SoftEd Named in Top 10 Agile Consulting and Services Companies

SoftEd has been named in APAC CIO Outlook magazine's Top 10 Agile Consulting/ Services Companies for "their finesse in delivering cutting edge agile services in 2018". With over 25 years of experience, SoftEd has supported some of the world's largest and most innovative organisations to adopt new…
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Remembering Gerald (Jerry) Weinberg

Some years ago I sat down with Jerry Weinberg hoping to persuade him to travel from the USA to Australia and New Zealand, to speak at a SoftEd conference. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm to have someone of his calibre come “down under” was not met with similar enthusiasm on his part! Jerry was already…
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Agile Versus Knowledge Part One - Stories Are Great

Last week I gave a talk for business analysts in Sydney on “documentation for agile teams”My talk did not really contain anything too radical, but it did draw a reasonable crowd, with 80 business analysts making time to come after a full day of work. So why did 80 people turn up when, being busine…
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4 Tips for AI and Digital Transformation Analysis

I am excited to hear that many of my clients are venturing into projects that include digital transformation, intelligent automation, machine learning and other artificial intelligence capabilities. I am passionate about these topics and how these capabilities deliver value to our end users. If…
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Help! I don’t have time to do requirements right!

It seems each year it gets worse and worse—BAs have WAY too much to do! They can’t say no and can’t ask leaders to slow down the flow of requirements work. The backlog grows bigger and bigger, and teams get further behind every day. It’s impossible to catch up. I am going to write something that…
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Leadership and project management in a typical agile team

In my last article, I claimed that you can have an agile project manager who ran agile projects. But the projects I described did not involve “typical” agile teams. So now I want to show that a project manager can work well with a typical agile team. Let me start with a simple question:  Can a…
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Agile project management patterns

In my last article, I used a homemade leadership model to look at leadership in a self-managed (agile) team. I then used this as a basis to look briefly at how project managers might help or hinder an agile team. Here I take that concept a step further by looking at how people use project manager…
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True confessions: I was an agile project manager

I was once an agile project manager. In fact, I did it more than once. If that is not shocking enough then maybe I should also confess that I have coached, trained and enabled others to be agile project managers. In this article, I will share my experience of being an agile PM without a real product…
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A practical playbook for thriving in uncertainty by Pat Reed

At the recent Agile Australia conference held in Melbourne on 18-19 June, SoftEd's agile executive, coach and transformational leader, Pat Reed delivered a presentation entitled ' Accelerating business agility: a playbook for thriving in uncertainty. 'Pat's presentation explored why developing the…
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The problem with project managers and product-based thinking

Once upon a time, I used to run projects. To be honest, I am probably a better BA than a PM, but I have run quite a few projects and my projects always seemed to come through okay. So when I encountered agile projects with product owners on them, I was pretty relaxed. I had encountered ScrumMaster…
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The problem with project managers and self-managing agile teams

I sometimes get involved in discussions about whether agile teams need project managers. I have a very strong view on this – NO, we do not need project managers, unless of course, we do, in which case YES. Project managers are nice people and we should let them hang out with the team if they want to…
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Foundation of DevOps is PMI accredited

SoftEd has just announced that Foundation of DevOps is now accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is the world's leading professional membership association for project managers with over 500,000 global members. The DevOps movement is on the rise and becoming increasingly…
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