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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.

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…