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Form design – insights from our research

Forms are everywhere. You use them when signing up for a new bank account, or booking travel. Good forms help you succeed in your goals without getting in the way, or are even a pleasant experience. Bad forms can have potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Velocity is not the goal – working software is

Leadership often ask about velocity. "What is your velocity? How can you do better on velocity?"   Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But do you really know what velocity is, what it isn’t, and why it’s important?   Velocity is a measure for predictability, not productivity

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Pega Expands its Ecosystem with a New Pega Community Site and ISV Program

Pega is changing the way the world builds software, and we want you to be involved! That’s why we’re launching a new Pega Community site to better engage customers, developers, partners – everyone – in our growing digital ecosystem. Our Pega Community site is designed to be intuitive and engaging for users of any technical level, with easy navigation to useful actions like searching documentation, watching a video, or asking a question. It also connects you to special features, like:

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Five Steps to Conducting a Successful Usability Test

Today, most companies understand the importance of good design. In fact, A Design Management Institute report on the real value of design shows design-centric companies producing 228% higher returns on investment when compared with companies in the S&P Index.

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Agile Metrics Can Help Measure Improvement

By its nature, Agile doesn’t have any defined measurements or metrics. However, there are numerous proposed metrics that teams can adopt from other Agile professionals. These range from ones measuring bygone performances to ones that will provide insight about how a particular change has turned out in reality.

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What is a Hackathon?

In February, Pega held its 7th Hackathon – a 24-hour developer sprint where teams chose projects to improve our software and/or internal processes. You can read about it on pega.com, including our advice on how to run your own hackathon. This event always stirs up interest, and so we want to use this space to answer some more of the questions we frequently get regarding hackathons.

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A Scrum Master is a REACTive Change Agent

Every leader has a different management style. Some leaders react to a situation after it happens  in order to reach desired outcome. Some leaders anticipate a situation and plan their actions to reach the desired outcome.

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Four Common Pega Database Tables You Should Know

A common question pops up each time I discuss databases with developers: “What are the different out-of-the-box database tables that Pega provides, and what is the significance of each one?” It’s an important question, especially when you need to think of designing your data modelling. There are a few important out-of-the-box tables to consider, and they each have their own significance.  Generally, the Pega Platform database holds the rules, data instances, work items, history, and other concrete objects from the internal classes of Pega Platform.

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If you value success, set clear goals and cultivate discipline

The Scrum Guide lists five values that each and every Scrum Team member must live by – commitment, courage, focus, openness, and respect – and leaves the team space for personal experience. From my personal experience, I can say that discipline is important to success, and a virtue that only emerges when you incorporate the five scrum values. Most importantly, discipline always thrives on clearly stated goals.

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