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Frowned upon

Working from a coffee shop is a great way to observe people, their actions and interactions. I look around at other people working on their laptop and what I notice is how many people frown while working. The furrowed-brow look. There’s the pensive frown by the aspiring writer while she tries to place the lead character’s sequence of events into…

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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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Who’s story is it anyway?

No, it’s not yours. No matter what you may think, the story just isn’t yours. You may have a hand in it, you may even pick it up off the backlog and start working on it, but really, it belongs to the team. As a Business Analyst on an Agile project (or indeed, on any project), it’s your responsibility to…

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Life Skills #2549

Life Skills #2549 Don’t stop and congregate at the top or bottom of stairs or escalators. If you don’t know which way to turn, just move out of the way. The people behind you will be grateful.

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