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…
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…
Webinar: Implementing DevOps
Do you need to get solutions and new features into the hands of your users quickly without compromising on quality? While Agile helps us build quality solutions quickly, it stops short of delivering that value to our users.  DevOps expands on Agile, providing the practices and techniques that are…
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…
As the DevOps movement gains more and more momentum in the enterprise world, there seems to be even more confusion about the relationship between agile and DevOps, with some thinking that they are completely different and opposing ideas. What is more important is what they have in common and how…
Whiteboard session: Getting started with Agile
What do you need to know before embarking on an agile journey? SoftEd’s Andy van der Gugten explains why you need a have a clear vision and success criteria for measuring progress.  Watch the video above.


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