Spring is on the way! (Please. We hope.)
We are going to be keeping busy this month at the following IT events around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia while we wait for the Cherry Blossoms and warm breezes to come our way.
Hope you can join us!
Hallway testing can be a fast, inexpensive and easy way to conduct usability testing for your website or application. But, you still have to do it right to get the best results!
Our team at USAJOBS recently helped write a great post for DigitalGov on the best ways to conduct hallway testing. Here are their 10 Tips for Better Hallway Usability Testing:
How many times have you seen a website or application stumble or crash once it gets to production, despite meeting the requirements perfectly? Have you felt like there was something missing in the development process?
In the following presentation, Norm Sun talks about what usability testing is, why you should be doing it, and how you can start incorporating it into your development process right now!
When I started working on my first Agile project in 2008, I remember hearing a lot about “developers” and little-to-no mention of project managers, testers or business analysts (BAs). With years of experience in the waterfall method, I started to wonder how I could fit into an Agile team. Did BA’s fit into the Agile method? If so, where?
I soon learned that the Agile Manifesto was written from a developer’s perspective and while it could be interpreted literally, most Agile teams saw the value that the other roles brought to the table and continued to include them on their teams. Developers still wanted to write code, testers still wanted to validate, and managers still wanted a successful delivery of the solution. So I got my CSM, and jumped into the world of Agile Software Development. A world that I think we can all agree helps reduce waste and uncertainty on complex or novel projects.
Since then, I have been a part of many successful Agile delivery teams. As Agile becomes the “new normal” for software delivery, I often think back to my early concerns. I drafted this post with my top 5 lessons learned in becoming an Agile BA. Read on to see if this helps you!
Is winter over yet?! Find your way out of the cold with these great IT events happening in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia this month!
How often have you heard statements like, “We need more insight into our customer data!” or “We need to adopt a data-driven approach to…” or “I need a report on <insert ridiculous, challenging, or impossible request here>.”
If you haven’t heard one of these exactly, you can probably come up with a few on your own. There are so many words out there to describe business intelligence (BI) projects – big data, data analytics, and data management – to name a few. There is an equally infinite number of ways to execute these projects.
Regardless of the words you choose, understanding the needs and expectations of your customers, colleagues and the C-suite is essential to running a successful BI project. One great way to ensure success is to promote an environment on your projects and within your organization to create a data friendly atmosphere that is ready for success.
We like to call this an “information culture.” Um, what is an information culture you ask? Read on!
We are big fans of using an Agile approach to transform your projects or organization. At this month’s meeting of the DC Business Intelligentsia – our meetup for BI and data professionals in the Washington, D.C. area – we tackled the notion of using Agile to create useful information out of data chaos.
Happy New Year!
2014 is off to a great start with many great IT events happening in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area this January. If one of your resolutions was to learn a new IT skill or network with the technology community here in D.C., this list is a great place to start!
What software development topics were the most important for your projects and clients in 2013? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Here are the slides from Doguhan’s original presentation.
A recent report from the University of California at San Diego Extension listed Software Developers/Applications and Software Developers/Systems Software as tied for the number one hottest job for college graduates. What does this trend mean for business majors?
We think it means that it’s time for all students – especially those pursuing business degrees – to consider adding some technical classes to their curriculum. On Monday, December 9, Excella Partner Doug Sampson spoke to Dr. Katherine Stewart’s “Intro to Information Systems” class at the University of Maryland about why business school students should consider more (rather than fewer) technology classes in their college education. Here is an overview of the talk:
For more technology topics, be sure to check out Excella’s other SlideShare presentations.