Software Education (SoftEd) are pleased to announce the appointment of David Mantica as Vice President and General Manager in the U. S.  Mr Mantica has extensive experience in the education and technology sectors, including most recently as Chief Revenue Office for Revibe Technologies and as General…
I’m always a little wary of meeting my heroes.   To be frank, I’m rather scared that I’m going to end up disappointed. Meeting Jeff Patton, however, was certainly an entirely different experience.   Jeff is gracious, kind, considered and self-effacing.   An all-round nice guy.   Not to mention hi…
Software Education (SoftEd) are pleased to announce the launch of a new advisory services business. Operating from August, the business will also provide services in organisational strategy and design, agile delivery, portfolio management and product/service design.  Managing Director, Martyn Jone…
I have just written a couple of articles on bad decisions and I seem to be getting a little carried away with the idea (the articles are here and here). But I have been focusing on how to avoid or learn from mistakes. This is a little one-sided, so I thought I would balance things out by exploring…
Accelerating Business Agility
SoftEd's John Dobbin discusses the importance of business agility in creating learning centric organisations that a responsive to change.  Watch the video above.  
 In order to survive and thrive in today’s volatile and unpredictable market conditions, many progressive businesses are turning traditional ways of organising people and work on their head. In the most profound revolution of managerial thought in 200 years, concepts that were until recently deemed…
 Design sprints are often confused for a brainstorming session where teams try to problem-solve as a group by throwing ideas around. But this is not the case. A design sprint is far more effective than traditional brainstorming. It brings more expertise to bear on the problem, including busine…
Whiteboard session: Success trade-off sliders
Success trade-off sliders give you a holistic approach to managing project constraints such as scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholder satisfaction and team happiness.   SoftEd's Andy van der Gugten provides examples of sliders you can use with your team to define project success.  Watch the video…
So, you’ve just learned about agile practices and the agile mindset and you’re excited about shifting to an agile way of working. Great! You’re going to (eventually) love the difference it makes in productivity, customer satisfaction, and team morale. But… it is all too common for the initial…
Now that agile has gone mainstream, I often find that people are concerned about the performance of the members of an agile team.  In particular, people seem interested in how we measure the product owner and team facilitator roles (ScrumMaster, agile coach, celebrity post-it note artiste etc). When…
Collaboration is the cornerstone of modern working practices and yet it is something that we just assume everyone already knows how to do. This is not true! Collaboration does not happen by accident, make it a deliberate practice, a skill you nurture and grow. We need to work on our team skills a…
I was running a course for agile team facilitators and coaches and we discussed “giving feedback. ” It turned out that everybody was giving feedback but some of the crew were not confident that they were doing it well. I mentioned this to the crew in another course and people again mentioned that…


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