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Accelerate Business Transformation (ABT) - the show that shares insight into technologies, methodologies, and practices that can transform your business. Created by Apex Process Consultants.

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Accelerate Business Transformation (ABT) - the show that shares insight into technologies, methodologies, and practices that can transform your business. Created by Apex Process Consultants.

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    Envisioning and Building a New Events Platform with C3GROUPS

    Envisioning and Building a New Events Platform with C3GROUPS

    We talk to Wayne Daniels, President of C3GROUPS about envisioning and building a new event management platform.

    • 16 min
    New Apex BAW Toolkits

    New Apex BAW Toolkits

    One of our favorite aspects of BAW is how we can re-use code by packaging solutions into toolkits. Keith has been hard at work building new tools to assist BAW developers with their projects.
    The Apex Address Toolkit gives BAW developers access to validated shipping addresses in an easy to use implementation.
    The Apex Healthcare Toolkit lets BAW projects incorporate NPI lookup for providers.

    • 11 min


    A look at the use of skunkworks projects to circumvent bureaucratic hurdles. Full transcript of the episode with links to additional sources follows.
    It was 1943. The world was at war. German engineering was producing an array of terrifying weapons, and even before the war, had already demonstrated working jet aircraft.  German jet fighters and bombers could potentially leave the Allies nearly helpless to defend against this technological threat with their own outmoded fleet of propeller-driven craft. 
    In this ecosystem of urgency, the US government approached airplane manufacturer Lockheed Martin with an incredible challenge. They wanted an American jet fighter to be developed. It would need to fly 600 MPH, maneuver and perform in intense aerial combat, and as if that weren't absurd enough, it needed to be ready to demonstrate in 180 days.
    Further constraints existed. Lockheed Martin was already using all of its floorspace for the war effort. How would it come up with a way to execute on this incredible directive?
    The answer came in the form of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP), now commonly known as "Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works." The ADP is now the most famous example of the rapid solution approach now generically referred to as a "skunkworks project."
    In the earliest part of the 1980s the personal computer market was dominated by Apple and Commodore, but IBM - who dominated the server-rooms of the IT departments at the time - had taken notice. IBM wanted to get a piece of the home user and desktop computer market, but - as dramatically stated in the PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds, IBM's own estimate is that due to bureaucracy and internal controls, it would take nine months just to ship an empty box.  The solution around this was a skunkworks project.  IBM had been experimenting with "Independent Business Units" that could shrug off the limitations of normal IBM procedures and act swiftly to get things done. The skunkworks project it undertook became the IBM PC and the project's design choices became the new paradigm for business computing.

    The name "Skunk Works" has an interesting origin. Because the group tasked with this 180 day miracle had no floorspace, they had to set up shop under a circus tent by a plastics factory in Burbank, California.  The fumes from the factory reminded workers of a recurring feature of the popular Lil' Abner comic strip, a smelly factory outside the fictional town of Dogpatch, Kentucky known as the "Skonk Works." This became the name of the group until the copyright owners of the Lil' Abner comic strip complained in the early 1960s and Lockheed Martin formally changed it to "Skunk Works" to appease the lawyers.  The name stuck and has become synonymous with this kind of project.
    Another famous skunkworks project was the Apple Macintosh.  The history of that project has become quasi-mythical because of books like Insanely Great, by Steven Levy and Revolution in the Valley by pioneering Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld.  This story was also heavily featured in PBS' Triumph of the Nerds. In 1981, Apple was primarily funded by sales of the Apple II, but it was desperately trying to create the next revolutionary personal computer. After some internal struggles, Steve Jobs took over a project that had originally been envisioned by Jef Raskin as a friendly and inexpensive home computer. Jobs changed the focus to make a revolutionary graphical user interface based machine. He embraced the "rebel" mentality for his team, famously telling them "It's better to be a pirate than join the Navy." The team took this mentality seriously enough to hoist a Jolly Roger flag over the remote office complex where the Mac team worked. While it was not an instant success financially, the Macintosh project would also change the world.

    You can purchase a hand-painted Mac Jolly Roger flag from original artist Susan Kare (but they are pricey!)
    Apple itself (and Mic

    • 16 min
    Low Code

    Low Code

    We talk with Nick Laughton about Low Code software platforms and how they are transforming business.  Topics include:
    What is Low Code? Is it new? Shrinking development backlog Engaging SMEs more directly in the dev process How Low Code helps Hard-Core Developers Low Code library management Integrating Low Code into IBM BAW and IBM BPM

    • 28 min
    What is Business Automation Workflow (BAW)?

    What is Business Automation Workflow (BAW)?

    What is BAW?  IT veteran Rob Robinson joins us to explain what Business Automation Workflow is, and how it can transform your business.

    We also talk about Apex Workflow Accelerator and how to use BAW via "SaaS" on the cloud. That's not just a bunch of buzzwords; it's a way for small and medium-sized companies to get access to IBM enterprise-level software at affordable prices, and quickly.

    • 30 min
    Agile in Name Only

    Agile in Name Only

    Is your organization using Agile for development? Are you sure? What if you're actually doing Agile in Name Only (AINO)?  We discuss what this is, how to detect it, and what can be done to change direction.
    Forbes article on Microsoft's adoption of Agile
    US Gov article on "Detecting Agile BS"
    The risk of "fake Agile" in Department of Defense
    Impact of Agile adoption at Microsoft (case study)

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

dave4774 ,

Great Insights

Jay did a great job sharing his insights from a long career in decision management. Didn’t know he started as a COBOL guy!

ErikaVecchio ,

Thoughtful and engaging

Envisioning sounds like a word where when it's said, you automatically know what it means. But this podcast really gets into the details of what it is, who does what, the problems and solutions of envisioning in a large company setting. Great stuff!

New2Process ,

Excellent Introduction

This episode is extremely educational and a great start to a podcast, giving a very clear and understandable explanation of envisioning and how it can be used to improve process and app development.

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