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!
My latest track is inspired by a book I recently read – The War of Art. Even though I don’t think it’s the best book I’ve read, the sentiment resonated with me, especially since I’ve made my goal for this year to write as many songs as possible. Enjoy!
Happy Friday all! To celebrate the freedom that is the weekend, here’s a song to stick it to the man. And the lyrics: Chained to my cubicle. Handcuffed to the screen. orders sent through email keep it clean, the machine. Clock ticks, time slows There’s a break coming soon. Bell goes, chains off, March to the … Read moreCog in the Machine
Here’s the next track for all you out there. Hope you like it, and as usual, I’d appreciate feedback. UPDATE: Apologies for the broken link. I’ve now updated it so it should work.
Here’s my latest track and the first for 2016. It’s a song written in reaction to the suicide of my friend, Eirin Lankwarden. I got to know Eirin through a mutual friend and he was helping me learn about trading. It was a huge shock to hear that he’d taken his own life as he seemed … Read moreBehind Closed Doors
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 … Read moreCan you teach the right attitude?
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 … Read moreWho’s story is it anyway?