agile

In the world of improvisational comedy, one of the unbreakable rules is to accept what your partner or fellow actors say and then add something to it. This is referred to as “Yes, and…” thinking. The idea is that you’re building a story together, rather than pivoting in a number of directions. How in the world do improv comedy techniques relate to innovation in property and casualty core systems? Hear me out.... Read More >
Digital transformation is a phrase used frequently in the insurance industry, and for good reason – keeping up with an increasingly digital and mobile world is critical for continuing to meet buyers’ needs. This transformation, like any major change, is rarely easy, and it can be particularly difficult for commercial lines insurers to know where to start.... Read More >
Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance companies today understand that in order to take advantage of opportunities in a fast-changing market, they must ensure their core systems are agile enough to enable such gymnastics. But the financial aspect of a new, modern system can be daunting: Plugging hardware and software line items into an IT budget might bring the scary reality of costs into sharp focus.... Read More >
Other than wondering how to manage integration dependencies, the most frequent question I hear during the software evaluation phase is about the applicability of an agile development process to an integration team. Of course! It’s just a little (maybe a lot?) more challenging than the product configuration tracks. Here’s why:... Read More >
In this Guidewire Smart Approach blog article, I am going to talk to you about two key practices that I feel are paramount in lowering your overall total cost of ownership (TCO). Lowering implementation timelines, and thus a customer’s TCO, is a topic we take very seriously in Guidewire Professional Services, and we are committed to working with our customers to achieve this together in our software implementations.... Read More >
In most large IT organizations, there are many projects in-flight at any moment in time, at various stages of maturity. Without a consistent technical perspective across these projects, things can go haywire, with enterprises forced to support too many disconnected interests and technologies. This can lead to some interesting conversations for external partners trying to figure out the company’s IT landscape: Q: “What kind of tool do you use for X? A: “All of them.”... Read More >
Part Two – Tracking Key Metrics and Identifying Readiness... Read More >
Part One – Key Metrics Needed for Identifying Readiness... Read More >
The business transformation journey often requires a systems transformation to enable the business to be more agile in the market, improve customer loyalty and satisfaction, while optimizing cost structure. For system transformation or upgrades using agile, the question of how do you know when you are done frequently arises.... Read More >
In this Guidewire Smart Approach Blog post, I am going to attempt to answer one of the most common questions I get as a Professional Services Director at Guidewire. That question comes very early in the project lifecycle, sometimes even before a project is approved to move forward.  The question I hear repeatedly from a majority of our customers is, “What should we be doing to get ready for our Guidewire project?”... Read More >

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