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5 Lessons Learned at the Project Summit BA World

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Diversified Communications Canada, in partnership with the Baltimore and Washington, DC chapters of the International Institute of Business Analysis held it’s annual Project Summit (PS) Business Analyst (BA) World conference in May at the Hilton Hotel Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. This annual conference is designed to provide business analysts, project managers, business process engineers, and

Takeaways from the 2015 Change Management Conference

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The Conference Board’s Change Management Conference for the third year in a row, provided valuable insight into a rapidly advancing practice. Below are the top three takeaways I plan to integrate into my change management mantra: Change Can Change Your strategy today should be agile. As your change is further defined, desired behaviors understood and

Vagrant vs Docker: The Development Environment Challenge

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Earlier this June, I gave a talk at DevOpsDays DC about a tool called Vagrant. Vagrant is an application that simplifies the process for setting up a virtual machine, and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The general goal of the DevOps movement is to improve collaboration and synergy between the Development

DevOpsDays DC 2015: The Debrief

This June, DevOpsDays hosted its inaugural event for the DC metro area, DevOpsDays DC. The event brought together executives, program managers, and engineers from across the public and private sectors to talk about how to implement DevOps at their own organizations.

Best Tech Events for July 2015

July in the District means fireworks, BBQs, and a slew of tech events to keep you busy when it’s too hot and humid to be outdoors!  Check out these tech events taking place in DC, Maryland, and Virginia this July! SQLViking: Pillaging Your Data Sponsored by: Washington DC OWASP Chapter Wednesday, July 1 6:30 –

Make Your User Stories Manageable Through Story Decomposition

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We’ve all been there: sprint backlogs filled with large unwieldy epics, or maybe your team has committed to stories that are simply too large to complete during the sprint. An important aspect of the product backlog grooming process in Agile Scrum is the often overlooked task of story decomposition. Story decomposition is the process of

Striking the Balance Between Innovation and Stability

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Working in the software development field, we are constantly driving to be innovative with the solutions we create, the technologies we use, and the project management approaches we take. But when does the need for stability and “just getting things done” outweigh the desire (and thrill) to be innovative? Excella Managing Consultant Andy Bacon ruminates

How to Create a DevOps Culture on Your Delivery Team

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The benefits of adopting DevOps are numerous: shorter release cycles, swifter issue resolution, and faster delivery of features. So much so that the practice of bringing your developers and your operations staff together in one integrated team is becoming the gold-standard for IT development and delivery. We can all agree that it’s a great concept

Best IT Events for June 2015

Here are the IT events we are looking forward to attending this month around the DC metro area. Hope to see you there! 2015 Project Management Symposium Sponsored by: The Project Management Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland, College Park Monday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 9 College Park, MD Business Agility 101