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Artistic Parallels Between Making Music and Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Feb 21, 2015

Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.

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.

How To Get a Happier Workforce

by Ben Linders on  Jan 31, 2015

Laughing can help to create a better team climate which can lead to better results. There is compelling evidence that happiness and positivity can lead to success. Here are some suggestions for what you can do when you want to improve happiness in teams.

Exercises for Leading Creative Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jan 29, 2015

Jens Hoffmann facilitated a workshop on leading creative collaboration to make ideas and people grow at the OOP 2015 conference. In his workshop he explored how we can lead ourselves and others. He did exercises with the attendants where they practiced collaboration, listening and using powerful questions.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

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.

Why Pair Programming is Hard to Implement

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 23, 2014 1

Pair Programming is good for increasing the software quality and collaboration within team members but it is hard to implement. This news describes the reasons why it is hard and how to figure out good practices of pair programming for your team.

Emotion Cards for Agile Teams

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 19, 2014 1

This news describes usage of emotion cards as an effective tool in the toolbox of any scrum master, agile Coach or trainer. Emotion Cards are a set of cards showing common emotions like angry, anxious, confused, happy, sad, surprised, tired and worried.

Understanding People to Improve Collaboration in Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 17, 2014

Teams consist of individuals working together. Individuals have their own specific beliefs and perceptions. If you know where a person’s perceptions are coming from, you can better understand why they see things different than you do and behave in a certain way. Being able to understand people helps to find better ways to collaborate and communicate in teams.

Deploying Transparency and Self Regulating Management to Get Actions Done

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2014

At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Bjarte Bogsnes gave a keynote presentation about beyond budgeting. In his presentation he talked about the problems with traditional management and how transparency and self regulating management comes to the rescue, and the principles and practices of beyond budgeting.

Examples of Applying Metrics in Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2014

Metrics are engrained in kanban. They play a role in several kanban practices like visualizing and managing flow, and support the agenda’s for sustainability, service orientation and survivability. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference Wolfgang Wiedenroth talked about the power of metrics. In his presentation he provided may examples of using metrics with kanban.

Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

Maturity Model for Continuous Performance Improvement

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 08, 2014

Martin Fowler, described Maturity Model as a tool that helps people assess the current effectiveness of a person or group and supports figuring out what capabilities they need to acquire next in order to improve their performance.

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