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Top 6 critical BA skills for the future, and today
Regardless of title (BA or not) and approach (traditional, Agile, or hybrid), everyone in the business of discovering, defining and delivering value can prepare for the future by developing the following skills: 1) Data Insights Modeling and data relationships are moving to the back seat while data insights take the wheel. This means that we will be asked dig deeper into our data to discover…

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Shane Hastie at Agile NZ Conference
SoftEd Chief Knowledge Engineer and Global Agile Practice Lead, Shane Hastie delivered two talks at the Agile NZ Conference. Click the video below to view.   If You Need to Start a Project, You've Already Failed #noprojects   Product Ownership is a Team Sport 

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Quick and Easy Health Checks for Agile Teams
I often tell Agile coaches to start with a health check on the teams they are about to coach. People think this health check is a great idea and they often research complex algorithms and assessment tools. But that is really hard work for you and the team.  So at our coaching clinic, we tried a lazier alternative – I put these conversation starter kits up on the wall. Pairs of coaches came up to the…

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Do You Get Value From Your Retrospective?
A retrospective is a meeting where the team stop working and take a step back to review how well they are working and what they can do to improve. It is generally done every sprint (or every two weeks if there is no sprinting going on). The theory is easy – the team share their views on what went well in the last fortnight, what did not go well and what they should keep doing or change as a…

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Different Retrospectives and Premortems
One of the most powerful components of Agile approaches is the retrospective. I often think that even if a team does not know what “Agile” is, if that team pauses on a regular basis and reflects on how to get better at what they do, then they would invent most of the other Agile practices for themselves. But stopping on a regular basis can get stale after a while, so I thought I would share some…

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Agile Singapore Conference
SoftEd is delighted to be a gold sponsor at the Agile Singapore Conference.  The event takes place from October 6-7 at the Hotel Fort Canning. The impressive speaker line-up includes Dave Thomas, Joshua Kerievsky, Martin Fowler, and Mary and Tom Poppendieck. We look forward to seeing you there, make sure you visit our stand and let's explore how we can help you speed up your business.  

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