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  • Q&A with Nadja Macht on Innovation, Flow and Continuous Improvement

    by Ben Linders on  Jul 28, 2014

    Retrospectives help teams to learn from their experiences and improve continuously. In this interview Nadja Macht, Flow Manager and Coach at Jimdo, talks about how to balance flow and slack time in teams, doing visual management with Kanban boards and deploying agile retrospectives for continuous improvement.

  • Kanban on Track - Evolutionary Change Management at the Swiss Railways

    by Sigi Kaltenecker, Mike Beyer on  Apr 28, 2014 4

    Swiss Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB) employed Kanban to transform a department from disappointing performance to predictable efficiency through a series of incremental improvements. The evolutionary nature of Kanban gained traction with early quick wins and resulted in better management and greater responsiveness to change. This is a brief report of their two year journey.

  • Culture is the True North - Scaling at Jimdo

    by Arne Roock on  Apr 24, 2014

    A lot of the pain that large and medium-sized organizations are facing boils down to scaling. It is not difficult to have 5-10 people working together in one room. However, as your business becomes more successful and your hiring increases, you will start to see problems. At Jimdo, the approach to scaling relies on three major factors: culture, communication, and kaizen.

Bug Fixing Vs. Problem Solving - From Agile to Lean

Posted by Cecil Dijoux on  Apr 07, 2014

Lean has proved to be instrumental in moving beyond Agile with a practice of continuous improvement distincting between bugs and problems that directly effects on team performance and engagement. 2

Retrospectives Applied as “PROspectives"

Posted by Hans-Peter Korn on  Dec 28, 2013

PROspectives help us to reflect more often, independently of acute, unexpected problems and without time pressure, to uncover ideas for future improvements. 12

Scrum for Education - Experiences from eduScrum and Blueprint Education

Posted by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2013

Schools use Scrum to help self-organized student teams to learn more effectively and develop themselves in an enjoyable way. An interview with people involved in teaching with Scrum.

The 4 Questions of a Retrospective and Why They Work

Posted by Laura M. Waite and Collin Lyons on  Jul 08, 2013

A Retrospective is a great way to encourage your team or group to reflect on what has happened and plan for what’s ahead, constantly improving how you work together. This article provides some ideas. 1

Dialogue Sheets Revisited

Posted by Allan Kelly on  Apr 22, 2013

Last year Allan Kelly wrote an InfoQ article about a tool for retrospectives - Dialogue Sheets. A year and over 2000 downloads later he looks at how they are being used in the wild.

DevOps @ Nokia Entertainment

Posted by John Clapham on  Jan 31, 2013

This article is part of the "DevOps War Stories" series.Each month we hear what DevOps brings to a different organisation, what worked and what didn’t and the challenges faced during adoption.

Interview and Book Review: Essential Scrum

Posted by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2012

Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin is a book about getting more out of Scrum. It’s an introduction to Scrum and its values, principles and practices, and a source of inspiration on how to apply it.

Interview and Book Review : The Retrospective Handbook

Posted by Anand Vishwanath on  Sep 17, 2012

Patrick Kua has recently published The Retrospective Handbook which provides practical advice on how to make retrospectives much more effective. 1

Dialogue Sheets: A new tool for retrospectives

Posted by Allan Kelly on  Jan 03, 2012

Dialogue sheets allow teams to hold facilitator-less retrospectives. They promote self-organization and encourage everyone to speak in the exercise. Resulting in great levels of participation. 10

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