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…
Accelerating Business Agility
SoftEd's John Dobbin discusses the importance of business agility in creating learning centric organisations that a responsive to change.  Watch the video above.  
 In order to survive and thrive in today’s volatile and unpredictable market conditions, many progressive businesses are turning traditional ways of organising people and work on their head. In the most profound revolution of managerial thought in 200 years, concepts that were until recently deemed…
 Design sprints are often confused for a brainstorming session where teams try to problem-solve as a group by throwing ideas around. But this is not the case. A design sprint is far more effective than traditional brainstorming. It brings more expertise to bear on the problem, including busine…
Whiteboard session: Success trade-off sliders
Success trade-off sliders give you a holistic approach to managing project constraints such as scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholder satisfaction and team happiness.   SoftEd's Andy van der Gugten provides examples of sliders you can use with your team to define project success.  Watch the video…
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…
I was running a course for agile team facilitators and coaches and we discussed “giving feedback. ” It turned out that everybody was giving feedback but some of the crew were not confident that they were doing it well. I mentioned this to the crew in another course and people again mentioned that…
Agile insights: Agile Talent
SoftEd's John Dobbin discusses the dynamics of HR talent and the importance of the role of HR in improving team dynamics and creating psychological safety. Watch the video above.
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…


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