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Focus

I suspect most of us working in IT today use agile methodologies such as Kanban, Scrum and Safe. We also strive to keep up to date with the latest developments in languages, libraries, patterns, architectures etc. All of this is with the intent of improving the delivery speed, quality, efficiency, maintainability and the cost effectiveness of the systems we build - oh, and whilst improving our CVs at the same time. Care though is needed to ensure we don’t get distracted by these tools from delivering the solutions they were employed for. This often isn’t through any specific fault with the methods and tools themselves but how we set about using them.  There can often be a blinkered tendency to maniacally focus on the tools and methods themselves and in doing so fail to deliver most effectively on actual requirements and customer needs. If all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail. Worse still, the job can become about servicing the tools used to do the work rather than