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Role of Managers in Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 22, 2014 1

Changing role of traditional managers in agile projects explained by Robert Galen and Zappos approach of halocracy organizational model.

Q&A with Spark the Change Conference Organisers

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 17, 2014

The Spark the Change conference runs in London on 3-4 July. The theme of the conference is “Create an Organisation you can Believe in”. Aimed at leaders from across the business the conference aims to inspire attendees to build better, strong businesses, become more inspiring leaders themselves and create happier workplaces. InfoQ spoke to one of the organisers about the conference.

Do we Need Managers and Hierarchy in Agile?

by Ben Linders on  May 29, 2014 1

In organizations that are adopting agile people sometimes state that the hierarchy should be abolished and that we should get rid of managers. They consider managers and hierarchy to be something that hinder self-organization of teams.

Practices for Agile Coaching Conversations

by Ben Linders on  May 01, 2014

Organizations can work with agile coaches for the adoption of agile. Coaches use conversations to support people in the organization to change their way of working. Which practices do you use in agile coaching conversations?

Role of Managers in Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?

Does Agile Drive Death March Projects?

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 27, 2013 7

A recent Gartner blog raised the issue of Agile projects driving "death march" behavior as each iteration becomes a drive to deliver more and more.

Using Lessons Learned as a Dungeon Master on Roleplaying and Games in Agile Coaching

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2013 2

Guillaume Duquesnay uses his experience with games and roleplaying in his work as an agile coach. At the Agile Tour Brussels he talked about leadership, facilitation and management styles where no authority was involved. InfoQ interviewed Guillaume on his coaching, facilitation and leadership skills, and asked him if playing games gives happiness and fun to people, and make them more productive?

How managers as leaders can make your team more successful

by Marta Jasinska on  Jun 21, 2012 2

In a series of blog posts Johanna Rothman speaks up against the common view of leader and manager roles. She argues that management without leadership can not be successful.

Agile Executive Forum with Agile 2012

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 19, 2012

The second Agile Executive Forum will be held in conjunction with the Agile 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas. The Executive Forum seeks to bring senior executives from large organisations together to explore the impact that agile practices, modern management and advanced technologies can have.

The Management View of Agile - Unaware or Unwilling?

by Craig Smith on  May 04, 2012 6

A series of recent articles by Steve Denning on Forbes have highlighted the challenges that the Agile community faces to get acceptance by mainstream management.

Agile's Next Wave: Transforming the Business

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Feb 13, 2012 4

A recent Forrester report gives evidence to the advance of agility into the business world. This article reviews this trend and some of its potential implications.

Stoos Network - Catherine Louis and Deborah Hartmann Preuss Discuss their Expectations

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 03, 2012 4

Continuing the series of interviews with Stoos Network Event participants, Shane Hastie spoke to Catherine Louis and Deborah Hartmann Preuss about their experiences at the event and their hopes and expectations for the future of the Stoos Network. The Stoos Network aims to encourage shift in organisational management from traditional hierarchical leadership toward more collaborative approaches.

Stoos Network - A Conversation with Jurgen Appelo

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 23, 2012

Following on from the Stoos Network event held in early January, InfoQ has been talking to some of the organizers and participants. This items is a conversation with Jurgen Appelo author of Management 3.0 and one of the organizers of the event.

Facilitating a Tipping Point - Stoos Network Event

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 10, 2012 4

At the Stoos Network event in Switzerland last week a call was made to re-examine the way leadership works and how organisations are governed. Responding to the "bit of a mess" evidenced by the current economic crisis, increased inequity, bankruptcies and widespread disillusionment. This is the first in a series of news items and interviews with the participants exploring their work.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011 6

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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