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  • Solving the Gordian Knot of Chronic Overcommittment in Development Organizations

    by Rolf Häsänen and Morgan Ahlström on  Feb 13, 2014 2

    Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.

  • Intelligent Evolution: Making Change Work

    by Peter Leeson on  Jan 13, 2014

    Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail: they did not achieve the expected results, the investment in the change programme was greater than the value achieved, “improvements” were seen as mostly bureaucratic, or changes were abandoned soon after the implementation. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.

  • I’d Rather Be Coding – Writing Things Down

    by Nate McKie on  Dec 31, 2013 5

    For lots of reasons, most developers hate writing down anything that isn’t code. The Agile Manifesto deemphasizes documentation, but there are times on a project when a little documentation can go a long way. In this article, we will explore why collaboration over comprehensive documentation shouldn’t mean “NO” documentation – and when you should stop coding and start writing things down.

Virtual Panel: Specification by Example, Executable Specifications, Scenarios and Feature Injection

Posted by Jon Arild Tørresdal on  Nov 10, 2011

InfoQ have talked to Dan North, Gojko Adzic, Elizabeth Keogh and Matt Wynne about Specification by Example, Executable Specifications and Feature Injection and how they relate to BDD. 1

New book - Individuals and Interactions: An Agile Guide

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Jul 18, 2011

Ken Howard and Barry Rogers have written a book that focuses on the first value from the Agile Manifesto. They provide advice, tools and techniques to help teams and individuals improve interactions. 2

Book Excerpt: Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins

Posted by Lyssa Adkins on  Jun 15, 2010

In this article, excerpted from the book Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins shows you how to activate the journey toward high performance in an Agile team in both provocative and practical ways.

Learnings from Five Years as a Skype Architect

Posted by Andres Kutt on  Apr 28, 2010

This article by Andres Kutt summarizes six learnings from 55 months as an architecture team lead at Skype. Some of them are technical while some focus upon the softer aspects of an architect's work. 20

"Flirting" With Your Customers

Posted by Jenni (Dow) Jepsen on  Nov 20, 2009

This article shows how flirting skills can be used to improve interactions in the workplace. 13

Book Review: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making

Posted by Nick Oostvogels on  Jul 06, 2009

One of the responsibilities of self-organizing teams is to take decisions that respect everyone’s opinion. This book has some examples in coaching the team to navigate through difficult discussions.

Tips for Effective Software Reuse

Posted by Vijay Narayanan on  Jun 18, 2009

Reuse can be hard, especially in a large organization. Vijay Narayanan offers 10 practical tips to assure effective reuse of software components. 4

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