Blake Newman

CEO, CTO, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur. Lean startup advocate, agile project manager, Certified Scrum Master. Founded in 1995, inQbation in 2007, in 2015.
All articles by Blake Newman

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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How to fire a client: Why pruning clients is a good thing

        Filed under: Startups

Perhaps “fire a client” were not the best choice of words for this headline. “How to end a business relationship with grace,” is probably the more tactful and preferred headline. Business relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, people find themselves in situations where it is not a win-win, … Continued

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10 year work anniversary: Blake Newman, inQbation

        Filed under: Startups

Ten years ago, I was living in Santa Monica, California and working 2 blocks from the beach. Every other person who came into my office seeking a website was either associated with Hollywood or was an aspiring entrepreneur wanting to start up a new tech company.  But, they only had a budget of $2,500.  Talk … Continued


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Work Anniversary: Luis Cuellar, 10 years at inQbation, Agileana

        Filed under: Jobs, Startups

In November 2007, I was seeking a tech co-founder who was well-connected with web designers and developers, who could work as a project manager, and help me launch inQbation, which ultimately spawned Agileana – also a web design and development company in the DC metro area. I could not have picked a better co-founder. Particularly … Continued

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Should a client pay for refactoring?

        Filed under: Agile development

And what does plumbing have to do with agile development? In my spare time, I started this bathroom renovation project. Long story short, we are at the stage of life where we are taking care of children and grandparents.  The sandwich generation, I think is what it’s called. Anyway, we are converting an office, powder … Continued

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Impaired spam: can you handle website design and accept credit cards

        Filed under: Cyber security, spam of the day

Spam phishing attempt of the day.  I get these at least once a week.  Always the same message … can you handle website design and do you take credit cards.  They claim to be hearing impaired so you only communicate by text.  Obviously, they don’t want to get on the phone with you and reveal … Continued

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Deborah Holmstrom

Celebrating work anniversaries: Deborah Holmstrom, CFO

        Filed under: Startups

At Agileana, we believe that work anniversaries are significant events – more so, in some cases, than birthdays.  This week, we are celebrating the first work anniversary of Deborah Holmstrom, our CFO. The CFO position is probably one of the most important positions in a company. If a company cannot meet its expenses, make it’s … Continued

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Password Security: Too much could defeat the purpose

        Filed under: Cyber security

Identity theft, hacking, phishing, and malware are huge problems and they are only going to get worse. Once of the biggest issues we have nowadays is that we have hundreds of accounts on hundreds of platforms and many platforms have unique password security requirements. Some organizations require 8 digit passwords while others require 10, 12, … Continued

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How and when to use Slack, Email, Chat, Video, Phone, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Hangouts for work

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Technology

There are a ton of communications tools out there.  The problem is that there is a ton of communications tools out there.  It’s a problem because people may monitor some communication channels while ignoring others.  Consequently, important messages could get missed or delayed. For us, it is important to use the right tool at the … Continued

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What is Growth Hacking?

        Filed under: Agile development

There are different ways of getting new business. One is through traditional advertising. Another is through word of mouth. A third way is word of mouse marketing. Word-of-mouse marketing relies more on clicks, searches, and hash tags. When it comes to growth hacking, developers apply science to marketing. Science is the study of behavior through … Continued

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Jennifer Long

Introducing Jennifer Long: Growth Hacker for Agileana

        Filed under: Marketing

We are pleased to introduce Jennifer Long to our staff at Agileana. Jenny is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and a Computer Science student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. We originally met Jenny at our 2016 Summer Internship Hackathon, which was a 6-week tech venture designed to … Continued

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Virginia Alvarez

Celebrating a work anniversary: Virginia Alvarez

        Filed under: Project Management

Congratulations to Virginia Alvarez on her two-year work anniversary with inQbation, the company that spawned Agileana, Balystic, and a host of other dot com startups. We originally met Virginia years earlier while she was attending college pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Interactive Media Design. At the time, she was seeking an internship … Continued