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We get it. If your company isn't up on blockchain, your future is doomed. At least, that's the general vibe industry leaders are putting out - scrambling to understand and utilize a framework that is more frequently associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In other words, block chain is, generally, poorly understood. So, should your company stand back and let it mature, or wade into the fray and hope for the best? The answer, as it usually does, falls somewhere in the middle. Recently, a Gartner blog highlighted the mad dash of companies trying to capitalize on blockchain, and the main takeaway is that companies should pursue the technology, but be wary of diving into a "pointless" project: There are multiple causes for disappointing project outcomes, including rapid rate of technology evolution," said Ray Valdes, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "However, a ... (more)

Identify Business Value Before Jumping Into Requirements

How many times have you set off on a software development project with a brilliant idea and boatloads of ambition, only to finish the project and realize it doesn't meet the necessary business objectives? ID-GEM is a free tool from Amadeus Consulting that aims to help avoid this seemingly inevitable "planning gap" and help bring your dev project from ideation to completion more efficiently, with better overall team alignment, and with buy-in from all stakeholders. ID-GEM is particularly formulated for small-to-medium sized businesses - business that can least afford a project fa... (more)

Ask the Right Questions Before Jumping into Development | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousIntegration

Ask the Right Questions Before Jumping into Development In today's post, we're going to be talking more about the steps of ID-GEM - the business impact software framework from Amadeus Consulting that is designed to streamline your development process. ID-GEM is a free, downloadable planning tool that helps organizations incorporate business objectives early in the development process to reduce software project failure rates by addressing the need for better front-end planning. In our last post, we talked about step one - the "I" of ID-GEM, which stands for "Identify Value." It m... (more)

Why Every CEO Should Download Pokemon Go

Pokemon GO's meteoric rise can be attributed to a lot of things. It's quite "sticky" because the platform is built on an endless reward cycle of Pokemon to catch. The face to face social aspect of playing with other people in the real world opens up a whole new way to experience games that many modern video games have lost. Most importantly, it has a fantastic brand history that connects with young and old users alike. You may think it's only a game for kids, people of all ages are playing and you should too. At minimum, you'll be surprised at how it gets you walking outside and... (more)

The Impact of Office Design

An inspiring office space is crucial to motivating and engaging staff. With a good office design you can improve creativity and productivity. Do you still have physical office space and appreciate the reasons Google has cool things in their office but have a much, much smaller budget? Then here are some ideas that are intended to foster a cultural of collaboration, creativity, and employee wellness. ROOM/DESK ASSIGNMENTS BY PROJECT Open spaces can make people feel more comfortable and not so "boxed-in," which can create greater productivity and efficiency. We threw out office cu... (more)