Do Soft Skills Really Matter in IT?

IT is viewed by many people as being something technical. They have a vision of managers with lot's of plans, documents and spreadsheets, and nerds that are sitting behind their computer doing the "real work". It may be out there, but I don't see it that often. What I see are people working together to deliver software solutions that work, which help their customers in their daily work, and deliver business value to the company. Communication and collaboration are essential to make people and teams successful. So for me, soft skills really matter in IT!

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En wat als het nou fout gaat?

Is het wel zo erg als er een keer iets fout gaat? Als het fout kan gaan, laat dat dan maar zo snel mogelijk gebeuren, want dan kun je er van leren. Creëer een cultuur waarin falen mag, samen op weg naar minder fouten!

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Have a Toolbox of Retrospective Techniques

Having a "toolbox" of retrospectives helps you as a retrospective facilitator to deliver value to a team. You can plan a retrospective meeting, and think about the technique that you want to use, but be open to change it on the spot when needed.

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Veranderen vanuit je sterktes: Da’s anders!

Na een evaluatie of audit weten we wat onze zwakke punten zijn. "Die moeten we gaan veranderen" is de aanpak die dan vaak gevolgd wordt. Herkenbaar voor velen, maar we zien ook dat het niet altijd werkt. Kan dat niet anders? Ja, door te veranderen vanuit je sterktes. Een techniek die daarbij helpt is "Oplossingsgericht Werken".

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What drives Quality: Testing

The serie on “What Drives Quality” continues. Previously covering Requirements Quality, Architecture and Design Quality and Coding Quality, this post covers Testing. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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Getting business value out of Agile Retrospectives

Agile retrospectives are a great way to continuously improve your way of working. Getting actions out of a retrospective that are doable, and getting them done helps teams to learn and improve. An overview of things that you can use to get value out of your retrospectives.

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What drives Quality: Review and Inspection

The 5th posting on on “What Drives Quality” covers review and inspection. Previously covering Requirements Quality, Architecture and Design Quality, and Coding Quality. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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What Drives Quality: Coding

This is already the 4th posting on “What Drives Quality”, focusing on coding. Previous posting covered the factors that drive requirements quality and that drive architecture and design quality. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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What Drives Quality: Architecture and Design

This third posting on “What Drives Quality” investigates factors that drive the quality of the architecture and design. A previous posting covered the factors that drive requirements quality. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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