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Blog3 benefits of timeboxing in software development

08/06/2018 - Joan Gaastra

Traditional software development focuses on accurately mapping the required functionalities beforehand and subsequently start developing it. What you are going to develop (the end result) is fixed, who will work on this and for how long is flexible. With timeboxing this is exactly the opposite. You determine in advance who will work on a specific task and for how long. Within that timeframe, the best possible result is produced. A completely different way of working, but with a few important benefits. 1. You focus on what is important In software development it can be very difficult to map all requirements and specifications beforehand. Before you start, the desired end result or required functionalities are not always clear. This...

Management by exception in the service department

14/07/2017 - Joan Gaastra

The (field)service department in your organization is the ideal department for achieving great results by streamlining business processes. An important rule to apply here is 'management by exception'. Management by exception In order to work efficiently, you try to make all processes...

No more paper and PDF, let’s invoice digitally

16/12/2016 - Joan Gaastra

You can make money with digital invoicing. Fortunately, most companies have already said goodbye to the paper invoice by post. The PDF invoice by e-mail however is still being sent out a lot. Nothing wrong with that, but it can be done even easier. Why would you invoice digitally? With digital...

What you need to look for in a reporting & BI solution

04/11/2016 - Joan Gaastra

With a high-quality reporting and Business Intelligence tool you can make a lot of money. Because access to critical business information at the right moment enables you to take the best decisions for your organization. The number of available reporting and BI tools is enormous. Pay attention to at...

How to create great looking quotes in Word

07/10/2016 - Joan Gaastra

You want to present your quote in a professional looking document, but it should not take you hours to do this. Wouldn’t it be great to have your quote finished within just a couple of mouse clicks? Building blocks The way to do this is by using so called building blocks in Microsoft Word...

Beware, bots are taking over!

22/07/2016 - Joan Gaastra

A bot as a colleague or even as your boss; it may sound unreal, but it's really happening. Bots are rapidly becoming more and more important and are increasingly able to perform tasks that are normally performed by you and your (human) colleagues. What is a bot? A bot is software that is designed to automate tasks that are normally carried out by people. Think for instance about booking a hotel reservation or scheduling a meeting in your agenda. The most common kind of bots are chat bots. These are part of messaging apps, and should make you feel like you are chatting with a human being. Bots in the business world Facebook Messenger can be used to order clothes, flowers or a taxi. But more interesting is the use of bots in...

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