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Why Agile projects fail and how to avoid it (forever)

It’s the first day of the project kickoff meeting for a new software application. Everyone is assembled in a large team room anxiously waiting for the meeting to begin. Other eager project participants are attending via video conference. A colorful 35-page deck with org charts, sprint cadence, flow diagrams, and fancy graphics is in everyone’s inbox. The title slide is statically displayed on the in-room screen and in the video conference meeting. It has all…

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How to Start a Startup – videos from Stanford CS183B

There are numerous methods to learn more about what it takes to start a startup. From podcasts to blogs, incubators, classroom courses and videos. If you live anywhere outside of Silicon Valley, are not a college student at Stanford University or currently working a “9-5’er”, there is another helpful option that can fit into anyone’s busy daily schedule. Also, it is free! In 2014, the partners at Y Combinator, organized by Sam Altman, recorded a…

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How I use productivity apps to manage digital content

I’ve always been a list maker. It’s probably because I feel a sense of accomplishment starting the day with a lengthy list of to-do’s and then seeing the items slowly get completed. Sometimes, I still prefer the old fashioned pen and paper approach. But keeping up with multiple pieces of paper, sticky notes and various notebooks is not efficient or in some cases, practical. Even with the abundance of mobile productivity apps, I have adopted…

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Essential Podcasts for Startups

pod·cast – /ˈpädˌkast/definition: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. I find that listening to audio podcasts are a great way to kill time while commuting, doing chores around the house or exercising. While podcasts have been available since 2004, it is only in the last 4-5 years that they…

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Stay tuned while I get organized for a new brentevans.com blog…

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