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Coming Soon... June 2014

5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Agile Engineering Practices Today

Creating useful software is a craft. There is no black and white formula for success. Yet, there are certain Agile engineering practices that, if used thoughtfully, have shown to repeatedly add value to a business.  In this article, I’ll share 5 specific ways that your business can benefit today from Agile Engineering practices.

Coming Soon... May 2014

Debbie Madden on Fox Business's Varney&Co 

Madden debates a recent study showing men raised by a single parent have lower earnings capacity.

March 2013

Debbie Madden on Fox Business's Varney&Co - Gender Bias in the Workplace

March 2013

Debbie Madden on Fox News Varney&Co - Opposing Views on Working from Home

Get in the office, or get out! Debbie Madden joins Stewart Varney to discuss Yahoo! CEO Marrisa Mayer's work-from-home ban for employees.

March 2013

Debbie Madden on Fox Business's - Varney&Co - Are Women Penalized for Success?

April 2013


NASDAQ Bell Ringing

Having won a slot on the Inc. 5000 Fast GrowingCompanies list 5 years in a row, Debbie had thedistinct privilege of standing alongside othersuccessful business owners and the Inc.Business Owner’s Council to be a part of theNASDAQ bell ringing ceremony.

October 2013

Intrapreneur Playbook: 3 Stages to Achieving True Buy-In

One big difference between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs is that intrapreneurs must care about the infrastructure they are disturbing.

For an intrapreneur, achieving buy-in for an idea is key. In Debbie's experience, true buy-in is best achieved through 3 stages: form a team, find a champion, and achieving true buy-in from a decision maker.

Read the full article on Huffington Post * March 2014

Tips for speaking like a strategist

Debbie Madden chats with ComputerWorld about educating technical teams about how to speak like business strategists. Having worked with hundreds of clients, Madden says she has learned to ask tough questions, and lots of them, at the outset of a project.

Read the full article on Computer World  * February 2014

Debbie's Lean In Story

Debbie's personal story of how she Leaned In. It was April 2012. After being in business for nine years, Debbie's consulting company was at a crossroads. The firm had been very fortunate and had nine very successful years. Now, for the first time, it faced an uncertain future.

"We promised to take care of our employees and we meant it. Now was the time to act, the time for talking was past."

Read the full article on June 2013

Hire Slowly and Hire Well

Real-time data-sharing tools (think Twitter, Quora and LinkedIn) allow job hunters to tell all of their professional contacts that they're looking for work with a single status update. How do these new technologies affect the people responsible for hiring? In the age of rapid-fire information exchange, does the old adage "hire slowly, fire quickly" still ring true?

As someone responsible for hiring tech talent, Debbie's answer is yes. Here are some strategies to ensure that you "hire slowly" and wisely but don't miss out on good candidates:

1. Know what you want upfront. The more you can focus in on what you want in an employee in a specific role, the easier it will be to spot a match.Start by listing the skills and qualities you need, and then create a one-to-one map to ensure your hiring process includes a step to test for each.

Read the full article on Computer World * April 2013

Why I Agree With Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer's decision to abolish Yahoo's work-at-home policy has grabbed a lot of headlines since its publication. The decision, clearly a newsmaker because of the scale and clout of Yahoo's operations, has also roused a debate on the importance of workplace collaboration versus worker productivity. Hear Debbie's take on working from home.

Read the full article on Huffington Post * February 2013

Women in IT

Madden worries that women might be taking themselves out of the mix early on in the game over work-life concerns. "One big problem is retention," she says. "Many women that I know, even when they're in their 20s, choose careers that are going to allow them to have children."

Read the full article on * November 2012

What Every Entrepreneur Must Ask

“Recently there’s been a wave of entrepreneurial spirit,” says Debbie Madden. “From people who’ve worked in their industry for a decade so they think they can start their own business to people who have great ideas and figure it can’t be so hard to run a startup, it seems the perception is that the barrier to entry to getting an app or a website off the ground is at an all time low.”The trouble is, she says, ideas are a dime a dozen. In her 20 years of experience working with fledgling startups, it’s become clear to Madden that the real measure of a successful business is a great team. And for young tech companies, that element is unmistakable: what you need is a technical cofounder.

Read the full article on * November 2012