A brief introduction to this commonly used strategic leadership term.   “The only constant in the strategic environment is the continuous acceleration of change…” - Stephan Schambach*     What is VUCA?  VUCA is an acronym frequently used within the realm of Strategic Leadership, especially within…
Why we are continually blindsided by emerging tech.   “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. ” — Albert A. Bartlett  The phenomenon of exponentially accelerating technology is a relatively recent event in history, yet it is now a major…
Whatever it is you are working on, it is almost certainly made up of many, sometimes very many, pieces. Each of the pieces interacts with other pieces to achieve some valuable result. This means that there is a need to organise all the pieces so that you and your colleagues can work on relevant…
Posted by Andy Cooper  You may think you have very little influence on the improvement of your organisation. But there is enough evidence in the books I read last year to show that inspiring positive action can really make a difference, no matter how large the organisation is. In some cases, you…
The world has changed. Instant digital transformations have occurred to almost every industry, business, and government. No one had a choice in 2020. Thank goodness we were ready. We had the tools and the techniques and we had the mindset. People were already prepared to be working online. We'd…
Posted by Andy Cooper  Leading a team is one of life's great privileges and one of its hardest challenges, and figuring out how to be a better leader is a life-long journey. I read some great books in 2020 including some about how you can be a better individual. Here are the ones that have helped…
Posted by Andy Cooper  2020 was a year of significant change, and for me, of great learning. This year I've resolved to share what I learn, starting with some of my favourite books from 2020. If there was ever a year that I needed to discover that what got me to here will not get me there, 2020 was…
Leaders have always been thought of as a kind of superhero, ready to leap into action and save the day whenever danger strikes. They're strong, bold, confident, fearless, and they have all the answers to all the tough questions. These types of leaders served us well in the past when change and…
The 2020 Digital Summit that took place last month, brought together thought leaders from all over Australia to share their insights and experience in transforming government services at every level. As part of the virtual event, SoftEd's Craig Smith and Agile Lead at the Digital Transformation…
When Joshua Kerievsky first launched Modern Agile as a simpler and more streamlined approach to agile, he was asked whether it was a framework or a methodology. He simply replied that it was “a sticker”.   I imagine a lot of thought had gone into ‘modernising agile’ and breaking it down into four…
We all know that testing is essential for making sure that you are developing high-quality products, and we also know that automating some of those tests can save you time and money. But when you start automating your tests, how do you choose what tools to use? You might pick tool X because someone…
Testing is like the dark arts. It hides in the shadows of projects probing silently, mocked openly and looked down with disdain by those who think they know better. But do they?   Testing was seen like this even by testing consultancies as they espoused the rhetoric that testing is simplistic…


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