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Agile as culture change

Build the habits, then the habits build you

Mark Collins

Products, Data, Agile

September 02, 2019

Agile has its pros and cons. One key advantage is how agile can shift culture.

Back in my days as a management consultant, I recall hearing -- culture eats strategy for breakfast. I think this is valid in many cases, including software delivery. That is, culture is a more significant factor in your success than any framework or . . .

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Extrapolating vs Imagining

A lesson from Bill Gates and the movie Blade Runner

Mark Collins

Products, Data, Agile

August 26, 2019

When we see new technology, we let our imaginations go wild. To quote Bill Gates "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."

We tend to make predictions by extrapolating what we see . . .

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You're good when you can recover from mistakes

A lesson from landing a jet on an aircraft carrier

Mark Collins

Products, Data, Agile

August 20, 2019

I can't remember where I read this, but it's a good lesson on making mistakes.

Landing a jet on an aircraft carrier is tough. It's a moving target; there are crosswinds — undershoot and crash into the carrier, overshoot and go off the edge.

Trainee pilots complete their initiallandings with an instructor, who is . . .

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Roads and Buildings

Technology and decisions in terms of road and buildings

Mark Collins

Products, Data, Agile

August 12, 2019

Sometimes I like to think of technology in terms of roads and buildings.

Roads start quite simply, just a dirt track, with minimum effort. Buildings set up around roads and take more time to set up.

The difference? Roads get locked in, you can upgrade and improve a road, but a seldom moved or widened. Houses seem hard to . . .

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