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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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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Sprint 5 of Summer Hackathon: Planning

        Filed under: Agile development, SEO, Summer Internship Hackathon

Day 19 started with the final sprint planning for Balystic (online community management system). In order to integrate Balystic with SEOQ – our powerful automated SEO analysis tool – we have to increase some functionalities of community management. We have a lot on our kanban board for the next two weeks. We will be building … Continued

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Product Development: Brainstorming SaaS models

        Filed under: Agile development

One of the toughest nuts for every company in the world to crack is how to market and sell their product once they’ve finished building it. Therefore we have started brainstorming possible pricing models and methods of distributions for our SEO optimization tool. By conducting research amongst competitive tools, we were able to identify several models … Continued

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Sprint 4: Managing Members and Removing Members

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Day 16 was continued working on high level community functionality for our community management/web tool Balystic. And to make it even better we had a birthday in the office – meaning cake and balloons (Happy Birthday Pranav) and Bruno the office dog came in once again 😀 Jenny created a great member management page so that community … Continued

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Product Front End: An Experiment in Responsive Web Design

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

The past week has been all out making our products website great. Although we had to start from scratch we had an important tool with us – data. And tons of it. With the product as is we could see what pages were popular and what design elements were failing us. Working with expert UI … Continued

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Sprint 4: Planning and Privacy of Communities

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Day 15 began with sprint planning. Baylstic, the community management tool is beginning to take shape drastically. We have already implement creating a webpage for a community and listing out members of a community – all while maintaining protection of personally identifiable information. This week despite not having one of our sprint team members, we’re … Continued

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Agile Retrospective: Summer Internship Hackathon

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Herndon, Virginia – This past Friday marked the end of the 3rd week of our 6 week Summer Internship Hackathon and we all agree that Fridays are a great day because we get to demonstrate what we have accomplished at the end of our sprint, we get to perform a sprint retrospective and observe lessons learned, … Continued

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