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3 Ways Retailers Can Remain Agile During Supply Chain Disruption

In the midst of COVID-19, we as individuals are faced with personal challenges, including keeping ourselves and our families safe. For businesses, and especially retailers, the challenges continue as you look to support the struggling economy and maintain sales while in-store traffic is significantly reduced. To remain agile during this time – and during any […]

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Three Reasons to Work on Cloud Platform Services at Perficient

Perficient is a global consulting company that provides consulting services for digital transformation. Within the cloud computing space, our core competencies are in strategic planning, workload modernization and migration, pipeline automation, and big data. What Does the Cloud Team at Perficient Do? “Our team helps clients leverage cloud technologies from strategic planning through implementation for […]

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A Case Study in Scaled Agile and Business Prioritization

Why it is so critical to get the ever-changing business priorities up-to-date for Agile software development teams? Let’s look at a real customer situation to find out. Case Study Here, we will look at a large fin-tech company that has a web-based application that runs on a scaled agile method. On the other side, they […]

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Agile Street Smarts: Insights from an Agile Practitioner

According to Merriam-Webster, “Agile is marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace.” Of course, this not only describes the adjective, but also the methodology. I’m an Industrial Engineer with an affinity for data and numbers and a Jersey Boy who realizes the need to break free from conventional approaches in order to […]

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Writing Better User Stories

Teams that take the Product Backlog seriously are more effective, which means paying more attention to the backlog and collectively ensuring a common understanding of: What is required? why is being done? when it needs to be delivered? In this blog, I’ll explore ideas presented by Mike Cohn from Mountain Goat Software, about getting teams […]

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Agile For Programmers: A Streamlined Guide to Meetings

Agile is a data-driven, streamlined project management process designed to minimize distractions while still providing multiple opportunities to check and adjust the course of development. If done correctly, it can allow for long-term project plans that are accurate and resilient to changes. Unfortunately, “Agile” is a trendy project management term that project managers and leadership […]

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5 Methods to Decompose a User Story

This is a quick guide to decompose a user story. There are lots of resources that explain methods to decompose a user story. In this case, there is a parallel with Perficient Denver office lunch time learning session. This is not rocket science, but rather, a quick guide to facilitate a forum. Therefore, use this article […]

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Synergizing Agile Projects

The Synergizing Idea This hypothesis started when I was part of the potluck-hosting team in my office. Our lead had set targets on taste, quantity, quality, and timelines. Then he said, “We are presenting this food to our clients; let us make it a unique memorable experience for them. Let us ensure that it does […]

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Agile for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Companies

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many small and mid-sized manufacturers. These companies are typically much more flexible and able to mobilize quickly compared to their larger counterparts. If you have a concept for a marketing campaign, financial reporting, or an improved process, you have the opportunity to walk into the head of that […]

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Minimum Viable Product (MVP) May Not Be Maximum Value

In software development, the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the quickest time to release for something useful. All these words are loaded: “quickest,” “release,” and “useful.”  Noting that development is a change, the definition [of a one-time] MVP depends on your planned current vs. future business state. Yes, I emphasize that your MVP vision depends […]

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Hype Cycle for 3 Phases of an Agile Backlog Groom

I was reading about the Gartner Hype Cycle and realized the same curve could be applied to Agile Backlog Groom (or simply Grooming).  Grooming is the process for an agile scrum team to absorb new work and add details. Every piece of work, no matter the size, follows this generic evolution. That is, the following […]

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“Agile Takt Time” Helps Stabilize Production

While my earlier blog posts were focused on Agile Risk Management, I am taking some time off from this to familiarize myself with a new subject – Time Management. “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed” – Peter Drucker One fascinating way that I have found to help […]

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Introducing Our Atlassian Partnership

We recently welcomed Atlassian to our valued partners and are very excited to be able to offer an expanded set of products, services, and vendor backed support to new and existing customers. The addition of the Atlassian portfolio is a natural one for our teams as we often see these solutions in our customers already as a best of […]

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“We’ve Got a Problem.” How Scrum Tells Us What That Means

Has someone come to you as a developer and said, “Looks like we’ve got a problem?” What do you think of when the person says this to you? Do you assume the worse or something that can be delayed? I supposed it depends on the urgency conveyed by the speaker. But it is difficult to […]

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Why Does Agile Call Its Requirements, User Stories?

First, a little bit of a personal story: I grew up in a family of great storytellers: My mom could bring alive comic characters with descriptions and add the sounds of them falling, crying or laughing. My dad could lead you to the moon with his drawn maps and landmarks. He would even add details, […]

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A Lean Thinking Perspective of Agile

Over the past couple of decades, Agile and Lean have been steadily gaining popularity in various fields and industries. People are having lots of discussion on agile and lean, and trying to compare the differences and benefits. By learning what is agile and what is lean, you may find that they have a lot of […]

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How to Solve the DevOps Value Dilemma

An adage often repeated in the retail industry is that the customer is always right. Even if standard operating procedures were followed correctly, the customer still commands their wallet. In today’s age, with social media further extending the message of even the most anonymous customer, organizations must be cognizant to build products that drive customer […]

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5 Characteristics For Every Modern Application

Today’s innovative organizations focus on multiple initiatives, including delivering a product to market and creating an application that customers love. Many applications use emerging technologies including cloud, containers, microservices and distributed applications, which promise greater flexibility, lower cost and faster release cycles. One of the challenges of building an innovative application is how it adjusts […]

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Agile Risk Management vs Traditional Risk Management

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing” – Warren Buffet A college called the “Risk Management Institute” arranged a get together for their alumni students. Two close ex-classmates named AGIL and TRADY are meeting years after their graduation. They both are highly skilled RISK MANAGERS. They discuss their families, life, love, society, and stuff. […]

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Mobile Automation Test Tool Selection & Framework Library Design

In the last blog (Mobile Automation Test Framework Introduction and Design) we discussed some basic knowledge about automation framework and how to set up a proper automated testing framework. In this article, I will introduce how to select a suitable automation tool and how to design the framework library. First, we need to define some […]

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