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Disciplined Agile Delivery: Agile Project Management in the Post-Scrum World

Disciplined Agile Delivery brings more planning to Scrum

If you’ve been using Scrum long enough, you’ve probably faced some of these issues:

  • insufficient or missing big-picture planning,
  • weak or missing architecture focus, no architecture role,
  • lack of early risk mitigation,
  • lack of upfront requirements,
  • lack of acceptance criteria,
  • lack of budget approvals,
  • lack of dates.

 
Do these look familiar? If yes, your Agile project management puzzle is missing pieces, and Scrum doesn’t have a standard solution for them.

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Numbers-driven Clairvoyance: Revolutionizing Healthcare with Big Data

Times are tough out there. No more so than for fortune tellers. Needing direction in life, career and romance, you would head on over to the carnival to gain some insight into the future. Charging a dollar, the old crone would look deeply into her crystal ball and cackle out some cryptic results… Luckily, those times are long gone, and it’s all thanks to Big Data.

Nowadays, scientists and health care professional glean insight into the future from data and analytics systems. Our latest client comes from the Fortuneteller disruption field, focusing on big data consulting in healthcare and the bio-sciences.

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Science Reality: React UI for a Genomics Platform

React UI for an innovative genomics platform

Modern technology has wrecked a whole lot of sci-fi movies from the past decades. I’m sure countless people have banged out letters (sent by snail mail, of course) demanding innovators to quit ruining their favorite movies with disruptive inventions. Seems like modern-day creators in the “Science-Fiction” genre are feeling the squeeze from creators in the “Science-Reality” industry.

I assume Will Smith may also be thinking of writing a letter. While we’ll always be Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It out on the dance floor, there are some issues with his post-apocalyptic movie, “I am Legend”.

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Tax-Mas Holiday Tidings

ReactJS development for a personal taxes management application

It’s that special time of year. Possibly not your favorite of holidays, but Tax-mas has come yet again. Tax-Mas has a lot of similarities to X-Mas. They both involve a lot of list checking, stress, and spending money.

A special guest may arrive at your house if a certain set of criteria is met. Santa plummeting down your chimney is a welcome sight at X-Mas. For Tax-Mas though it’s an IRS agent banging at your door to audit you. Also, he finds your offer of milk and cookies to be akin to a bribery attempt.

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Not Quite Terminal, in the Terminal. Creating Software for a Jet Charters Marketplace

A digital marketplace for business jet charters becomes the new client of AgileEngine

Tom Hanks’ has had a storied career, almost as amazing as the movies he’s starred in. In 2004, he played a Slavic guy stuck in an airport for several years subsisting on hamburgers while snoring loudly next to boarding gates. Somewhere along the storyline, he convinced Catherine Zeta Jones to plug her nose and smooch him. Great movie!

Our erstwhile hero probably would have benefited immensely from our new client, a digital marketplace for business jet charters.

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Getting featured on the React Native showcase

iPhone with a React Native logo on the background

Here’s yet another reason to hire our React Native developers: an app we built is being featured on the React Native showcase.

About a year ago, our mobile engineers joined the product development team of a global news publisher. Our guys assisted the client’s internal developers in merging the functionality of their iOS and Android applications into a cross-platform React Native app. This app can now be found on the React Native showcase, a GitHub project that demonstrates the potential of the technology for large consumer-grade applications.

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Why software outsourcing doesn’t work… Oh wait, it does!

screenshots of articles claiming that software development outsourcing is broken

I wonder what’s going on will all these posts saying that software outsourcing is broken. Have you ever stumbled across one?

If the authors of these posts are right, software development outsourcing is either dead or dying, and there’s no real reason for companies to outsource.

So, should we all get worried?

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AgileEngine joins the ranks of DOU’s top-10 software development employers

Few metrics are as important for a company as the rate of satisfaction of its employees with their jobs. When it comes to software development, employee happiness isn’t merely important, it’s a crucial factor that determines a company’s future. And that’s exactly why we are so proud about our DOU rankings.

For months, AgileEngine has been listed as one of DOU’s top-10 Ukrainian companies based on employee ratings. These ratings reflect how happy a company’s employees are at their workplace.

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Helping cat videos go viral with Grails, Groovy, ReactJS, and Spring/Hibernate

Viral videos and software development: Grails, Groovy, ReactJS, and Spring/Hibernate

Admit it, we all love viral videos. Silly videos of cute animals, collections of epic fails, inspirational stuff — there’s always something that resonates with us. After all, videos go viral for reason, right?

Actually, in the brave new world of today, there are multimillion-dollar businesses invested into videos of this sort. So whenever you see a video of a squirrel drinking a milkshake — or some dudes attempting a triple frontflip while slacklining — there might a crew of media brainiacs behind it. And these people do a ton of work to discover, curate and promote videos that have, what they call it, viral potential. As a result, we get to procrastinate at work while looking at videos of this sort:

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Building a cross-channel idea-discovery platform with React Native and LAMP

Idea discovery app built with React Native

Did you know that you can turn yourself into the ultimate idea machine by writing down 10 random ideas a day?

Training your idea muscle is a terrific habit because great ideas drive positive change, making the world better. So wouldn’t it be uber-awesome to foster this habit by creating a tool that would encourage creative thinking, helping people share their brilliant ideas? What I’m talking about it a tool that would turn idea discovery into an efficient process…

Oh wait, we’re actually building a tool of this kind!

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