How to fail the deployment of agile practices in 5 steps

Agile practices (Scrum, Kanban or both) have widely proved their value contribution to projects and even to organizations as a whole. Benefit or inconvenient, deploying Agile practices requires strong involvement of the team in order to achieve this sustainable self-management. We gathered here a few important aspects to take into account and avoid disappointment.

Considering Agile practices as project management

Thinking of agile practices as equivalent to classic project management leads to re-questioning new roles: Product Owner with decision-making power; Scrum Master as a sheep dog protecting the team against disturbing actions without high level decision-making power over the team members; the other team members ready to fully commit. Orientation towards agile practices is first a matter of accepting a new culture oriented towards a high-level involvement, self-management and result.

Believing that you

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How to fail your IaaS cloud migration in 5 steps

Outsourcing your infrastructure in cloud computing (Iaas – Cloud) is no longer a question, but the solution you need to reduce the period necessary for implementing new resources, as well as the requirements in terms of high-quality technical skills, to limit overinvestment, and to support experiments at a low cost. Using these resources automatically implies new needs: in order for your entire IT system to benefit from them, a migration is necessary. Read below what you should better avoid for driving the success of your migration.

Forgetting to take into account the users’ needs

Migration is a stage of change behavior, meaning that you have to pay attention to the constraints of the entities using the services to be migrated. These constraints must be taken into account to identify the expected services

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How to fail your offshore outsourcing project in 5 steps

Offshore outsourcing is a real change management issue. Regardless of the underlying reasons (economic, acceleration, recruitment difficulty, etc.) of an outsourcing project, there are certain pitfalls you should avoid. Here are the top 5.

1. Disregarding the internal HR issue

Whether we talk about IT, accounting or other type of outsourcing, the definition is the same: a provider/partner takes over an activity performed internally until that point. Not taking the internal HR component into account when organizing your outsourcing project is brushing aside any questions the persons in charge may have. The emphasis should be put on making them reflect upon these issues, explaining them the added value and expectations of outsourcing. The result? Make them support the change and avoid frustrations.

2. Considering the destination as futile

The destination country should not be

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Why a Single Page Application expertise at Pentalog?

These days, an increasing number of companies choose the modern single page application (SPA) architecture for their websites or web applications. In this article, Gabi, engineer and advanced software developer, explains why companies should use SPA for their web applications.

Single page web applications rely on Javascript as the main technology and allow any independent region in the UI to render / re-render without requiring any additional effort from the server. This means that the web server is no longer involved anymore in the HTML rendering process but rather just focuses on providing data (usually via JSON REST services) for the web interfaces.

We choose Backbone.js, Marionette.js, LESS, Grunt.js …and anything else that ends with “.js”

As an example, Pentalog is using the following technology stack for the development of a large-scale single page

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Greetings from the Black Sea, PentaStock2015

“By the time you receive this card, Pentastock will have already ended. We arrived safe and sound to the Black Sea (the great relocation) and we’re sending you our best regards from the seaside, where everything is out of this world! We have already set up our tents and the vacation village is rather blue and orange, a clear sign that Pentalog is around. The greatest teambuilding since the group’s founding (15 years in Romania, 10 in Moldova, respectively) is about to begin. And right after…let’s get this party started! Best wishes, we, the Pentalog team.”

If we were still in the ‘90s, this is how I imagine a PentaStock2015 greeting card sent from the Black Sea on 23-24 May would sound like. Luckily for us, we enjoyed all of today’s modern ways of “sending

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BerlinWebWeek

It’s been 3 months since we’ve started our adventure in Berlin. In this short period of time I’ve observed and participated in a ton of events, meet-ups, conferences and other various activities around start-ups and innovation topics. But what impressed me most was BerlinWebWeek. I went to multiple events, wishing I had been able to attend them all.

BerlinWebWeek opened at a cult-place for Berlin start-ups – Saint Oberholz café – with a noisy meet-up organized by Silicon Allee. After 2 hours of intensive networking, I headed for the Re:publica conference – a huge ground for sharing ideas and discussing the future of the digital society. I ended this day with an e-commerce networking night organized by Händlerbund @Betahaus – another cult-place for start-ups and freelancers.
Junge IKT Congress impressed me by its organization

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Save the date: Agilizza event – Boston CIC on 5/19

Here is the agenda for the Agilizza event, the first event in Boston to tackle specific Agile-related challenges with pragmatic advises.

This event hosted by Pentalog (Chris Hote) will take place in CIC’s 5th floor Havana Conference Room, on 5/19/2015 from 5p to 7p.

3 speakers, Q&A session, networking, complimentary refreshment and pizza:

  1. Do agile data in just 5 shocking steps! by Gil Benghiat, Founder at DataKitchen
  2. How to deploy Agile across the whole organization? by Dejan Duzevik, CTO at Concentric
  3. 3 Key Points when focusing on agile in regulated industries (e.g. medical devices)
    by Marty Bakal

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Pentalog in Berlin: next steps

After Pentalog decided to take a closer look at growth opportunities in Berlin, our dedicated business team (@Sophie, @Serghei and @Eric) spent some time in the German capital city since January.

Their feedback about the local dynamism, tech atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit is extremely positive.

Pentalabbs is definitely going to include Berlin in this year’s priorities to identify and set up collaborations with new startups. The next steps will be taking part in upcoming events to meet lots of people!

Please, contact Serghei to discuss any opportunities and potential synergies to be considered between Pentalog, Pentalabbs and local businesses. You will most probably meet him in Betahaus, his current headquarters .

He is looking for a local partner to help him in business development.

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2015 mobile apps and IoT trends

Spring is upon us, and the 2015 mobile trends are changing how we connect and do business. Mobile phones are bigger, used more and are integrated in to all facets of our lives. Wearable technology is hitting the mainstream, and will have an impact throughout the rest of the year.

Most new mobile phones released to the Canadian Market (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony…) have screens that are larger than 4.5 inches/11.5cm. This translates to users spending more time on these devices and their tablets and less time on computers. In turn mobile consumers are doing more and more of their online business through applications on their phones; this provides both an opportunity and a dilemma. This trend presents an issue for companies seeking to engage their clients through native apps and browser friendly versions of

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Guépard workshop: 2014 achievements and 2015 alignment

Context

For Pentalog, 2014 was a very productive year, full of dynamism and filled with challenges. In my opinion, the launching of the Guépard agility program was one of the last year’s most important decisions. The resulting processes have a complex positive impact based on: 

  • Agile trainings,
  • individual coaching,
  • team coaching at different project stages,
  • other activities our colleagues are involved in.

In January 2015 we organized a workshop dedicated to this agility program. It was aimed at reviewing the actions of the previous year, refining the plan for the current year, as well as creating, together with the participants to the workshop, a strong Agile team full of energy able to sustain the agile transition.

Participants

For a more complete picture of how things were going at that particular stage of the program, Aleth

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Pentalog acquires a stake in Soluti to extend its offer in the Rhône Valley

Pentalog has been Soluti’s reference partner since day one. The WebTech agency has entrusted us with front end, back end and mobile coding operations for their clients. 10 Pentaloguians are already working full-time for developing our partner’s operations on a daily basis.

Alexander Vallin, the founder of Soluti, and I know and appreciate each other since a long time ago. Our decision to extend Pentalog’s offer in the Rhône-Alpes region was thus a natural outcome. The 3 brands and service lines offered by the Pentalog Group can now be further deployed by Alexandre and his team:

Pentalog Institute, the Group’s IT consulting and digital strategy department, offers solutions to support and finance innovation (fundraising + public schemes).

Pentalabbs, our startup incubator and accelerator.

- Pentalog, specialized in application

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Offshore Nearshore: the euro’s fall below $1.10 prompts East-European offshore companies to export outside Europe

Given the euro’s current price and as long as it continues to drop, most offshore IT service companies established in a EU country, whether they are members of the eurozone or not, will most likely tend to offer their services outside the EU. Although this may not have any consequences whatsoever on intra-EU relations, there are some exceptions to the rule. For the United Kingdom, for instance, the fall of the European currency brings commercial opportunities with it.

The relationship between the euro and the currencies of the former Eastern Bloc countries has been stable in the last period

In fact, the euro’s fall against the dollar has not affected at all its relationship with the currencies of the former Eastern Bloc countries. There are two reasons for this situation. First of all, after these

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