What You Really Need to Know About Lean VS Agile

Figuring Out Where You’re Headed AND How to Get There Building software that solves a customer’s problem requires simultaneous focuses on the product owner, end user, and the product itself. The customer we have today, or think we want today, may not be the customer we end up targeting at all. And the same is true for the product; you’re …

Caution: Disruption Ahead

Google Drive Now Converts Microsoft Docs

Virginia Backaitis recently wrote “Psst, Microsoft: Look What Gmail Users Can Do Now,” for CMSwire. She points out that Google and Microsoft are duking it out over the cloud, and they’re both pretty sure that providing services around content is key. Google, of course, is trying to disrupt Microsoft’s control of large accounts through their Office products. Google provides a …

What is DevOps?

DevOps, a combination of the words “development” and “operations,” is more of a philosophy than it is a process. At its core, it’s simply about better collaboration between development and operations teams. Its purpose is to help an organization rapidly produce digital software products and services and improved deployment frequency, which can lead to faster time to market, lower failure …

Waterfall Method-courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Reflections on the Waterfall Method of Software Development

I was recently reflecting on the Waterfall Method of Software Development, and enterprise-level Intranet projects I had designed as a business consultant for a custom programming company in years gone by. Intranets are restricted web-enabled assets of a company that are only accessible to authorized users who navigate strict security precautions to gain access. We used to think of the …

CabForward Traits

Society of Rugged Developers

We all trust software with our daily lives, finances, safety, government, communication, business, and general happiness. But, how far should that trust extend? The Society of Rugged Developers is wading into the topic of ruggedness, because when it comes to software, it needs to be so much more than just secure. It has to be ruggedly reliable and defensible against …

Discovery Session

To Build Or Not To Build?

It is a foregone conclusion that the future of all computing – consumer and enterprise – is mobile. Consumers are busier, move quicker, and expect faster tools to improve their daily activities. Employees are consumers. In both cases, businesses must decide which tools their users require and then move quickly to fill that need, or else risk the likelihood that …

8 Steps to a Lean Canvas Business Plan

A planning tool we found helpful in designing our own CabForward℠ business, and helping others plan theirs, is the Lean Canvas. It is a delightfully quick way to define your business, without the need for a full business plan. Lean Canvas uses a 1-page business model that helps an early stage startup iterate quickly through their challenges and target markets, …

Cab Forward View At CabForward℠

CabForward℠ adopted, from the inset, agile software development practices and lean process controls. Those practices are a very good fit for our philosophy and the way we want customers to feel about being in control of their project. We have had some missteps along the way, as all businesses do, but we always strive for excellence in every engagement. Whether …

1975 American Motors Pacer

Cab Forward Vehicles

In this series of discussions about how we selected the company name CabForward, we’ve looked at the origin of the term, how railroads addressed often horrific conditions experienced in Tunnels and Steam Locomotives, and, in this post, research how this cab-forward principle is being used in automotive applications. American Motors Pacer The first modern mass-produced, U.S. automobile using the cab …

From article "Smoke Deflectors" by Herbert G. Monroe in Railroad Magazine Feb. 1941

Tunnels and Steam Locomotives

In earlier posts about our company name, CabForward℠, and how it was selected to represent how we like to do business, and origin of the term “cab forward,” I touched on the topic of smoke and exhaust from the locomotive being a source of problems for the crew (and passengers in cars behind the engine). Some of our research into …