A retrospective is a meeting where the team stop working and take a step back to review how well they are working and what they can do to improve. It is generally done every sprint (or every two weeks if there is no sprinting going on). The theory is easy – the team share their […]Read More Do you get value from your retrospective?
I spend a lot of my time training people in areas such as agile project delivery, business and product innovation and business analysis. Allegedly I spend around 50% of my time running training sessions, while I also spend time consulting or providing “transition management” to help an organisation through change.But against all expectation I have been seeing […]Read More I thought training was easy – what is going on here?
Apparently office politics is a horrible thing that other people do. But many of the emerging IT leaders I speak to get told they need to be better at “soft skills” and “influencing at a senior level”. What this often means is get good a politics. Sadly a lot of office politics seems to involve […]Read More The dark art of office politics for IT leaders (part one – why is it stressful?)
I am starting a bunch of small projects at the moment and people are rushing to help define the solutions. That is great but I am (as always) nervous that we are providing solutions before we really understand what we want to solve. I like to define the problem (or vision) and then a rough […]Read More Focusing questions and project charters are great, but where do you start?
I stumbled on a letter from Mark Twain where he comments on “the interview”: Inteviews are pure twaddle Controversially, he claimed that interviews are appalling and should be completely abolished … which would seem to be a strong position for a business analyst to take these days. But then Mark Twain was around at the beginning of […]Read More Famous BAs in history: Mark Twain on interviews
Many great ideas fall on deaf ears. So organisations bring in project managers to make sure we implement good ideas properly. Good project managers define and clarify the idea, break the idea into features and then deploy the features into production. But quite often, people just don’t make use of the shiny new features they […]Read More Would you hire a project manager to plant a tree?
If you have been reading my blog, you have probably heard just about all you want to hear about logic for a while. But I suffer from the opposite problem – Logic-o-philia (not a real word). But a comment on a recent article reminded me that I can be completely logical, and still not get […]Read More It may be logical, but does it make sense?