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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do not feed the phish

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

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



zoom chat blake shefali

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


D7 to D8 migration

Advantages, benefits, and features of Drupal 8

        Filed under: Agile development

Drupal 8 is an entirely new content management system (CMS) re-built from the ground up using a more modern, modular, object oriented framework.  Migrating from earlier versions of Drupal to Drupal 8 is almost like migrating from an entirely different CMS, but it is well worth the effort due to its advantages, benefits, and features, … Continued

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scratch head confusion usability

Usability applies to everything we see, touch, or do

        Filed under: How to, Usability

In web design and development, we have this concept called, “Usability,” which means that we strive to make our websites and user experiences (UX) more intuitive and obvious to our intended target audiences.  Once you become cognizant of usability, you start noticing it everywhere. When I land in a new airport and rent an unfamiliar … Continued

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do not feed the phish

I will like to know if you can handle Website Design … and do you take credit cards?

        Filed under: Cyber security

Spam of the day. Like a recurring dream, I get this same spam email multiple times per month.  Usually from a different person, usually in the form of a text message, and usually they ask if I also take credit cards.  The one and only time I responded, they said they were hearing impaired and … Continued

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Website Design Services for Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations

        Filed under: Government websites, Web Design

Website design has evolved into a sophisticated art form backed by data-driven science.  The graphical skills and thinking that used to work for static prints, flyers, and advertisements are simply inadequate for interactive user interfaces (UI) performed on a variety of device types, sizes, browsers, and connection speeds. To provide effective user experiences (UX), particularly … Continued


Agileana - Lean and Agile DC Web Developer

Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) IT 70 – Lean, Agile Contractor for Drupal and WordPress

        Filed under: GSA 18F group

WASHINGTON, DC – Agileana, formerly inQbation, holds a General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) for Information Technology (IT) services under the GSA Schedule 70 for Special Item Number (SIN 132-51) IT Professional Services. You can find our schedule online at GSA eLibrary.

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Happy Endings

Happy Endings: One of the most important project management principles that never gets talked about

        Filed under: Project Management

Problem New business. In order to get new business, people (and companies that don’t know you) will ask for references from past clients.  If you don’t have Happy Clients who have had Happy Endings then you have nobody to use as references for these prospective clients.  Without happy clients and happy endings, it becomes extremely difficult to get new clients … Continued