March 10, 2015
When to press the Emergency Stop Button

Agile and Lean wisdom teaches us that hitting the stop button is something best avoided. Seymour Cray’s 1964 supercomputer had an Emergency Stop button on the operator’s console. It’s at 5 o’clock to the right-hand ‘bug’s eye’. The CDC 6600 ran silicon transistors rather than the high voltage and high temperature valves of earlier computers, […]

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October 18, 2013
Customers are always right, but shouldn't be made to pay a price of "being right"

What the customer asks you to do, is not necessarily what they want you to do We all know the expression “the customer is always right”, well in many environments I’ve worked in that maxim is followed so strictly it becomes “do exactly what the customer tells you, and dont question it”. I thought about this recently, when a […]

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September 4, 2013
C# Language Specification 5.0 Installed with Visual Studio 2012

The Definitive C# Document The C# language specification document has always been an excellent (and free) resource, useful for learning the language and supporting it. It’s well-written with clear examples and includes some of the background to the various syntax and keywords. It’s also Visual Studio 2012 If you have installed a paid-for edition of […]

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The Future of Agile Leadership

Introduction The future of leadership is Agile There are many different types of leadership styles and not all work well in every situation. The most popular method, the "Command and Control" style which has been…

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) at HSBC

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) emerged as a consequence of asking leaders and managers across HSBC how they wanted to improve their agile leadership. Our proposed solution hit a sweet spot because we were 100%…

What does focussing on culture mean to XYZ Consulting?

We have some mid-tier consultants in at the moment who are "focussing on culture." Since we don't separate culture from delivering value to customers, I asked what that meant in practice. Apparently: "A generic scheme…

Visualising Progress using the Stand-up Game

We had a (brief) discussion about tracking progress as a team. I reacted against Jira because a) I dislike the user interface as it's a collaboration killer, and b) we aren't a software development or…
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