In today’s world of systems and solutions development, we are increasingly concerned with being more agile, with having a lean approach, with delivering value more quickly. We are consciously looking for ways of avoiding spending time on anything that is unnecessary. We are looking for simple…
Continuous delivery is a cornerstone of the agile approach, that’s why we talk about things like “sustainable pace”, focus on “technical excellence”, and clear understanding of “done”. Within the iteration, the team needs to really understand all the activities that produce a tested product and…
On Wednesday, SoftEd director Iain Fraser released his new book along with co-author Madeline Taylor.  The book, The Business of People: Leadership for the Changing World aims to help leaders navigate in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, helping them to develop their…
If you are a professional working for a company that has a lot of application development and project work going on (finance, insurance, retail, or transportation industries to name a few), there is a good chance you have heard the word agile or potentially scrum thrown around a lot.   Since the…
There are vast arrays of solutions currently that offer just in time eLearning. From YouTube videos to MOOCs, to short courses on Pluralsight, CBT Nuggets or LinkedIn Learning. Each of these options will allow you a quick and easy way to curate the content you need, take it and move on. In reality…
We’re big fans of Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. Scaling Up is a toolbox for growing a business and one of the tools Verne suggests is a quarterly theme — a great way to focus the company on a single KPI for three months, then celebrate when you achieve it. We don’t do themes every quarter, but some…
So, you’ve just learned about agile practices and the agile mindset and you’re excited about shifting to an agile way of working. Great! You’re going to (eventually) love the difference it makes in productivity, customer satisfaction, and team morale. But… it is all too common for the initial…
One of the quintessential things about being agile is that you get to have a story wall. Increasingly the team are not co-located, so they keep their wall online. Hopefully, though it is still visible to the whole team, so they can all see where things are at, where the bottlenecks are, etc. Thi…
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…


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