Random but Interesting Stuff

It is sooooo hot here in Brissy at the moment. Ok its only 29C or 85F but it’s the humidity that kills you here as its nearly 70%

This is Primrose the wonder dog trying to catch some breeze off the ceiling fan in the office where I am working. I think it’s time for a swim.

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10/01/2018 – Up early this morning watching a webinar MoT – ‘Ask me anything’ topic was Coaching by Toby Sinclair , it was brilliant. What impressed me the most was his open honest approach to the discussion which literally held an audience of nearly 400 people from around the world entranced. Let me explain what I mean by open & honest as I am sure everyone would regard say they are that including myself when asked. It’s more in the line with being real with oneself. Understanding your faults, limitations, flaws, past/current failures and being OK with all of that possibly displaying when you talk to people. It comes across as a relaxed personal conversation between two people with that discussion influencing you to ‘come along for the ride’ or ‘take the journey’. I’ve included the link to some information about the webinar.

11/01/2018 – Never thought it was going to be this difficult to blog every day on top of the rest of my life but I am learning things along the way.

05/02/2018 – First day today with a new company and I could not be anymore excited. I met with most of the team during the interview stage and felt very comfortable with them. My ‘Summer of Kim’ has ended but its been amazing if you don’t know what I am referring to look at this Seinfield – Summer of George Ok I did’t work for the Yankees’ but it was 3 months of growth that changed my life. Yes I did read a book lol

27/12/2019 – Working for a different company now but not as a tester. I am a agile business analysis what is that you might say? I gather business requirements &/or needs around pain points or new products/features. I work closely with design and various stakeholders during this process. Then working closely with the development team leads to ensure they’re across the business priorities but I leave the technical implementation to them as they are the experts. I’ve found ‘to many cooks spoil the broth’ as I am not a developer who is also a systems architect I don’t wade in to spoil the broth. I’ve been challenged by some that I should gather technical requirements if we’re using a third party development team but I see myself as an additional degree of separation from the truth. It’s much more successful if I initiate a time-boxed, agenda driven meeting between the two technical leads and document what I can, then share that outwards with both of them verifying the technical requirements are captured correctly. I’ve gained excellent results from applying that rule of thumb and enhanced my knowledge of the systems by being part of those technical meetings. I consider that a win-win situation.

As an agile BA that looks more towards supporting the development team with agile methodologies and guiding the business towards understanding the process if they are unaware. The truth is ‘you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink’ if it doesn’t want to. Without top down support it’s very difficult be it almost impossible to implement agile/scrum processes within a team let alone within the business stakeholders. With the right support from top down within a few weeks a badly performing team can gain cadence quickly and tighten up estimations supporting the business in forecasting deliverable’s. This is essential if your also trying to align delivery with marketing & business strategies.