Product Development Problems? Time to Upgrade Your "Toolbox"

Product Development Problems? Time to Upgrade Your "Toolbox"

My wife and I recently bought a home. While I wouldn’t call it a fixer-upper, there was a long list of projects to be done to get the home into shape. Carpet removal, wood floor refinishing, new lighting, drywall replacement, paint everywhere, and small electrical and plumbing repairs. With guests arriving in a few short months, I had to get to work.

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Do you have questions about NIST 800-171 compliance? Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have questions about NIST 800-171 compliance? Ask yourself the following questions:

The clock is ticking for anyone who holds US government data. That’s because compliance with the security directives surrounding controlled unclassified information (CUI), also known as NIST 800-171, must be reached by December 2017. But instead of working through reams of federal publications, you can take a simplified approach.

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Maximizing Your DevOps Investment: Adopting a Culture of Continuous Delivery in Everything You Do

Maximizing Your DevOps Investment: Adopting a Culture of Continuous Delivery in Everything You Do

Implementing a DevOps plan is only the first step of ensuring your organization is positioned for success. Investing in DevOps is just that—an investment. It calls for ongoing analyses of practices and procedures—as well as cross-functional organizational cooperation—in order to reap any lasting rewards.

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DevOps Streamlined: Is Your Current Strategy Working?

DevOps Streamlined: Is Your Current Strategy Working?

If your organization has already adopted a DevOps strategy, then congrats—you’re already strides ahead of other companies by choosing to invest in collaborative, productive approaches to advancing your project processes. However, as objectives and tasks within a project shift over time, your DevOps approach must remain fluid to adequately support the needs of your team and its multilayered practices and procedures.

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If Your Company Works with the Federal Government, You Should Know This

If Your Company Works with the Federal Government, You Should Know This

For government contractors, a deadline looms to ensure they are compliant with the National Institute of Standards’ (NIST) guidelines for ensuring sensitive federal information remains confidential when stored in nonfederal information systems and organizations. Basically, a contractor needs to be NIST compliant if it processes, stores, or transmits sensitive federal information to assist federal agencies in carrying out their core missions and business operations.

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3 Steps to Building Systems Engineering Excellence Within Your Organization

3 Steps to Building Systems Engineering Excellence Within Your Organization

Systems engineering is a methodology that has been used to manage the most complex, technical projects and programs of the 20th Century. It has been a discipline predominantly utilized by the aerospace and defense industries. The demands for technical, complex products and services ushered in by the Information Age now makes systems engineering relevant to almost every industry. 

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Building Customer Trust Early with 3 Simple Moves

Building Customer Trust Early with 3 Simple Moves

My check engine light on the dashboard just lit up and I think to myself, “Great, now what could be wrong with my car!” Worse, I think, “How will I know if what the mechanic tells me is wrong is actually the real problem?” None of us are experts on every system that we use in our lives. The same holds true in the world of software development and consulting.

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What is successful project management?

What is successful project management?

The Technical Project Manager role is the delivery lynchpin to success or failure for Base2. But progress is challenged on multiple fronts: from within the team, from management, from the customer, and from left field. This guide documents the undocumented, the “as-is” tribal knowledge on how to be a successful technical project manager.

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