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How do we get our people back into the office?

After so long in lock-down, many companies are slowly going back to normal, and management teams are beginning to encourage their employees to return to their offices. But will they want to? Will employees try to hold on to working from home? There is a lot to say in favour of working at home: avoiding traffic jams, productivity and a better work-life balance. And are these advantages more important than face-to-face conversations? We've made an enormous transition: working from home, online meetings, digital signatures and approvals at a distance, in a couple of weeks it all became [...]

Ten Questions that will help you choosing between Agile and Waterfall

How did you decide between Agile and Waterfall in your latest project? Did you choose Waterfall, simply because you are used to it? Or did you pick Scrum because your management told you that all projects must be Agile as of now? This blog will provide you with ten simple questions that will allow you to make an objective decision between Agile, Waterfall or Change driven projects. The answers will also help you explain your choice to your management. Because you started reading this article, I will simply assume that you, at times, hesitate between Agile and Waterfall. Let me [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

It’s the season

This blog is two weeks out of date now, but I have recently suffered a bereavement in the family and parts of my life got put on the back burner to make way for other things. However, I hope you still find it relevant and interesting. I have a friend who doesn’t say much but when he does, it’s straight to the point. It’s caring, considered and altogether brief. But it is also perfect. Not a word too many or too few, each with a precise purpose and meaning. He can say more with ten words than many say with [...]