Agile: Too Much Bottom-Up and Not Enough Top-Down
Back in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell said, “No man travels as far as he who knows where he is going. ” I think Oliver Cromwell was right. Unless one has a clear objective, one tends to wander fruitlessly, so before embarking on a software development effort, project by project or via continuous development, I would like to have clarity about the desired outcomes, or benefits, or Busine…
An Interview with Entrepreneur, Pat Reed
Q: In what ways can we help the under-representation of women in STEM fields?
A: I think the good news is that this issue is getting a lot more attention than it has in the past. Role modelling and trying to embolden it through awareness. One of the areas I think that has a lot of opportunity, is to help people understand the importance of diversity of thinking, and having women involved in…
To agility and beyond: The value of the BA
My keynote at the Melbourne BA development dayI went to the IIBA professional day in Melbourne and I gave the morning keynote for the day. There were about 270 business analysts there to learn about all things BA. I thought I would publish the talk because a couple of people asked me about the content. Apparently, there is still some confusion about business analysts on agile projects … and I…
“What, why, how” coaching for skills
I recently wrote an article on coaching where I suggested building a toolkit of different approaches to use when coaching people and teams in different things. This is my (very basic) tool for teaching a skill – it is called “what why how”. I use it when I want to help someone develop a specific skill that I am confident I can teach and give feedback on. For example, running agile meetings or…
Socrates' Triple Filter Test
Backbiting is an insidious problem. Imagine if a colleague spoke ill of someone that you were about to meet for the first time, at the start of a new project for example. "Oh, Joe! Let me tell about Joe … he's such a Wood Duck … he did blah blah blah in his last team … ". How does that affect your initial impressions and interactions with Joe?
Socrates, a mere two and half thousand year…
Would you prefer coaching or coaching?
I ran an agile coaching course recently and, naturally, we spoke a lot about coaching. We ran through a lot of different techniques and approaches to coaching people in agile teams, but we discovered that both “coaching” and “agile” might mean different things to different people in different teams. Then someone asked how they would know when to apply different approaches to coaching. The answer we…