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Five ways to make your hybrid meetings hum

How do you create a connected environment in a hybrid and distributed working world? We share five key things to consider for building and maintaining strong, flexible teams through productive, intentional meetings wherever your people are working.

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What’s on the X is Y bookshelf? Recommended reads from our team

There’s plenty of literature out there on business and management - but these are some of our recent top picks that we think are in alignment with today’s ways of working

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What does the ‘future of work’ look like?

One of the things we’re most often asked is “what is the future of work?”. While it’s tempting to simply answer “robots”, the truth is more complex. We explore what organisations need to consider in order to succeed in a new world of work.

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What to expect when moving to an Agile methodology of work

What’s holding you back from making the move to agile methodology? X is Y Management Consultant, Laura, has reflected on her own experience moving from traditional ways of working to the agile approach we use with our client projects.  Here, she shares seven key things that Data & Analytics teams and business users might expect themselves when making the change.

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On purpose: What employees want more than anything else, and four ways to give it to them

While all organisations recognise the benefits of making their customers happy, the best of them are also focusing on the experience of employees. We share more on what employees really want - and how to give it to them.

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Looking in the mirror

As the saying goes - the more reflective you are, the more effective you are - which is why regular team retrospective ceremonies are an important tool in building a high performing organisation. Here's our take on running effective retrospectives.

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Get more value out of your Snowflake investment

A game changing announcement, not for just Snowflake users and considerers, but also the Data Engineering industry as whole, has arrived. We were lucky enough to participate in the private beta and here’s what we found by putting the integration through its paces.

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Building trust

Our ability to deliver value quickly relies on our ability to get the information we need, fast. To do that, we need our clients’ representatives to trust us - but we recognise that trust doesn’t come with luck, it has to be earned. Here’s our formula for building a solid foundation of trust.

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DIY vs Getting the Expertise: The value of learning from the experts

With growing awareness of the advantages that data can bring to maximising revenue and leveraging untapped business potential, it raises the question: do you build data capability in-house, or do you short-circuit potential mistakes and get there faster with external consultancy? Here’s why bringing in the expertise and external capacity offers advantages that not only fast-track initial outcomes, but also lay the foundations for long-term analytics maturity.

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Don't let data determine your destiny

Don’t let your data determine your destiny

Are you collecting the right data to help you achieve your goals? Most businesses collect data for an operational need, not an analytical one - which is not exactly useful when it comes time to see what data can tell them about how their business is performing. That's why we take a different approach. Find out why ignoring your data, and starting with business goals first, can change the course of destiny for your organisation.

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What's it like to work at X is Y?

What's it like to work at X is Y?

At a time when there’s tough competition to win the war on talent, we know we’re armed with more than just a few perks. Here are some of the ways we take action that actually reflects the respect we have for the time, contribution and effort of our people.

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Step back and define your goals with X is Y.

From conflicting spreadsheets to trusted insights

The allure of the spreadsheet is ubiquitous, but how many actually provide the accurate insight you need to make immediate business decisions? There’s a good chance that there’s unnecessary waste and risk in your organisation - but before you jump straight to automation, it pays to step back and define your goals. Here’s why.

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Throw another benefit log on the fire

Throw another benefit log on the fire

Many organisations battle with benefits. Either benefits aren’t being measured at all, or they are being measured, but they are too big or conceptual to land. So, how do you frame, realise and then measure the value your business offers? Here’s where we start.

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