Good leaders create an environment where self-organizing teams can thrive and create great products and services to delight their customers: that is what Ole Jepsen explains in this interview. At the XP Days Benelux conference he talked about truly leading people and the subtle but important differences between taking and giving control.
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.
The book change artistry is a collection of essays from Esther Derby, Don Gray, Johanna Rothman and Gerald M. Weinberg. The essays cover a variety of topics to support professionals in developing their organizational change skills.
This first article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model, explores the sustainability agenda: a common approach to Kanban adoption at the level of individuals and teams.
Tracking projects is challenging when enterprises adopt agile in product development. Smaller work items and lower work in process improves risk management and supports agile execution and learning. 3
Developers hate writing down anything that isn’t code. But there are times on a project when a little documentation can go a long way. In this article, we discuss when and why to write things down. 5
Monty Taylor and James Blair talk about the build and test challenges they face at OpenStack, and how they managed to tackle them.
PROspectives help us to reflect more often, independently of acute, unexpected problems and without time pressure, to uncover ideas for future improvements. 12
Elisabeth Hendrickson has released a book on the practices, techniques and mindset of exploratory testing. Sharon Robson reviewed the book and raised some questions with the author. 1
This article describes the relationship between architecture and process of software development and how architecture can respond to functional requirements and developer habitability. 1
Yiannis relates the practices and approach of running a Lean Startup organisation with the skills and disciplines needed in the martial arts through his practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2
Agile and CMMI complement each other well. Big organizations with self-organized teams can achieve technical maturity levels, by using a common metalanguage and a good-practices catalog. 1