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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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



national cyber security awareness month

CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN: PHISHING ALERT

        Filed under: Cyber security

The following email at the bottom of this page looks very legitimate, which reveals the level of sophistication that spear phishing has reached.  The accompanying message, directly below, from the FCC is a warning to users who may have come across similar emails. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Network Security Operations Center (NSOC) has identified … Continued

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Shefali Naik

Celebrating work anniversaries: Shefali Naik Paper Anniversary

        Filed under: Project Management

We like to celebrate special occasions. But while birthdays are nice, not everybody likes to bring attention to the fact they are one year older. Moreover, reaching yet another year of life is not always an accomplishment worth celebrating at work. Work anniversaries, on the other hand, are definitely worth celebrating. Particularly in the current … Continued

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checklist

Checklists are only good if you use them

        Filed under: Project Management

Most organizations perform a series or steps of tasks that get repeated from time to time. These scenarios could include: Onboarding new employees, new clients Offboarding former employees, former clients Incident response, disaster recovery Invoicing Installation We strive to continuously improve our business, operations, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) so we can provide better service, … Continued

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cyber crime

Disaster prevention cheaper than disaster recovery

        Filed under: Cyber security, Drupal, WordPress

Breaking and entering into websites for malicious purposes has been and will continue to be a big problem. Particularly with database-driven content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress where known vulnerabilities exist, the risk and probability of intrusion and disruption is high.  The question is not if, but when, your site will be hacked. … Continued


Converting Drupal 6 to 7 to 8

With version 8, Drupal has finally grown up

        Filed under: Converting to Drupal 8, Drupal, Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8, Joomla vs Drupal, Migrating to D8, WordPress vs Drupal

Finally, Drupal 8 (D8) is delivering an enterprise level, open source, content management system (CMS) that is satisfying technical expectations and meeting the current needs of bleeding edge technologists. What makes D8 a game-changer includes: Web API and Web Services, which increases Drupal interoperability Mobile-first framework, which makes it easier to be device agnostic Easier … Continued



Git

4 Rules of Git (and the 8 Rules of Fight Club)

        Filed under: Agile development, Continuous Integration, Daniel Zinkevich, DevOps, Drupal, Git

At a recent Drupal GovCon that I attended at the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda Maryland, I sat in on a talk by Daniel Zinkevich of Zivtech (maker of Probo.ci – a tool for automated testing, quality assurance, and continuous integration). Daniel’s tech talk was titled, “Untangling Your Code: A Drupal-Based Git Workflow.”  Good … Continued



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How to make PDF Section 508 Compliant

        Filed under: Accessibility, Accessibility (508)

How to make PDFs 508 Compliant A portable document format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe to create standard consistency when a document is physically printed from a standard printer.  It is also used to freeze or lock content that should remain intact or in context with other information.  Often, we will post … Continued