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Making Agile Last
In this article, we’re sharing four hard-won reminders to help your Agile team make the benefits last from one project to the next.
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Digital Transformation for Healthcare: The Value of Bimodal Thinking
My team works with clients across industries to transform their businesses with digital technologies and processes.
SDLC - DevOps
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Disrupting Traditional SDLC
DevOps is growing as a movement and a philosophy with good reason. It focuses on using practices that emphasize collaboration and communication that enable building, testing and releasing applications rapidly, frequently and reliably.
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Execution is the Key to Transformation
Twelve years ago, Chris Simchick, Scott Barnyak, and Christy Maruca realized something was missing in the techenablement consulting industry. Plenty of firms could deliver strategies that, in theory, would accomplish clients’ goals. But too often, strategies were left to a client’s internal team that may or may not be equipped to execute.
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The Drive for Bimodal: Balancing Speed and Strength. Interview with Chris Weirup from SDLC
Chris Weirup, Director of Digital Services for SDLC Partners, recently answered some burning questions about the new reality that every technology-driven organization faces today...
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Are You Building What’s Needed?
Ideas for new products, services and technology come from all sorts of sources. And, many organizations find themselves in a corner with creations that they realize, later, might not be what’s necessary.
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Making Agile Last
In this article, we’re sharing four hard-won reminders to help your Agile team make the benefits last from one project to the next.
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Stop Renovating. Start Innovating.
Are DevOps problems in the field turning customers against you and stealing your competitive edge? If you’re feeling like all you do is play the popular 1970s kid arcade game, Whac-a-Mole, to fix problems once they’re in the hands of your consumers, then you’re shaking your head ‘yes’ right now.
FHIR
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Hot on FHIR? Four opportunities to consider.
Integration is innovation. And, with the pursuit of Meaningful Use Stage 3, mandating access for patients to their healthcare information via Application Program Interfaces (APIs), interoperability has never been more vital.
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Making Lean Six Sigma Payoff
Lean Six Sigma (L6S) has become part of the fabric of manufacturing. And, even healthcare has seen a decade of acclimation make a positive impact on quality and efficiency.
Star Ratings
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Stars Program Maturity: SDLC’s four-step approach to improvement
In a pay-for-performance ecosystem, payers want to stay ahead of the Stars curve and maximize their ratings with the goal of increased revenue. It’s challenging considering that CMS changes the guidelines and the weightings of measures every year. You may find yourself ahead one year, but behind the next.
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Finding Your Waldo
Trying to find and keep a new customer is a challenge for any business. Are you trying to find repeat customers, or high-value customers? Or just trying to understand a prospect who connects with your brand for the first time?
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FHIR for Payers
Payers are faced with a meaningful opportunity and a challenge at the same time. Data analytics (the opportunity) has the capabilities to turn a deluge of disparate clinical, financial, network and member information (the challenge) into relevant, actionable intelligence.
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Data Visualization in the Age of Emoji
Developing new ways of looking at and understanding statistical graphics in this digital age has exploded into a new competency enabled by technology. Analytics has taken on a new identity and new look through visualization.
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Change Initiative
Numerous studies* indicate that change initiatives have a 70% likelihood of failing. Obviously, organizations want a much better return on investment when changing their processes, culture, strategies, or software.
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Digital Success Starts with Customer Trust
Your organization wants to be ever-connected to your customers. You desire compelling customer experiences, integrated processes, and advanced analytics. Yet, all of that digital savviness starts with trust.
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When it comes to Business Intelligence & Analytics – should you hire a fisherman or learn to fish for yourself?
Business Intelligence (or BI) and analytics are heading toward a tipping point as an industry. Organizations are striving towards self-serve capabilities to meet their data and insight needs as they arise.
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Mobile Testing: Mobile Design and Development
The career of many QA professionals is filled with the dichotomy of relishing the search for perfection in all aspects of software development while continuously answering,
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Summary of the 2017 CMS Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 2017 Advance Notice and Draft...
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Consumer Analytics: Walk, Run, Fly
As customers continue to gain unparalleled means of interacting with and influencing the success of companies, a personalized and flexible customer-centric marketing strategy is critical. By analyzing the customer experience through various market segments
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Healthcare Solutions: Medicaid
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently proposed a new rating system for all Medicaid plans. Traditionally, states have been administering the Medicaid plans with input from CMS. While many states already have a quality measurement system in place
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Aspects of Best in Class PMO
In the environment of competition and growth it is critical to have a well-defined strategy and an effective means to implement that strategy. Many organizations fail to deliver the strategic goals due a lack of Program Management function or an effective Program Management Office (PMO).
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Healthcare Solutions: Change Your Perspective on Star Ratings
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) use a five-star quality rating system to measure Medicare beneficiaries’ experience with their health plans and the health care system. This rating system applies to all Medicare Advantage (MA) lines of business including
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Agile Transformation Planning
Adoption of Agile methods is on the rise. Surveys report a 20% increase in the number of firms planning Agile pilot projects this year. Agile pilot projects usually go well. Quality is high, stakeholders are satisfied, and people are excited.
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Cross-Browser Test Automation
Cross-browser testing is the red-headed stepchild of public-facing software QA, often poorly understood by testers, developers, and management alike. If you are a QA manager, or work closely with one, you might be groaning at the mere mention of it. If any of these grumbles sound familiar
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Part One: Member-Centric Care Optimization
Numerous industries have used risk adjustment models to predict consumer behavior and tailor products based on buying patterns of the individual consumer.
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Part Two: Member-Centric Care Optimization
In Part 1 of our series, we described the Member-Centric Care Optimization™ (MCCO)™ concept, the problem it solves and the potential value drivers behind it. Following is a summary of MCCO™:
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Managed Testing : In-House Testing
There is an adage within the IT world, specifically within the circles that concern themselves with the quality and testing aspects of IT, that you should “eat your own dog food.” Dogfooding, as Joel Spolsky initially professed over a dozen years ago, was a call to developers and development
QA Testing
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Software Testing and Quality Assurance
I have spent my entire career in the software development field in some capacity. While I always find myself returning to the Quality Assurance team, I have spent years working with the Tech Writers, the Support Desk, and the Implementation team (and am always amazed at how similar each of those roles are when it comes right down to it)
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Test Automation is Testing, Magnified
Few topics aggravate seasoned QA leaders like Test Automation. While some share with pride their stories of successful implementations of automated test suites, more often the conversation quickly turns to a comparison of “automation horror stories” and the myriad of unfortunate and expensive ways in
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Summary of the 2017 CMS Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 2017 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter on February 19, 2016. Upon careful review, we have distilled the essence of the changes.
CBAP
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to the CBAP)
Deciding to pursue CBAP is certainly the right decision. It is becoming more popular among the Business Analysis (BA) practice and more and more companies are getting increasingly aware of this certification as they align their BA disciplines with industry best practices. The certification is offered by the Canada-headquartered International Institute of Business Analy
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Test Data Management
Like most organizations focused on quality, you probably spend considerable time, effort, and most importantly budget to ensure that your software has the highest level of quality. Despite your best efforts and investment, if you are still seeing defects in production, project delays, and
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Execution Strategy: SDLC’s High Performance Teams
TEQ: In today’s do more with less economy, “Execution Strategy” has become an important process for your industry and a true differentiator for SDLC. How is execution strategy defined by you and, more importantly, your clients? In simple terms, execution is the implementation of a plan that addresses a client’s needs, aligns with their co
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CIO and CMO Collaboration
We are in the “Age of the Customer”. No longer is business making the rules. The customer is king. Customers are more educated and empowered than ever. With the capabilities to blog, Tweet, Facebook and Yelp opinions, customers are on a stage with an audience of hundreds to potentially thousands. This leaves little room for error, but ample room for opportunity.
Software Testing
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Software Testing With SDLC
Today’s increasingly complex IT landscape is comprised of a fast moving, constantly changing combination of methodologies, tools, processes, people, and constraints, all competing for limited resources while facing rapidly approaching deadlines.
Change Management
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Leveraging Organizational Change Management to Stay on Top
Today’s fast-paced world is demanding businesses to respond quickly to shifting market dynamics and industry nuances. Conventional, static corporate environments can no longer keep up with the continuous flux of change. Fortunately, there is an effective tactic for businesses to address these demands and continue to improve,
SDLC DevOps
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Stop Renovating. Start Innovation
Are DevOps problems in the field turning customers against you and stealing your competitive edge? If you’re feeling like all you do is play the popular 1970s kid arcade game, Whac-a-Mole, to fix problems once they’re in the hands of your consumers, then you’re shaking your head ‘yes’ right now.