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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Best Government Websites & Designs

        Filed under: Web Design

WASHINGTON, DC – Government websites are not known for their beautiful design.  Unlike many commercial websites, government agency websites must comply with things like Section 508, accessibility, old web browsers, and slow internet connections.  These compliance issues often take a toll on aesthetic design and style.  Moreover, government agencies are not driven by the same … Continued

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Agile Development, Washington DC, GSA Schedule 70

        Filed under: Agile development

First and foremost, we are an agile development company. This means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to us this means: Client driven prioritization and periodic reprioritization of our work Absolute transparency of our activities, progress, and obstacles Early and frequent user involvement to steer the user experience Early … Continued

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Drupal developer in Washington DC with GSA Schedule 70

        Filed under: Drupal

WASHINGTON DC DRUPAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, Agileana proudly presents its portfolio of past performance projects that involved Drupal: These are only a few of our recent Drupal project, others include: USAspending George Mason MR University Fulbright Scholar Program English Language Program FHI 360 Education Policy and Data Center Administrative Conference of the United States District of … Continued

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Agile Development: The Importance of Timeboxing

        Filed under: Agile development

When agile teams plan sprints, they strive to get as much information about the user stories as possible so they can minimize interruptions and downtime throughout that sprint. So, it is helpful to have shorter (one-week) sprints rather than longer (three-week) sprints. It is important to have done a good job of story-time and backlog … Continued

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WordPress is still the most popular CMS 13 years later

        Filed under: WordPress Design

WASHINGTON, DC – As a web development agency in the Washington DC metro area, we get a ton of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from government agencies and federally funded nonprofit organizations. While many of them are to support an existing Drupal website, a lot of them are also to convert from Drupal to WordPress or … Continued

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DHS FLASH video response submission

        Filed under: Agile development

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security asked agile development companies to put together a YouTube video to explain how they do agile.  Below is Agileana’s response to that call to action:

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Agilist

        Filed under: Agile development

a·gi·list /ˈajələst/ noun a·gi·list  Simple Definition of agilist noun a person who supports the agile delivery process and methodology. Full Definition of agilist noun : a person who feels enthusiasm for agile design, agile development, agile delivery, and agile methodology : a person who enjoys getting things done and quickly getting a minimum viable product (MVP) into the hands of … Continued

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Agile Development Contract Holder in Washington DC

        Filed under: Agile development, GSA 18F group

WASHINGTON, DC – Agileana, a lean agile web development shop in the DC metro area, is proud to be one of 17 vendors on the 18F Agile Delivery Services (ADS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). Long before we migrated to Washington DC area from California, we were a lean, iterative development shop. As lean startup enthusiasts, … Continued

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18F Agile BPA Contract Holder

        Filed under: Agile development

We first started hearing about the 18F Agile Delivery Services (ADS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) around late 2014.  By January 2015, 18F started to put feelers and request for information (RFI) out on FBopen.  GSA held an industry day about the potential BPA in February, 2015.  Then, they had a pre-solicitation conference in May, 2015. … Continued

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CIO Mark Schwartz, DHS, prefers a Strangler Approach

        Filed under: Agile development

Last week at the ATARC Federal DevOps Summit, I took note of DHS CIO Mark Schwartz use of the phrase, “Strangular Approach” to phasing out monolithic legacy systems.  I had to look it up. The Strangular Approach was first coined by Martin Fowler who compared an agile development rewrite of a legacy system similar to the … Continued

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How firm fixed price (FFP) rubs against agile

        Filed under: Agile development, GSA 18F group

Firm-Fixed-Price” Ceiling Prices places an undue and unfair risk on the Contractor by shifting the burden to the Contractor. This is the rub with agile development and software development in general because when Customers hire agile Contractors, they expect Contractors to be flexible and agile enough to deal with their changing and evolving requirements. Three … Continued

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Hackathon Weekend: IncubateDC

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

This past weekend, Agileana and InQbation Labs co-sponsored an impressive hackathon event, reaching hundreds of young entrepreneurs and leaders, creating unforeseen opportunity for disruptive startups and their founders in the Washington DC metro area. This event was held in conjunction with 19 other cities worldwide participating so it was a busy and fun-filled 2 days with me giving … Continued

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6 Lessons Learned: An Internship Summary

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Six weeks ago, my fellow interns and I walked into the Agileana offices starry eyed yet determined to make an impact and differentiate our summers from that of our peers. All of us were products of the US public education system who knew how to handle well defined tasks in a classroom environment; but this was the … Continued

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