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A SAFe Approach to Agile Adoption

Agilex is supporting a client that is dependent on mission critical systems to parse, analyze and predict unique data elements through system integration and cross functionality. Today, this customer has multiple users with varying objectives, and relies on many isolated systems to determine threats, predict future events and anticipate incidents. These legacy systems needed to be consolidated and enhanced to meet emerging mission requirements.

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The Butterfly Effect in Systems Development

You can learn a lot by failing, as the saying goes. Although these days I much prefer the euphemism "teachable moment," which seems somehow more palatable than the alternative. Regardless the name, it's those endeavors in which events seem perfectly planned and orchestrated yet end up sideways are the ones that I find to be the most interesting and often the most difficult to decipher.

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Six Techniques for an Effective Retrospective

If a non-agile team were to adopt one single agile technique, what would it be?

My answer, without a doubt, is a regular retrospective.

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What Makes a Data Scientist?

I fancy myself a data scientist. After this article from the Harvard Business Review, who wouldn't? There are many definitions of a data scientist. I particularly like this one by Josh Willis of Cloudera:

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Analytics in Wonderland

I was privileged to spend nearly a quarter century working as an FBI agent, and what a quarter century it was! When I started as a young agent in the mid-80s, Xerox memory typewriters were cutting edge office technology and digital communications were limited to obscene gestures on the freeway. Files were kept in a cabinet drawer and your phone was as mobile as the length of its cord. Fast forward a mere twenty years and a group of us were creating a Cyber Division within the FBI.

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