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Agile 2015: Call for Speaker Submissions

by Ben Linders on  Dec 18, 2014

The Agile Alliance is inviting people to submit sessions for their annual conference in 2015. The submission system will remain open until February 22, 2015; speakers are encouraged to submit early.

Understanding People to Improve Collaboration in Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 17, 2014

Teams consist of individuals working together. Individuals have their own specific beliefs and perceptions. If you know where a person’s perceptions are coming from, you can better understand why they see things different than you do and behave in a certain way. Being able to understand people helps to find better ways to collaborate and communicate in teams.

Decentralizing Organizations to Deal with Complexity

by Ben Linders on  Dec 16, 2014 4

Niels Pflaeging, founder of the BetaCodex Network, did the opening talk organize for complexity - how to get life back into work on the second day of the Dare Festival Antwerp 2014. He explained how decentralizing organizations is paramount to increase their performance and agility.

Empowered People Control Their Own Career

by Ben Linders on  Dec 15, 2014

Fons Leroy, CEO of VDAB (a public employment service in Belgium), talked about how innovation and co-creation has helped strengthen citizens on the labor market. He explored what VDAB is doing to empower citizens to be in the driver seat of their own career. Organizations can use a similar approach to empower employees and increase organizational agility.

Improving Trust and Wholeness with Temenos

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2014

High performing environments that support agile and lean ways of working need a foundation based on trust, safety and respect. Temenos consists of exercises that can be used to create a safe setting where people can open up, get to know each other, create a shared vision and develop their interaction skills.

Adopting Innovative Ways to Manage Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2014

Organizations are discovering new innovative ways to manage work and unleash the potential of the people who are working there. The Dare Festival Antwerp 2014 focuses on organization design and culture for networked organizations, providing ideas and actionable practices. Frederic Laloux explored 12 organizations who are using fundamentally new ways to manage work and their employees.

Liquefying an Organization to Increase Agility

by Ben Linders on  Dec 05, 2014

Organizations look for ways to increase their agility and becoming more adaptive and responsive. There a new wave of modern ways for managing organizations, supporting transparency and self-organization, taking off. LiquidO is an organizational governance model for arranging activities and decisions and giving credit, allowing everybody in an organization to take part in management activities.

Adopting Agile: Should We Start with the Structure?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2014 4

When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.

Getting People to Limit Their Work In Progress

by Ben Linders on  Dec 02, 2014

Kanban talks about limiting work in progress (WIP) as a way to manage workflow. “Limiting WIP is hard enough, but selling it can be nearly impossible” said Jim Benson. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference he talked about how to convince others to limit WIP.

Lean Change Using Innovative Practices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2014

Organizations are looking for ways to do continuous change to increase their agility. There’s an interest in practices that managers can use to make change happen in their organizations. InfoQ interviewed Jason Little about his book on lean change management, what inspires him, and on using options and innovative practices in change.

How Spiral Dynamics Can Help To Become More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2014

To become agile you might need to change the core values and beliefs of an organization. Applying value systems from spiral dynamics can help organizations to go from doing agile to being agile as Dajo Breddels showed in the path to agility at the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference.

Defining the Value of Software Products Precisely and Quantitatively

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2014

The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.

Recruit to Catch the Good Ones

by Ben Linders on  Nov 25, 2014

How can you recruit good people and help them becoming successful without challenging your established workforce too much? According to Ralph van Roosmalen and Daan van Osch finding the right people will be one of the biggest problems in IT. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference Ralph and Daan will give a presentation in which they share experiences from IT recruiting at RES Software.

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014 1

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Lean Thinking Applied for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2014

In lean, we co-design and continuously improve processes and tools to better serve individuals and interactions said Claudio Perrone. Lean views problems as a gap between the current situation and the standard and expectation. Am interview with Claudio about problem solving and learning, and on tools that can be used to apply lean thinking for change in organizations.

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