When developing new products and services, situations can arise in which the team feels insecure: In which direction should we develop? Shall we take route A or route B? How much potential lies in each different idea? What does the market really need? This uncertainty about the development path in one of our product teams has led to a design sprint.
//SEIBERT/MEDIA has been working on intranets since almost the very beginning of the company in 1996. One of the first intranets was also an extranet. The system “PreSys” for the Berufsgenossenschaftlicher Arbeitsmedizinischer Dienst BAD GmbH in Bonn was established for about 2,000 employees and approximately 250,000 employees in over 3,500 assisted companies. At the time, it was mainly a highly structured and rights-based document filing system. It was impressive that the company, with a dedicated team from Karlsruhe, already succeeded in activating and inspiring both its own employees and customers for the system. That is how we gained our first experiences with Extranets.
Today, we are quite successful in marketing our intranet solution Linchpin. I am proud of the fact that huge corporations with thousands of employees in dozens of different countries are using our solution and technology in order to collaborate better.
We are now preparing the marketing of a standardized solution for extranets. It currently does not have a name yet. We used to have a nice name and a cool logo for everything. And a website. And a sales concept. Today we have a price and an offer and are looking for a few customers.
You don’t talk about money – at least not in concrete terms, and never before the start of a project. This seems to be the motto for many providers of intranet solutions. It is certainly true for one particularly large one. But that’s not what you will get with a Linchpin social intranet solution: We are fully transparent about all of the costs and services involved in the entire project.
Microblogging for Confluence is an add-on that extends Confluence to include a modern social media and communication feature with timeline, subscribable topics, likes, mentions, and other features that each employee knows from their private use of Facebook, Twitter & Co. Users and teams use Confluence microblogs to exchange ideas, to get quick feedback from colleagues, or to agree on projects in an uncomplicated way.
Karate is a new test framework based on the well-known Cucumber library. It allows you to quickly write meaningful tests for web services using a domain-based language (DSL). Here is an example to help you get started with Karate.
The custom user profile plugin by //SEIBERT/MEDIA makes it possible to expand user profiles in Confluence with content, as well as visually and technically. Now our development team has delivered Custom User Profile in version 2.1, which provides practical new functions for organizing your contacts.
As Agile Coaches, we also work as intensively as possible at the level of teams and individuals – that is, the actual job of Scrum Masters. In this final post I will show what we are doing here in more definite terms.
To help you see exactly what happens when you collaborate with us on a Linchpin intranet project, we’ve detailed all of the components and services we normally provide in an Linchpin introductory project. This includes all of the workshops, a typical timeline, and details of the training sessions that your staff can take advantage of.
The third major sphere of responsibilities assigned to our Agile Coaches at the company level, is corporate development. This includes many activities which aim to enable //SEIBERT/MEDIA to continue to grow, to continue developing and, above all, to react to changing conditions.
Recently, we were able to put our additional office in Kirchgasse 2 with room for around 30 people into operation. We are very happy about the change, the unpacking and our recovered “leg freedom” in the main office, and we are looking forward to having a great time in the new office!