Spring 2018
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Letter from the Founders – Spring 2018

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”

— John F. Kennedy

On March 8 of this year, International Women’s Day celebrated individuals and organizations doing groundbreaking work that drives the greatest change for women all over the world.

At Jabian, we work for some of the most talented, driven, and dynamic women in the country. Women who have fought for change, who have built businesses, raised families, knocked down barriers, and succeeded in achieving their dreams. These are women we can all learn from, and for the feature article in this edition of The Jabian Journal, we asked nine of them to share their stories of success, lessons learned, and advice for those still working on their dreams.

We also explore critical business issues such as data security, working across the generations, and defining successful Agile teams. In Data Breach Action Plan, the authors explain that while it’s impossible to prevent a data breach, how an organization responds can mean the difference between disaster and a difficult PR problem. In Contracting for Agile Services—a Paradoxical Journey, the authors discuss the benefits of various contract agreements and how they differ from traditional client/vendor negotiations.

Our feature interview is with Mimi Thigpen, CEO of OpsDataStore, a platform for data-driven IT operations that provides insights and predictive analytics for organizations across their entire technology stack, minimizing downtime and maximizing efficiency. Mimi shares how her company is set to disrupt how IT leaders optimize their operations, leadership lessons she takes with her, and trends she sees for the future of big business.

This year marks Jabian’s 12th year in business. We believe that in each of those 12 years we’ve continued to learn, to grow, and to help others do the same. From day one we’ve operated Jabian according to our ten Guiding Principles, which are shared with every employee at orientation, and during nearly every company meeting. While those principles haven’t changed, how we’ve interpreted them has evolved with every new addition to our firm as they put their fingerprints on the Jabian legacy. The women interviewed in this edition, some of whom we’ve known for many years and others for a shorter amount of time, have also put their fingerprints on the firm in the form of their shared experiences, partnerships, and insights. They may hire us to help them, but in return we’ve learned lessons from them that will impact us for years to come.

We hope you enjoy this edition of The Jabian Journal, and we welcome your feedback.

Chris, Brian, and Nigel—The Jabian Founding Partners

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