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Innovation and agile are both in vogue and often lumped together in the same conversation. Take for example the title of a recent promotional video from VMWare: "How can we innovate like a startup and deliver like an enterprise?" While both innovation and agility are important for every business, they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Go Lean!
Innovation is elusive at best. How do you define it, how do you measure it, how do you know if you've innovated successfully? There's the problem. We all want to innovate but we don't know how to make innovation happen predictably and repeatedly. And yet every company wants to innovate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Go Lean!
Last weekend I saw a Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Every single performer paid incredible attention to executing their moves precisely and on time, in concert with what other performers were doing. One slip, and bad things would happen, not only for the performer, but for other performers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Go Lean!
Before agile was popular, it was customary to create a architecture document before starting development. Of course, very few architectures that were created in this manner stayed unchanged. Once development began, issues would surface, requirements would change and the architecture would be modified. Often the original architecture document was provided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Go Lean!
Build-measure-learn is a perfect prescription for product development - and to confirm marketing and sales strategies. You always want to be in the measure, learn, correct loop. Make sure you don't get hung up on the "build" part. It's often difficult to figure out what you "build" so you can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Go Lean!
Its important for those who practice agile to understand when emergent architecture is relevant and when it is not. This point was highlighted at a recent meetup when someone mentioned that "architectural decisions should be deferred till the last responsible moment". Mention was made of emergent architectures with the implicit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Go Lean!
What strikes me about the practice of agile techniques today is the issue of form vs function. Are we practicing the "form" of agile or living the "function"? These two are very different. Many teams, including one I was part of, say they are "agile". They create backlogs diligently, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Go Lean!
On Veterans Day 2014 Throng launched VetMentor, a program to connect veterans who are looking for advice on careers, housing or health with those who can offer advice and mentoring instantly via their mobile phones. A core group of professionals have already committed to provide counseling and mentoring on careers,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at VetMentor
One of the most vexing problems about economic statistics is that they are usually a bit past their use-by date before we get them: last quarter’s sales figures, or last month’s employment numbers. It’s like we’re driving a car by looking only at the rear-view mirror. We do things differently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Throng
Throng matches you with jobs. To do that, we sort through about a million jobs a month. So we know where the jobs are and what occupations companies are hiring for right up to the minute. Once a week or so, we look for interesting tidbits of information in this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Throng
Throng is the most effective way, bar none, to get notified about open jobs at nearby companies. It's a mobile service that works in tandem with an app on your iPhone or Android phone. It gives you job matches that, we think, are an order of magnitude more relevant than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Throng
It was not the Big Game - Stanford won that handily. But it was fun... for several days last week students, and at least one Cal alumnus and professor, played the "I Want the Axe" game. The game was simple. We dropped off two miniature axes on each campus last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Throng
Big Game week at Stanford starts with the Bearial at noon on Monday, the 15th of October. And yes, Bearial is spelled that way for a reason. Cal fans, can you guess why? The always fun and excitable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band will play at a mock-funeral for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Throng
Dojo Dog is co-sponsoring the "I Want the Axe" game with Throng at the Berkeley campus. These guys are cool. Their hotdogs with an Asian twist are really popular with students. You'll find the food-truck parked conveniently outside Sproul Plaza. And Dojo Dog is student-owned and operated, which we find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Throng
This Monday the PUC issued a cease-and-desist order concerning Lyft and SideCar. We believe mobile apps can facilitate ride sharing without competing with taxicabs. When you walk up to the taxicab booth at an airport, the person manning the booth points you at a cab. It’s usually the cab closest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Throng
Throng will sponsor the “I Want the Axe” game, highlighting the legendary rivalry between the Stanford and Berkeley football teams. Students and alumni will participate in the challenge and run up up their school's score by exchanging a miniature jewelry axe as many times as possible during the week of the Big Game, October 15-19. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Throng
Take a look at We blog atleast once a week on the state of the US job market. The NimbleCat engine classifies jobs accurately by the professional experience required to do the job. We combine this with our job aggregation engine that collects more than a million jobs a month from online sources. This gives us the real time data that we use to produce our job market micro-views. Our analysts review this data weekly and uncover interesting trends that will be useful both to job seekers and to recruiting professionals.
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