CC Pace

October 15, 2019
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Can you guess who just Celebrated 15 Years at CC Pace?

One of our very own just celebrated this big milestone and rather than just giving you the 411 on it all, we’d like to change...

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Technology

September 26, 2019
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SaaS, PaaS, IaaS…Now what is RaaS (Ransomware as a Service)??

I recently attended a Data Connectors Cybersecurity strategies conference in Reston, VA. Companies practicing various security solutions had speakers’ sharing knowledge about security threats that...

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August 30, 2019
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Healthcare Case Studies

National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) CC Pace was engaged (in partnership with NCI) to help lead a transformation of legacy software...

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August 30, 2019
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Healthcare Industry

With the rapid advancement of technology, ever-changing regulatory requirements and growing demands for information and transparency, Healthcare is transforming. In order to keep up with...

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Careers

August 16, 2019
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Agile Thought Leader Ready to Make an Impact

Are you a seasoned Agile Practitioner interested in expanding services beyond yourself while providing strategic guidance to a variety of clients? CC Pace is currently...

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CC Pace

August 14, 2019
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Care Kits for the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter!

For CC Pace’s 2nd quarter community outreach event, we collected personal care items in support of the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter (KHFS). KHFS is...

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August 5, 2019

CC Pace

July 25, 2019
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Up Close and Personal with CC Pace

There is a great team of people who work at CC Pace. We took a few minutes to get up close and personal with George...

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CC Pace

July 1, 2019
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Team Building at Its’ Best

Our recent quarterly meeting made for a fun afternoon and evening for everyone. We had a lively staff meeting with presentations, service awards and team...

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June 26, 2019
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Custom Application Development Case Studies

CC Pace has a track record of solving our clients’ most challenging problems.  Over the years, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of working on a...

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June 25, 2019
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Introduction to Kanban

Course Description This is a 2.5-hour course designed to explore the background of Agile and use of Agile frameworks.  The class focuses on the Kanban Framework, its principles and...

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June 25, 2019
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Introduction to Scrum

Course Description This is a 3.5-hour course designed to explore the background and use of Agile frameworks. The class focuses on the Scrum Framework, its...

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June 25, 2019
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Agile Basics

Course Description This is a 2-hour course designed to explore the background and use of Agile frameworks.  The class focuses on the Agile Manifestos principles and practices.  Participants...

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Financial Services

June 11, 2019
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URLA is coming

The new URLA is coming. But the status report, for July 2019, is decidedly Red. Warning signs regarding the immensity of the forthcoming changes have...

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CC Pace

May 13, 2019
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The Who, What, When and Where of CC Pace

Living in the digital age, it is not difficult to be familiar with a company’s name, reputation or logo – but do you really know...

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CC Pace

April 10, 2019
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We Love Our People!

As any successful leader will tell you, it is the people in your company who ultimately determine the success or failure of your business. At...

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Financial Services

February 27, 2019
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Is your pricing compliant? Questioning a long-held assumption…

CC Pace recently completed an interesting project for a mortgage lender who had just done an acquisition. The project questioned a fundamental assumption of loan...

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CC Pace

January 25, 2019
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Making Resolutions and Setting Goals for 2019!

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2019? The most common resolutions people make on a personal level are to exercise more, lose weight, get...

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Technology

January 8, 2019
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Automated Testing Keeps the World Turning 

I recently came across a blog written by a former developer at ORACLE.   The author highlighted the trials and tribulations of maintaining and modifying the...

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January 1, 2019

CC Pace

December 20, 2018
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We’ve got Spirit, Awards and Toys!

Last week we had our quarterly staff meeting and the room was full of company spirit as our employees were all sporting CC Pace apparel....

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CC Pace

December 10, 2018
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SOME Harvest Gala 2018

This year marked the 32nd Annual Gala and Silent Auction held by SOME (So Other Might Eat).  SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization led by...

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Financial Services

December 5, 2018
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Adaptability is the New Efficiency

Although Charles Darwin adopted the term “Survival of the Fittest” from Herbert Spencer to describe his theory of evolution, it is easy to misunderstand if...

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Careers

November 6, 2018
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Working Together with Millennials

Now that you have hired millennials, this last blog in our millennials series discusses integrating them to become part of your team, and making changes...

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November 5, 2018

CC Pace

October 16, 2018
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Three Cheers for 20 Years!

Congratulations to Dawne Ward, our Chief Operating Officer (COO) who is celebrating her 20 Year Anniversary with CC Pace! Prior to CC Pace, Dawne worked...

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Lean & Agile

October 11, 2018
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CC Pace is Ready for AgileDC!

CC Pace is ready for AgileDC! We are looking forward to hearing some great speakers and meeting with other Agile practitioners in the DC area....

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Financial Services

October 9, 2018
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Looking Beyond Digitization

As digitization of the mortgage process (finally) gains steam, lenders need to start looking towards the future when everyone is digital. What will it mean...

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October 1, 2018

CC Pace

October 1, 2018
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Let’s Stop Hunger!

CC Pace employees held their second food packing event to support the efforts of Food for Others Power Pack Program. The program was designed to ensure that elementary...

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Technology

September 27, 2018
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A Developer’s Perspective on Agile Retrospectives

At heart, I’m still a developer. Titles or positions aside, what I enjoy most is solving problems and writing good code to implement the solutions....

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CC Pace

September 19, 2018
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Meet Donna!

CC Pace would like to introduce you to Donna Kenney, our new Controller who recently joined our Accounting team. She started her accounting career working for...

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Financial Services

August 21, 2018
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Alexa, What’s Next in Lending?

Whether delivered by a rocket or obtained at a depot, the reality is that the digital mortgage has finally arrived. Regardless how different organizations may...

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Careers

August 13, 2018
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Interviewing Millennials

We came across in interesting article on Tips for Interviewing Millennials (And What They Really Want from a Job).  It discusses how, in the workforce...

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Technology

July 31, 2018
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Drawing the Curtain Back on the Magic Elixir – Part 2

Introduction In the last post, we looked at pattern matching and data structures in Elixir.  In this post, we’re going to look particularly at Elixir...

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Careers

July 18, 2018
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Agile Coaches Wanted!

We have an exciting position for an experienced Agile Coach that provides an opportunity for you to grow both personally and professionally.  This position offers the...

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CC Pace

July 16, 2018
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Awards, Barbeque and Corn Hole?

CC Pace had the pleasure of celebrating two very special service awards at our quarterly staff meeting. The first one went to Lee Minai, Senior...

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July 9, 2018

Financial Services

July 9, 2018
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The Customer Perspective… From Beginning to End

We only have to take a look around to know that while great strides have been made providing technology and applications to help customers with...

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Technology

June 26, 2018
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Drawing the Curtain Back on the Magic Elixir – Part 1

Introduction Last June I took over an Elixir based project that involves a central server communicating with various devices over a TCP/IP network.  This was...

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June 18, 2018
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Financial Services Case Studies

CC Pace has a track record of solving our clients’ most challenging problems.  Over the years, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of working on a...

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Financial Services

June 13, 2018
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We want to hear from you!

CC Pace is proud to announce the launch of our most recent market survey in which we explore some of the current trends in mortgage...

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CC Pace

June 11, 2018
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CC Pace Sponsors The Stallions!

CC Pace recently partnered with The Stallions, a highly regarded team in the Washington Metro Cricket League (WMCL), as a corporate sponsor. Ashok Komaragiri, Lead...

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Careers

June 5, 2018
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Attracting Millennials to Join Your Team

In our previous blog What Really Matters to Millennials Today, we discussed that more than one third of the workforce today are millennials.  Employers are...

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Lean & Agile

May 29, 2018
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Agile Engineering, SAFe and DevOps: A Roadmap to Adoption at the Potomac Forum

Most Agile transformation efforts in the government begin with the Scrum process. However, many agencies feel that they have reached a plateau and are ready to...

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May 24, 2018
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Thank You!

We appreciate your valuable time and insights! As our way of thanking you, you will be among the first to receive a copy of our...

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Lean & Agile

May 22, 2018
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A Recap of Lean Agile DC 2018

CC Pace spent an informative day at the Center for Innovation Technology (CIT) event in Herndon, VA: Lean Agile DC.  Jason Velentino (Director, Digital Reliability Engineering...

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CC Pace

May 16, 2018
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Food Fight 2018!

Volunteers from across Northern Virginia came together to take part of an exciting and historic event called 2018 Food Fight— supports the Nation’s Fight Against...

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May 14, 2018

Technology

May 10, 2018
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Social Contracts and the Agile Team – Part 2

In part 1, we discussed how a new team could help lay out the foundation of a social contract between itself and the larger organization. ...

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April 30, 2018

Financial Services

April 30, 2018
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Where would we be without engineering?

Can you imagine a world without engineering? It’s a tougher question to answer than you might think. Many people do not actually know the extent...

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CC Pace

April 24, 2018
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CC Pace and Celebrations

Last month at CC Pace’s staff meeting we had the privilege to honor Lauren Iezzoni with a Service Award marking her 5 Year Anniversary with...

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Careers

April 18, 2018
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What Really Matters to Millennials Today

This post, The No. 1 Thing That Causes Millennial Employees to Quit, states that more than one third of the workforce in the United States is...

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Technology

April 10, 2018
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Social Contracts and the Agile Team – Part 1

It’s a scenario we’ve all been a part of before.  To shake things up, your Agile teams are being restructured.  After the initial shuffle, the...

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Financial Services

March 26, 2018
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Crossing the Chasm into the Digital Age

Almost everywhere we look, we see the signs of a rapidly progressing transformation to an online, digital future, in the way we communicate, consume entertainment,...

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CC Pace

March 19, 2018
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Corporate Culture – it’s more than just Buzz Words at CC Pace

Every company has their own Corporate Culture, which characterizes the qualities of a work environment. Corporate culture is a key factor in both retaining and...

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Technology

March 14, 2018
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VSTS DevOps 101: Continuous Integration (CI) with Automated Builds

Introduction This is the second in a series of posts about our experience using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to build a deployment pipeline for...

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February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018

Technology

February 6, 2018
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VSTS DevOps 101: Configuring source control and IDE

Introduction This is the first in a series of posts about our experience using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to build a deployment pipeline for...

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February 5, 2018

Careers

January 31, 2018
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Video Interviewing – What the Future Looks Like

Can you believe it is already 2018? Think about all the technological advances there have been in the last 10 years… no actually make that...

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CC Pace

January 18, 2018
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Retirement and Beyond – Harold Rudolf

A few weeks ago at our company meeting and holiday party, we celebrated Harold Rudolf’s retirement.  It was a bittersweet day for us as we...

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January 17, 2018
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DevOps

It’s not just a buzzword. It’s an organizational transformation. Why DevOps? IT teams constantly strive to deliver new features more frequently with little or no...

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Technology

January 4, 2018
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2018 New Year’s Resolution: More Exercise and a Healthy Diet of… Test Automation

‘Agile’… ‘Lean’… ‘Fitnesse’… ‘Fit’… ‘(Win)Runner’… ‘Cucumber’… ‘Eggplant’… ‘Lime’… As 2018 draws near, one might hear a few of these words bantered around the water cooler...

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CC Pace

December 21, 2017
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Giving Back In So Many Ways

Giving back to our communities is important to CC Pace and we believe it is essential for us to involve ourselves as an organization and...

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Careers

December 18, 2017
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The 12 Days of Job Hunting

On the first day of Job Hunting my recruiter said to me: update your resume quickly On the second day of Job Hunting my recruiter...

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CC Pace

December 7, 2017
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SOME Gala – Helping Others in Need

 Recently, we attended the SOME Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that...

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Financial Services

December 4, 2017
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Mortgage Banking & Technology: Lenders’ Perspective

The Financial Services Team at CC Pace is very proud to announce the posting of a new white paper, which is based on the results...

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Technology

October 30, 2017
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Agile – What is holding us back?

Thoughts on Agile DC 2017 In early February of 2001, a small group of software developers published the Agile Manifesto. Its principles are now familiar...

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CC Pace

October 25, 2017
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Not Just an Anniversary, It’s a Celebration!

CC Pace realizes that it’s our people that really sets us apart from our competition. Keeping that in mind, we don’t take milestone work anniversaries...

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Careers

October 17, 2017
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Bottom Line: Retention is Important!

Any business will tell you that retaining employees is important. The costs involved with the turnover of employees equals about a quarter of their annual...

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October 13, 2017
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Jeff Henley

Jeff as Managing Director of our Federal Practice is responsible for providing customized and certified Agile training, coaching, consulting, and development to the government. He...

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October 11, 2017

CC Pace

October 10, 2017
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Food for Others Power Pack Event

CC Pace employees came together to for a food packing event to support the efforts of Food for Others Power Pack Program.  The Power Pack...

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Financial Services

September 25, 2017
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Kirk or Picard as Project Manager?

With Star Trek: Discovery’s television debut rapidly approaching, I can’t help but reflect on the many valuable lessons on project management I took away from...

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September 20, 2017

Technology

September 20, 2017
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Revisiting the Lessons I Learned as an Intern – 20 Years Later as a Mentor

Boy this summer flew by quickly! CC Pace’s summer intern, Niels, enjoyed his last day here in the CC Pace office on Friday, August 18th....

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September 15, 2017

August 31, 2017

CC Pace

August 30, 2017
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Volunteering and Making a Difference

Each year the Fairfax Animal Shelter helps four to five thousand animals by providing a safe environment and adoption services.  CC Pace employees and friends...

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Technology

August 21, 2017
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Do More With Data Using PowerApps

PowerApps Basics PowerApps is one of the most recent additions to the Microsoft Office suite of products. PowerApps has been marketed as “programming for non-programmers”,...

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Careers

August 14, 2017
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Referrals Part 2 – Building Your Network!

Previously, in Part 1 of this blog series, we  discussed how U.S. News and World Report stated that two-thirds of the candidates employees refer get hired...

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CC Pace

August 3, 2017
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Celebrating 15 + 15 + 15 + 35

CC Pace recognized four employees who were celebrating their 15th and 35th anniversaries at our quarterly meeting earlier this month. CC Pace President, Mike Gordon,...

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Lean & Agile

July 24, 2017
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Business Stories

Why user stories don’t always make sense: I am doing a lot of work with business units adopting Scrum or Kanban. As I explain to...

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Technology

July 17, 2017
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Applying Agile to Data Warehouse Design

I’m in the process of reading a book on Agile database warehouse design titled, appropriately enough, Agile Data Warehouse Design and by Lawrence Corr. While...

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Careers

July 6, 2017
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Company Culture: Why it Matters

Sure, the office seems nice, the finishes are modern, fresh and bright, but day-to-day what goes on within the walls of the office environment are...

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CC Pace

June 28, 2017
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Meet Deepti!

CC Pace would like to introduce you to Deepti Agarwal a Senior Technical Recruiter who has been part of our Staffing team since 2013.  Prior...

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Technology

June 20, 2017
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Intro to DevOps

Is your business undergoing an Agile Transformation? Are you wondering how DevOps fits into that transformation and what a DevOps roadmap looks like? Check out...

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Financial Services

June 14, 2017
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Gambling on Project Execution

A startling statistic that often gets overlooked is that 70% of projects world-wide fail. Each year, more than one trillion dollars are lost to failed...

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Lean & Agile

June 9, 2017
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Agile Transformations

Many people ask, what is the distinction between an Agile adoption and an Agile transformation? The former being the adoption of an Agile method and...

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May 22, 2017
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Introduction to DevOps Webinar

To download a copy of our Introduction to DevOps Webinar please fill out the information below for access to the download link.

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May 22, 2017
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Introduction to DevOps – Thank You

Thank you for your interest in our Introduction to DevOps webinar. Please click on the link below to access the presentation. If you wish to...

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Careers

May 22, 2017
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Let It Go and Empower

As a manager or leader, some of the biggest mistakes you can make are not sharing your vision, holding on to control, not letting your team...

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Financial Services

May 15, 2017
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ccpace.com

The Art of Planning an LOS Implementation Budget

Pulling from our considerable experience with the unique aspects of implementing a mortgage loan origination system (LOS), CC Pace has recently published a new white...

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Careers

May 5, 2017
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Feet prints

First Impressions…Lasting Images

In our personal and professional lives when we meet new people, even if just for a minute, they walk away with that first impression of...

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Financial Services

April 24, 2017
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presentation

Make Your System Demo Count!

As a continuation of our blog series on system selection, it’s time to discuss helpful tips to facilitate a successful product demonstration. The organization and...

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Lean & Agile

April 17, 2017
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training

Scrum Master as Facilitator

In December, I wrote a blog about the role of Scrum Master as a Facilitator, see it here. In today’s post I want to go into...

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Technology

April 10, 2017
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ball

Don’t be a Lollygagger!

I have enjoyed using analogies between baseball and software development in a few of my previous blog entries, so with Major League Baseball’s season underway,...

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CC Pace

April 4, 2017
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Meeting, Awards, and a Party – Oh My

CC Pace held our Quarterly Company Meeting and Annual Party on March 23. At the meeting, we recognized a couple of employees with milestone anniversaries. ...

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Technology

March 29, 2017
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geese

A DevOps Reflection

Recently, I was part of a successful implementation of a project at a big financial institution. The project was the center of attention within the...

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March 27, 2017
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Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Description: The two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner Course will help establish the foundation for starting successful Scrum projects. Product Owners need to understand what will...

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March 27, 2017
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Kanban Management Professional (KMP II)

Description: During this 2-day certified course you will dive deeper into the Kanban practices to sustain evolutionary improvements. You will explore getting to pull at...

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Lean & Agile

March 24, 2017
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hand in hand

Lean : Kanban Trumps the Bad and the Ugly

A long while ago, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) pushed its limited and ill informed conception of Lean by focussing on waste elimination. It defined...

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Careers

March 16, 2017
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referral chain

Referrals – It’s All about Who You Know

We have all heard the saying, “it’s all about who you know”.  Job seekers today find that to be truer than ever, with U.S. News...

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March 9, 2017
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Michael James

Michael James “MJ” began as a developer in 1984 and has done many roles since then including Boeing 777 control/monitoring software, Scrum team member, Scrum Product Owner, Agile Coach.  MJ...

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CC Pace

March 6, 2017
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Almost 14 Years – Time for a Facelift!

CC Pace moved into our current offices in September of 2003. At that time, Fairfax Corner was just being built, and we were one of...

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March 1, 2017
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Mark Pushinsky

Formerly a Director of Product Management at Capital One, Mark led transformational, large-scale software development programs using Design and Agile best practices.  As a Certified...

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Financial Services

February 27, 2017
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tombstone

Is the RFP dead in LOS Selection?

Is the RFP dead? As a tool for helping guide the selection of the best possible loan origination software, the traditional Request for Proposal seems...

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February 24, 2017
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Aaron Sanders

 Coaching people to enjoy working in collaborative, learning environments excites me. Especially in pursuit of building lovable products. People ask me to train, consult, mentor...

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Careers

February 23, 2017
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icons

Social Media: Helping or Hurting your Job Search?

Remember when you applied for a job, you would scan advertisements in the newspaper searching for a position that you were interested in? Then, you...

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Technology

February 16, 2017
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book

Planning for Agility

“Your Majesty,” [German General Helmuth von] Moltke said to [Kaiser Wilhelm II] now, “it cannot be done. The deployment of millions cannot be improvised. If...

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Lean & Agile

February 2, 2017
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mirror car

Retrospectives: Essential for Any Team Doing Any Kind of Work

No matter what kind of work we do, we look for feedback from our customers, our co-workers and our peers. Why do we do that?...

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Technology

January 23, 2017
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agile board

Agile and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance

“Once I started looking around behind the port frames, I figured I could just….” And so began a summer of endless sailboat projects and no...

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Careers

January 17, 2017
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job search

Wondering What 2017 Brings for Job Hunters?

As we move further into the 21st century and our technologies continue to advance, it is changing the landscape for all aspects of business, including...

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CC Pace

January 10, 2017
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Winter Coat Closet

CC Pace joined Cornerstones in December for their annual winter coat event. CC Pace’s corporate contribution in conjunction with employee donations provided 20 coats for...

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CC Pace

December 21, 2016
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Q4 Staff Meeting – Recognizing Kuryan Thomas!

We held our last quarterly staff meeting for 2016 recently.  In addition to sharing a variety of information about the company during these meetings, we...

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CC Pace

December 16, 2016
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So Others Might Eat

Do you ever think about why there are some things in your life that that you do year in and year out, while others fall...

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Lean & Agile

December 12, 2016
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Agile board tasks

Scrum Master – Facilitator and More

When I am out providing Agile classes, the topic of what Scrum Masters do all day comes up pretty frequently. Attendees ask questions like; “How...

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Careers

November 30, 2016
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Job Hunter

CC Pace is Seeking a Technical Recruiter!

CC Pace is an IT consulting firm that has built its reputation on an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction for over 30 years. We strive...

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Technology

November 8, 2016
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Applying Agile Techniques in New Environments

Outside of my work at the MSRB for CC Pace, I enjoy working with community organizations in Fairfax County.  After eight years of running the...

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CC Pace

November 4, 2016
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Football

Ready For Some Football?

CC Pace was ready when we hosted our Thursday Night Football Tailgate Party, which included both current employees and CC Pace alumni!  The evening was...

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Lean & Agile

November 2, 2016
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Product Backlog

Product Backlog Items (PBI’s) – Not just User Stories

In Scrum, the User Story represents the main item in the Product Backlog. However, it is not the only item in the backlog. So let’s...

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CC Pace

October 26, 2016
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Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House – Helping Families in Need

Recently, several employees gathered together to help out the local Ronald McDonald House.  The Ronald McDonald house is a place where families of patients who...

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Lean & Agile

October 13, 2016
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Carrot

Mastery, Autonomy, and Purpose in DevOps

In Daniel H. Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, he discusses the motivations of knowledge workers. He makes the case that knowledge...

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Lean & Agile

October 11, 2016
with
Learning Blender

The Importance of Engagement

If I told my 6-year-old daughter, Gracie, to get out a piece of paper and a pencil, she would likely get out a pencil and...

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October 11, 2016
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Agile Team Facilitation with ICP-ATF Certification

Description: This is a two-day course that provides in-depth skills necessary to plan, design and facilitate meetings in an Agile environment, using the tools and...

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CC Pace

October 7, 2016
with
Bill Lehman

Meet Bill Lehman

Meet Bill Lehman, CMB, the Director of our Mortgage Strategy Practice.  Bill, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, joined CC Pace in...

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Careers

September 29, 2016
with
Job Hunter

CC Pace is Seeking an Experienced Agile Coach!

CC Pace is seeking an experienced Agile Coach! This position offers the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, experience an array of Agile...

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September 29, 2016
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Thank You

Thank you for contacting us.  We will get back to you with a personal response from a CC Pace team member.

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September 29, 2016
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Your Business & Technology Partner

Looking to increase customer satisfaction? Seeking to improve your business processes for greater efficiency? Needing to upgrade your under-performing technology platforms? Wanting to transform your...

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Technology

September 15, 2016
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In-house Outsource

In-house vs Outsource

Picture this: you’ve recently been hired as the CIO of a start-up company.  You’ve been tasked with producing the core software that will serve as...

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CC Pace

September 6, 2016
with
Nationals Logo

Let’s Play Ball!

Well, actually, let’s go watch a baseball game!  After our recent staff meeting, many CC Pacers climbed aboard a bus and we headed downtown to...

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Financial Services

August 22, 2016
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Woman in Africa

There is No Perfect Time!

“There I was on assignment for a month in the Sahara Desert of Northern Africa during a time of the year that was supposed to...

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Careers

August 16, 2016
with
Job Hunter

Program Manager Wanted!

CC Pace is seeking a Program Manager to lead the delivery, growth, and management of multiple clients within our Government Practice. The Program Manager’s primary...

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Technology

August 10, 2016
with
To Mock Cartoon

My Thoughts on Mocks

Up, down, Detroit, charm, inside out, strange, London, bottom up, outside in, mockist, classic, Chicago…. Do you remember the questions on standardized tests where they...

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CC Pace

August 2, 2016
with
Woman home office

Working Remotely – Should I get dressed today?

Yoga Pants? Sweats? Shorts? Pajamas? Working from home full-time is more than just having the option of turning on your laptop in comfortable lounge wear....

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July 28, 2016
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Thank You!

Thank you for contacting us. We’ll get back to you with a personal response within 48 hours. In the meantime, please feel free to look...

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July 28, 2016
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Your Business & Technology Partner

Looking to increase customer satisfaction? Seeking to improve your business processes for greater efficiency? Needing to upgrade your under-performing technology platforms? Wanting to transform your...

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July 28, 2016
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Mortgage Technology Consulting

Do it well. And do it for 36 years. That’s the story of CC Pace in the mortgage industry. In fact, we’re widely recognized as...

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CC Pace

July 5, 2016
with
Fairfax Corner

Life at Fairfax Corner

Fairfax Corner offers more than just outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment it is also the place CC Pace has called home for the past 13...

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Careers

June 29, 2016
with
job man

Business Development/Account Representative

We are currently seeking a Business Development/Account Representative in our IT Staffing Division to identify new business opportunities, as well as grow and maintain existing...

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Technology

June 24, 2016
with
Scales

Uberfication – Is it for your Start-up?

Uber. Eight years ago, the company did not exist and the word was simply a rarely used adjective of German origin meaning “ultra”, like an...

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Lean & Agile

June 20, 2016
with
Key to Success

Making Agile Transformations Successful

Have you heard that not all Agile Transformations are successful? Have you wondered what makes some transformations more successful than others? Are you wondering if...

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Financial Services

June 7, 2016
with
devices

Trains, Planes, Automobiles and Smartphones?

As Wall Street analysts predict smartphone sales will continue to level off due to varying levels of market saturation, does that actually mean smartphone utilization...

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Lean & Agile

June 2, 2016
with

Agile in Government Summit 2016

On May 10-11, the Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) hosted their 2016 Agile in Government summit.  CC Pace is proud to have been a Bronze...

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Careers

May 29, 2016
with
gage job hunting

Your Guide to Landing a New Job

Looking for a new job or Staffing Assignment? Here are some tips from American Staffing to help you land that position. They give you helpful...

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Technology

May 25, 2016
with
Piggy

What is “Team Energy” and Why Should Management Care?

In my personal experience working on various software development projects, the concept of team energy often appears to be either undervalued or benignly ignored by...

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Lean & Agile

May 19, 2016
with
Agile sign

Why Choose Agile?

I’m just returning to work after Spring Break in Cancun. I’ve met some lovely people while enjoying the sunshine. As I chatted with those beside...

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CC Pace

May 17, 2016
with

CC Pace Participates in a Food Fight!

Well, it wasn’t actually a food fight with people throwing food at each other in a cafeteria, but rather a Food Fight to Battle Hunger! ...

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Technology

May 9, 2016
with
take a risk

Shared Risk is Required for Success

Building a new software product is a risky venture – some might even say adventure. The product ideas may not succeed in the marketplace. The...

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April 28, 2016

Lean & Agile

April 20, 2016
with
graphic

Retrospectives: Essential For Any Team and Doing Any Kind of Work

No matter what kind of work we do, we look for feedback from our customers, our co-workers and our peers. Why do we do that?...

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CC Pace

April 12, 2016
with

CC Pace’s Corporate Staff Meeting and Annual Party 2016

CC Pace President, Mike Gordon held a corporate staff meeting to review our previous year’s results and successes and introduce our business plans and initiatives...

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April 7, 2016
with

Daniel Doiron

Daniel Doiron has been involved in IT since 1981 in a wide range of roles and responsibilities, primarily in client-facing consulting projects covering the government,...

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March 28, 2016
with

Julie Thompson

As a leadership coach, Julie Thompson brings over 20 years of experience in change agent roles within corporate America and the Federal Government. Julie is...

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Financial Services

March 23, 2016
with
MBA

Talk TRID Pain Relief While at MBA Tech in Los Angeles!

Are you attending MBA’s Tech Conference in Los Angeles? While you’re in LA, we invite you to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Managing Consultant, Keith...

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Lean & Agile

March 7, 2016
with
graphic dev ops

Do You Need Continuous Delivery and DevOps?

According to James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, “Lean Thinking is a business methodology which aims to provide a new way to think about...

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Technology

March 1, 2016
with
Loudoun

Tech Startups and Agile

Recently, I attended a meetup for Loudoun’s Tech Startups in Ashburn, VA. It was a great opportunity to discuss ideas in various stages of development,...

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Lean & Agile

February 22, 2016
with
papers an documents

Documentation in Agile

We’ve all heard something about Documentation in Agile. I know I’ve heard some pretty extreme comments like “there is no documentation”. Well I’m here to...

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February 18, 2016

Careers

February 17, 2016
with
squirel color

Are you looking for the purple squirrel?

At CC Pace, we aren’t trying to fit you into a role; we’re committed to finding the best fit for you. Why? Because we are...

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Financial Services

February 12, 2016
with
Man looking

TRID – Dust Won’t Settle Anytime Soon!

While TRID didn’t necessarily result in a ‘housing apocalypse’ as I jested it might in a blog piece posted in the fall of 2015, it...

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Technology

February 9, 2016
with
Rings

And now for something completely different…

At CC Pace, our Agile practitioners are sometimes asked whether Scrum is useful for activities other than software development. The answer is a definite yes....

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CC Pace

February 4, 2016
with
Your goals

Ready, Set, Goals!

Do you want to be more successful this year?  Do you want to improve your relationships, your health, and your life?  Well, the New Year...

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Lean & Agile

February 2, 2016
with

Agile Development in Government Training Workshop VI: DevOps – Taking Agility in Government to a New Level

Although our headline says Workshop VI, this is actually our seventh engagement with Art Chantker’s Potomac Forum on Agile in Government.  I love being part...

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Technology

January 25, 2016
with
Scale

Build or buy? Code or re-use?

Senior IT managers starting a new project often have to answer the question: build or buy? Meaning, should we look for a packaged solution that...

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Lean & Agile

January 21, 2016
with
people world

Communication in Distributed Teams

Face to Face is the best method of communication and that’s the method that Agile promotes.  The benefits of Co-located teams are numerous-  streamlines product...

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Lean & Agile

January 15, 2016
with
map

Working with Remote Team Members

I’ve been working with large organizations where team members are in multiple locations quite a bit lately. This environment can be challenging, especially in ensuring...

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Careers

January 4, 2016
with
list

How to Get Your New Year’s Resolutions in the 8%

Happy New Year! Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Perhaps you’d like to spend more time with friends, lose weight, or maybe begin searching...

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Lean & Agile

December 22, 2015
with
football

Agile – Adopting to Change vs Following a Plan – a football analogy

As I sat watching Sunday Football, and thinking of my upcoming blog… I became aware of the similarities between football and Agile! Consider this, each...

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Technology

December 17, 2015
with
minecraft scene

An Hour of Code, Minecraft Edition

Recently, I had one of those rare moments when my son, a 3rd grader, seemed to understand at least part of what I do for...

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CC Pace

December 14, 2015
with
thanks

35 Things CC Pace Employees are Thankful For

This past year as CC Pace celebrates our 35th anniversary, it has caused us many moments to pause and reflect on our good fortune.  Now,...

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Technology

December 8, 2015
with
vision

The Product Vision Statement – When the Vision Becomes Reality

You are embarking on a new software development project. Presumably, if it’s a Scrum project, a team is assembled, space and workstations for the team...

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Lean & Agile

December 3, 2015
with
people graphic

Open that Window (part 2)

As coaches, we help teams grow and mature.  Mature, effective teams understand each other – who they are, what they’re good at, what they’re not,...

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CC Pace

December 2, 2015
with

What is Thanksgiving without Pie?

In America there are an estimated 50 million pumpkin pies served on Thanksgiving Day each year!  After all, pie is the traditional dessert for Thanksgiving...

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Lean & Agile

November 25, 2015
with
ACT-IAC

Overcoming the Challenges of Acquiring Agile Digital Services in Government

On November 5, 2015, Phil Fewell, Managing Director at CC Pace, and I attended ACT-IAC’s Emerging Technologies Community of Interest sponsored workshop held at GSA...

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CC Pace

November 23, 2015
with

10 Minutes and More with Mike Gordon

It is said that the President of the United States is the most sought-after interview subject in the world. However, there’s another president just outside...

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Technology

November 19, 2015
with
green monster

The Creature from the Pit

Like Martin Fowler, I am a long-time Doctor Who fan.  Although I haven’t actually gotten around to watching the new series yet, I’ve been going...

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Lean & Agile

November 18, 2015
with
rule

Scrumban – is it the Shu Ha Ri of Agile Journey?

Many times I have seen newly formed or new to Agile teams and organizations moving from Scrum and/or Kanban to eventually settling for Scrumban as...

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Careers

November 17, 2015
with
job man

Avaya-Certified Telecommunications Engineer

We have an immediate opening for an Avaya-Certified Telecommunications Engineer who will provide telecommunications engineering support for a federal organization in Washington DC with several...

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Lean & Agile

November 9, 2015
with
capacity

Sprint Capacity

Before I get to how much capacity there is in a sprint, let’s take a look at the flow. If you are doing Scrum, you...

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November 5, 2015

CC Pace

November 2, 2015
with

CC Pace’s 35th Anniversary Celebration!

CC Pace hosted a celebration for our 35th Anniversary on October 15th at our headquarters in Fairfax Corner.  The event was a cocktail reception where...

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Lean & Agile

October 30, 2015
with
Potomac Forum

Taking Agility in Government to a New Level

As most of you who operate in the Federal space are probably aware at this point, many Federal agencies are now utilizing Agile methods such...

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Technology

October 28, 2015
with
graphic devops

Agile 2015: DevOps and Craftsmanship

In my last post, I talked about the interesting Agile 2015 sessions on team building that I’d attended. This time we’ll take a look at...

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Lean & Agile

October 23, 2015
with
cloud window

Open that Window (Part 1)

As Agile Coaches, we help teams grow and mature. But there’s no how-to manual that tells us how to do that.  So how do we...

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October 21, 2015

Careers

October 19, 2015
with
sapling i

3 Lessons to Improve Your Own Resilience

Resilience.  It is defined as: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.  It is something that many of us were taught early as toddlers...

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CC Pace

October 12, 2015
with

CC Pace 35th Anniversary – Part III: What the Future Holds

We conclude our three-part 35th Anniversary blog series about our past, present and future by talking with Mike Gordon, President of CC Pace, on his...

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Financial Services

October 8, 2015
with

The Value of Looking Back while Looking Ahead

Development of your business strategy requires a long and hard look ahead to the future. Anticipating what the industry may look like, what your customer...

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Lean & Agile

September 29, 2015
with
Agile

12 Principles of Agile – Part 3

Welcome to the final part of my 12 Principles series where we’ll cover the final 4 Agile Principles. (In case you missed it, here’s a link...

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Lean & Agile

September 23, 2015
with
train number

1, 2 ,3 or 4….What’s the right number of teams for a Scrum Master?

 “How much scrum would a Scrum Master master, If a Scrum Master could master scrum? He would master, he would, as much as he could,...

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CC Pace

September 21, 2015
with

CC Pace’s 35th Anniversary – Part II

Today, join us for an inside look at CC Pace present day as we continue our three part blog series about our past, present and...

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September 17, 2015

Lean & Agile

September 16, 2015
with
Agile

12 Principles of Agile – Part 2

Over the course of this three-part blog series, I will cover all of the 12 Principles. In this second installment I hope I’ve peeked your...

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September 14, 2015
with

Bhavneet Sethi

Bhavneet has been practicing Program Management and Agile in large heavily regulated organizations. She has worked in the Information technology for the around 15 years...

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Lean & Agile

September 10, 2015
with
frame mirror

Picture This….

You’re driving along on a four-lane freeway.  For a football field’s length in front of you, there are no cars.  And behind you, a similar...

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September 4, 2015
with

Steve Spearman

Steve Spearman is a founder and Principal at Swift Ascent, LLC. Steve is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and an Agile coach working at the...

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Lean & Agile

September 1, 2015
with
Agile

12 Principles of Agile – Part 1

Over the course of this three part blog, I will cover all of the 12 Agile Principles. In this first installment I implore you to...

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Lean & Agile

August 25, 2015
with
arrow target

There’s no “I” in Team, but there’s “US” in Success

Being a Product Owner is a really hard job. I have been hearing this for a long time and it has come out in almost...

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August 24, 2015
with

David Patton

David, as Federal Practice Director, is responsible for delivery of technical services to the Federal government. He personally engages on some projects as a hands-on...

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Technology

August 20, 2015
with
4 team members

Agile 2015 – Team Building Sessions

I used to attend Agile conferences pretty frequently, but at some point I got burned out on them and the last one I attended was...

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Careers

August 19, 2015
with
horn

Are You an Effective Communicator?

Effective communication is important in every aspect of our lives.  When we are talking about situations at work, many issues in the workplace can be...

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Technology

August 17, 2015
with
screenshot2

The Science of Programming

In Diamond in the Rough I talked some about the similarity I found between David Gries’ work on proving programs correct in The Science of...

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Financial Services

August 14, 2015
with
m glass

Challenges of End User Testing

The Missing Piece: Standardized Test Data The mortgage industry has invested heavily in standardizing the exchange of information, primarily under the auspices of MISMO.  This has...

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CC Pace

August 13, 2015
with

CC Pace 35th Anniversary – Part I. A Reflection on our Past

This year CC Pace will celebrate 35 years of business! CC Pace’s corporate office has been located in Fairfax, Virginia since 1983, and while our...

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Lean & Agile

August 12, 2015
with
light tunnel

Scrum Team Velocity – Is it a Stick or a Carrot?

Velocity, the measure of total story points completed in a sprint, is often misunderstood, and used as a “stick” against teams rather than a “carrot”....

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Technology

August 10, 2015
with
Agile 2015

Solving Wicked Problems with Agile

Notes from Agile 2015 Washington, D.C.  Having lived in Washington DC area for over 25 years, my experience caused me to presume that the majority...

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Lean & Agile

August 5, 2015
with
man in field

Empowerment – A Secret to Self-Organizing Teams

I’m often asked how to create empowered teams.  The question usually includes the exclamation “I told them they’re empowered, but they’re not acting like it”,...

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Lean & Agile

July 27, 2015
with
help

Help….I’m a Government Product Owner!

As described by Jeff Sutherland, the Product Owner (PO) is “the person responsible for managing the Product Backlog so as to maximize the value of...

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Technology

July 22, 2015
with
log in

Forgotten: Why won’t my ASP.NET site remember me?

We recently ran into an issue with ASP.NET authentication that I thought I would share. The Setup  We’re running an ASP.NET MVC 5 web application...

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July 17, 2015
with

Leading SAFe – Scaled Agilist (SA)

Description: This two-day course provides the knowledge necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework, and its underlying principles of...

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Lean & Agile

July 16, 2015
with
Seattle

Scrum Alliance Coaches Retreat – Seattle 2015

Last month I had the opportunity to attend my first ever Coaches Retreat. The retreat was made up of about 80 participants. Preparation for the...

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Careers

July 14, 2015
with
job man

We are Looking for a Systems Developer!

We have a position for a Senior Systems Developer with a financial securities firm located in Alexandria, Virginia.  This is a full time employee position...

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Lean & Agile

July 9, 2015
with
mobile phone

Five Lessons at My Fingertips

Sometimes when I have wait time, I pull out my phone and play games.  Nothing sophisticated or too demanding, just something calming that allows my...

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CC Pace

July 6, 2015
with
beach

Where is Your Favorite Vacation Spot?

The warm weather is upon us and if you haven’t already, now might be a good time to plan your summer vacation.  We surveyed the...

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Lean & Agile

July 1, 2015
with
tasks

We Can’t Break Physical Laws. We Can Break Ourselves Against Them. Part 2

In a previous blog I shared how unfinished tasks tend to constantly interrupt our thoughts, create anxiety and affect our productivity. Research has proven that...

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Lean & Agile

June 24, 2015
with
road sign

Organizational Culture Change

As an Agile enthusiast, trainer and coach I’m pretty passionate about being Agile regardless of the specific framework being followed. In fact, my passion lies...

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Technology

June 23, 2015
with
dvd

Feature YAGNI

As a developer, I tend to think of YAGNI in terms of code.  It’s a good way to help avoid building in speculative generality and...

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CC Pace

June 19, 2015
with
5 years

5 Years and Still Growing

In a business world where people are always moving on to new opportunities, what makes someone stay with one company? What makes you say, ‘I...

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Lean & Agile

June 18, 2015
with
stop and go light

Go, Go, Go, STOP!!

When an organization decides they want to “Go Agile”, they usually go through a multitude of changes before they get into a rhythm of the...

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Financial Services

June 15, 2015
with
house

August 1st US Housing Apocalypse?

When speaking with leaders in the mortgage banking industry of late, the chorus always remains the same, “we are heads down on TRID.” Despite the...

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Lean & Agile

June 11, 2015
with
aloe in a plant

The Power of Appreciation

I recently visited my mom and sisters.  It’s about a four hour drive to where they live, so I stayed with them the whole weekend. ...

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Technology

June 8, 2015
with
clock

I signed up for Agile, but it sure feels like waterfall. What can the Scrum Master do about it?

In previous installments in this series, I’ve talked about what Product Owners and development team members can do to ensure iteration closure. By iteration closure,...

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CC Pace

June 4, 2015
with
Chris Soule

Who is Lord Fairfax?

The answer: CC Pace Technical Consultant, Christopher Soule!  Each year, members of the Fairfax County community are named “Lords” or “Ladies” Fairfax, an honor presented...

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Lean & Agile

June 2, 2015
with
Scrum alliance

The US Scrum Gathering – 2015

Each year, the notable Scrum Alliance hosts a Scrum Gathering in an energetic city somewhere in the US.  This year, 2015, the Scrum Gathering was...

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Careers

June 1, 2015
with
fish

The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

Have you found yourself in this dilemma?  You have just accepted a new job and have been there for 6 months and you are feeling,...

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Lean & Agile

May 29, 2015
with
balancing

We Can’t Break Physical Laws. We Can Break Ourselves Against Them.

Do you often feel tensed thinking of tasks started and not completed?  Do you find interruptions frustrating and wish they go away so you can...

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Technology

May 27, 2015
with
diagram bases

The “Agile Business Analyst” – The “Jose Oquendo” of Your Scrum Team (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog series, I presented a high-level summary of the many different opportunities that Business Analysts (BA) can pursue in an Agile...

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Technology

May 21, 2015
with
software dev

The Nature of Software Developers

I once read a book, which shall remain nameless, that seemed to have a quota of illustrations per page: an average of one-third of each...

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Lean & Agile

May 19, 2015
with

What Details?

What Details? On a recent flight, I was reading about paying attention to detail in creating a dream room for your home. Attention to detail...

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Technology

May 13, 2015
with
woman type

I signed up for Agile, but it sure feels like waterfall. What can the developer team do about it?

If you’ve been following this series of blog posts about why so many Agile projects seem to deteriorate into waterfall, you know that I believe...

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CC Pace

May 12, 2015
with

Cinco de Mayo with a Twist at CC Pace

CC Pace employees took a break from their busy schedules for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! This “holiday” is not Mexican Independence Day as most...

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Lean & Agile

May 11, 2015
with
bridge

Reflections of a Road Warrior – Random Thoughts No.1

In January, I moved from Texas to North Carolina.  When I was in Texas, I flew to client sites around the country. But the last...

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Lean & Agile

May 7, 2015
with
Potomac Forum

Agile in the Federal Government Workshop V – This Potomac Forum Has Something for Everyone

Art Chantker, President of Potomac Forum, LTD and CC Pace cordially invite you to our next exciting Agile in Government Workshop V, May 20 at...

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Lean & Agile

May 6, 2015
with
cartoon

High Velocity ≠ Effectiveness

Teams that are using the Scrum framework to become more Agile usually use velocity as a metric to help them understand how much value can...

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Technology

May 4, 2015
with
baseball player

The “Agile Business Analyst” – The “Jose Oquendo” of Your Scrum Team

As I write this blog entry, I’m hoping that the curiosity (or confusion) of the title captures an audience. Readers will ask themselves, “Who in...

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Careers

April 30, 2015
with
plant

Our Recruiting Team is Growing!

CC Pace is seeking full time Technical Recruiter for our Fairfax, VA office to play a key role in our Staff Augmentation division. This position...

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Lean & Agile

April 28, 2015
with
pills capsules

How do I choose between Scrum and Kanban?

I get this question a lot. And I ask back “What business problems are you trying to solve?” Each method has great potential when applied...

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Technology

April 27, 2015
with
graphic

By the Book

I found Mike Cohn’s posting Don’t Blindly Follow very curious because it seems to contradict what many luminaries of the Agile community have said about...

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Lean & Agile

April 23, 2015
with
wheel

Agile, It’s Not Just for Software!

When our yacht club saw membership dropping and was looking for a change, I called our Chairmen of the Board and suggested… a Kanban board....

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Technology

April 21, 2015
with
Ceca Foundation

A Platform for Celebrating Caregivers

For the past 3 months we’ve had the pleasure of working with a charitable organization called the Ceca Foundation. Ceca, which is derived from “​celebrating...

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CC Pace

April 20, 2015
with
Homeward Trails

Homeward Trails

Hard to believe we are almost through the first quarter of 2015!  Since CC Pace likes to participate in at least one charitable event a...

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Careers

April 17, 2015
with
job man

Featured Job of the Month: Agile Project Manager

CC Pace is seeking a driven and proactive individual to manage Agile development projects. The ideal candidate is an experienced consultant with extensive business acumen...

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Lean & Agile

April 16, 2015
with
space

A Pointed Tale

A colleague recently reached out for suggestions to help a new client whose teams are having trouble adapting to using story points. Here are 10...

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Technology

April 15, 2015
with
dice

I signed up for Agile, but it sure feels like waterfall. What can the Product Owner do about it?

As I mentioned in the introductory post in this series, an issue I frequently see with underperforming Agile teams is that work always spills over...

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Financial Services

April 14, 2015
with
working together

System Selection: The Vendor Demo

An important part of any system selection process is when the vendor is asked to demonstrate their products. This is a pivotal time, when the...

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Lean & Agile

April 13, 2015
with

‘Agile in Government’ Conference

On February 25th and 26th, I had the pleasure of attending the “Agile in Government” conference put together by AFEI (The Association For Enterprise Information)....

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Lean & Agile

April 8, 2015
with
bubble

The Sprint Bubble

Have you ever wondered exactly what types of things a team does during a Sprint or what they should be doing? A team usually has...

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Technology

April 6, 2015
with
road sign

I signed up for Agile, but it sure feels like waterfall. What happened?

Occasionally, as part of our strategic advisory service, I work with clients who don’t want custom application delivery from us, but rather want me to...

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Lean & Agile

April 2, 2015
with
PMI

PMI-ACP and All the Hype

When people see my ­­business card or email signature, they sometimes question the letters beside my name: what do they mean,should they try to get...

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Lean & Agile

March 30, 2015
with
Captian

Cultural Patterns – Part 3

In previous posts, I talked about what the “Get It Done” (GID) and “Just Do It” (JDI) patterns look like in organizations.  Today I’ll talk...

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Financial Services

March 27, 2015
with
Vendor

How Much Would You Pay for a Hotdog?

Are you competing on price? Economists and finance executives world-wide acknowledge that being the low-price leader can be a viable short-term strategy that may help...

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Lean & Agile

March 24, 2015
with
coach word cloud

Agile Leaders as Coaches – The Key to Successful Agile Transformations

I spend a lot of my time coaching individuals, teams, and organizations interested in reaching higher levels of performance through the use of Agile methodologies...

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CC Pace

March 19, 2015
with

CC Pace’s Staff Meeting and Annual Party @ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Before heading down to Ruth’s Chris for our Annual Winter Party, CC Pace President Mike Gordon spoke at our corporate staff meeting and rolled out...

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Lean & Agile

March 18, 2015
with
Map

The Reality of Distributed Agile Teams

Scrum purists will tell you co-located teams are the way to go. If only it was that easy! As large organizations adopt scrum, they find...

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Financial Services

March 16, 2015
with
Mortgage Banking

The Changing Landscape of Vendor Management

I was recently reminded of a column I wrote back in February 2008 titled “Maintaining a Vendor Relationship”, for Mortgage Banking Magazine (available here).  I’ve...

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Lean & Agile

March 10, 2015
with
graphic world

Tips to Transforming Your Technical World

In a prior post, Getting Ready for Your Technical Transformation, I defined technical transformation and why it is so important.  Now, I’d like to dive...

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March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

Lean & Agile

March 9, 2015
with
Contract details

Contracts and Vendors – The Agile Impact

As you many have read in my prior post about The Agile Impact regarding “Telework and Modified Schedules”, there are some variations on how moving...

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Lean & Agile

March 4, 2015
with
Chalk sign

Cultural Patterns – Part 2

In my last post, I talked about what a “Get It Done” (GID) pattern looks like in organizations.  Today I’ll talk about another cultural pattern....

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Financial Services

March 3, 2015
with

Achieving Meaningful Results With Change

CC Pace uses the Organizational Component Model as a framework for ensuring optimal results are achieved in our projects.  The model highlights the inter-dependencies of...

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Lean & Agile

February 24, 2015
with
Transformation

Getting Ready for Your Agile Technical Transformation

As your organization prepares to transition to an Agile one, you will most likely want to know all that the transformation entails.  One of these...

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Lean & Agile

February 23, 2015
with
US Capitol

CC Pace at the Potomac Forum – Agile Development in Government Training Workshop

On January 28, CC Pace and the Potomac Forum collaborated once again to present their latest in the series, Agile Development in Government Training Workshops. ...

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CC Pace

February 19, 2015
with

A Healthy Start to the New Year

This is typically the time of year that everyone is recovering from the holidays, not only financially but physically.  On average individuals can gain from...

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Technology

February 18, 2015
with
Team

Product Demos – Not Just for the Customer Anymore? (Part 2)

In the first installment of this blog entry, we laid out a scenario which portrays an unhappy software development team. It has become obvious that...

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Financial Services

February 17, 2015
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Magazine

Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It

During the last thirty three years CC Pace has served our clients in a wide range of business and technology projects. While clients generally bring...

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Lean & Agile

February 10, 2015
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Landmark

The Backlog Pyramid

The role of a Product Owner in Scrum includes owning the backlog and preparing stories for sprints. As I work with product owners I remind...

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Technology

February 9, 2015
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close up defect

Product Demos – Not Just for the Customer Anymore? (Part 1)

One of the basic Agile tenets that most people agree on – whether or not you’re an Agile enthusiast or supporter – is the value...

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Financial Services

February 4, 2015
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plane

It’s Time for a Non-Stop Flight to Efficiency

Grounded in how it’s always been done while continuing to live on razor-thin margins? Perhaps it is time to take a chapter out of the...

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Lean & Agile

February 3, 2015
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Team Puzzle

Transforming to a Cross-Functional Team

In a previous blog, “The Reality of T.E.A.M”, I talked about Agile teams being dedicated, or part of a ‘permanent’ team that focuses on a...

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Technology

February 2, 2015
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TDD

TDDIY

I like to attempt minor DIY projects around the house because 1) it saves money and, 2) it’s enjoyable to solve technical issues that don’t...

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January 29, 2015

Lean & Agile

January 28, 2015
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meeting

Telework and Modified Schedules – The Agile Impact

Agencies around the government are beginning to see more and more of their employees teleworking and going to modified work weeks.  There are a number...

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January 27, 2015

Lean & Agile

January 27, 2015
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meter

Management Paradoxes

Being always busy does not always mean being productive As often happens at the end of a calendar year, many people reflect on the past...

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Careers

January 26, 2015
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CC Pace Careers

How to Prepare for an Interview

As the Recruiting Manager at CC Pace, I am regularly giving advice on how to prepare for an interview.  More often than not, it isn’t...

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Financial Services

January 23, 2015
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Customer chart

Who Do You Work For?

During a recent family driving expedition, my teenagers were surprised at a rest stop along I-95 when an attendant began filling our gas tank. “Why...

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Lean & Agile

January 20, 2015
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green earth

Training and Coaching – Why your teams need both!

Have you ever wanted to learn a new sport? Cricket, Golf or Rugby? Where would you start? You may say, well I would find a...

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Financial Services

January 14, 2015
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Where's The Beef?

Non-QM Lending — Where’s the Beef?

As compliance costs continue to soar and product selection is limited to government-regulated Qualified Mortgages (QM), mortgage bankers have tightened their belts, forced to diet...

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Lean & Agile

January 13, 2015
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List

Cultural Patterns – Part 1

Recently I’ve been reflecting on cultural patterns I’ve seen in organizations throughout my career; how I experienced them, their impact, who thrived, who withered. Over...

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Careers

January 12, 2015
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writing

Resumé Writing Tips

Do you ever wonder what recruiters think when they receive and review your resume?  At CC Pace we receive thousands of resumes each year.  Some...

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Careers

January 12, 2015
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Seeking help

We’re Hiring!

Sales/Account Manager CC Pace is a mid-sized, DC based staffing and consulting firm with a solid reputation for delivering superior results to our client. For...

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January 10, 2015
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Unsubscribe to CC Pace

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Lean & Agile

January 6, 2015
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Government Services

Agile in the Federal Government – Going, Going, Gone Beyond Scrum

About a year ago, I co-authored with Bruce Yang a whitepaper entitled “Agile in the Federal Government – Moving Beyond Scrum.”  In that whitepaper, we...

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Lean & Agile

January 6, 2015
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keyboard black

Agile in the Federal Government – Improving Technical Execution

As discussed in the first post in this series Agile in the Federal Government – Going, Going, Gone Beyond Scrum, the history of Agile adoption...

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CC Pace

January 6, 2015
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The Season of Giving

In 1970, Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons founded So Others Might Eat (SOME) to offer food,...

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CC Pace

January 6, 2015
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Tis the Season!

Keeping with the giving spirit of the holidays, CC Pace has decided to partner with our neighboring tenant AAA and participate in Toys for Tots....

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Technology

January 6, 2015
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diamond rock

Diamond in the Rough

Ron Jeffries recently posted an article on writing code for “The Diamond Problem” using TDD in response to an article by Alistair Cockburn on Thinking...

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Lean & Agile

December 28, 2014
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Detroit Skyline

What Detroit Housing Teaches About Agile Prioritization

Does your organization have a lot on their plate? Are resources spread too thin? Have you heard the phrase “stop starting, and start finishing”, but...

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Financial Services

December 13, 2014
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house bank

Where Should Equity Lending Reside?

A frequent topic of discussion these days is what division should own equity lending: consumer lending or mortgage.  This question comes from our banking clients...

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Lean & Agile

December 13, 2014
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The Reality of T.E.A.M.

One of the hardest things for companies transforming to Agile to accept is the idea that team members are to be dedicated to the teams...

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Technology

December 11, 2014
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bugs

Counting Bugs

A couple of years ago I started hearing more and more debate about whether the work to fix bugs that got past the customer’s acceptance...

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December 1, 2014

CC Pace

December 1, 2014
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CC Pace Contributes to Operation Gratitude

CC Pace employees recently participated in Operation Gratitude, a program where Halloween Candy, Dental Hygiene items and cards and letters are collected and care packages...

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November 13, 2014

October 14, 2014
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Agile Fundamentals with ICP Certification

For Individuals & Teams Description: This 2-day course prepares individuals and teams to work in an Agile environment.  You will learn what Agile approaches are...

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August 22, 2014
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Ryan Garcia

Ryan L. Garcia has been working in the technology sector since 1999 when he joined the United States Navy as an Avionics Technician. Currently, as...

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August 6, 2014
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Client List

CC Pace has the skills and diverse technical expertise to work with many industries including financial services, associations, education, federal government, legal, and, media. CC...

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June 26, 2014
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PMI-ACP Bootcamp

Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare you for the PMI-ACP exam.  The content is meant to help you understand the content on...

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May 27, 2014
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Jannette Brace

  Like most good trainers, Jannette came to Agile in a round-about kind of way.  In high school she learned about programming and her first...

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February 6, 2014
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Dragos Dumitriu

Dragos Dumitriu is an industry leader in the Agile community and renowned Kanban expert. Since 2004 he has been applying Agile and Lean methods to...

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October 10, 2013
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Location & Directions

CC Pace 4100 Monument Corner Drive Suite 400 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 Tel: 703.631.6600

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September 18, 2013

September 13, 2013
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Employee Gateway

Listed below are links to access corporate services/applications online. Obtaining IT support Our IT support desk is outsourced to mindSHIFT, a nationwide managed IT provider....

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September 12, 2013
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Philippa Fewell

Philippa Fewell has had a long-tenured, progressive consulting career leading to her current position as Managing Director of CC Pace’s Enterprise Solutions Group. Ms. Fewell’s practice focuses...

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September 12, 2013
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Roy Schilling

Roy has nearly 30 years of IT experience across many industries, including Finance, Insurance, Government, Manufacturing and Telecommunications. Over the course of his career, he has participated as...

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September 12, 2013
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Doug Batchelor

Doug Batchelor gained his initial Agile experience on Agile and Scrum teams while working as a developer and project lead.  This provided the opportunity to...

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September 12, 2013
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Robert “Bob” Schatz, DMgt., CST

With over 35 years in the industry, Bob Schatz specializes in consulting, training, and coaching organizations using Agile practices to improve people’s work experiences, their...

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September 12, 2013
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Jim Schiel

Jim Schiel, is a Certified Scrum Trainer, member of the Scrum Alliance and published author with a strong background in enterprise level Scrum installations. To...

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September 12, 2013
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Employee Testimonials

What’s it like to work at CC Pace? Let our employees tell you firsthand why they work here. “I have been in the mortgage banking...

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September 12, 2013
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Submit Resume

Complete the form below to submit your resume online.

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September 12, 2013
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Stacia Viscardi

Stacia Viscardi is an agile coach, Certified Scrum Trainer and organizational transformation guide. In 2003 she became the 67th Certified ScrumMaster and ended up loving...

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September 12, 2013
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Angela Druckman

Angela Druckman was a traditional project manager until a fateful day when she learned about Scrum and agile software development methods. Initially, she was skeptical about...

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September 11, 2013
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Kuryan Thomas

Kuryan as CTO, is primarily responsible for CC Pace’s custom application delivery practice, which includes making sure CC Pace maintains its record of client satisfaction...

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September 11, 2013
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Dawne Ward

Dawne as COO is responsible for all operational functions with the exception of Accounting. She is an effective and versatile senior manager with the ability...

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September 11, 2013
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Craig Hughes

Craig is the Managing Director for Financial Services Consulting, where he is responsible for strategic planning, client relations and operational management. Under Craig’s direction, the...

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September 11, 2013
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Philippa Fewell

Phil has had a long-tenured, progressive consulting career leading to her current position as Managing Director of CC Pace’s Enterprise Solutions Group. Her practice focuses...

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September 11, 2013
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Mike Gordon

In 1980, Mike co-founded CC Pace and, to this day, he remains a hands-on principal of this information technology and business consulting firm. As CEO...

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September 6, 2013
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Training Email List

Stay informed! Join our email list and be the first to hear about our upcoming classes, workshops and discounts!

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Agile Resources

Whitepapers | Case Studies | Additional Resources | Partnerships CC Pace places great emphasis on staying ahead of the curve in both business and technology....

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September 6, 2013
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Financial Services Resources

Whitepapers | Articles CC Pace consultants are at the intellectual forefront in several areas, including mortgage technology and business process redesign. Please explore some of...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Overview

Committed Partner. Creating Results. CC Pace is not the biggest consulting firm in the world. We’re not the leader of all things. We’re not a...

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September 6, 2013
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Leadership Team

CC Pace is led by experienced, highly respected industry specialists who personify our culture of committed service to clients and measurable results. Mike Gordon In...

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September 6, 2013
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News & Events

News & Events | Press Releases News & Events CC Pace participates in various conferences and events each year as both attendees and speakers. For more information, or...

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September 6, 2013
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News and Events Archive

News | Events CC Pace in the News Past Events

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September 6, 2013
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Contact Us

CC Pace | 4100 Monument Corner Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Tel: 703.631.6600 Philippa Fewell | Agile Services Craig Hughes | Financial Services Consulting George Perkins | IT...

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September 6, 2013
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Privacy Policy

Overall Policy Privacy is of great concern to C.C. Pace Systems, Inc. (CC Pace). We try to extend to our Web site visitors the same...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Agile Orientation

Description The purpose of this 2-hour siminar is to raise awareness for individuals who will be interacting with Agile teams. This will lay the foundation...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Class Schedule

Our experience helping Fortune 500 and start-up organizations to adopt lean and Agile practices over the last 15 years goes far beyond the course offerings...

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September 6, 2013
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Agile Coaching

We’ve all been told that “agile” is a journey. Training, or establishing a baseline of knowledge, is a crucial first step. In fact, many Agile...

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September 6, 2013
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Lean Agile Training

Agile Experts Who Train What makes agile training with CC Pace unique? Our trainers do before they teach. Our courses are led by real-world agile practitioners,...

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September 6, 2013
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Job Opportunities

Staffing – Current Openings Are you looking for technical contract work or an IT position with a company that has been serving Fortune 500 and...

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September 6, 2013
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IT Staffing

Higher support for your hire success. We’re not your typical staff augmentation company.  We’ll always make quality a priority over quantity, which means we’ll always care...

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September 6, 2013
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Agile Project Management

Description This advanced course teaches Scrum Masters, Program Managers and Project Managers how to apply lean thinking and Agile principles to PMI’s Project Management Process...

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September 6, 2013
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Agile Leadership Workshop

Description Leaders are the most powerful factor in influencing an organization’s success in the transition to Agile. Increasing leadership effectiveness, empowering teams and transforming the...

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September 6, 2013
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User Stories Workshop

Description This is a 4-hour course designed to facilitate the writing of good user stories.  The class focuses on the types of product backlog items, story writing, and estimation. Participants will...

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September 6, 2013
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Advanced ScrumMaster Workshop

Description This 2-day course will demonstrate how to become a more effective Scrum Master by overcoming many of the role’s most common challenges. Through a...

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September 6, 2013
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Scrum Team Training

Description This course focuses on the entire team, including Scrum Master, Product Owner, Business Analysts, Testers, Developers and Architects. This team-based scrum training will help...

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September 6, 2013
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Product Owner Workshop

Description This is a 3-hour course designed to explore the role of the Product Owner on Agile teams.  The class focuses on the Product Owner responsibilities, characteristics, and techniques...

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September 6, 2013
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Certified ScrumMaster™

Description This course is focused on preparing ScrumMasters and Change Agents for the role they will play in the successful adoption of Scrum in the...

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September 6, 2013
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Kanban Foundations

Description This 2-day Kanban training will walk away with a clear understanding of how to utilize the Kanban techniques of lean and systems thinking in...

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September 6, 2013
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Our Trainers

At CC Pace, we practice what we preach. Our trainers are Agile experts, and they’re also agile in their approach. They bring years of real-world...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Mortgage Consulting

Do something. Do it well. And do it for over 35 years. That’s the story of CC Pace in the mortgage industry. In fact, we’re...

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September 6, 2013
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Financial Services

We’re not expecting any sympathy. But the truth is, we’ve been so effective in the mortgage industry, sometimes people forget we’ve been providing the same...

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September 6, 2013
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Government

CC Pace can help your agency keep pace in this digital age. Our Agile expertise can help you set the pace. In this digital age...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Our Approach

Our clients say we’re a different type of consulting firm. So do our employees. We agree with that sentiment, but… is being different necessarily good? Here’s...

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September 6, 2013
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What Our Clients are Saying

Client referrals bring us 80% of our new business, and 90% of our clients return to us for additional engagements. This is true for every...

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September 6, 2013
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Sample Client List by Industry

CC Pace has the skills and diverse technical expertise to work with many industries including financial services, federal government, health care, associations and media. CC Pace works...

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September 6, 2013
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Careers

Become a BIG FISH in a Perfectly Sized Pond [this should be a call out] Careers The average CC Pace team member has been with...

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September 6, 2013
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CC Pace Careers

Become a BIG FISH in a Perfectly Sized Pond The average CC Pace team member has been with us for 12 years, and here’s why:...

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September 6, 2013
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Community Involvement

CC Pace employees take an active role in contributing to the betterment of local communities and the non-profit organizations that improve the lives of others. Our...

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September 6, 2013
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Job Opportunities

Below are opportunities for CC Pace and Contract Openings. Please Contact Us if you have any questions. Not seeing any jobs posted in the boxes below?...

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September 6, 2013
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Benefits

CC Pace believes our employees are our greatest assets, and accordingly, we’re proud to offer a competitive and comprehensive salary and benefits package. Talk to your CC...

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September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
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Agile Software Development

We don’t take success for granted. We use agile techniques to make success happen. You may have heard that custom application development is risky, or that you...

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September 6, 2013
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Our Agile Story

How can a software development business over 35 years-old be on the cutting edge? Simple – we were born agile. It’s just taken a few...

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September 6, 2013
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Technical Capabilities

Tell us your vision for success. Let our mastery of technology make it real. Our developers have a broad range of skills in various custom...

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September 6, 2013
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Custom Application Development

When success is your only option, CC Pace is your only choice. Our custom application development practice can solve your business problems with tailored enterprise-class...

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September 6, 2013
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Operations & Technology Due Diligence

Knowing how best to proceed means knowing precisely where you are today, and where you need to be tomorrow. Shifting customer demands, competitive pressures, technology...

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September 6, 2013
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LOS Implementation

Effective competitors in today’s mortgage market aren’t held back by outdated technology. Especially in the aftermath of the financial crisis—with changes to regulations, investor requirements...

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September 6, 2013
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Software Selection

Regulatory requirements. Organizational restructuring. Process automation. Vendor consolidation. Technology advancements. Obsolescence. There’s no shortage of reasons for companies to replace their aging systems with newer,...

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September 6, 2013
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Business Process Redesign

Business process redesign. Process improvement consulting. Reengineering. Lean processing. It goes by many names. But whatever you call it, streamlining your core business processes is...

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September 6, 2013
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Financial Services Consulting

Let’s face it, you’re not the only financial services company in your space. Which means you have to differentiate your business to stand out –...

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September 6, 2013

September 3, 2013