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  • Book Excerpt: Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins

    by Lyssa Adkins on  Jun 15, 2010

    Very little in our education or experience properly prepares a ScrumMaster or project manager for the role of agile coach. This leaves most wondering, "What is my role in a self-organized team? How do I help the team yet stay hands-off?" This chapter, excerpted from the book Coaching Agile Teams, shows you how to activate the journey toward high performance in both provocative and practical ways.

  • Learnings from Five Years as a Skype Architect

    by Andres Kutt on  Apr 28, 2010 20

    Too often in our work as architects and designers we focus on the task at hand, seldom reflecting on the past. We should really know better, how else do we improve? This article by Andres Kutt summarizes six learnings from 55 months as an architecture team lead at Skype. Some of them are technical while some focus upon the softer aspects of an architect's work.

  • "Flirting" With Your Customers

    by Jenni (Dow) Jepsen on  Nov 20, 2009 13

    All over the world, there are classes that teach people how to flirt. A German university even requires their IT engineers take a flirting class—not to attract a partner, but to learn how to interact more effectively in the workplace. Flirting means connecting with others, and connecting is the key to good communication. That is what the first principal of the Agile Manifesto is all about.

Book Review: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making

Posted by Nick Oostvogels on  Jul 06, 2009

One of the responsibilities of self-organizing teams is to take decisions that respect everyone’s opinion. This book has some examples in coaching the team to navigate through difficult discussions.

Tips for Effective Software Reuse

Posted by Vijay Narayanan on  Jun 18, 2009

Reuse can be hard, especially in a large organization. Vijay Narayanan offers 10 practical tips to assure effective reuse of software components. 4

Case study: Distributed Scrum Project for Dutch Railways

Posted by Marco Mulder and Martin van Vliet on  Aug 12, 2008

Success/failure with Scrum can hinge on how we adapt it. Here's the story of a successful, large, distributed Scrum project (already scrapped once under a traditional approach) with lessons learned. 11

Offer People Reasons to Love Your Remote Meetings

Posted by Pete Johnson on  Dec 10, 2007

Given their increasing frequency, the ability to effectively facilitate meetings utilizing teleconferences and desktop sharing tools is an important skill. This article offers tips and tricks. 13

Railway Story: SimpleTicket

Posted by Obie Fernandez on  Nov 15, 2006

SimpleTicket, a newly open-sourced Rails app provides insight into progress and innovation enjoyed by Ruby on Rails advocates and paints a vivid picture of a dynamic, modern startup. 2

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