Each month, we will revisit our top blogs of the month, giving you the chance to check out some of our favorites. Here’s a look at the top blog posts from February…
The Power of ‘Why’
Oftentimes in business, we implement sound processes that bring heightened efficiency, improved productivity and cost savings at the time they were initiated, only to never revisit the process again despite the fact that our company has grown. The result? We are left with old, outdated processes that add no value to the company.
This month, our Principal of Technology and Client Services Randy Jackvony explored the impact of bad process suggesting that the very first place to start to address an archaic process is to ask your employees about it. “When taking a deeper dive into your current process, make sure to ask ‘why?’ Then ask it 3-4 more times,” explains Jackvony. The “why” questions may reveal the real reason the process has never been improved.
Can You Name Your Biggest Blocker?
As experts at application development, a majority of our projects are run in an agile Scrum style, meaning we start our days with a “stand-up” project meeting asking three pivotal questions:
- What did you work on yesterday?
- What are you working on today?
- Do you have any blockers?
In her latest post, our Principal of Business Analysis Dana McInnis implores all business leaders to begin thinking of the answers to these questions, particularly the one with regards to blockers. “As the ultimate drivers of change, leaders should always be propelling their company forward. However, you don’t have to be in a leadership role to see how asking these questions can help with personal and professional goals.” By asking these questions, you can get to the root of why a problem persists in your organization. In so doing, you take a step forward in trying to determine how to resolve your blockers.
Pulling Back the Curtain on Workplace Excellence
At the end of last year, our Principal of Business Development Garry Foisy launched a workplace excellence blog series, committed to profiling exceptional business leaders who purposefully invest in both operations and culture to reach a more utopic business environment. In launching the series, a number of concepts have risen to the surface and this month Garry shared those insights with us.
Topping the list is the fact that conversations with business leaders has revealed that more time needs to spent focusing on the “people” side of the people-process-technology equation. As Darlene Morris, Senior Director, Development & Grants, of the Rhode Island Quality of Institute, who was profiled put it: “In terms of the role of people, process and technology, you certainly need all three but I think you know my answer as to which comes first—hire capable people and take care of them, respect them and listen to them. Then, make good use of the magic of technology and continually seek to improve and refine processes to maximize efficiency and make work less like work.”
Our CEO/Founder Tim Hebert took a stance this month, calling for all business leaders to being subscribing to intentional, meaningful failure in his latest blog. “My path to success is marked by my willingness to walk that fine line of failure, disaster, chaos and, yes, fear,” he writes. “And to be truthful, there have been moments when it was hard to summon the courage to move towards the edge.”
In Tim’s post, he explores the continuum of failure, arguing that not all failure is created equal. While some failure is the result of neglect, inconsistency or incompetence, other types of failure are the result of trying some extraordinary and coming up short.
Apps in the Hands of Your Team
As businesses clamor to bring best-in-class applications into their environment, the question becomes how to successfully deploy an application to an employee’s mobile device. Just this week our Lead Architect Scott Cornell reviewed a few ways to bring your application to the hands of your employees, from loading the app to the Apple/Android app stores to using private platforms. He offers actionable tips—from how long it takes to have your app reviewed and published to the pros and cons of each deployment mechanism.