During the past year, I have been assisting change management teams to migrate from Waterfall to Agile through training and coaching in areas such as Lean, Kaizen, Kanban and Agile. The journey has taken me into numerous organizations in the Finance, Telco, and Online markets with primarily large…
Along with 20 others, I attended the peer conference KWST#2 on 15-16 June 2012 which was sponsored by Software Education. I felt the conference provided ample opportunities to network but more importantly, it provided an insight into the minds of the people we were networking with. I gained a…
Last week SoftEd hosted the second-ever Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing (KWST). After last year’s hugely successful event, we were all counting down the days to host the second KWST. This event is special because of the very specific way it is set up and run and also the people that attend (it i…
“Estimation is hard – we often ask the wrong questions at the wrong times and end up with the wrong answers” – so say Anja Wever, Sharon Robson and Shane Hastie, the three SoftEd Practice Leads and experts in Business Analysis, Software Testing and Agile. Well if even they find it hard what hope do…
First of all, why do I work within the Lean framework for business process improvements? Because Lean works! Also, because attendees enjoy learning about Lean’s history, practices, and tools as a means of improving their quality of life. They realize that we live in a complex world and they want to…
At Software Education part of our value proposition is “we help our customers gain certification if it matters to them”. Our courses are designed first and foremost to provide participants with the skill and knowledge they need to be effective and productive in the areas they come to us to…
Recently I’ve been asked for recommendations around finding a “good Iteration Manager” (or what Scrum calls a “Scrum Master”), what skill-set they should have, how much experience is “enough experience” and if it’s better to hire an Iteration Manager (or “IM” for short) or find an IM within the…
Enterprise Agile is a topic that we’ve seen discussed more and more in recent months. It’s such an important consideration for so many companies that there will be a dedicated Enterprise Agile stage at Agile 2012 in Texas. At SoftEd’s Sydney-based conference, Fusion, we’re bringing Agile…
I’ve recently followed an online discussion about whether or not a Project Manager (PM) should apply for a Scrum Master (SM) role or vice versa and have been surprised to see that the overwhelming response from the Agile community was along the lines of “sure, go ahead”. Having come from a PM…
It’s great when a team of people work together to produce something useful and effective; using ATDD is a customer-focused way of delivering what people want. Elisabeth Hendrickson (who will be speaking about ATDD at Fusion and STANZ this year) describes ATDD as “a practice in which the whole team…
In the world of security, social engineering refers to various ways of getting individuals to divulge confidential information which allows an unauthorised individual to gain access to privileged information or systems. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of trust the average Kiwi has, which…
What does personal development mean for a tester? How does going on a course help a tester?What value is gained by the organisation sending their testers for training on a certification course? Some testers have been doing the same job for years and figure there’s nothing more they need to learn…


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