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Improving Trust and Wholeness with Temenos

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2014

High performing environments that support agile and lean ways of working need a foundation based on trust, safety and respect. Temenos consists of exercises that can be used to create a safe setting where people can open up, get to know each other, create a shared vision and develop their interaction skills.

Prototyping an Organization to Improve the Way of Working

by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2014

Can you use evidence-based practices to test, validate & improve the way of working in an organization. Jo Martens from Nascom talked about prototyping your organization at the Dare Festival Antwerp 2014. He presented how they use experiments with evidence to do organizational change.

How Spiral Dynamics Can Help To Become More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2014

To become agile you might need to change the core values and beliefs of an organization. Applying value systems from spiral dynamics can help organizations to go from doing agile to being agile as Dajo Breddels showed in the path to agility at the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference.

Systems Thinking for Safety Keynote @ Velocity Conf

by João Miranda on  Nov 18, 2014

The starting keynote at Velocity Conference Europe 2014 was all about how human error is too often the easiest way to explain away a failure and how a different approach is needed. Steven Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at Eurocontrol, explained why a Systems Thinking approach applied to safety is a better answer.

The Importance of Technical Practices in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 30, 2014

Sometimes organizations that are adopting agile complain that they didn't get the benefits that they expected to get out of it. One of the possible reasons could be that insufficient attention has been given to performing the technical practices that support the agile values and principles.

Having Leadership Emerge in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Oct 27, 2014

Organizations should create an environment where people feel empowered and trusted, with a culture where leaders can thrive says Pawel Brodzinski. An interview in which Pawel shares his view on leadership and culture, explains what it is that makes leaders thrive in organizations and what organizations can do to create an environment where leadership would emerge.

Book Series on Managing Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Oct 09, 2014

In the book series the art of managing remote teams authors share their experiences and provide advice on establishing and working with remote teams. The books are intended for people who are about to setup an offshore or nearshore team, or people who are already managing a remote team and want to improve.

Nurturing a Culture for Continuous Learning

by Ben Linders on  Jul 24, 2014

Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.

Alternative Approaches for Implementing Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 03, 2014

Top-down implementation of agile is a commonly use approach for agile adoption in organizations. Alternative approaches exist, like implementing agile by stealth, using continuous improvement teams, starting with a quiet phase or taking baby steps by implementing a limited set of agile practices.

On Power and Influence

by João Miranda on  Jun 23, 2014

At DevOpsDays Amsterdam, Mark Coleman asserted that all organizational's cultural changes start with one person influencing another. He finds that Charles Handy's writings on power and influence help on understanding how an organizations works and how one can go on to change it. Mark discussed Charles Handy's six sources of power and six methods of influence.

Wall Street Journal: Enterprises Are Not Ready for DevOps, but May Not Survive Without It

by Abel Avram on  Jun 06, 2014

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Rachel Shannon-Solomon suggests that most enterprises are not ready for DevOps, while Gene Kim says that they must make themselves ready if they want to survive.

Q&A with Fridtjof Detzner about Scaling and Continuous Improvement at Jimdo

by Ben Linders on  May 19, 2014

How can you make a company grow without sacrificing it’s culture? InfoQ talked with Fridtjof Detzner, co-founder of DIY website creator Jimdo, about how Jimdo started and scaled up using agile and why Jimdo uses kaizen and retrospectives to improve continuously.

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?

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.

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