Blake Newman

CEO, CTO, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur. Lean startup advocate, agile project manager, Certified Scrum Master. Founded Photographer.com in 1995, inQbation in 2007, Agileana.com in 2015.
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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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How to estimate jellybeans in a jar

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


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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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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


agile plumbing

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