agile

Feb
02
2017

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.

Jan
26
2016

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:

Nov
13
2015

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.

Jan
08
2015

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.”

Jan
24
2014

Part Two – Tracking Key Metrics and Identifying Readiness

Jan
09
2014

Part One – Key Metrics Needed for Identifying Readiness

Nov
14
2013

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.

Oct
11
2013

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?”

Jun
28
2013

In this installment of "Keys to Success," I explore the concept of attempting to predict how users will utilize Guidewire InsuranceSuite and recommendations for process design and workflow.

Jun
13
2013

What is all the fuss? This topic was the focus of a recent panel discussion at an event in London, England. The buzz it generated was fascinating to me.

Apr
11
2013

In this Guidewire Smart Approach Blog post, I am going to talk about a very important person that you probably don’t think about when you are planning or executing your Guidewire implementation project. This person is what I call, “The Protagonist”. The Protagonist is a customer resource that embraces Guidewire systems and the change they will bring to your organization.

Apr
04
2013

I was recently working with one of the people responsible for a large Guidewire program. Their responsibility included keeping the team on track throughout an implementation project. As part of this work, we (Guidewire) made several recommendations that are intended to maintain momentum and lead to a healthy project assessment.

Apr
02
2013

Core beliefs are very helpful– to help teams execute, to stay consistent through good times and stressful times, to provide a code of conduct. We at Guidewire have core beliefs both at a company and team level. For example, our professional services team has developed core beliefs based on our experiences from more than 200 implementations that help us to provide a consistently high level of service to our customers.

Oct
13
2012

This article is the first of a multi-part series exploring Guidewire's product flexibility and our implementation methodology. Part one focuses on why an agile scrum methodology works so well with flexible packaged solutions like ours. In part two, I will discuss the importance of setting implementation Product Alignment goals  and  will continue by introducing our evolved implementation strategy called Value Alignment.

Aug
27
2012

This is the first in a series of blog posts about our experiences adopting agile methodology in the context of sales and marketing. This series will talk about process, tools, and how the team has benefited.

Since joining Guidewire about a year ago, I have had the privilege of hearing from many of our customers about how agile methodology has transformed how they run IT projects. A typical customer experience goes like this:

Aug
13
2012

You’ve got funding and approval for your core system project, you’ve been exposed to Guidewire products and methodology, and you’ve got a firm grasp on your project scope through completion of the Inception Phase. Now, you’re ready to enter arguably the most exciting phase of the project – the Implementation Phase.

Jul
18
2012

Pam Byrnes:  What's the matter sweetie? Can't sleep? 
Greg Focker
:  No, no. I was just going over my answers to the polygraph test your dad just gave me.
-  Meet the Parents

Jul
06
2012

This is the first installment of what I hope is a series of posts that outlines keys to successful Guidewire system implementations using the agile methodology. This installment focuses on a role in our agile implementations, the product owner.

Background 

Jun
28
2012