There is a lot of confusion around agility and the implementation of agility at the moment. My theory is that since there is money in helping organisations learn “how to do agile” there is money to be made in making a specific agility framework, trademarking it, creating training courses and then…
In the latest Mastering Business Analysis podcast, David Mantica chats about ways to protect yourself from layoffs and prepare for career advancement opportunities.  The unfortunate reality is that many of us will experience unexpected (and undesired) career changes. Companies may merge, the economy…
As the new year and the new decade dawns most of us are thinking about how we can maximise our effectiveness this year. It’s a popular time to think about new things, new ways, new beginnings. Often to just end up applying the same thinking from last year, the processes from last year and the…
Back in my day times were hard.  I don’t want to shock you, but my corporate life began last century before even Twitter and Slack existed.  You can imagine how slow-moving and inefficient we were, but we knew we could do better and so we focused on improving. We came up with many new ideas, both…
Are you someone who has spent years as a manual tester, following a familiar testing process, using a tried and tested set of techniques - the result of years of specialisation; perhaps you were a test analyst or a ‘QA’ or you took on a similar role in a previous life and you were clear on the part…
I have been looking at patterns for “agile release approaches” and in this article, I will be looking at some more patterns that I have observed. But I got a bit distracted by the philosophy of value and so I will be meandering for a little while before I get back on topic. If a team creates value…
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In the latest Mastering Business Analysis podcast, David Mantica chats about how we can overcome one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today – understanding value and building the right solution. It all comes down to value such as business value or customer value. The problem is that…
If you spend time researching and educating yourself on agile as a way of working, you will come to the point where you have an “ah-ha” moment around the key foundation for agile success. We have been conditioned over the years, to believe success resides in action and activity. The more action and…
When I first worked with an agile team, we released our work into production whenever we wanted to. We were able to do our own testing, our own release control and our own communication with users. We also supported our own work. We released some things during the day and others outside normal…
Agile coaching is about far more than being able to facilitate a retrospective or provide guidance on building a burn-up chart. Agile coaching requires a deep concern for the team, as individuals and as a cohesive group, and the ability to help others reach their full potential. The goal of the…
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 (scrum master, agile coach, celebrity post-it note artiste etc). When…


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