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Oct

12

2019
OXAgile 2019 Takeaways

OXAgile 2019 Takeaways

A few of my main takeaways from this year’s OXAgile conference in Oxford, England.  The annual conference is hosted by Elsevier, in their Tech HQ there. Soft Skills – Culture and Psychology The predominant theme of the day was on...

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Oct

07

2019
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

‘Tidying Up’ is a Netflix Original reality show hosted by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, first released January 2019.  The method requires that you go through 5 categories of things.  For each category, gather everything into one place, and...

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Sep

21

2019
Are you a Story Point Expert?

Are you a Story Point Expert?

A Scale of Expertise for Story Points I’m currently working on a presentation that is ostensibly about the Dunning Kruger (DK) effect (note: I’ve linked to the Wiki, but the meme “stupid people don’t know how stupid they really are”...

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Aug

01

2019
We Are Experiencing Unusual Call Volumes

We Are Experiencing Unusual Call Volumes

This (seemingly standard) IVR message particularly irks me. Queues arise out of mismatches between supply and demand. Sometimes these mismatches are temporary, with the queue acting as a buffer to smooth a variable demand. In other places, however, the mismatches...

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Apr

23

2019
Why I Love Waterfall Software Development.

Why I Love Waterfall Software Development.

‘Everyone’ knows that ‘Waterfall’ Software Development was heralded in by the seminal 1970 paper “Managing the Development of Large Software Systems“ by Dr. Winston W.Royce Everyone knows this…except that what he actually invented might just have been Specification Driven Development...

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Feb

15

2019
Super Heroes Needed

Super Heroes Needed

Dr BJ Fogg has come up with a new and wonderfully simple change model. The Fogg Behavior Model is one that coaches, clients, and organizations would benefit from paying attention to. It is a blindingly simple model with two axis...

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Jun

30

2015
‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ Problem Solving

‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ Problem Solving

I was recently reminded that often the simplest techniques are often the most powerful.  I was facilitating a problem-solving session which began to get into trouble when the group began to have trouble choosing between many different options.  My simple technique...

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