Not everything in coaching is based on complex psychology and systems thinking. Sometimes you just want want a quick way to make a group decision, assess data or gather people’s reactions to an idea. One of the quickest ways to assess an idea is to ask for a show of hands. I leaned this one […]Read More Thumb based voting
I recently gave a presentation on agile governance at a Gartner conference in Australia. A couple of people asked for a copy of my slides – but they don’t make a lot of sense without some explanation, so I created a short video of the presentation: The original scrappy version is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLf1RFwQpFc&feature=youtu.be A cleaned-up, […]Read More A rough and ready presentation on agile governance
I have been doing some business analyst training recently and I spoke about a “trade-off matrix” a couple of times. A couple of people have asked for a good link to explain what one is and why they are so cool. So I looked on the web and couldn’t find anything decent enough to send […]Read More The humble trade-off matrix
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 running an “advanced BA course” next week and as part of the course we will be exploring the concept of strategy from a business analysts point of view. One of the trainers I work with (Shane) recommended we provide the participants with a book called “Stand Back and Deliver” by Pollyanna Pixton, Niel […]Read More Stealing ideas from Stand Back and Deliver
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?
This blog is normally a collection of my own thoughts rather than a source for links to other people’s thinking. But it seems a lot of companies are now deliberately asking others to do their thinking for them, so it seems fair enough for me to do the same. Here is an interesting link to […]Read More The one thing you can’t outsource is innovation – or is it?