ReSharper and Loop to LINQ in C#

In class the other day, I was surprised how many of the attendees didn’t realise that ReSharper will suggest converting loop statements to LINQ expressions in Visual Studio where appropriate. Just to demonstrate the point, I’ve created a short video showing…

Agile for Excellence

Our friends at Leiden University opened an Agile for Excellence initiative at their Centre for Innovation in the Hague last December and they seem to be having great success with it. In February they ran their own ‘Leading Scaled Agile Framework’ course and…

Vince Ryan – the Scaling Scrum Guy

Congratulations to our very own Vince Ryan, who has become one of the first people in the UK to be awarded the Scrum Alliance’s new Scaling Scrum qualification. Vince tells, “Many of VDS’s customers are large companies, so helping them with…

SAFe Weekend Training

Can’t afford to take time off work to learn about Scaled Agile? Spend a weekend training with @davidputmanUK LondonApr 25 Certified SAFe Agilist: Leading #SAFe  

Agile Analysis & Story Writing with Dave Putman

David Putman is holding a hands-on Story Writing Workshop in London on Apr 23 – 24. You will gain 14 SEUs for attending. As well as learning just a little bit more about the subject  

Vince and David Have Pole Position in CITJ

Nice to see David & Vince’s article on Agile cargo cults has pole position in the latest issue of the Cutter IT Journal (CITJ) You can read about it here  

Multi-tasking Overwhelms the Control Centre

By Gaynor Bussell The control network, as the name implies, is the area of the brain responsible for controlling people’s ability to align their behaviour with their goals. It is activated when people weigh long-term consequences, check their impulses, and selectively focus their…

The New Black

It seems that everywhere I go nowadays people are boasting of their agility. No, these aren’t sudden bursts of enthusiasm for yoga or gymnastics. We’re talking about agile business and, in particular, agile software development but I’ll just stick to…

Not damn lies, just the statistics

Gaynor Bussell our Workplace Wellbeing Coach at Value Driven Software says: Public Health England have the stats to prove that: Still one in five of adults smoke A third of adults drink more than the recommended levels of alcohol A…

The Rule of 2’s

There has been lots of research on physical activity and sedentary behaviour of late. We’d like to summarise it in some quick rules of thumb: You may go to the gym every day and work out, but it’s no good if you are…

Gaynor and Fad Diets

Our workplace well-being expert , Gaynor, was on BBC radio Coventry and Warwick yesterday at about 10.10 am talking about fad diets.   Here are some of the points about the diets she was talking about:  Nordic diet There has indeed been some…

Culture Drives Performance

Really enjoyed reading the The 2014 State of DevOps Report by Puppet Labs, IT Revolution Press and ThoughtWorks. Some of the key findings for me were: Strong IT performance is a competitive advantage. Firms with high-performing IT organizations were twice as likely to…

Gaynor Bussell quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Good to see our resident Well-Being at Work expert, Gaynor Bussell , being quoted by the Daily Telegraph. The article is about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and Gaynor tells us this is more evidence that there are no…

RallyOn Europe

Really enjoyed the session today at RallyON 2014 Europe Hopefully we got a few more people on the bus.

Tie Your Shoelaces!

At the company meet-up held at “Dougal McGuire’s” Irish pub, Richard, the CTO,challenged Willie, the CEO, to a shoes lace tie off. Perplexed, Willie agreed. The adjudicators Emelie – UX team lead, Henry – Marketing Director and Mike – Tech…

Gaynor Bussell is mentioned in today’s Daily Telegraph

Hats off to our workplace wellbeing coach, Gaynor Bussell, who is quoted in the Daily Telegraph today. Commenting on some new research that claims “Three glasses of milk a day can lead to early death” Gaynor says, “There may be…

What’s Wrong With Multitasking?

With today’s need to get things done and long lists of several jobs that need doing now, we are all pressured into multitasking! We may even think we’re pretty good at it and it makes us more efficient. However, a…

Planetary Requirements

Until 1781, humans had believed there to be only six planets (including Earth) in the solar system. Although many eminent astronomers had previously spotted the planet Uranus, they had always presumed it to be just another star and listed it…

New book

I’ve just seen a new book available: “Application Release and Deployment For Dummies” I’ve always thought that one of the major problems in the industry is dummies doing our releases and deployments

The Agile Mandate

XYZ were a digital agency and over the years had done many software projects for their customers with varying degrees of success. After learning that many companies were having great success with Agile processes and noticing that even the UK…

Nutritional Software

Software development is, in on sense anyway, similar to nutrition. Anyone can declare themselves an expert in the field with no training, qualification or experience. They can also pursue it as a profession, again with no qualification, experience or training.…

The Team’s Nothing Without a Leader

One of our coaches saw this Steve Jobs quote posted on LinkedIn and it prompted quite a discussion: “A small team of A-plus players can run circles around a giant team of B or C players.” As coaches we were…

Rational Prioritisation

Another excellent article on stakeholder value by our mentor, Tom Gilb. Read about the principles of rational prioritisation here Well done, Tom!  

Stupidity Integration Principle

Two of our coaches had a good conversation the other day, which resulted in them coming up with the Stupidity Integration Principle (SIP) The SIP says, “If you have an idea, talk to someone about it as quickly as possible…

Do You Get The Point?

Willy, the CEO, was at his desk feeling very satisfied and confident as he read the monthly IT report. Everything was looking good, the report told him the development teams were really performing well and velocity was up yet again.…

Agile Equation

Had great fun delivering the Certified SAFe Agilist course this weekend. We always enjoy the weekend courses as they attract a high percentage of high-performing, independent IT consultants Anyway, one fun discussion we had ended in us defining the following…

The Coach, the Flower Girl and the Water Babies

Some years back Colin, our intrepid consultant, needed to recruit a coach to help with the transformation at a customer site. On this particular day, he was interviewing what he thought would be an excellent prospect and had booked an…

Does My Dog Do Calculus?

Richard Jones was CTO for a large retail company that relied heavily on e-commerce for most of its turnover. Aged 45, he’d been a software developer once and had risen through the ranks before reaching his current position. The responsibility…

The Death of TDD – Part 1

Several years ago, Colin had the pleasure of working with Mike and his team as they embarked on their Agile journey. As with many teams, they went through stages of what might be termed maturity. First, they learned how to…

Cross-Functional Conundrum Video

All of you fans of our Agile story series will be pleased to hear their is now a YouTube video available of the Cross Functional Conundrum. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in the video contact: Value…

Field of Dreams Marketing

It was 2005, some years after the dotcom boom and a financial software house asked Colin to help with a project they just couldn’t seem to deliver. Colin sat down at the table with the development team and Henry, the…

Missing Stakeholder Value

Willy the CEO slammed down his mobile after another ear bashing from his biggest investor. He took a breath, dialled the newly appointed CTO and explained the situation. “We’re in the last chance saloon, RJ. The board have given us…

The Cross Functional Conundrum

“RJ,” said Willy, the CEO, putting his arm around RJ’s shoulders, “we made you CTO because you said you could deliver. Foofle have launched a cloud product and it looks like we’ll lose our market share to them. We can’t…

Certified SAFe Agilist

Just a quick reminder you have only one week left to claim the early-bird discount for our Certified SAFe Agilist course. The course takes place in London on 19th-20th and because it’s a weekend course, there is no need to take…

The 3 Most Common Project Names?

Reading the Guardian article and associated Wikipedia entry about Project Xanadu reminded me of a conversation I had with some other coaches one time about the most common project names. Watch the youtube video here The most common name for an…

Project Takes 54 years to deliver

According to the Guardian, project Xanadu, originally commenced in 1960 and has had it’s first release. Ted Nelson, the main who coined the term ‘HyperText’ conceived the project and it is seen as a ‘better’ alternative to current web technologies.…

Culture Predicts Performance

A big thanks to our friend Dr David F Rico (@dr_david_f_rico) for pointing us toward the recent Puppet Labs State Of DevOps Report. “in our survey, we were able to measure culture quantitatively, and found it is one of the…

Alternative tube map

  Sometimes its easier to walk from one tube stop to the next than do the journey by tube!  It’s good to walk!  Find out how your company can get healthier with some easy steps by signing up for our…

Final Reminder

Dont’ forget, David Putman, Senior Partner at Value Driven Software, is presenting his webinar on recruitment today, 8th May 2014, at 1600hrs BST The webinar is called “Get The Right People On The Bus” and covers David’s experiences of recruitment…

Get The Right People On The Bus

In conjunction with Arrows Group David Putman, Senior Partner at Value Driven Software, is presenting a webinar on recruitment tomorrow, 8th May 2014, at 1600hrs BST The webinar is called “Get The Right People On The Bus” and covers David’s…

From Legacy to Cutting Edge

Value Driven Software are pleased to invite you all to join us for an evening of technical discussion. The main topic of the evening is heritage modernisation, with a focus on Universe Systems. The invite is here: http://universe-modernisation.splashthat.com/ See you…

Gaynor on Radio Warwickshire

Good to hear our workplace well-being coach, Gaynor Bussell, on Radio Warwickshire this morning. Talking about curly kale, once again our coach is asked to present the science behind the latest health fad. It’s not a ‘super-veg’ but like all…

Gaynor Bussell in Rip-Off Britain

Fantastic to see our Well-Being at Work expert, Gaynor Bussell, used as the voice of reason in BBC’s Rip-Off Britain yesterday morning. Catch it on iPlayer if you didn’t see it live. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03zm2dt/Rip_Off_Britain_Food_Episode_8/  

Agile principles for food service?

It’s well-known that the principles underlining the Agile movement have been around a long time before the IT industry got hold of them.  It is a credit to the principles that they are also used in other industries to define…

Workplace wellbeing; a time to engage

By 2018, 75% of HR directors reckon that employee wellness will be formally measured and reported on, hence making it a necessary business investment.  This was the findings in the The Flux Report by talent management specialist Right Management. In…

A Craft Driven Industry Without the Craftsmanship.

Every company I seem to talk to now resonates the same problem: there is a resource availability bottleneck in that we can’t hire the right people as there is simply a lack of the available skills. A common solution to…

Stragedy! When the feelings gone and you can’t go on…

When your vendor is telling you that you cannot have the infrastructure needed for your first release because it doesn’t fit the overall ‘strategy’ When you’re offered statements like, “of course we can do a ‘tactical’ solution now but this…

Crisis? What crisis?

Interesting to see an article by Scott Ambler in Dr Dobbs where he purports to ‘debunk’ the software crisis by criticising the use of the figures from the Standish Group’s Chaos Report. In the article Scott says his own research…

The Jedward Stage

A prevailing Agile myth is that we don’t do design but as I pointed put in a recent class, design should be continuous throughout development. One of our favourite areas of design occurs between defining the acceptance criteria for a…

Value Driven Software sponsor XP Days 2013

Value Driven Software were proud to sponsor London’s XP Days 2013 at Mary Ward house near Euston on 25/26th November 2013. Two days of experience reports and technical sessions demonstrated the value of using Agile techniques and the learnings of…