Mar, 2015

Continuous Delivery Continuum

Continuous Delivery exists on a continuum as a constellation of capabilities rather than as a destination