At a recent Project Management Institute New Zealand Chapter (PMINZ) event, author, trainer, and SoftEd director, Iain Fraser spoke about the need for increased organisational agility. Fraser's talk, Five Steps Toward Increased Organisational Agility explored why organisations of the future need to…
A high-performing team is your most powerful weapon against poor quality products and a negative work environment. But the team is only as strong as the leaders that build and support them. So, what is the secret to building a high-performing team?In 2012, Google researchers embarked on a quest to…
Whiteboard session: Kanban boards
Learn how to visualise work using various Kanban boards with SoftEd's Jim Simmons. You'll gain tips and techniques to better manage your projects.  Watch the video above.
Webinar: Service Design at the Heart of Agility
In this webinar, SoftEd's Jim Simmons and our guest presenter Marina Chiovetti cover what service design is, common trends and how it can fit in with an agile way of working. Watch the webinar above.
Whiteboard session: Retrospectives
Retrospectives are an important way to foster continuous learning and improvement - critical to high performing teams. SoftEd's Jim Simmons provides an overview and some tips to get the most out of your retrospective. Watch the video above.
The Agile Manifesto refers to working software over comprehensive documentation (Agile_Manifesto, 2001). The key to all aspects of the Agile Manifesto, however, is the last statement. That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. One of the greatest…
This article is in split into two parts. The first part discusses acceptance criteria. The second part discusses how to get the “right” acceptance criteria. The paper argues that the terms “acceptance criterion” and “requirement” do not have the same meaning, but are closely related.  Some people…
 In one of the most extensive business research projects ever conducted, Project Aristotle, Google found, to their surprise, that the number one driver of team performance is psychological safety. This is a gift on a plate to organisations. Want to radically improve your performance? Then simply…
I was just talking to someone who is on the journey towards the good life in Agile. But in their early projects, they have hit a snag. It seems that the testers want to record lots of bugs in their log so they can show them to their friends. They also want to talk to the developers about all those…
Whiteboard session: Daily Stand-Ups
The daily stand-up is a short meeting where teams can come together to share progress on their work. SoftEd’s Andy van der Gugten provides tips for running a daily-stand up so you can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your team.  Watch the video above.
Well-known and respected management consultant and author, Tom Peters, spoke to Auckland University’s Graduate School of Management last week about training and investing in talent, saying that the top investment for organisations in 2019 should be training. “Training should be a capital expense…
Identifying Use Cases is an important technique for business analysts and developers to master because they ensure they and their clients have a good understanding of what a product is for and how it will be used by future users. The Use Case technique was popularised as a way to elicit a system’…


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