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Why adopting Scrum is more than a game

Too many people still seem to adopt Scrum by going through the motions, like playing a game of soccer at school because its the team sports lesson. Of course, better results are achieved when players are serious about improving their ball skills and team behaviors. They become invested in the outcome. How do we shift[…]

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How to avoid siloed villages of practice

Communities of Practice are great, right? Whether you call them Guilds, Centres of Excellence, or Special Interest Groups — it is good to create a space for people who share a common discipline to support their joint professional development. But what happens if these sit in isolated pockets? Welcome to the headache of Villages of Practice.

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How to use structured play for business to unblock creativity

If you have wicked problems to solve and you want another way to generate ideas or solve problems — brainstorming gets you part of the way. But have you considered gamestorming (structured play for business) as a way of unblocking your creativity and getting the ball rolling?

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We are all designers now

When the discipline of business analysis first established itself, it was important that it be differentiated from other disciplines. Part of this distinction was that business analysis focuses on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of a solution, rather than the ‘how’ – the latter being the responsibility of solution architects, developers, and the like.

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Adding business value – focus on delivering what our organisations really need

How can we be sure that the projects and activities in which we’re involved actually grow our organisations in the direction they need. The incremental adjustments towards an organisation’s goals are termed business value — and in order to understand this, how we can plan to improve it, and measure that we have — we must first define it.

This article reviews a conversation on business value, and ends with a recommended definition that covers most scenarios.