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How a Feel Good Manager can Foster and Grow Culture

by Ben Linders on  May 05, 2014

In the article culture is the true north Arne Roock talked about the “feel good manager”: a role which helps to foster and grow the culture in an organization. InfoQ talked with Magdalena Bethge, Feel Good Manager at Jimdo, about supporting the culture and collaboration, happiness, and helping employees to find their work-life balance.

Asking for Help in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Apr 17, 2014

Coaching and mentoring can help organizations in adopting agile. But they only work if people are open to help. What makes it that people sometimes do not allow coaches to help them? What can you do to encourage helpful behavior in organizations?

Measuring the Value of Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2014

When defining a business case for adopting agile, the question can arise how you can measure the business value that can be delivered using agile software development.

Attitudes for Sustainable Lean Startup Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2014

Ramli John gave an ignite talk about the minimum viable attitudes for lean startup teams at the 2013 lean startup conference. According to Ramli there are three attitudes that help teams to run lean sustainable over time: humbleness, hunger and happiness.

Scaling The Happiness Index

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 27, 2014 1

A report on how happiness index could be scaled out from team level to organization level. Frank Schlesinger, Corinna Baldauf and Stowe Boyd shared their experiences of scaling the happiness index and tools for implementation.

Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available

by Chris Swan on  Feb 14, 2014

Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.

DataFu Enters Incubation Status at Apache

by Charles Menguy on  Feb 04, 2014

LinkedIn’s DataFu project, a collection of libraries for Hadoop, has now officially entered the incubation status at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since the first week of January.

IDC Study: How Many Software Developers Are Out There?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2014 1

IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.

Management Buy-in and Support in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Jan 30, 2014

Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.

Effektif, Tom Baeyens' Latest BPM Venture, Launches Cloud-Based Tool

by Charles Humble on  Jan 14, 2014

Effektif is launching version 1 of its cloud-based BPM product today. Effektif was started and is lead by Tom Baeyens, the original creator of JBoss' jBPM (acquired by Red Hat) and Activiti, owned by Alfresco. It was set up in partnership with Signavio who invested €1.2m to accelerate development, and who will also be selling the product using their existing channels.

Improving Product Development with Flow Thinking

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2013

A case study on creating buy-in and commitment for flow thinking using a mental model and metaphor was presented at the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference. InfoQ interviewed Håkan Forss and Erik Schön about their journey from methods & tools to principles & mindset and how they use visual management to implement flow thinking and improve the product development flow at Ericsson.

How Can You Learn Early and Fast?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 26, 2013

Agile suggest that teams should fail-fast to enable quick learning from mistakes. Learning from failure is one approach, you can also learn early and fast from successes, by doing experimentation, or by using a plan for knowledge acquisition.

Supporting Personal Development in a Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Dec 12, 2013

Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.

Using Agile to Build a Distributed Development Team

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2013

In "experiences with a distributed agile team", Joost Mulders and Andriy Korpan presented how they integrated a near shore development team from Ukraine in a Dutch product development organization using agile practices. At the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference they talked about the do’s and don’ts of distributed agile.

Experiencing Language Barriers with an Improvisational Theatre Workshop

by Ben Linders on  Dec 03, 2013

In the XP Days workshop Agile cross borders, Hoang-Anh PHAN & Anais Victor explored how you can deal with language barriers in a multi cultural organization. They work for the Vietnamese company Officience who provides outsourcing services to French customer, using the English language to communicate and work together.

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