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Disengage autopilot

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 tarred superhighways in our brain.…

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A new start

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 path. Lose the pomp and…

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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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Always take the stairs

We get lost in our technology. It becomes easier to do things so we believe that the easier path is better. Progress leads us into a future full of exciting possibilities as well as stupendous inanities. The shiny glint of chrome, glass and plastic distracts and attracts us away from long-known truths about what really matters. A distracted mind is…

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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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