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Stretch yourself

Today I attended our annual chess tournament in Orange Grove hosted by one of my wonderful friends. It reminded me how important it is to do different things with your mind. I hadn’t played chess since the last annual chess tournament and my game was seriously rusty. But after a few games, I really started getting into the swing of…

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Trying to avoid distraction

 It’s seems that I have many many things to do. I also don’t seem to be able to choose which of these many things is the most important. I start with something which I deem to be the most important, but within a few minutes and a few notifications from my phone later, I realise I’ve moved onto a completely…

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Having license doesn’t mean you should do it!

There’s a song called Unconditionally by Katy Perry. The accents of the syllables are incorrectly placed – Katy sings “uncondiSHUNally”. You may argue that it doesn’t make much difference and that musicians have artistic licence. I would argue that, generally, a singer is trying to get a message across with their lyrics and that they should try to be as…

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Let’s get our priorities straight

It’s important to prioritise. Yes, you’ve heard that before and you’ve probably heard it often. It seems like such an obvious point, and it is, but it’s often really hard advice to follow. Every minute of the day there are hundreds of things vying for our attention, all calling to be handled and dealt with NOW, all wanting immediate gratification.…

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Agile @ Scale In 7 Easy Steps

Ok, the title is a bit of a lie, but I had to get your attention somehow. (With attention spans what they are today, you need all the cheap tricks you can get to keep ’em reading.) Scaling agile isn’t easy and there aren’t really 7 steps, but there are a few techniques, mindsets and practices that can certainly help.…

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User Story Review Speed Dating Style!

If you find yourself on a large agile transformation programme, one of the issues you’ll probably struggle with is ensuring good quality User Stories across many feature teams. This can be especially difficult if you have limited coaches and aren’t able to spend enough dedicated time with each team, let alone each BA. You will probably try many of the standard approaches…

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Can you teach the right attitude?

Is it possible to teach someone how to have to right attitude? As a consultant working for a company that both delivers software and trains others on how to develop software properly, I’m always searching for the best training and communication techniques. These techniques usually revolve around helping agile novice BAs understand the Agile Way – scoping requirements, writing stories…

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Back to my future

Today I started my engine to travel along a new path. My passion for building software that solves problems was too strong to ignore and so today I join ThoughWorks to continue my quest to help the world by building better software. I’ve long been an advocate of Agile development practices, using it to improve the software development practices at…

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