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“What, why, how” coaching for skills

I recently wrote an article on coaching where I suggested building a toolkit of different approaches to use when coaching people and teams in different things. This is my (very basic) tool for teaching a skill – it is called “what why how”. I use it when I want to help someone develop a specific…
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Socrates' Triple Filter Test

Backbiting is an insidious problem. Imagine if a colleague spoke ill of someone that you were about to meet for the first time, at the start of a new project for example. "Oh, Joe! Let me tell about Joe … he's such a Wood Duck … he did blah blah blah in his last team … ". How does that affect…
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Would you prefer coaching or coaching?

I ran an agile coaching course recently and, naturally, we spoke a lot about coaching. We ran through a lot of different techniques and approaches to coaching people in agile teams, but we discovered that both “coaching” and “agile” might mean different things to different people in different…
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Exploratory Testing is now LiveOnline

In September, SoftEd launches a brand-new program – LiveOnline Exploratory Testing.   We talk with Practice Lead, Toby Thompson about the course. Why is the course delivered virtually?We’re delighted to offer this program as a LiveOnline course.   The course is delivered in a virtual environment with…
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What does DevOps really mean? Part 2

Explanations of the differences between the various “new” patterns and practices in software development can be found all over the internet. The Agile Manifesto, Humble and Farley, Allspaw and Hammond and dozens of other seminal publications contain the ideas, and the free and open source movement…
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What does DevOps really mean? Part 1

The DevOps movement has produced many benefits in a short time: shorter lead times, greater intra-organisational communication, smaller feedback loops and more productive teams. It has also produced many myths and misconceptions. Here’s a few that I’ve encountered recently.  Of the organisations[1…
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SoftEd sponsor Southern Fried Agile

SoftEd is delighted to be a gold sponsor at the Southern Fried Agile Conference in Charlotte on 30 November 2017. The Southern Fried Agile Conference brings together analysts, developers, executives, ScrumMasters, coaches, and delivery teams for a day of learning and networking.   
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

Having been in the business of helping organisations upskill their teams for many a year, I've seen my share of trainers, good and not so good. And I've been lucky enough to work with some exceptional trainers, who seem to have the knack to both lift the competence and simultaneously inspire their…
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The Darker Side of Agile adoption

Most organisations I have come across that are attempting to adopt Agile are generally looking for improvement.   That improvement could be in the way that they deliver, how quickly they deliver, improving on existing processes, or providing a way which will help staff feel motivated about what they…
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Be careful what you say – you might just get it

"Agile without automation is just waterfall. " This was a statement made to me in an online chat discussion a few years ago, that had me challenging what that might mean and the implications it might have.  Agile as an umbrella label is made up of different approaches to working such as Scrum…
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Notes on story walls – longer term planning

I have been writing about story walls and how agile teams might use them to manage their work. But some agile teams feel rushed because although they can see what needs doing today, they don’t know what is coming next. So in this article, I will extend the idea of using a story wall to look into the…
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Business Analysis: Turning gloop into concrete

Business analysis is often seen as a technical skill. The business analyst builds process and data models, writes precise requirements, makes requirements traceable, estimates the effort involved, and so on. These are what we refer to as hard skills. But a business analyst has another set…
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