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New eyes

Perspective is an interesting thing. If you’re looking at the same things, the same landscape, the same city, it’s difficult to see it differently. You develop habits. But put yourself in a different environment and it suddenly gets easier. Change the people and the language and it’s almost like rebooting yourself. There are no familiar routes, no landmarks that make…

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Agile FAQ: How do we respond to business demand if we have to allocate people 100%?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Agile FAQ

When the business keep piling on projects for the IT team, what generally happens is people are then split between multiple projects, with project managers generally being divided the most. The thinking is that a person can split themselves between multiple projects easily and that somehow they will manage to get all the projects done at the same time. The…

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Agile FAQ: Is it true there’s no governance in agile?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Agile FAQ

This is one of the first questions that is asked by any enterprise that wants to implent agile. The reason it’s usually asked is because of the agile tenet of “Working software over comprehensive documentation” and the assumption by most people that this means ‘no’ documentation. But putting the documentation issue aside (I’ll get to that in another FAQ), the…

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The end of humanism

It was a turning point in history when humans started valuing rational thought and critical thinking above superstition and dogma. People started believing in their own abilities and agency and stopped believing that everything was controlled by a higher power. They started believing in human progress and freedom. Science became the new religion and the ‘God is dead’ mantra came…

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FAQ

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Agile FAQ

I’ve decided to start an agile FAQ section on my blog. It was inspired by a workshop I attended last week where my colleagues raised a plethora of interesting questions. I thought the answers should be shared. Here’s the first one. How do we respond to business demand if we have to allocate people 100%?

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Knowledge

“This is the paradox of historical knowledge. Knowledge that does not change behaviour is useless. But knowledge that changes behaviour quickly loses its relevance.”  Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari This great phrase made me think a lot about what we do and don’t do with knowledge. So often we have the knowledge but we…

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Do we need to die?

What is the reason we still die? Is it just a technical glitch we haven’t figured out how to fix yet? We’re busy solving all the other technical glitches so we should eventually get to this one. Our religions have told us our only reason for living is to get to the glorious hereafter, but if we didn’t have to…

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Zone in to your comforts

You decided to get off the couch and get yourself to gym. But 6 months later you’re still doing the same exercises. You realised you couldn’t eat take-outs all your life and learnt to cook. A year on and you’re still only making the same 3 dishes. You started feeling out-of-date so decided to expand your musical soundscape by hooking…

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