Whatever IT role you have, you need to continuously adapt to the changing needs of the market. So, in this post we share the latest articles that our consultants have found valuable this month.
Jasmin Wilkins, Principal Consultant
"To make the best decisions and achieve the optimal results there needs to be healthy discussion and disagreement". This article may help you to express a point of view rather than tell people what they want to hear: Tell me how you're going to disagree with me.
Fiona Blunsdon, Analyst
Fiona is currently consulting as a business analyst on a mix of project and BAU work in the education sector; she shared these recent articles that she found useful:
- User stories and mapping - Story Mapping is a visual way of showing user stories to better understand the requirements for a system
- A new metaphor for business analysis - Moving from a bridge metaphor to a GPS metaphor to navigate from current to desired state
- Best practices for business analysts working on BI projects
Carl Weller, Principal Consultant
"These articles cover what I think is the hottest topic - how organisations can meet the challenges of the digital economy through leading people in a different way. The mechanistic paradigm of the 20th Century has reached its limits"
- How to make the whole organization agile - Steve Denning
- A roadmap to building your team of teams - how US Task Forces in Iraq shifted to a decentralized, interconnected entity whose distributed teams could move with the fluidity of a network while retaining the focus and stability of a bureaucracy
- USSOCOM commander’s reading list 2017 - in case you think the military reference to new ways of working is a fluke, here's the reading list for US special operations leaders - it's all about complexity and doing things differently
Bill Ross, Principal Consultant
"This two part InfoQ article looks beyond the hype of microservices architecture, and emphasises the perennial importance of understanding complexity through modularity - no matter what the technology..."
Kirsten Eriksen, Senior Consultant
"As a result of my current consulting work I've been thinking about the concept and stigma of 'failure', and would like to share this HBR article about intelligent failure, and how we can use this to our advantage" - Failing by design.