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Establishing Self-Organized Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Feb 26, 2015

Agile suggest teams to self-organize their work. The questions arise what self-organization is and what organization can do to make it possible for teams to become self-organizing.

Diana Larsen talks about Agile Fluency, Barriers to Agility and the value of Open Space Technology

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 20, 2015 1

Diana Larsen is keynoting at the upcoming Agile India conference. Her talk is titled "Dancing Along the Agile Fluency Path" in which she will present a model for achieving and assessing the level of fluency an organisation has in their adoption of agile values and principles. She spoke to InfoQ about collaborative work cultures, barriers to agility, retrospectives and the value of open space.

Q&A with Dave Gray about Liminal Thinking for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Feb 19, 2015 2

The majority of change initiatives fail because people feel that they do not have any influence in the proposed changes and don’t understand how they affect them or would make things better for them says Dave Gray. Liminal thinking is a change approach that focuses on understanding how people construct and change their beliefs. It provides a skill set to create and use thresholds to effect change.

How Agile Can Learn from Behavioral Economics

by Ben Linders on  Feb 17, 2015 2

People often don’t decide and act rationally, according to studies from the area of behavioral economics. Pierre Hervouet describes how our brain takes decisions, talks about experiments on using personas and the IKEA effect and explains what we can learn from these experiments for agile software development.

Step by Step Improvement Needs Relative Safety

by Ben Linders on  Feb 12, 2015

At the OOP 2015 conference Colin Hood talked about bridging the gap between requirements engineering process definition and successful iterative roll-out. He presented how the introduction of improvements to requirements engineering can be done better when done step by step, and how relative safety is needed to enable people to take the steps.

Going Beyond Agility with Antifragility

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2015 1

Antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos or randomness through adapting and evolving. It can help enterprises to be more able to deal with and even gain from uncertainty and disorder, making them more flexible and adaptive to events that happen.

Playing the Fearless Journey Game

by Ben Linders on  Feb 04, 2015

The Fearless Journey game, designed by Deborah Hartmann Preuss, builds upon the patterns described in the book Fearless Change. It is a game that teams can play to learn how to address obstacles over which they have no authority. Martin Heider and Holger Koschek facilitated a workshop where they talked about using patterns in change and played the Fearless Journey game.

De-scaling Organizations using Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2015

Scrum helps us to see what is happening. We can run experiments in Scrum sprints to improve the way of working using organizational models that help us to reinvent organizations in a way that “agile” becomes natural says Olaf Lewitz. InfoQ interviewed him about how to de-scale organizations and increase consciousness and how to create a culture that enables and fosters honest communication.

Agile Adoption with the Agile Fluency Model

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2015

In too many cases agile is failing to deliver on its promise says Steve Holyer. At the OOP 2015 conference Steve explained how we can choose the rewards and benefits that we want to get out of agile development and plan the investments to achieve them. He presented the agile fluency model and explored a solution-focused approach for organization to find their path in adopting agile.

Achieving a Learning Culture that Supports Scaling Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.

Scaling Agile with the Disciplined Agile Delivery Framework

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework is a process decision framework with end-to-end strategies for delivering solutions. InfoQ interviewed Mark Lines about the deploying the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework, how it support continuous delivery and DevOps, how DAD relates to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

The Role of the Middle Manager in an Agile World

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jan 13, 2015

Mário Moreira explored the role of the middle management in an agile world on its agile adoption roadmap blog and the challenges that are in place when facing that reality.

Lean and Agile Leadership with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2015

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides practices, roles activities and artifacts for applying Lean and Agile development at enterprise scale. InfoQ interviewed Dean Leffingwell about deploying the scaled agile framework, building cross functional agile teams and aligning teams, the people part of SAFe and the principles of lean and agile leadership.

Agile Teams and Managers can Collaborate to Solve Impediments

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2015

Impediments are issues that hinder agile teams. They are problems that teams are facing, which they need to solve. Managers can help agile teams in several ways to solve impediments.

Q&A with Andreas Schliep on ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2015 3

The introduction and integration of agile approaches to an organization should be regarded and treated as an agile project itself says Andreas Schliep. An interview with Andreas about pitfalls when trying to scale agile, on ScALeD and how it compares to Agility Path, LeSS, SAFe and DaD, and on continuous improvement and scaling retrospectives.

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