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Big Data And Analytics Has Been Around Forever! Why Is It Still Important?

Timo Elliott

These are some quick answers to some common questions I get about Business Intelligence, Big Data, and Analytics: Big Data. The term has been around for quite some time. Why is it still important for innovative businesses? It’s clear that data is one of the most important assets of the future. Organizations want to optimize their end-to-end customer experience, to improve productivity, and to engage the workforce in new ways. All of these things require data and analytics.

Transformation is More Than Just Having an Agile Checklist

Leading Agile

As a consultant, I get to see a lot of different organizations and work with a variety of teams. By now, virtually everyone has at least heard of agile and read the manifesto. We also seem to have, in technology adoption terms, crossed the chasm, and so adoption by more traditional, sometimes slower moving, global scale organizations is well under way. Agile has finally been vetted by the early adopters and is now becoming mainstream.

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Whitepaper: Skills Acquisition Vs. Talent Acquisition | Simplilearn

Simplilearn

Many organizations assume they need to hire new talent to fill their skills gaps, but that’s an expensive and time-consuming procedure. Determining the skills needed and how to train your existing employees on those skills is a cost-effective and efficient alternative

A Better Way to Clean Up the SSIS Catalog Database

Tim Mitchell

Earlier this week, I blogged about the automatic cleanup process that purges old data from the SSIS catalog logging tables. This nightly process removes data for operations that are older than 365 days. While this is useful, many SSIS admins have complained that this process is very slow and contentious on large or busy SSISDB databases. In this post, I’ll. The post A Better Way to Clean Up the SSIS Catalog Database appeared first on Tim Mitchell. SSIS Catalog SSIS

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What is the Decision Tree Analysis and How Does it Help a Business to Analyze Data?

ElegantJ BI

In this article, we will discuss the Decision Tree analysis method. What is Decision Tree Analysis? There are two basic types of decision tree analysis: Classification and Regression. 1) Classification Trees are used when the target variable is categorical and, as the name implies, are used to classify/divide the data into these predefined categories of a target variable.

Why Product People Should Care About Business Strategy

Roman Pichler

Business Strategy vs. Product Strategy. A business strategy describes how a company wants to achieve its overall aspiration and create value for its users, employees, and shareholders. It’s distinct from the product strategy : The business strategy states how the company will be successful, whereas the product strategy describes how a product will achieve success, as the following picture illustrates.

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Teaming – could this be the future of agile?

Growing Agile

We all know the benefits of teams. A bunch of people who work together over long periods of time and are fairly stable. They grow together and learn together and the team is worth more than the sum of the individuals. IF you’ve worked in one of these teams – you will know what I’m speaking about. It feels amazing. However in most companies this idea of stable teams seems like an impossibility.

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Understanding Customer Needs: Problem vs. Solution Space

280 Group

This is the first article in a three part series on navigating the Problem vs. Solution Space with a focus on understanding customer needs. Understanding Customer Needs “Well, we could…” I stopped myself quickly. I had fallen into the most common of traps. I had stopped paying attention to the customers’ needs and started working on a fix. Product Managers and the teams of developers they work with often tell me that Product Managers have problems writing good requirements. continue reading].

Feedback and Feedforward for Continuous Improvement Posted

Johanna Rothman

I’m a monthly contributor to the Gurock blog. This month’s article is Feedback & Feedforward for Continuous Improvement : Using Double-Loop Learning Challenges Our Assumptions. Single-loop learning is when you “Plan the work and work the plan.” ” Double-loop learning is when you challenge assumptions during the project. Agile approaches allow us to do so. This is the story of learning about the product and the project to challenge everyone’s assumptions.

The Importance of Corporate Due Diligence

The Analyst Agency

The Importance of Corporate Due DiligenceBy Steven Czyrny “Trust but verify” is a phrase that President Reagan once used when he was heading into high-level discussions with the Soviet Union. Today, the advice works perfectly for anyone entering into any kind of business partnership. It’s a fine idea to get excited about any kind of […]. The post The Importance of Corporate Due Diligence appeared first on The Analyst Agency.

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Social Media Rage (Cartoon)

Timo Elliott

Am I the only one who does this? Algorithmically, social media is designed to be rage-inducing — deliberately, cynically — in order to get more clicks and show you more ads. And it’s ripping apart society. Cartoons Cartoon Humor Social Media socmed

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Continuous Unit Checking:Part Three

Leading Agile

Where were we? Part 1 : Command-line utilities and wrapper scripts. Part 2 : Guard (with Ruby) and SBT (with Scala). Part 3 (this): Infinitest (with Java and IntelliJ IDEA). In Part 1, we looked at some simple continuous checking solutions based on shell commands and wrapper scripts. In Part 2, we climbed up the pile of tools a bit and tried out guard (Ruby) and sbt (Scala). Now we’ll have a look at Infinitest for Java, with JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.

How to Prepare Your Analytics Team for Digital Transformation | Simplilearn webinar starts on 15-02-2017 15:30

Simplilearn

In this age of digital transformation, there is a need for businesses to become more data driven. Data is everywhere, and businesses that can harness this data to provide maximum value to their customers will win in the marketplace.

SSIS Catalog Execution Parameter Values

Tim Mitchell

When doing any new development or major overhaul of existing SSIS architecture, I almost always recommend to clients that they deploy those packages to the SSIS catalog. Using the catalog to store and execute SSIS packages takes a lot of the manual work out of development and maintenance, particularly when it comes to package logging. When you execute a package. The post SSIS Catalog Execution Parameter Values appeared first on Tim Mitchell. SSIS Catalog SSIS

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Measure Social Media and Internet Marketing Results

ElegantJ BI

Use BI for Social Media and Internet Marketing to Understand and Measure Results! Nearly every organization is using social media to promote its products and services and to establish and sustain relationships with prospects and customers. But, how do you know whether your social media outreach and your internet marketing campaigns are working? Senior management teams and shareholders do not take kindly to guess work or to subjective opinions about business success or applied techniques.

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People. As the person in charge of the product, you may not be terribly concerned about how clean and well-structured the code is. But the quality of your product matters: It directly impacts your ability to achieve strategic product goals and make your products successful: Technical debt makes it hard to experiment with new ideas, release new features, and quickly respond to user feedback. [1].

A UX introduction to instructional design

Userzoom

Under the broad umbrella of human-centred design, user experience design (UXD) and instruction design (ID) are two titans with surprisingly little awareness of each other. Whereas UX designers might work on highly varied types of products — like ecommerce, marketing, healthcare or countless others — instructional designers specifically create education and training materials for things like software, websites, videos, intelligent tutoring systems, games and other instruction-based technology.

Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 4 – Retrospectives!

Growing Agile

Here I was, full time scrum mastering! There was time to plan mindful retrospectives targeted on what the team needed, it was total bliss. I’d been learning so much and this was an obvious way to put my learnings into practice and experiment with some new things. . Here’s a couple of case studies of retrospectives I facilitated and why I targeted them the way I did. —– How to say no: I was reading and learning about team impediments.

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Women in Product Management: Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP Digital Solutions Product Management at Pitney Bowes

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For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP Digital Solutions Product Management at Pitney Bowes. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. Don’t be afraid to take a risk to go in to Product Management. Women are typically very good planners and organizers, and that makes us forward thinkers.

Help Managers Visualize Their Problems

Johanna Rothman

I've been working with several managers at organizations large and small, who want to capitalize their software “earlier.” ” These managers have some strongly-held beliefs about the people: People are resources. Resources can multitask on several projects at a time. If “headquarters” does the difficult work, you can move the “grunt” work to lower wage areas and you will save money on the project. None of those beliefs are true.

Data is the New Frontier for Performance in Formula One

TIBCO

It’s no secret that evolution drives Formula One racing. Each season, teams work to improve safety and energy consumption with the goal of giving fans a great, competitive show with a level playing field. The crux and excitement of F1 racing is for teams to expect the unexpected. Whether it’s weather conditions or a pitfall of an opponent, teams need to be prepared to adapt to changing conditions — even the most minor of changes can have the greatest impact.

The Importance of Market Research

The Analyst Agency

Importance of Market Research By Steven Czyrny Market research is vital not only in the initial stages of setting up a business but also throughout the lifespan of your organisation. How can you beat the competition if you don’t know what your clients are looking for? How can you improve your business without knowing where […]. The post The Importance of Market Research appeared first on The Analyst Agency.

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Assume a Spherical Cow

Leading Agile

The Joke, as recounted in this blog : Milk production at a dairy farm was low, so a farmer wrote to the local university to ask for help. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, headed by a theoretical physicist, and two weeks of intensive on-site investigation took place. The scholars then returned to the university, notebooks crammed with data, where the task of writing the report was left to the team leader.

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PMP Certification Course: Project Life Cycle vs Project Management Processes | Simplilearn

Simplilearn

Project Life Cycle vs. Project Management Process Project life cycle addresses the question, “What to do to get the work done?” ” It varies industry wise. For example, let us look at a typical project life cycle in a software industry. First, you understand what is required and analyze it as part of the requirement analysis phase. Read More

Personal Touch: An Argument Against Automation

Tim Mitchell

At the far end of an out-of-the-way aging strip shopping center in southern Louisiana, there stands a small and modest sushi restaurant. The exterior could be described as tasteful minimalistic: there are no big signs, no flashy advertising, and the word “fancy” would never be used to describe it. Inside, it is a small space, seemingly purposeful in its meager. The post Personal Touch: An Argument Against Automation appeared first on Tim Mitchell. Potpourri

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Software for Data Visualization to Improve Your Results!

ElegantJ BI

Data Visualization Tools that are Smarter Can Make Users Smarter! Visual Analytics tools enable users to identify relationships, patterns, trends and opportunities and to explore detailed data with simple drill down and drill through capabilities and make sense of data from all sources, with a guided approach that allows users to identify patterns and trends, and quickly complete analysis with clear results.

Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Come Prepared. Make sure you carry out the necessary prep work prior to the sprint planning meeting. Be clear on what you want the sprint to achieve, ensure that the product backlog is appropriately refined (or groomed) , and have its high-priority items ready. This is necessary for the following two reasons: First, if you start sprint planning without a properly prepared product backlog, you are likely to perform backlog and planning work in a comparatively short, time-boxed meeting.

What’s the difference between quantitative and qualitative research?

Userzoom

In my first few weeks of working for a UX testing company I was put under a rigorous training programme. Every facet of UX testing was explained to me in detail, with practical examples and demos delivered along with a reading list of all the key UX texts. I’m not saying any of this as some kind of unsubtle recruitment drive (I found the constant running up steps and punching frozen meat to be both humiliating and confusing) but to reveal where I am on my beginner’s journey into UX.

The value of a Scrum Master

Growing Agile

The role of Scrum Master is a debate that has been been raging for over a decade. It is hugely misunderstood term and abused all over the world. I am grateful that this term crossed my life. If it wasn’t for this term “Scrum Master” I would never have truly learned what being a coach means, and how much difference it can make to a team. Think back to the best manager you ever had. What did they do differently to your other managers?

Women in Product Management: Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP Digital Solutions Product Management at Pitney Bowes

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP Digital Solutions Product Management at Pitney Bowes. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. Don’t be afraid to take a risk to go in to Product Management. Women are typically very good planners and organizers, and that makes us forward thinkers. Marie manages a team of solution architects and Product Managers who are.[continue

“Agile Coaching” Is Not the Goal

Johanna Rothman

I've met a number of agile coaches recently. They tell me they're hired as Scrum coaches or as Scrum Masters. They see their job as “better Scrum.” ” It would be lovely if that was their one and only job. However, many of these coaches work in organizations just starting a cultural transformation. Even though the client asked for agile coaching, that might not be what the client needs.

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