Should You Run Your Business from a Brick and Mortar Store or Operate Online?

(This is a contributed post) When you set up a small business you have a tough decision on your hands – whether to set up a brick and mortar store or to set up online? Now, there are benefits that come with both, so the final decision will rest solely on your brand and its […]

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Is Your Website As Trustworthy As You Think?

(This is a contributed post from Ali Rand). In more than one ways, a transaction with a business is an act of trust. When a client puts their faith in your services or products, the last thing you want to do is to disappoint them. Consequently, as an entrepreneur, your first priority is to ensure […]

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Downsize Your Office & Boost Productivity

(This is a contributed post) There’s nothing more exciting than expansion as a business. Growth has always been something to strive for in the business world, particularly as growth often equals more profit, more demand and more success for your company. While there was always the illusion that a large and fancy office meant that […]

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It’s not about the tools and processes…

tools and processes

I’ve been reading Quora lately, and despairing. Nearly every question about Agile there is in this format: “What tool is the best for doing {X} in Agile?”. This is disappointing. What happened to the Agile Manifesto? That bit where it says “People and interactions over processes and tools”? People seem to have forgotten the lesson – […]

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Fun Ways You Can Make More Of A Business Event

When it comes to business, you can often be wondering what ways you can make your brand more well known. You might think about social media, and ensuring you advertise your brand as often as possible. You may even think about your logo design and the things you want to do within your business, however, a […]

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Agile Metrics: the Ultimate Guide

agile metrics ultimate guide

This guide has everything you need to know about agile metrics. So if you want to understand all the different metrics you can measure and how to use them, you’re in the right place. It will cover every possible metrics you would possibly want to use, and tell you what they mean, when you should […]

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Software development is a design activity

software dev design activity

Software development is not a manufacturing activity Despite what a lot of people believe, software development is not a manufacturing activity. That is, it is not a process that takes some inputs (money and ideas, people, time, source code, compilers) and then manufactures some outputs (software; APIs, DLLs, database schemas). We have spent too long pretending it […]

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Agile is not just about software

agile not just software delivery

We all know the stories about agile failures. About things like Flaccid Scrum, Cargo Cult Agile, and all the others. We all hear the tales of micromanaging PMP-certificate wielding “scrum-masters”, absentee-landlord product owners, and merciless stakeholders. What’s gone wrong? A few things. But mainly, organisations are signing up to Agile for the wrong reasons, and they’re […]

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Release Your Grip: Are You Holding Your Business Back?

(This is a contributed post) As you spent time growing and expanding your company, it became bigger than you ever expected. This is a great thing, but that small, personal touch that you were able to give to your business before is now going to get lost. As a result, any entrepreneur can feel like […]

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Retros are not continuous improvement

retros are not continuous improvement

Retrospectives are one of the hallowed traditions of Agile software development. They are mentioned specifically as one of the twelve principles in the Agile Manifesto. They are one of only four regular activities prescribed in the Scrum guide. Extreme Programming says you must “fix XP when it breaks” (and talks a bit about retrospectives in that […]

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