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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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…