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Delivering Glitz & Glimmer in IT

Government CIOs continue to struggle with the legacy trap, where 80% of IT funding is already committed to operations & maintenance (source: Corporate Executive Board), leaving limited funding available for new innovations. As a result, they can often appear unresponsive to their peers’ demands to help make mission delivery faster, cheaper and better.

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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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