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Have you Written Off Offshoring? Learn what Changed a CIO’s Mind

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Over the Top Marketing was kind enough to sit down on camera to talk about how EC Group’s offshoring model helps them do business. While most marketing companies provide either services or software, OTT provides both. This means that their team is highly tasked, dedicated, and invested in each client. CEO Chad Meisinger feels passionately about providing top technologies and strategies to small business for a cost they can afford. OTT needed another way to leverage their team economically, but with high value. Watch this video to learn about how EC Group changed the CIO’s mind about offshore.  Video Transcript:...
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Annual Day 2015

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Schools in India will have a yearly celebration of their school called “Annual Day.” They preform skits, dances, and songs, and give prizes. Every year we celebrate the anniversary of EC Group in the same fashion. This year’s Annual Day celebration was once again a blast! Check out some pictures from the event below, and if you’re curious about  joining us for next Annual Day, visit our travel page to learn more.

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Is Another Crash in Silicon Valley’s Future?

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Last Thursday, American Public Media program Marketplace had some  very interesting things to say about the state of Silicon Valley’s venture capital. Kai Ryssdal interviewed tech correspondent Molly Wood to discuss the influx of tech companies worth over a billion dollars (known as “unicorns”). “There are more than 80 of these startups,” says the Marketplace blog, “except lately there’s been more and more speculation that the valuation of some of these companies is about as mythical as unicorns themselves.” In brief, Ryssdal and Wood discussed… That it should be harder to become a unicorn – a lot of unicorns have low…

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Agile and Scrum, Lean and Kanban: a Brief History

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Agile and Scrum, Lean and Kanban So many teams in the software sphere are integrating at least one of these project management methods. For those of you, like me, who are curious about the origins of these terms, I’ve compiled a brief history of each. (Full disclosure: Wikipedia was my go-to source for historical dates and events. I’ll leave it to you do go into deep fact checking if you’d like)  Lean vs Agile Lean You’ll often find people using the terms Lean and Agile interchangeably. To clarify, Lean comes from Lean Manufacturing, and is a set of principles for achieving quality, speed…

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How to Set Up Trello for Scrum

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The Scrum process requires, really more than anything, a visual presence of tasks in progress. Non-distributed Scrum teams have the luxury of a central, physical board to keep track of stories and sprints, but distributed teams face a challenge---how do we make our Scrum board visible, but also unified? Our team has tried a number of things---from online project management apps, to simply taking a picture of our physical Scrum board and sending it out to the team so that they could update their physical board to match. That didn’t work so well. Absence of a centralized Scrum board (whether...
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Why are People so Obsessed with Time Management?

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People will sell you software to make you more productive, tips to make you more organized. They will sell you on the idea of minimalism to eliminate every possible distraction from your life so that you can simply stay in the present. It’s the obsession over Scandinavian minimalism. It’s trying to become a morning person. It’s becoming a master of time management. Only when we become masters of time management, then can we be the type of person we think we wish to be. The kind of person who owns a meditation stool. But when we desire ourselves to be better…

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Do You Need a Dedicated Scrum Master?

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Do you need a dedicated Scrum Master? Maybe we should first address what a SM does exactly. Summarized by Scrum Hub, a Scrum Master is responsible for… Facilitating (not participating in) the daily standup Helping the team maintain their burndown chart Setting up retrospectives, sprint reviews or sprint planning sessions Shielding the team from interruptions during the sprint Removing obstacles that affect the team Walking the product owner through more technical user stories Encouraging collaboration between the Scrum team and product owner You can see why, based on this list of responsibilities, some wouldn’t think these duties call for a...
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Hats Off!

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Hats off to the EC Group Datasoft CSR organizers and volunteers! This year the team participated in the Asia Pacific HRD Congress Awards, and won for Best Use of CSR Practices. About 350 companies participated, and six awards were given for CSR activities. Arun Isaac, who received the award on behalf of EC Group, stood amongst representatives from much larger companies who were honored with the same award. Afterwards, he said that he felt much like an ant standing next to elephants. “We could achieve these awards because your support and constant encouragement we receive from you all which is deeply...
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Medical Camp in the Fishing Villages

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One of EC Group Datasoft’s repeating outreach activities is our medical camp. Why do we keep organizing the same event? Because, according to a report by the U.N., 75% of India’s healthcare resources are available to only 27% of the population—those living in urban areas. The challenge for those living in rural areas isn’t merely the day it would take to travel, but also the loss of that day’s wage. Fisherman already have enough instability in their wages, as their income depends on elusive fish. So, in coordination with Jesus Loves Ministries, we helped gather physicians, ophthalmologists, nurses, paramedics, and a...
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