Agile

Beyond the Cloud – DevOps in Financial Services

By |2017-09-01T10:42:08+00:00January 27, 2017|Categories: Cloud & Machine Learning, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , |

One of the hottest topics in the financial services industry these days is the swelling adoption of the cloud1. After a late start, financial services is making up for lost time by aggressively moving processes and products to the cloud and to good effect. But does cloud by itself have the ability to deliver [...]

Product-Focused Agility in a FDA Regulated Environment

By |2018-03-01T08:42:56+00:00January 26, 2017|Categories: Digital Transformation, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , |

A Must to Stay Competitive in the Digital Space Technology has become increasingly important in the way we work and interact. As people rely on technology in their daily lives, they develop higher expectations for functionality, usability, and performance. The life sciences industry is no different—technology is at the heart of research and development, [...]

6 Things That Have Changed About Consulting

By |2017-09-01T10:48:42+00:00July 21, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

As technology becomes more sophisticated, more analytical, and more social, the very nature of the work we do is changing. For nearly two centuries, corporations have been organized by function (Sales, Marketing, Finance, Operations, etc.) with the goal of efficiency. Work has been assumed to be divisible by corporate function, and therefore specialization is assumed [...]

6 Analysis Tools for Optimizing Your Feature Portfolio

By |2017-09-01T10:51:08+00:00May 2, 2016|Categories: Data & Analytics, White Papers|Tags: , , , |

In our previous article, “Roadmapping for Success, A Product-Based Approach to Life Science Software,” we promised to discuss some of the analysis tools in more detail, and how to pick the right set of tools to optimize your feature portfolio. There are more tools to review than the length of this article allows, so the [...]

Shadow IT Part 3 – Making the Digital Transformation

By |2018-03-01T08:34:00+00:00May 1, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Recap of Parts 1 and 2 Our first post in this Shadow IT series pointed out that in today’s environment, as technology becomes more sophisticated, more analytical, and more social, the skills required for success are changing more dramatically than ever. We argued that the very nature of the work we do is changing. Creating [...]

Consumerization of IT and the Marriage of UX and Agile

By |2017-09-01T10:52:46+00:00January 26, 2016|Categories: Experience Design, Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

According to a recent Tech Pro Research study, 74% of organizations have or are developing some form of BYOD policy (ZDNet, Jan 2015). Users both inside and outside the four walls of the enterprise want simple and easy to use apps to do their jobs. Data visualization is increasingly playing a role in the management [...]

Shadow IT Part 2: The Coming [Digital Productization] Wave

By |2017-09-01T10:53:49+00:00January 25, 2016|Categories: Digital Transformation, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Recap of Shadow IT Part 1 Our first post on this topic pointed out that in today’s environment, as technology becomes more sophisticated, more analytical, and more social, the skills required for success are changing more dramatically than ever. We argued that the very nature of the work we do is changing; it’s less like [...]

DevOps: Beyond the Buzzword Part II

By |2017-04-13T16:12:51+00:00October 21, 2015|Categories: Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , |

In part one of this article, we discussed the history leading up to the Agile movement and its implications for software development. This new way of doing things - in short sprints and in constant dialogue with the business stakeholders - was a watershed moment. But technology continued to move forward and the innovations of the [...]

Making the Case for UX and Agile in Financial Services

By |2016-12-06T15:47:50+00:00October 21, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , |

In the April edition of the Maven Wave newsletter (Utilizing Agile and UX for Success in Fin Tech), we detailed Maven Wave’s experience in deploying our expertise in UX and Agile for financial services clients. As the year has progressed, we have seen increased adoption of these precepts and we have learned a great deal about why. [...]

Big Data Diamonds – Agile Implementation

By |2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00July 17, 2015|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Last week, we introduced the assessment criteria for selecting the right tools for your big data platform. This week in the Big Data Diamonds series, we fill focus on using Agile implementation and methodology to continuously drive value and insight.  Maven Wave employs the Agile methodology for delivering solutions to our clients and the incremental and iterative [...]

DevOps: Beyond the Buzzword

By |2016-12-07T09:12:37+00:00July 16, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , |

DevOps is the new black. Any glance through LinkedIn job titles, job boards, or software packages will tell you that the buzzword DevOps is hot right now. Gartner says that “DevOps will evolve from a niche to mainstream strategy employed by 25% of Global 2000 organizations.” CIO.com says that DevOps is “redefining IT strategy.” But [...]

Utilizing Agile and UX for Success in Fin Tech

By |2018-03-21T07:43:29+00:00April 20, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , , , , , |

With Fin Tech garnering so much attention these days (see our article “Behind the Buzz in Fin Tech"), what are some of the key factors that will determine the winners and the losers in this emerging field? To address that question, Maven Wave and FinTEx Chicago hosted a presentation and panel discussion a few weeks ago. Entitled [...]

Agile Development for Financial Services

By |2017-07-17T10:58:10+00:00October 21, 2014|Categories: Drive, Strategic Delivery Posts, Technology Solutions Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When the Going Gets Tough, the Smart Get Agile. In a series of blog posts, Maven Wave has detailed both our commitment to and success with Agile methodologies for software development and project management. In most cases, Agile delivers superior results to traditional, step-by-step, “waterfall” style development. The principles of the discipline naturally foster [...]

The Cold Hard Truth

By |2017-04-13T16:16:59+00:00October 16, 2014|Categories: Strategic Delivery Posts, White Papers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ALM tools can tell you the truth about your code - but what if you don’t like what you see? Gloria Steinem once said “the truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off!” This reality frequently hits home with many organizations implementing Application Lifecycle Managment (ALM) tools. They find their velocity has [...]

US Foods

By |2017-04-13T16:17:11+00:00June 23, 2014|Categories: Case Studies, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Company Profile US Foods is the 2nd largest food distribution company with over 250,000 customers. It’s customer base consists of restaurants and institutional cafeterias ranging in size from fortune 500 corporations to small “mom and pop” restaurants. Key to developing this market-share is an advanced e-commerce platform that allows customers of all sizes to [...]

Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation

By |2016-12-06T15:48:01+00:00May 15, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

"Working software is the measure of progress because there's no other way of capturing the subtleties of the requirements: Documents and diagrams are too abstract to let the user 'kick the tires,'" says Dave Thomas, coauthor of The Pragmatic Programmer (Addison-Wesley, 1999). In Agile, working software is the primary measure of progress, period. Seems simple [...]

Techniques for Enhancing Individuals and Interactions

By |2017-04-13T16:18:55+00:00April 17, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In our most recent Agile blog, Building Agility through Individuals and Interactions, we described how the Agile model, if executed with the right mindset, will enable team members to drive execution and communication inherently within the process, without leadership mandate.  We hope you found this concept to be insightful, but now you are probably [...]

Build Agility through Individuals and Interactions

By |2017-04-13T16:19:02+00:00March 6, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog, Strategic Delivery Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What is the single most important factor in leading a project to exalted success or bitter failure?  Communication! “Communication” is a vastly overused term, so let us be clear about what we mean when we talk about good communication. We want teams to be efficient in making decisions quickly with effective outcomes.  We want [...]

IT Investments for Strategic Agility: An Introduction to Agile

By |2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00February 5, 2014|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Why did Maven Wave chose Agile? Maven Wave specializes in custom solutions for companies that are looking to strategically enhance their competitive edge in their industry.  Studies show that the most “successful enterprises get the infrastructure balance right because they make regular, systematic, modular and targeted investments in IT infrastructure on the basis of an [...]

Agile Project Tools Review

By |2016-12-06T15:48:19+00:00November 22, 2011|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , , , |

Originally posted by Mark Tattersall on the Triton-Tek blog.  Triton-Tek was acquired by Maven Wave Partners in 2011. Over the course of the last 2 years, I have tried out a number of Agile project management tools.  These tools are very important to us as we are often on distributed teams.  So although we follow [...]

When User Stories Are Not Enough

By |2016-12-07T09:12:19+00:00January 4, 2011|Categories: Fusion Blog|Tags: , |

Originally posted by Mark Tattersall on the Triton-Tek blog.  Triton-Tek was acquired by Maven Wave Partners in 2011. I recently attended an interesting webinar by MKS on why User Stories are sometimes an inadequate representation of requirements.  I thought it raised some excellent points, and certainly got me thinking. Starting with a refresher on what User Stories were, [...]