Author archives: Celerity


Planning Your Transformational M&A Journey

By Celerity

Being adaptive to what’s happening in the market, connecting everything inside the operation, driving cost out of the business—these things are challenging enough in a static environment, but what happens when companies find themselves needing to deliver all this and more while planning for an M&A event?

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5 Ways BPM Consultants Improve Change Management

By Celerity

Change is hard. Have you ever heard the following objections to innovation from your organization? “My department is unique.” “That sounds great in theory, but it wouldn't work in our environment.” “An outsider doesn’t understand the way we operate.”

Business Process Management (BPM) consultants hear these objections at the beginning of virtually every project we undertake. It’s true that we’re not experts in every field, but we are experts in process improvement, efficiency, and helping organizations deliver value to their customers as quickly as possible. We understand that every business is different and that most organizations are, at best, minimally resistant to change.   

By partnering closely with your team’s stakeholders, listening to their needs, and understanding their positions, consultants prove that fresh tools and strategies can be implemented in harmony with existing structures and organizational cultures to produce incredible results.

Here are five reasons why organizations should make external BPM consultants an integral part of a continuous improvement culture:  

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The Benefits of Agile for the Team

By Celerity

It's the typical Agile transformation story. Management hears about the marvels of Agile. Team attends Agile training. Team starts Agile project. Team sees little to no results and insist Agile doesn’t work and it would be so much faster if they just went back to what they had before. Sound familiar?

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Getting Started with Software Test Automation

By Celerity


Software test automation makes use of specialized tools to control the execution of tests and compares the actual results against the expected results. With automated testing, you can record and playback predefined actions or scripts and report upon the results quickly and efficiently. While it requires an upfront investment, the benefits are clear.

Here are three reasons why software test automation will help your organization:

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Mastering Agile Product Development

By Celerity


Recently, Celerity’s Agile experts put together an interactive webinar on Mastering Agile Product Development – an area where many attempt to conquer but few succeed. Their first question to the audience was:

True or False: New product ideas primarily come from management in my organization.


The audience was split 50/50 on their answers. The next question asked if securing funding for a product was difficult. Once again, the audience was split down the middle. The same respondents, however, who agreed that new ideas come from management also said that funding a product was not difficult.

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5 Steps to Your First User Test

By Celerity

The barrier to entry into user testing has never been lower. Forget size and budget. Companies who interact with users on a regular basis will swim, while others sink. Despite the ease of entry, many still neglect testing and rely on internal opinions to guide product decisions.

Though investing in a user researcher is ideal, this hurdle shouldn't stop you. Look on your team for a strategic thinker and good listener to get started. When you witness the insights and aha moments that come from a test, the value will be clear as day.

These 5 steps are a simple introduction to user testing for non-researchers. It's a flexible process to follow, avoiding the complexities in favor of action. With clear goals, and a sincere desire to gather honest feedback, you're already well on your way. Jump in and get started. You may never look back.

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7 Ways to Effectively Manage a Product Owner Backlog

By Celerity

Product backlog management is an art form that requires relentless attention. As a Product Owner, it’s your responsibility to run a well-oiled machine and keep the product backlog healthy. This includes accommodating stakeholders, development teams, and most importantly, users. But how do you manage a product backlog in a way that is effective and results-driven?

Here are 7 tips from an Agile Product Owner who’s been around the block:

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Choosing an Automatic or Manual Content Migration

By Celerity

Website redesign or re-platforming projects are often the most exciting and dreaded undertaking for marketing teams. No matter how much you look forward to a shiny new CMS, there’s no denying that the arduous task of content migration can zap some of the joy out of the process.

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3 Myths You’ve Heard About Content Migration (And Why They’re Wrong)

By Celerity

Let’s face it – Content migration is complex. Like, really complex. After all, CMS solutions hold a lot of important data and moving it to a completely new system is risky business. You don’t want to be that person responsible for losing documents, lengthy downtime or underestimating the project entirely. It’s time to get realistic about the process.

Here are 3 myths about content migration that often lead to misguided projects. Let us set the record straight:

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Create a High-Functioning Work Space with the 5S Methodology

By Celerity

In Business Process Management, Lean methodology is centered on the idea of eliminating waste. This process sounds simple in theory – “Get rid of defects, cut out steps that add no value” – but actually implementing these ideas requires strategic planning. The 5S methodology presents an organized way of eliminating physical waste and standardizing the use of equipment and processes across an entire functional unit. 5S stresses that cleanliness, organization, and standardization are key in creating the most efficient and effective work processes. The method originated from five Japanese words which have been translated into English.

Here’s how you can implement the steps:

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14 Must-Know Mobile App Best Practices

By Celerity

Mobile technology use is at an all time high as 80 percent of internet surfers now own a smartphone to access the web. It should come as no surprise then that developing a mobile app for your business can make you more competitive online. But where do you start? 

We recently published a checklist of the top 14 Mobile App Best Practices you need to consider in order to successfully build a new mobile app, or update an existing one.

Here's a snapshot of what you need to know:

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Software Development and Agile Methodologies: A Chronicle of 2016

By Celerity

As we say goodbye to 2016, let’s reflect on some of the Celerity stories that were popular this year! From trends like Agile development to personalization and operational readiness, Celerity’s consulting team has contributed a wealth of knowledge to Breakthroughs in Acceleration. Here are a few of our favorite articles:

Operational Readiness: 3 Keys to a Successful Takeoff for Any Large-Scale System
If you’re preparing for the launch of a large-scale initiative in the coming year, don’t let untested systems and unprepared users create a deployment debacle. Follow these three operational readiness steps to help build confidence in your new system and get your project off the ground smoothly. Read the full blog post.

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How Agile Can Be Embraced by Your Entire Organization

By Celerity

This post is a preview of our eBook: Leading an Enterprise Agile Transformation. Download the full eBook here.

A recent survey by Scrum Alliance found that more than 70% of Agile practitioners report tension between their teams and the rest of the organization. The reason? They are following different road maps and moving at different speeds. Whether your organization is in the early stages of adopting Agile methodologies or you have multiple teams running sprints, non-Agile influences will eventually cause your success to plateau. The breakthrough opportunity is a true, Agile transformation.

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Agile Marketing: Learn the Lingo

By Celerity

A too-long to-do list is a daily reality for most marketers. The larger issue, however, comes from that long list of tasks lacking prioritization and coordination with others on your team, resulting in time spent on the wrong tasks and missed project deadlines. Agile Marketing offers a compelling solution to this problem and helps marketing teams, both big and small, accomplish projects faster through improved communication, transparency, and innovation.

Adopting its core tenants from Agile software development, Agile Marketing is a work management methodology that can help a team work faster, leaner, and more strategically through short bursts of work and frequent feedback. Agile helps to prioritize and execute projects more quickly and helps to bridge gaps between IT, Marketing, and the Business.

Before you get started, though, you must learn how to SPEAK Agile. As you start researching and planning your team’s adoption to Agile Marketing, here’s a handy reference of the terms you’ll come across and what they mean:

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CRM Implementation: 5 Strategies to Seal the Deal

By Celerity

When it comes to implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, an organization’s priorities are often confused due to poorly defined business requirements, lack of proper change management and, most critically, inconsistent prioritization of the people, process, and technology involved.

Process and technology must be addressed in that order, with the human factor naturally being considered throughout the entire implementation lifecycle. The idea is to take technology (or tools and systems, of which you may use several) out of the equation in order to determine your CRM business problem and better focus on people and process.

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Making Your Case: 4 Ways to Plan for Enterprise Mobile Applications

By Celerity

According to a survey by Mobile Helix, a majority of enterprises think they’d experience 40% more productivity if they moved their enterprise apps to mobile. Strikingly, only 32% of those companies feel they have the skills necessary to pull off development.

The disparity comes down to having budget dollars to invest in mobile infrastructure, access to cutting edge mobile app development tools, and resources capable of executing their mobile vision.

Even when budget and resources are within reach, it’s difficult to justify your mobile application strategy. That's why we broke it down into 4 simple steps.

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Upstream Caching: A Django Developer Crash Course

By Celerity

The Golden Rule for Django Developers is “Don’t prematurely optimize code.” But when a website goes live, user demand can outweigh site functionality, meaning slower page loads and a downgraded user experience. Code optimization is no longer a waste of timeit’s required.

There are several ways to optimize, but scaling out horizontally to deal with growing demand gets expensive. Luckily, there’s still a way to salvage your code without breaking the bank: You can cache.

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Why Companies are Making the Shift from Staffing to Managed Services

By Celerity

Staffing sales are currently reaching more than $130 billion annually in the US, but what happens when traditional staffingwhich is highly transactional and often lacks flexibilityno longer serves a business’ needs from a value-based partnership perspective?

Today, many enterprise-level businesses with complex skillset requirements have reached critical mass with staffing providers, left with too many individual contributors, management nightmares, and a lack of tangible results. How did they get there?

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IT Security: If It's Not A Board-Level Topic, Your Business Is At Risk

By Celerity

The biggest data breach of 2014 can be credited to the one that got the best of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The attackers infiltrated the Sony Corporation and exposed a company executive’s emails, which contained movie project details that had not yet been made public. By the time 2014 came to a close, approximately 1,500 breaches worldwide had exposed nearly 1 billion records total, according to The Wall Street Journal.

As we know, IT security will remain a hot topic with the recent activities occurring across business lines. Board-level strategies are a must and processes and procedures need to be implemented to protect the reputation and reduce the regulatory risks of these companies. Here are some crucial information security tips:

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What a UX Designer Wants

By Celerity

Envision your brand as something that’s flawless to engage with, fluid across all digital channels and devices, and perfectly complements your physical presence or storefront.

Who's going to help you bring that vision to life? UX Designers.

But these savvy professionals are in high demand, low supply, and difficult to find, attract, and retain. Many command high salaries with little experience. Companies are now striving to hire User Experience talent inhouse, instead of contracting, making the talent pool even smaller. And as engineering agility improves, expectations are rising for comprehensive product thinking—meaning user experience design is no easy task.

You know that you need a strong UX hero to save your digital channels. UX heroes are an analytical, process-driven thinkers that are articulate and digitally aware of the marketplace. They synthesize all components of content, wireframes, and design work within your site so that users can get to the right stuff, quickly. Your UX hero will take abstract business requirements and map them out like a boss.

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