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Portia Tung on Using Play to Make Good Teams Great

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 18, 2015

In advance of the Playcamp London event to be held on 24 March, InfoQ had the opportunity to chat with Portia Tung, consultant, storyteller and games maker about how she combines business strategies with play to bring about positive organizational change.

Creativity and Testing: Do They Go Together?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.

Leadership and Management Approaches from Radical Companies

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2015

Introducing and managing change in organizations can be challenging. InfoQ interviewed Jason Little who is involved in organizing the Spark the Change Canada 2015 conference about the leadership and management approaches that radical companies use, on finding better ways to manage people and about what will happen to management in the near future.

How To Build Trust When Working With Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2015

Lisette Sutherland has been doing interviews with people that are working in or managing remote teams. She talked about building trust on remote teams at the No Pants Festival 2015.

Using Sociocracy for Decision Making and Learning in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 12, 2015 1

Organization that are adopting agile often look for ways to establish self-organized teams where team members are able to take more responsibility. Agile software development teams could improve their decision making by using the consent principle and sociocratic procedures. Sociocratic governance structures can also be used to scale up agile principles to every level of the organization.

Potential of Social Capital in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2015 3

“After 100 years of building organizations and 50 years of HRM, the future of work now lies in mastering the art of engaging and developing social capital of our organizations” says Bart Cambré, Director of Research at Antwerp Management School. At the No Pants Festival 2015 he talked about unleashing the full potential of social capital in organizations.

Using Objectives and Key Results in a Results-Only Work Environment Company

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2015 3

Matt Rogish talked about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for company, team, and personal goal setting at the No Pants Festival 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Rogish about what OKRs are and how you can use them, their strengths and pitfalls, doing annual performance reviews and managing people with numerical goals, and starting with OKRs.

Luke Hohmann on Incorporating Play into Work

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 07, 2015 1

InfoQ recently had the opportunity to chat with Innovation Games inventor Luke Hohmann about his love of incorporating play into work and his roots in the agile community. Luke is keynoting Playcamp London on 24 March, a community-driven conference for exploring how serious games and collaborative play are being used in the business world.

Dream Job, the Vision and the Journey to the Company Culture You Want

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 04, 2015

At QCon London 2015, Helen Walton and Pete Burden came up with a discussion on the impact of culture in project’s success (failure indeed) and gave practical advice on how to influence the organization's culture to which a person is working for

Yuval Yeret talks about the Synergies of Kanban and Devops

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 03, 2015

Yuval Yeret is a senior enterprise Agile Coach at AgileSparks. At the upcoming Agile India conference he is talking on good and bad ways to kickstart agile the Kanban way. He spoke to InfoQ about the synergies between Kanban and DevOps.

Experiences from Continuous Testing at Siemens Healthcare

by Ben Linders on  Feb 24, 2015

Marco Achtziger shared his experiences with deploying continuous testing in large scale agile project at Siemens Healthcare at the OOP conference. InfoQ interviewed Achtziger about continuous testing and continuous integration, infrastructural and social challenges with continuous testing, testing processes and tools, and improving continuous testing.

Artistic Parallels Between Making Music and Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Feb 21, 2015

Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.

Q&A with Dave Gray about Liminal Thinking for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Feb 19, 2015 2

The majority of change initiatives fail because people feel that they do not have any influence in the proposed changes and don’t understand how they affect them or would make things better for them says Dave Gray. Liminal thinking is a change approach that focuses on understanding how people construct and change their beliefs. It provides a skill set to create and use thresholds to effect change.

How Agile Can Learn from Behavioral Economics

by Ben Linders on  Feb 17, 2015 2

People often don’t decide and act rationally, according to studies from the area of behavioral economics. Pierre Hervouet describes how our brain takes decisions, talks about experiments on using personas and the IKEA effect and explains what we can learn from these experiments for agile software development.

Exploring the Causes of Problems with the Analysis of Competing Hypothesis Method

by Ben Linders on  Feb 13, 2015

The analysis of competing hypotheses (ACH) method can be used to evaluate multiple competing hypotheses when investigating problems. The method mitigates cognitive biases that humans experience when exploring the causes of problems.

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