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Better ROI from Software Development

Better ROI from Software Development

Author: Red Folder Consultancy Ltd

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark
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In episode 83, I had a long chat with Trevor Ewen about how he provides software service to non-technical clients. If you've not listened to it, it was an excellent interview full of wonderful insights. So much so that I want to pull a number of topics from that podcast and look at them in more depth. In this episode, I want to look at the SLA ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/84 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
In this episode I talk to Trevor Ewen about providing software solutions to the non-technical buyer. Trevor shares with us his experience on who a non-technical buyer is, why he enjoys working with them, how they differ from the technical buyer, along with advice on how to get the best out of the relationship. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/83 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
This episode is based on LinkedIn poll which asked the question: "Will you be judging jobseekers on whether or not they were furloughed during the pandemic?" I talk about my own response to the question and explore reasons why a "yes" response may be provided. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/82 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
Completing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I wanted to talk about the dangers of misunderstanding Scrum. Scrum is deceptively simple to understand - but difficult to implement.  It can be too easy to misunderstand or mis-implement Scrum; only to be left wondering why it is so recommended. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/81 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at stopping a sprint. Should you ever stop a sprint?  And if you do, under what circumstances? ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/80 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at Problems. We commonly struggle to raise and discuss Problems in our Organisations; but in this episode, I talk about how Scrum drags those problems into the light and actively encourages us to resolved them. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/79 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I take a look at the potential warning flag of the team asking for more. While the team asking for more maybe a good thing, it can also be a sign of a problem in the team - and maybe in the management team. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/78 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap
#77: Scrum - Conflict

#77: Scrum - Conflict

2021-03-1008:10

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at conflict. We commonly have negative contentions about conflict; but in this episode, I talk about why healthy conflict is so important for our teams to produce the best work. ----- Find this episodes show notes at: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/77 Have an idea for an episode topic, or want to see what is coming up: https://red-folder.com/podcasts/roadmap  
Over the last few episodes, I've been talking about Scrum, an agile framework. In this episode, I want to talk about the Definition of Done. The Definition of Done comes from the Increment description - the Increment being one of the Artifacts produced by Scrum. The Definition of Done is a way of coordinating the team and the entire organisation on what completed work looks like.
Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at some of the common problems I see with its adoption. I discuss problems with transitioning the traditional Project Manager and Business Analysis role into Scrum, and dangers of using pick 'n' mix Scrum.
Following on from last week's primer of the Scrum, I take a look at some of the theories and values behind the Agile Framework.
#73: Scrum - A primer

#73: Scrum - A primer

2021-02-1014:42

In this episode I introduce Scrum - an Agile Framework popular within Software Development. This episode serves as a primer for future episodes - in which I will dig deeper.
Is a bonus the best form of employee motivation? In this podcast I talk about the dangers of a bonus culture and how to think about it differently.
In this week's episode I talk about meetings as they relate to Software Development - I introduce you to the good, the bad and the ugly.
In this episode I ask if we are making enough time for focused work. Focused work is critical to us to allow us to solve problems and do the most valuable work. Do we need to think about the time we are providing for ourselves, our teams, and our organisations?
In this episode I talk about the similarities between our New Year resolutions and major business initiatives; why we set them, why they are attractive and why they often fail.
#68: 2021 Predictions

#68: 2021 Predictions

2021-01-0619:21

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.  In this episode I share my predictions for the year ahead. With Covid-19 doing more to drive technical disruption last year than any of the leadership team, I expect the trend to continue. Listen to hear my predication on becoming more people centric, more security, IR35 disruption, cloud, and Microsoft Blazor.
Today's marketing is full of the promise of miracle cures for our problems. Full of "Do this one thing to achieve amazing results". Full of Silver Bullets. In this episode, I talk about why there are no Silver Bullets in Software Development. Please note; I'll be taking some time off over the Christmas and New Year period.  Listen out for my next episode the second week of January.  Stay safe, Mark
In this episode, I talk about a recent software project and how I've used many of the processes I have introduced in prior podcasts. I talk about how I applied them. And how they fit together to allow me to develop software with confidence - minimizing risk and maximizing the ability to adapt.
Having your team working at 100% utilisation is a good thing for ROI, right? Software Developers are expensive, surely maximizing their available time is the best way to achieve ROI? In this episode, I discuss why maximizing time is not as important as value to the end customer - and that focus on 100% utilisation is bad for ROI.
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