We often close ourselves off behind our big fences, not wanting to disturb the order and structure that we’ve put in place by having to deal with the messiness of other people’s lives.
If you want to get better at something, you need to practise. You don’t magically become a superstar pianist, dancer, writer, coach. You might be born with a modicum of talent, but it’s the hours of callous-developing work that gives you the edge.
We do a lot of things on autopilot and that can be good. It’s an evolutionary mechanism we have that allows us to learn quickly and to form habits. Doing something a few times cause our synapses to fire in certain sequences, causing pathways once non existent to become first rough dirt tracks and then … Read moreDisengage autopilot
A new start doesn’t have to be punctuated by a grand moment. It doesn’t need an auspicious event to announce itself. It needn’t ride heroically on the back of a massive tragedy or a huge failure. It can just start. With you. With a choice that you make now and simply start walking the new … Read moreA new start
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 … Read moreStretch yourself
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 … Read moreTrying to avoid distraction
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 … Read moreHaving license doesn’t mean you should do it!
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 … Read moreLet’s get our priorities straight
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 … Read moreAgile @ Scale In 7 Easy Steps
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 … Read moreUser Story Review Speed Dating Style!