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Did you hear about the 80/20 rule? It is also called the Pareto principle and the main idea is that 80% of our results are the outcome of 20% of our actions. Interesting, right? Even if we talk about our personal life, our career, industry or business, this principle can be applied anywhere. But the real question is how to easily find the 20% actions and keep focus on doing the right things, in order to reach our goals and have a successful life. This blog is a roadmap to feeling more productive, getting things done and reaching our goals better and faster. Of all the 11 roadmap elements, the most important is: Do what you love. 

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When starting up a nearshore IT team it’s important to set up properly from the start because restoring malfunctioning constructions afterwards can be a really tough job. We see a lot of companies attempting to find high skilled labour at a low price abroad. During implementation of their offshore construction, companies run into all kind of cultural, social and linguistic issues. A solution for this is sourcing labour at lower cost in a nearby country called nearshoring. When using a nearshore construction, the cultural, social, linguistic and time differences will be minimal. Even though in order to be successful, it’s essential to manage the startup phase well. In this blog, I will explain 5 powerfull tips for setting up a nearshore construction.

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People that know me better know that I was educated in Maastricht: A university that trains you to find your own answers to questions, instead of getting them from lectures. One of the questions I got recently was “What do we have to do to make our BPM implementation successful?” I found there is no simple answer, no “My way or the Highway”. But I can certainly mention some aspects that should be agreed upon to make a BPM project a success.

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Recently my colleague Maarten Veger was explaining his vision on The Top 3 things a Pega BPM consultant should be good at – an article that I really liked. As I am responsible for the Mendix team at BPM Company, I take the opportunity to explain the five things that make a good Mendix Business Engineer. Mendix and Pega are both model driven platforms, similar but very different at the same time. In fact, there are a lot of similarities in terms of the profile needed for a Mendix developer. But there are also some specific qualities that make the difference in being a good Mendix developer. The main theme in both technologies is that it's important that a consultant can help bridge between business needs & the IT application.

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In the last couple of years I’ve seen and gone through several organizational changes for the software development organization.The different methods/frameworks that were applied to the organization I’ve seen are Waterfall, Scrum (of scrums), DevOps, Feature teams and Agile scaling. In my last blog, I have given a short overview of these methods/frameworks. This follow-up blog gives my five takeaways from my experience with these methods/frameworks. Most important, be flexible and change the method it that is needed.

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