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  • July 31, 2019   Steve Hamilton     0

Modern software project plans have become overly complicated and are no longer accomplishing their purpose in the modern knowledge-based economy....

  • June 26, 2019   Jamila Carroll     0

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant Introduction Estimating agile projects, especially within an organization transitioning from waterfall to agile, is ...

  • June 11, 2019   Jamila Carroll     0

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant Agile consultants often work in large IT organizations, and are frequently asked, “What is ...

  • May 30, 2019   Jamila Carroll     0

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant I. 13th Annual State of Agile Report The 13th Annual State of Agile by ...

  • November 1, 2018   Jamila Carroll     0

By Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant In 1972, Jan Wallender the new CEO of Handelsbanken bank in Sweden, concluded that ...

  • June 7, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group Supply Chain consultant Alyssa Palmer enjoyed an evening at the 1st Annual Impacts, Gala, hosted by The University ...

  • May 29, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

by Brandon Epperson One advantage of being part of IT project implementation is being part of the postmortem process when ...

  • May 29, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

by Larry Comella, Sr. Business Consultant, Supply Chain When it comes to tackling your programs and projects on time, on ...

  • May 3, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant Watch this video to see how some common beliefs about Agile development stack up ...

  • April 12, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group’s Alyssa Palmer attended PMI SeminarsWorld® April 9th and 10th in Seattle, WA. SeminarsWorld is “a collection of small ...

  • April 4, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Read more about our Agile offerings here!...

  • March 8, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

by Alyssa Palmer, Sr. Supply Chain Consultant Last week Cryoport, alongside McKesson, Fisher BioServices, and GE Healthcare, hosted the first annual two-day ...

  • February 18, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group was delighted to participate in another successful Agile Open Northwest at Seattle center. AONW is an annual open space conference ...

  • January 31, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group is again proud to sponsor Agile Open NW. And, Plaster Group Agile consultant Aki Namioka is co-chairing this conference. Look ...

  • January 24, 2018   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group’s Supply Chain Social group hosted its first meetup of the new year at Seapine Brewing Company in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.  We had ...

  • October 18, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

by Heather Smith, Plaster Group Consultant “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, ...

  • July 3, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

by Shama Bole, Sr. Agile Consultant  Growing up, I remember being told the story of a village boy in India ...

  • June 29, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

by Colin Carson, Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant Abstract When a curated data set is needed for reporting, a common design ...

  • May 18, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

by Doug Ugarte, Supply Chain Consultant Designing and managing customer experience is a lot like chauffeuring your customer safely to ...

  • April 20, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

By Heather Smith,  Consultant As companies try to do more with less, Lean is still growing in popularity. The Japanese ...

  • February 23, 2017   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group was a proud sponsor of yesterday’s BeyondAgile event. This month’s meetup was at Getty Images and was presented ...

  • December 12, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Sal Faizi, Sr. Consultant Ambient computing is becoming increasingly important as it allows organizations to stay competitive in innovative ...

  • September 29, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Data & Analytics Team While discussing past engagements with one of my coworkers, Tableau came up. I ...

  • August 30, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Check out these two upcoming Seattle Agile Events September 1st – BeyondAgile at the Museum of Flight 5-9pm Plaster Group ...

  • August 23, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Brian Decker, Supply Chain Practice Director What are the top supply chain considerations when implementing an eCommerce solution? You ...

  • August 8, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

  We asked our Senior Consultant and Director of Agile Solutions, Grant Beck what was the last book he read. ...

  • August 8, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Aki Namioka, Sr. Agile Consultant  When an organization is deciding how to manage the work of an Agile team, ...

  • June 29, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client – a regional medical provider – tried to incorporate Agile methods in its IT departments for several ...

  • June 13, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Our Agile practice area had a presence at a meetup co-hosted by Seattle Health Innovators and the Washington Chapter of ...

  • June 1, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client’s Communication department managed a large portfolio of projects, reporting many different data points within each project. Tracking ...

  • May 25, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Data & Analytics Team At some point, most organizations find themselves evaluating new tools to improve and ...

  • May 16, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Shama Bole, Sr. Agile Consultant and Client Service Director What grew as a creeping sort of dissonance over the ...

  • April 26, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group hosted its first Agile Round Table of 2016 this past Friday. We had a wonderful group of participants resulting ...

  • March 30, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client – a specialty Seattle coffee retailer – disengaged with its distributor, and upon doing so lost visibility ...

  • March 24, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Assessing build vs. buy solution options for managing Philanthropic Strategic Objectives. One Process, One Tool and Better Decisions. Challenge The Client, ...

  • March 21, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Organizations and their IT infrastructure are experiencing ever-increasing demands to deliver more services, ...

  • March 10, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Data & Analytics Team Challenge Our client’s Business Intelligence solution lacked sufficient capabilities to determine optimal supply ...

  • February 8, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group had another great year sponsoring and attending the tenth annual Agile Open Northwest, a three day conference at Seattle ...

  • January 28, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

The Challenge Our client’s Enterprise Data Warehouse department was tasked with providing their customers a centralized, intuitive, timely, and comprehensive ...

  • January 14, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

By Sal Faizi, Sr. Consultant In the digital age, data is gold and data security is the fortress to keep ...

  • January 7, 2016   Kyle Connell     0

by Grant Colgan, Sr. Consultant...

  • October 28, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Program & Project Management Team In today’s increasingly complex business environment, there are an ever-increasing number of ...

  • October 12, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

 Plaster Group held their second Agile Round Table on Thursday, October 1st, at Plaster Group HQ in downtown Seattle.   ...

  • September 3, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client used an internal portal for communications with staff to reinforce messaging from leadership with day-to-day content. The ...

  • August 12, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Leveraging Appropriate Data Warehouse Architecture Ensures Better Support for Business Growth: Leadership at a local Seattle non-profit better understands the capabilities of their data warehouse platform and has the vision ...

  • July 29, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge The legal department at a Seattle non-profit corporation needed a way to manage their digital records, subject to legal ...

  • June 4, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group had a great time sponsoring and attending TDWI Northwest’s June 3rd event at REI: Location Intelligence in the ...

  • May 20, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client—a global leader in software— had a Content Distribution Network (CDN) product that was showing its age; it ...

  • April 29, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client’s Human Resources department had a large project portfolio in SharePoint that also contained information about approximately forty ...

  • April 3, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

By Shama Bolé Plaster Group launched our first Agile roundtable today under the aegis and hard work of our Agile Practice Area ...

  • March 11, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client – a specialty coffee retailer – disengaged with its distributor, and upon doing so lost visibility into ...

  • February 25, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge An existing team site was acting as a central hub for multiple team and cross-collaboration sites, but few were ...

  • February 11, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

A solid Business Intelligence strategy now guides both tactical and strategic decision-making at this non-profit organization. Challenge Our client was ...

  • January 29, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client’s finance department tracked spending and budget authority using multiple spreadsheets. Requiring many steps, the existing approval process for ...

  • January 22, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Data & Analytics Team Meet Predictive Analytics “The Dow Jones Industrial Average will rise above 20,000 by ...

  • January 15, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

by Plaster Group’s Enterprise Software Team The Cloud is Important I’m going to skip the opening paragraph that explains why ...

  • January 8, 2015   Kyle Connell     0

New compensation structure provides clarity of roles and equity of jobs across the organization, aligned with the new total compensation ...

  • December 17, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Collaborative, automated test approach leads to successful project delivery and lays groundwork for better, more efficient Quality Assurance in future ...

  • December 2, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

The Project In migration to SharePoint Online, we are delivered a “blank slate”.  This serves as an excellent opportunity to ...

  • November 10, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group Agile consultants Grant Beck and Shama Bole conducted a half-day Agile training session at a Seattle-based healthcare company last ...

  • October 9, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Utilizing SharePoint technology results in a familiar tool that meets our client’s precise needs at a greatly reduced cost Challenge ...

  • October 1, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group is again looking forward to sponsoring our local Seattle chapter of the The Datawarehousing Institute this coming Tuesday, October ...

  • September 10, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

A cost-constrained startup quickly sees value from a new Business Intelligence platform implemented with low licensing costs. Challenge The existing Business Intelligence ...

  • August 7, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

“Right-sized” PMO best practices help drive effectiveness, transparency, and Challenge Our client needed to implement some PMO best practices in ...

  • July 31, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Moving to Agile improves quality, increases customer satisfaction, and develops a culture of continuous improvement. Challenge Our client, a large ...

  • July 15, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client’s Business Intelligence solution lacked sufficient capabilities to determine optimal supply chain operations. Although data was available to ...

  • June 25, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, must align with tax regulations in multiple countries in order to maintain its ...

  • June 19, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

This article is the second installment of a two-part article on prototype-driven Agile development. It is strongly recommended that the ...

  • June 3, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Microsoft released the latest version of SQL Server – SQL Server 2014 – to the world in April, 2014. As ...

  • May 29, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Our Data & Analytics Director Wendy Parker is co-teaching a Data Mining course at the University of Washington. She recently invited Lucas ...

  • May 27, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

The Consulting Architect So you’ve engaged a Solutions Architect to help build an e-commerce application for your company.  When you ...

  • May 15, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group is looking forward to sponsoring and attending  another TDWI Northwest event next week. The Database Warehousing Institute’s Seattle Chapter ...

  • May 8, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge A Seattle-based non-profit organization had a contracts management system with insufficient and inconsistent data tracking abilities and the expectation ...

  • April 29, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

SharePoint is not just a program or individual solution; it’s a massive platform that provides secure places to store, organize, ...

  • April 23, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

You cannot open a business or IT trade magazine these days without seeing a major article about the impact of ...

  • April 15, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client, a large local nonprofit, was struggling to manage its priorities and goals. Teams that needed to coordinate ...

  • April 7, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Microsoft Dynamics is a series of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications with more than 350,000 ...

  • April 1, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our  Seattle-based client began an initiative to improve data access, collaboration, and critical analysis, and to better harvest and ...

  • March 25, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Challenge Our client – a major non-profit healthcare provider – lacked a central platform for the aggregation and analysis of ...

  • March 19, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Regression Testing and User Training Minimizes SharePoint Upgrade Risk for a Local Non-Profit. Comprehensive support provides efficient solutions throughout implementation of ...

  • March 13, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Our Data & Analytics Consultants made a couple predictions for 2014’s  Business Intelligence trends after looking at this year’s BI ...

  • March 10, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Last month Microsoft released its newest Business Intelligence (BI) offering called Power BI. With this offering, Microsoft has made some ...

  • March 4, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group is looking forward to sponsoring and attending  another TDWI Northwest event next week. The Database Warehousing Institute’s Seattle Chapter ...

  • February 27, 2014   Plaster Group     0

By Grant Beck, Plaster Group Agile Solutions Director A few weeks ago, I attended a gathering of Scrum masters to ...

  • February 25, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

A few days ago Gartner released its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. This year Gartner revised the ...

  • February 18, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

by Grant Beck, Plaster Group Agile Solutions Practice Director Challenge Our client approached Plaster Group with a desire to undergo ...

  • February 12, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group Agile consultants Shama and Grant had a great time time last week at the Agile Open Northwest conference. ...

  • February 3, 2014   Plaster Group     0

by Shama Bole, Sr. Agile Consultant The traditional role of a Project Manager (PM) is becoming obsolete – or at ...

  • January 31, 2014   Kyle Connell     0

Plaster Group is excited to be sponsoring and attending the upcoming Agile Open Northwest 2014. AONW is a non-profit alliance of ...

  • January 1, 2014   Plaster Group     0

Challenge By definition, Agile application projects don’t have all of the requirements fully specified or all of the features designed ...

  • September 8, 2013   Plaster Group     0

Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing careers are hotter than ever! In the times when companies can’t hire skilled DW/BI candidates ...

  • April 11, 2013   Plaster Group     0

When I started out in Data & Analytics, one of my first roles was as an analyst at Washington Mutual ...

  • March 17, 2013   Plaster Group     0

After a successful implementation of a data warehouse, the obvious next step is to provide a reporting solution or a ...

  • February 28, 2013   Plaster Group     0

The TDWI Northwest chapter is pleased to welcome Bill Inmon as their guest speaker on March 13 in Bellevue.  Bill ...

  • January 25, 2013   Plaster Group     0

Do you use data to support your decisions? Most people use data to support even the simplest decisions on a ...

  • January 25, 2013   Plaster Group     0

By Grant Beck, Agile Solutions Practice Director Recently I was tasked with the challenge of converting two project teams to ...

  • January 15, 2013   Plaster Group     0

The TDWI Northwest chapter has announced its board members for 2013 and Plaster Group is pleased to be represented by ...