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Month: August 2018

This Week’s Video To Watch: Splitting User Stories

Agile Development

This week’s video to watch, “Splitting User Stories,” is provided by Mark Shead and will take less than 9 minutes of your time to watch. Mark compares how developers think to how users think and building physical things like houses and cakes to building software. This video is one of the easiest to understand explanations of how to successfully splitting user stories that I’ve ever seen – by far!

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Beware of lonely numbers

Cupcake with a one-shaped candle

This week I’ve been listening to the highly recommended book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think  written by Swedish legend, Hans Rosling. “Factfulness” really challenges us to revisit our assumptions about binary constructs like “us vs. them” or “developed world vs. developing world.” Most of us in the “western world” still think in terms of the “haves vs. the have nots” but Rosling shows us how old that thinking really is and why we should be moving to a model of thinking in a spectrum. The book is really eye opening and, so far, there’s one piece of advice that I feel is especially critical for us all to adopt.

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This Week’s Video to Watch: You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems

Tapiwa Chiwewe TED Talk

In this short TED talk (8:37), Tapiwa Chiwewe shares a very important lesson we all need to take to heart if we’re to work towards a better future: “Even if you’re not an expert in a particular domain, your outside expertise may hold the key to solving big problems within that domain. Sometimes, the unique perspective you have can result in unconventional thinking that can move the needle, but you need to be bold enough to try.” It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to learn about the issue, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can’t offer ideas.

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