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The Difference Between Lean Six Sigma White, Green, and Black Belts

How White, Green, and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Differ Central to the goal of nurturing maximum efficiency and ensuring minimum waste within an organization or project is the application of Lean Six Sigma — or LSS. This system is a synthesis of Lean production methodology and the Six Sigma manufacturing management approach. Taken together,…

All About DevSecOps

What Is DevSecOps and Why Is It Important? To accurately define DevSecOps, it’s important to first look at the advent of DevOps — or Development/Operations — as a methodology that was created to help organizations improve the agile manner they utilize to develop, deliver, and maintain support for their products and services. DevOps was initially…

Process Mining and Essential Data Science Tips

Process Mining and Essential Data Science Tips For today’s businesses, the gap between ideal processes and process realities can lead to inefficiencies, blind spots, and ultimately an inability to effectively manage the employees entrusted with completing those processes. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase, “That’s just not how we work,” from business…

Part 4: Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps

Part 4:  Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps In the previous articles, we introduced process mining, reviewed a case study, and examined the benefits realized by organizations, projects, and teams using process mining tools to understand their process mining tools. Here’s another real-life example from a successful project: The Scenario:  A large Department of Defense…

Part 3: Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps

Part 3:  Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps As a software project manager or developer, you know that to really understand what is going on, you need the details. Process mining delivers the details automatically using information collected from your project’s tools. In the previous articles on process mining, we looked at a specific example…

Guide to CMMI

All About CMMI Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a bit of a mouthful. The tongue-twisting pronunciation isn’t exactly helped by an equally tangled list of concepts, definitions, and associations. In most industry guides to CMMI, you find terms like “generic practice elaborations,” “discipline amplification,” “subpractice”, and “staged and continuous representations” — terms that sound…

Part 2: Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps

Part 2:  Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps In part 1 of this series, we looked at how mining and analyzing process data automatically captured from the toolchain can help a project improve its performance and implement DevOps. Here’s a real-life case study that illustrates the benefits of process mining. The Scenario—A program that is…

Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps

Part 1: Process Mining to Implement Better DevOps Sage business gurus tell us that what gets measured gets done.  But how, exactly, to measure success?  Agreeing on what and how to measure is challenging.  Even more so, turning measurement into action without producing unwanted side-effects is . . . almost impossible. In this four-part series,…

Guide to Process Improvement

All About Process Improvement If there were a process-improvement star to wish upon, it would likely hear a lot of the following: How can I nurture more productivity, efficiency, and innovation across my organization — yet do so realistically, with changes beneficial for all? Wishful thinking–be gone! A business process improvement strategy will connect the…

Guide to DevOps

DevOps Plenty of software companies strive to employ best practices to integrate team processes, patch glitches, and ultimately create a superior product. These companies aim to do these things, but they achieve those goals with varying degrees of success. That’s where DevOps steps in. How to define DevOps? Focused on a systematic approach to integrating…

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