I’ve been teaching a number of agile courses lately and working with some teams around the world kicking off their agile projects, and I find a common challenge that teams are facing is defining "done" for their stories. The Agile Manifesto has as one of its core values “we value working software…
Software Education (SoftEd) are pleased to announce the appointment of David Mantica as Vice President and General Manager in the U. S.  Mr Mantica has extensive experience in the education and technology sectors, including most recently as Chief Revenue Office for Revibe Technologies and as General…
I’m always a little wary of meeting my heroes.   To be frank, I’m rather scared that I’m going to end up disappointed. Meeting Jeff Patton, however, was certainly an entirely different experience.   Jeff is gracious, kind, considered and self-effacing.   An all-round nice guy.   Not to mention hi…
Software Education (SoftEd) are pleased to announce the launch of a new advisory services business. Operating from August, the business will also provide services in organisational strategy and design, agile delivery, portfolio management and product/service design.  Managing Director, Martyn Jone…
I have just written a couple of articles on bad decisions and I seem to be getting a little carried away with the idea (the articles are here and here). But I have been focusing on how to avoid or learn from mistakes. This is a little one-sided, so I thought I would balance things out by exploring…
Collaboration is the cornerstone of modern working practices and yet it is something that we just assume everyone already knows how to do. This is not true! Collaboration does not happen by accident, make it a deliberate practice, a skill you nurture and grow. We need to work on our team skills a…
Harmoniously Balancing Value and Delivery If you are new to agile - either joining an existing agile team or working in an organisation that is transitioning to agile, you may need to adjust how you think of team roles and team relationships. The two key roles that really make agile hum are…
Exploratory testing is a style of testing that emphasises quality by treating testing activities as a chance to continually learn and optimise work throughout a project (Kaner, 2006). Testers are allowed the freedom to be creative; executing more test cases and covering different testing scenario…
As with any coaching, an agile coach has to think of the macro and the micro when working with their teams. This “systems” view of coaching can add a huge impact to any coaching being delivered. All it takes is for the coach to take a few minutes to observe, think and plan. Then the coach can…
I remember a time when a boss said to me, “I’ve been reading about Design Thinking, and from now on, we’re going to apply design thinking to how we do our work. ” I thought, “Oh no, he’s read another blog entry and he’s going to start micro-managing the design team. ” So I immediately called up my…
I was talking about mistakes in my last post and I said I might look at bad decisions.  Thinking about thinkingI have made bad decisions because I did not wait to find out more information, but I have also gone off to find more information, only to regret not making the decision early. Oh dear, it…
In a time of constant change; changing market conditions, changing customer expectations and new and emerging technologies, organisations need to be continuously transforming and adapting to keep up with the rate of change. For both organisations and individuals to thrive in a world of digital…


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