Blake Newman

CEO, CTO, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur. Lean startup advocate, agile project manager, Certified Scrum Master. Founded in 1995, inQbation in 2007, in 2015.
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agile helps with multi tasking

Taming ambitions with Agile

        Filed under: Agile development

At the beginning of a new project, product, or company, it is great to think big. It is exciting to imagine all the possibilities. It’s exhilarating to brainstorm a kaleidoscope of interacting things that you plan to do or offer. However, you shouldn’t attempt to do everything at once. Too many things can go wrong … Continued

Drupal 7 migration options for government agencies and nonprofit organizations

        Filed under: Migrating to D8, Web Development, WordPress vs Drupal

As the deadline for migrating out of Drupal 7 (D7) approaches and as the end of life (EOL) for D7 nears, when both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 support ceases; organizations and agencies need to start thinking about their options. When does support end for Drupal 7? The official end of life (EOL) for Drupal … Continued

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Given that the scope of work may evolve after discovery, how do you manage change during the project life cycle?

        Filed under: Agile development

Change and evolution of requirements are inevitable. We may think we know what users will want and need – in fact, users may think they know what they want – but it is only after we deliver functionality, get it into the hands of users, and solicit their feedback can we confirm if the software … Continued

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a funding partnership for charities

        Filed under: Nonprofit, Nonprofit marketing, Nonprofit web development

You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at Questions? Learn more about AmazonSmile Represent a charitable organization? Visit

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The 5 social media profiles every nonprofit and member association should probably maintain

        Filed under: Nonprofit, Nonprofit marketing, Nonprofit social media, Social Media

It has become somewhat conventional, almost expected, that every social media savvy nonprofit organization and member association should maintain the following social media profiles: Twitter Instagram Facebook Linkedin YouTube Twitter is for blasting news updates, short headlines, and quick announcements. Instagram is for sharing photos and memes. Facebook is for telling stories and connecting with … Continued

Acquia Certified Site Builder Drupal 8

Acquia Certified Drupal Developers for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

        Filed under: Drupal

Washington, DC – October 8, 2018 – I am so proud of my team who all took the Acquia Certification challenge for Drupal. So far, in the last few weeks, we have successfully accomplished the following certifications: Acquia Certified Drupal Developer – Drupal 8 – Daniel Johnson Acquia Certified Site Builder – Drupal 8 – … Continued

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Estimating Story Points is like Guessing Jellybeans in a Jar

        Filed under: Agile development

Estimating time and story points are critical aspects of managing projects and planning sprints. How else are you going to determine how much work you can take on in a sprint if you don’t have any idea how much effort it might take to perform certain things and satisfy certain user stories? When it comes … Continued

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Acquia Certified Site Builder (Drupal 8)

        Filed under: Agile development

WASHINGTON, DC – July 11, 2018; Agileana is pleased to announce that Shefali Naik, our Chief Technology Officer (CFO), has successfully passed the Acquia Certified Site Builder for Drupal 8 exam. Shefali is a software engineer and computer scientist holding a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), SAFe … Continued

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Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder

        Filed under: Drupal

Congratulations to Felipe Ceballos, a senior Drupal developer at Agileana who has been with the company and its parent company, inQbation, since the beginning, for passing the Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder exam. While Felipe has been working with Drupal 7 since 2009 and WordPress since 2008, and has attended many Drupalcons and Wordcamps, he … Continued

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D7 to D8 migration

Is it time for agencies to upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8?

        Filed under: Converting to Drupal 8, Drupal, Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8

Over a quarter million D7 websites According to Builtwith, a company that detects the technologies powering all websites around the world, over 1.5 million websites have been powered by Drupal at one time or another. As of this writing, over 600,000 websites are currently powered by Drupal. Of those websites, approximately half (386,138) are currently … Continued


Continuous Integration sucking up all your disc space?

        Filed under: Agile development

As Agilists, we strive to be always delivering, always shipping, always integrating, and always monitoring. We also want to automate at much as possible so we reduce probability of human error and not waste time. However, in our effort to automate the non-human part of the software development process, with continuous integration and facilitating technical … Continued

US Capitol Congress

Perhaps Congress should be more agile

        Filed under: Agile development

We have found Agile to be an effective framework for more than just developing software. We also use Agile to start new businesses, manage projects, and plan vacations. Indeed, Agile is a methodology, philosophy, and framework for almost anything in your life. So, the thought occurred to me that if Congress were just more agile, … Continued

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Humility Increases the Value of Agile Retrospectives

        Filed under: Agile development, Government websites

One of the most valuable rituals of agile develpment is the retrospective. The retrospective is an event that occurs after the release of completed work or between a set of work sprints where everybody stops, takes measure of what has been completed, celebrates what is working well with the team, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, identifies what … Continued

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