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Agile's Homeground - When Agile Works and When It Doesn't

Author's Notes: For the purpose of this article, we will break software types into two categories with four sub categories: In house developed (packaged software including downloads, enterprise applications and software as a service, web) and outsourced software (can be any type). The subcategories are not mutually exclusive as SaaS software can be Web and/or Enterprise in nature and vice versa. Additionally, we will approach software development from two standpoints; strategic and tactical.

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One Device To Rule Them All?

Time to get out the crystal ball and make a few predictions about what the future technology landscape may look like. Today's topic: Smart phones.

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Business as a Lifestyle - Recruiting and Hiring

AUTHOR NOTE: For the purpose of this article, I am going to use the term RECRUITER repeatedly and define the word to mean anyone involved in the relationship aspect of hiring. This could be internal recruiters, external recruiters and even hiring managers if they are acting to recruit for their own positions.

Humans are incredible social. Pretty much everything we do centers around our social interaction. So then why do our business hiring and recruiting practices completely fly in the face of how we as people operate in all other aspects of our lives?

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Business as a Lifestyle - The 8 Hour Work Day

For most of the modern era, certainly in the time since industrialization of the US and Western Europe, "business" as a concept has managed to stay an entity that somehow exists in a mythological realm outside of normal life. People go to work and come home and somehow, the two states (working and not) are two separate non-overlapping bubbles. Rules and social constructs that wouldn't fly in personal life, like strict hierarchical structures, the 9-5 eight hour work day standard and two week notices have become synonymous with businesses.

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What To Automate

Everywhere I turn these days, it seems like people are automating simply to say they automate. In a previous article titled Do You Really Need Automation, we explored the fact that many organizations aren't gaining a tangible benefit from automation but didn't explore how to target automation to make sure it adds value. We will do that here now.

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