Agile in the Age of COVID-19

When I started with this thing called “Agile,” it didn’t exist. At a time when it was barely gaining popularity, I was asked to learn more about this “method” so I could come back and teach my internal team the basics of being Agile. I took a class, and the rest is history – a […]

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Black People Need Allies, Too

As a diversity and inclusion (D&I) leader at Cognizant, I’m always planning for the next big D&I event. June, for instance, is filled with many Pride celebrations, virtual and otherwise. But instead of seeing coverage of upcoming LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations, I’m watching news coverage and having conversations with friends and family members about the senseless deaths of […]

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A Leader’s Story of Belonging

When it comes to belonging, numbers matter. In my first job out of college, I was one of just two women engineers out of 600 in the business practice. Eleven years later, I became CEO of itaas (a Cognizant company) and made diversity hiring a top priority. But belonging is also about much more than […]

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Four Lessons Learned on Using Agile Analytics to Thrive in Crisis

With sales dropping rapidly due to COVID-19 lockdowns, a leading international convenience store needed recommendations on how to increase its revenue – and it needed the answers quickly.   Within five days of starting our analysis, we assessed how the business’s “basket” of top-selling items had changed. This would allow managers to ensure stores had […]

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70 Days Later

Many of us have now been home for 10 weeks, due to the d-mn virus. I haven’t had this long a stretch without business travel for over 20 years. Here’s how I’m holding up, where I’m at and what we can learn from this almost surreal moment in time. If you can work at home, […]

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AI in Life Sciences: Faster and Surer Diagnosis of Disease

While COVID-19 is extracting a terrible price on human life and causing significant economic hardship, it is helping to catalyze a transformation in care delivery.  As noted in my prior post, AI is improving and accelerating the discovery of new therapies. Beyond this, AI and machine learning (ML) are also transforming clinical diagnosis, by improving […]

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