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Cross-functional + Poly-skilled = Grooving!

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Agile FAQ

One of the main tenets of agile is working in cross-functional teams. This means that individuals in the team each have their own functional expertise,together working towards a combined goal. Having different functions working together increases the chances of creating a great solution; one team member will be able to highlight issues that the others didn’t think about. A person’s…

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The light and dark of confidence

Confidence is powerful. It’s a sign to others that you know what you doing, that you know the answer, that others should listen and take note. We tend to gravitate towards confidence; we want to be close to what we perceive as strength. What’s interesting about confidence is that it is separate from ability. Confidence is a belief in abilities,…

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Every step you take

A friend recently pointed out a simple but profound truth – “you cannot do step 19 without doing step 1”. It seems a bit of a “like, ‘duh’” statement, but there’s more power in it than you may realise. Self-improvement is a journey, not a destination. We often imagine this perfect state where we’re able to run a marathon under…

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Trust in your team

Trusting that your team is capable is beneficial for everyone. Your team feels empowered and takes responsibility for getting stuff done. You can focus on the work you need to do, knowing that others are doing the same. It’s not easy though, especially if you’re used to micro-managing. You have to let go of the need to control everything. But…

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Cultural Tourism

There are many ways you can experience a place when travelling. One usually starts with sightseeing – get a guide book and work your way through the unique sights of the place. Be inspired by the uniqueness of the natural visual beauty that only exists in that specific part of the world. Marvel at the man-made buildings, structures and edifices…

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New eyes

Perspective is an interesting thing. If you’re looking at the same things, the same landscape, the same city, it’s difficult to see it differently. You develop habits. But put yourself in a different environment and it suddenly gets easier. Change the people and the language and it’s almost like rebooting yourself. There are no familiar routes, no landmarks that make…

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Agile FAQ: How do we respond to business demand if we have to allocate people 100%?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Agile FAQ

When the business keep piling on projects for the IT team, what generally happens is people are then split between multiple projects, with project managers generally being divided the most. The thinking is that a person can split themselves between multiple projects easily and that somehow they will manage to get all the projects done at the same time. The…

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Agile FAQ: Is it true there’s no governance in agile?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Agile FAQ

This is one of the first questions that is asked by any enterprise that wants to implent agile. The reason it’s usually asked is because of the agile tenet of “Working software over comprehensive documentation” and the assumption by most people that this means ‘no’ documentation. But putting the documentation issue aside (I’ll get to that in another FAQ), the…

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The end of humanism

It was a turning point in history when humans started valuing rational thought and critical thinking above superstition and dogma. People started believing in their own abilities and agency and stopped believing that everything was controlled by a higher power. They started believing in human progress and freedom. Science became the new religion and the ‘God is dead’ mantra came…

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