The demand for IT project managers is increasing. Agile methodologies support collaboration with distributed teams for creative problem solving. The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape. Project managers have to pioneer IOT initiatives, be prepared for the influx of data and ensure that deliverables from their projects are secure.
Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique which organizations use reduce the stress in employees.
Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.
Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.
Organizations are increasingly working with remote teams to discover that it can be challenging to establishing remote teams and collaborate effectively with people in remote or distributed teams. An interview with Janis Janovskis on the challenges of remote teams, working together in different time zones, using hangouts and experiments to establish remote teams and finding the right people.
When working with virtual teams the basic management tasks or responsibilities remain exactly the same, but checking if the work has been done and if the quality is sufficient tends to be more difficult. Successful collaboration is a shared responsibility of the virtual teams and the customer.
The Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 conference devotes a full day track to talented Dutch agile youngsters to share their experiences. Tamara de Paus talked about how to organize your work and be more transparent. An interview about the changes that were done by the team to manage work and create transparency, what worked and what didn't, and the things they learned along the way.
It is very important to have courageous communicators in agile teams. Senior leadership should support the role of courageous communicators.
Lisette Sutherland has been doing interviews with people that are working in or managing remote teams. She talked about building trust on remote teams at the No Pants Festival 2015.
Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian recently launched HipChat Server, an on-premise version of its text, audio and video chat, file and screen sharing, as well as third party integration offering for team collaboration.
Mobile devices often contain both personal and corporate data. When these devices use cloud services with an "always on" internet connection the risk of security breaches increases says Jeff Crume. An interview on mobile security threats, increasing adherence to security policies, using mobile devices to collaborate efficiently, effectively and secure, and deploying enterprise mobile security.
An interview with Tuomas Syrjänen, CEO of Futurice, about how transparency can support enterprises to work more like startups, what Futurice has done to become transparent, the impact of transparency on the mood of teams and people, benefits that transparency can bring and pitfalls in becoming transparent, trust, and decision making at Futurice.
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.
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.
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.