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Documentation in Agile: How Much and When to Write It?

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2014

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development values "working software over comprehensive documentation". This core value asks us to think about how much and which kinds of documents are needed and when they need to be written.

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.

Sound of Silence: A workshop for Improving Understanding and Listening

by Ben Linders on  Sep 30, 2013

At the Agile Tour Brussels conference, Luc Taesch facilitated a workshop about understanding and listening. He applied "cognitive science" or "neuroscience" for IT Professionals, and provided solutions to help them dealing with interrupting thoughts and feelings.

Why Do Teams Find It Difficult to Do Agile Retrospectives?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 11, 2013

Retrospectives are often considered to be a valuable agile technique, but sometimes teams have difficulties doing them: insufficient control of things, thinking that they can’t improve, difficulties defining good actions, or much complaining. Teams may find retrospectives boring, and a waste of their time. How to deal with this, and help teams to discover better ways to do retrospectives?

Finding Ways to Improve Business – IT Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jun 06, 2013 2

Collaboration between business and IT can be a problem in enterprises. People are finding ways to better support the business needs and increase the business value of IT, using business IT fusion, DevOps or sociocracy.

How do Product Owners and Teams Collaborate?

by Ben Linders on  Jan 24, 2013

Henrik Kniberg has developed “a 1 day product ownership course compressed into a 15 minute animated presentation”. Based upon this video and some other on-line resources about the product owner role, collaboration between product owners and teams is examined.

Survey Confirms Biggest Agile Challenges Are Communication and Continuous Improvement

by Craig Smith on  Oct 13, 2012 3

A new survey, conducted by Serena Software at the recent Agile 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas has confirmed that whilst projects using Agile are working well, they could be much better and some of the biggest challenges include upsteam and downstream communication.

The Exact Science of Communication Patterns

by Marta Jasinska on  May 04, 2012

Alex "Sandy" Pentland, professor of MIT, talks about his experiments with sociometric badges in context of teams productivity in his interview for Harvard Business Review. His research can help in defining optimal communication patters that will make you and your team members more efficient and more satisfied at work.

IEEE’s Hans Karlsson Standards Award 2012 for Paul R. Croll

by Michael Stal on  Dec 23, 2011

IEEE announced that the Hans Karlsson Standard Award 2012 has been given to Paul R. Croll for dedicated leadership of the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee, and for his diplomacy and collaboration in facilitating the development of a collection of high-quality standards.

Should Agile Coaches Have a Code of Ethics?

by Todd Charron on  Nov 14, 2011 7

Recently on the Agile Leaders mailing list Dan Mezick initiated a discussion on the need for Agile Coaching Ethics.

Enterprises Can Now Create Google+ Accounts

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2011 1

Google+ is now available to businesses wanting to expand collaboration and data sharing between their users. Hangouts with Extras bring secured audio/video sessions integrated with document and screen sharing.

When to Cease Being an Agile Coach?

by Todd Charron on  May 23, 2011 2

Agile coach Morgan Ahlström recently turned to the Agile Coach Support mailing list to ask how to deal with an organization that said they wanted the benefits of becoming more agile, but was behaving in ways contrary to that goal.

SAP announces StreamWork as Solution for Collaborative Decision-Making

by Michael Stal on  May 15, 2011

SAP has recently introduced StreamWork as a cloud-based solution for collaborative decision-making. According to the German ERP company its product brings together the people, information, and proven business approaches to drive fast, meaningful results.

NEC introduces a new Software Architecture for Unified Communications and Collaboration

by Michael Stal on  Mar 04, 2011 1

NEC corporation has recently demonstrated its Unified Communications & Collaboration Platform software architecture (UC&C) for Rich Internet Applications and IT Architectures at the Enterprise Connect 2011 exhibition. The virtualized platform utilizes Rich Internet Applications to provide a collaboration solution for companies and their customers.

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