Category: The Agile Mind

Proof Agile Doesn’t Work

canstock12611275-proof-blueWhilst recently attending a networking event, I was asked what I do, to which I replied I’m an Agile & Lean consultant.

Being this was not a software development related event, my response was met by blank faces; until one of the group I was speaking to (who I’ll call ‘John’ for the purpose of this post) commented that “agile is a project management methodology used in software development.”

Feeling this was not the time to be pedantic, I agreed that agiles’ roots can be traced back to software development – adding that agility has since become a strategic approach for cutting costs, getting an earlier return on investment and gaining a competitive advantage, widely used across many industries.

John then asked if we could catch up later to talk ‘agile’ as his organisation was considering adopting it.

“Sure” I said, “Let’s do that.”

Agile Programming – for your family

familyFamily; the basic unit of human social relationships – and the one that’s supposed to be the most fulfilling.

But in reality, not all families live up to this expectation – or are as personally rewarding as we’d like them to be.

And in today’s busy, high stress world many people are still struggling to find that elusive ‘work-family’ balance that leads to a more harmonious, happier and fulfilled life.

It’s often said that “You can choose your friends but not your family” - but what if you could create your ideal, loving family that gives you the priceless rewards of happiness, personal and emotional fulfilment?

Well, Bruce Feiler (the author of “Council of Dads,”) has a radical idea for doing just that…

How to Have More Power and Greater Influence at Work

How to have more power an greater influence at work Everyone knows how important it is to have a degree of personal power and influence at work – especially when introducing or undergoing agile transition. Because without power or influence (regardless of whether you want to make small or big changes) you’re likely to go unheard.

So what does it take to have  more personal power at work?

And how do we significantly increase our ability to influence other people – especially if  that’s not something we’ve always been able to achieve in the past?

7 Agile Myths That Could Cost You Your Job & Reputation

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. “

Winston Churchill

The famous writer Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

In other words, what we think we know can sometimes keep us from knowing what we need to know.

Let me demonstrate this by asking you a simple question:

What animal is king of the jungle?

Everyone knows the correct answer is “Lion”, right?

But there’s a fundamental flaw with this answer.

Do you know what it is?

The fundamental flaw is . . .

Lions don’t live in the jungle.

They never have.

Their natural habitat is, and has always been, the savannah and grasslands. And although they might occasionally venture into the bush or forest, most lions have never seen a jungle, let alone been in one.

That’s an example of how what we think we know can prevent us from knowing what we need to know.

So before we take a look at the techniques and strategies that will give you more power & influence in your organisation and greater control over your career, let’s start by first dispelling 7 common Agile myths that could cost you your job and reputation.

How Spotify Makes Millions Using This Unique Approach to Agile

Over the weekend, music streaming service Spotify launched a web browser based beta version of it’s popular Windows and Mac apps

And when it is fully live, it could open Spotify up to another big growth boom from a whole new set of users beyond the 15 million early adopters (4 million of which pay) who currently use its mobile and desktop clients.

So what’s the secret to staying lean, mean and ahead of the competition when you’re a fast growing innovative company with rumoured year end revenues in the region of $500 million and ongoing expansion beyond the 17 countries where the service is currently available?