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The Dangerous Agile Expertise Level

Do you plan on running Agile Projects in your organization? Then make sure to do it the right way. Quickly taking a Scrum Master course, and still running Agile projects with a Waterfall attitude, is the route to failure. Setting up Agile projects in a Waterfall environment requires a shift in attitude of the team and a different management style. If you get this right, it’s absolutely possible to run Agile and Waterfall projects in parallel. I have come to learn that there are three levels of expertise. Two types of experts are harmless. The third expertise level is dangerous. [...]

2019-03-03T12:45:31+00:002 Comments

How organizations can succeed the race to data skills

The current hype with big data, analytics and artificial intelligence makes hiring and retaining top talents a very hard challenge. The main reasons are the complex blend of hard and soft skills required at a time when the sector is in full expansion. Over the past few years, I have been setting up and  enhancing teams in the digital domain and along the way, I have developed some some strategies that I believe can help organizations in hiring and retaining good data talent. Here are just a few: Identify in-house talent pools Many organisations do not easily recognize that data-savvy employees can also be found in unexpected talent pools.  One needs to [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:15+00:000 Comments

7 techniques to lower your Distrans level

A low Distrans means that you are more closely connected to the Core Products and Values of your company. This article gives a few practical tips on how you can lower your Distrans and become more valuable for your organization. Distrans is the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Values. The rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative cost to the organization, and the lesser your added value. The trick is therefore to have the lowest possible Distrans for the job you are doing. Don’t get me [...]

2019-02-17T06:59:04+00:001 Comment

Mum’s notebook

Five years ago, my mother and I gave each other exactly the same present for Christmas; a paperback copy of ‘Think Like Da Vinci’ by Michael J. Gelb, both of us thinking that it was perfect for the other.  The only difference from me was that my mother followed some of the exercises the author suggested and purchased a little notebook to capture her findings in; when she died it came to me. On the first page, she tackled some big questions, putting down in writing events and thoughts that had shaped who she was and how she lived her [...]

2019-02-12T20:17:00+00:000 Comments

Are you disconnected from your Core Product? Test your Distrans!

How much are you connected with the Core Product or Core Values in your company? Check your Distrans (the distance between yourself and the Core Product) with a few straightforward questions. In my previous blog I spoke about Distrans: the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Value. The resource can be someone who works closer to the Core Product. It can also be non-human, e.g. an email you wrote to get information on an issue with the Product. The (informal) rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative [...]

2019-02-03T11:05:57+00:003 Comments