Business Productivity

    Peter Cronin

    Peter is Director of ViAGO International’s Australian operations and a Black Belt in Thinking Presenter. “I am endlessly fascinated by the innovative ways people create real solutions to ‘unbreakable’ business problems thought in the Black Belt in Thinking course.” If you have met Peter you can confirm he is the most excited member of the team. He attributes this to his experience with implementing fast process changes that stick. The secret is applying behavioural psychology to make the new process more reinforcing for users than the old way. Peter has been a part of the team for six year since conducting a ViAGO sponsored research report while completing his Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours at the University of Waikato. Upon graduating he grew an understanding of real world business through interviewing over 150 business owners and managers. ViAGO’s rapid install and focused training approach has given Peter many exceptional deployment and change experiences in a short space of time.
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    How To Make Better, More Robust Decisions

    Posted by Peter Cronin on May 14, 2020 11:45:00 AM

    Most of us are working in a very different environment right now. In our previous article, we looked at why our previous experiences and intuition won’t serve us well in a different environment and introduced a few techniques to help you. In this article, we look at the first technique to help you make better decisions in this new working environment.

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    Why decision-making is harder in new environments

    Posted by Peter Cronin on May 8, 2020 3:00:32 PM

    Our Working from Home series of articles will give you techniques and practical things to think about to help make the decision-making process easier in a different working environment. In this first article, Peter Cronin explains why our previous experience and intuition won’t serve us well in a different working environment, and what to do about it.

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    Agile In Practice: Estimating Tasks

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Mar 24, 2020 2:13:23 PM

    Two sprint planning mistakes that wreak havoc in software development teams

    In an ideal world, your development team gets all their planned work done in a sprint without too much stress or chaos. In the real world, however, things don’t always go that smoothly. Sometimes, the decision has to be made whether the unfinished work will flow over to the next sprint, or whether the team does a few late nights near the end of the sprint to get it done.

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    Three easy-fix issues that are slowing down your software team

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Mar 24, 2020 8:58:07 AM

    Developing a software product or solution is an ongoing challenge. Some of the issues slowing down your software team are complex and require solutions you won’t read in a blog post. However, there are three easy fix issues that are slowing down your software team, that you can start implementing solutions for today!

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    Is Waterfall Project Management Dead

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 30, 2019 9:15:00 AM

    It’s very easy to jump to conclusions and say, “Yes, Waterfall is dead!” But if you take a step back, it’s not so simple.

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    Pace: a new approach to software development

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 27, 2019 3:26:00 PM

    Pace is an approach to software development that has emerged as a solution to the negative side effects of the Agile approach. It’s not a radically, out-of-nowhere, different approach from Agile. Rather, it’s much like the previous 'evolutions' of methodologies in the software engineering industry, where it seeks to address unresolved challenges.

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    Waterfall vs Agile

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 24, 2019 1:22:00 PM

    While Agile has largely replaced Waterfall as the most popular, most used software development approach, that doesn’t mean that Waterfall isn’t, or shouldn’t be, used anymore. Waterfall was originally so popular because it was better than essentially using no project management at all.

    Before the creation of Waterfall, all large projects were executed like heavy infrastructure-based projects – there wasn’t another known way to manage large projects at the time.

    Since the specifications and designs of initial software projects didn’t change very much, this approach worked well. But, as software started to become commercialised, with more software being developed for business, and eventually end-users, the Waterfall approach began to cause issues. Consequently, the Agile software development approach was born.

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    Pros and Cons of Agile

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 20, 2019 9:52:00 AM

    The use of the Agile methodology has rapidly grown in popularity, largely replacing the use of Waterfall in the software industry. The Agile principles stated in the Agile Manifesto favour a more iterative and incremental approach to software development that is more… well, agile, and adaptive than the traditional Waterfall approach. The use of these Agile principles to guide the software development process addresses the issues modern software companies faced when using the Waterfall approach for more commercial and end-user product development. However, Agile does have its own limitations and issues to be aware of.

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    What is the Waterfall Software Development Process

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 16, 2019 4:20:58 PM

    The Waterfall Software Development Process is a linear, sequential approach to the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It is often referred to as the traditional approach, as it was the first established approach to software development. Over the years, Agile has surpassed Waterfall in terms of popularity, however, Waterfall is not dead. Let’s look at some common elements of Waterfall, what it looks like, and the specific stages that make up the core process.

    Under the Waterfall methodology, the software development process is chunked into phases, which can only be completed in chronological order. The output of each phase must be completed and signed off before the next can start, so progress is seen as a flowing downward stream through the line of handovers, like a waterfall. The only way to return to a previous phase is to start over at the beginning of the SDLC. The completion of each phase marks key milestones in the SDLC, and the lead time to completion of the final product can be predicted based on the estimated time to complete the remaining phases.

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    What is Agile Software Development?

    Posted by Peter Cronin on Dec 10, 2019 2:13:44 PM

    Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to software development that has become widely used in the software industry. Although you will have most likely heard people talk about ‘being Agile,’ and ‘doing Agile,’ it’s important to understand that Agile is a framework, a set of principles, rather than an exact method. So, then what is Agile software development?

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    A collection of effective guides on Productivity improvement initiatives and implementation ideas to ensure productivity projects have significant system wide benefits. 

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