Putting People First to Increase Motivation and Performance

by Ben Linders on  Jan 15, 2015

Focusing on the motivation of individuals can positively impact performance. An interview with Peter van Oevelen about motivating individuals, influencing the mood of teams, applying radical management, economies of motivation and building effective teams with individuals that have their own ideas, preferences and motivations.

Case Study of Agile and HR Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Nov 14, 2014

Jas Chong talked about HR in Agile and Agile in HR at the Agile Tour Brussels 2014 conference. She presented a case study where she worked as change manager together with an agile coach to introduce agile and lean practices in the organization, and worked closely with HR to realize these changes from the HR and organisation front.

IDC Study: How Many Software Developers Are Out There?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2014 1

IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.

Supporting Personal Development in a Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Dec 12, 2013

Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.

Linda Rising Talks About Incentives at GOTO Amsterdam 2013

by Ben Linders on  Jun 18, 2013

The third annual GOTO Amsterdam conference covers Java, Mobile, Cloud, OpenSource, Lean/Agile, Architecture, New Languages & Process communities. The first day started with a keynote by Linda Rising, exploring research on incentives starting from the industrial age, and looked at how it is being doing in practice by managers with development teams. InfoQ interviewed Linda about her experiences.

How Applied Psychology can help Software Engineers

by Michael Stal on  Nov 02, 2011 1

On the 1st November software engineer and author John R. Fox has published his book “Digital Work in an Analog World”. According to its subtitle “Improving Software Engineering by Applied Psychology”, the book does not consider software engineering in practice. Rather, it is focusing on the psychological aspects relevant and practices relevant for engineers.

Does Agile Limit Financial Rewards for an Individual?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Dec 22, 2010 5

Tom Reynolds mentioned an interesting comment, that he had heard about the reluctance of people to move to Scrum. The reason quoted was that Scrum would have a direct impact on their financial rewards as it places a lot of emphasis on teams and not the individual.

Should the Best Scrum Team Be Rewarded?

by Mark Levison on  Aug 25, 2010 6

Should one provide a reward to the single best team in a division each quarter? How is that team to be determined? What effects will that reward have?

Computing Careers: the future is bright

by Dave West on  Jun 29, 2010 8

Contrary to myth, the number of computing career opportunities in the US is increasing - far exceeding the supply. An indirect result of the imbalance is rising salaries in the IT field. This news article summarizes a report done by Joel Adams, a professor at Calvin College in Michigan.

Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback

by Mark Levison on  Aug 25, 2009

On Monday at the first day of Agile 2009 Liz Keogh ran a workshop and Effective Feedback.

Agile Consultants and Trainers Help the Unemployed and Hard Up

by Mark Levison on  Jun 12, 2009 7

Tobias Mayer, James Coplien, Dan Rawsthorne, Alan Cyment and David Schmaltz are all giving back to their communities in different ways. Tobias is offering free Scrum Training to those in need; James, Dan and Alan all travelled to Serbia to provide free Scrum Training and David helped a nonprofit when their budget fell apart.

High-performance Teams – Avoiding Teamicide

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 05, 2009 3

High-performance teams constitute a mere 2% of the workforce, but Agile processes appear to stimulate the formation of these types of teams. This article discusses Steve Denning's perspective on how such teams can be nurtured in the workplace; it also looks at a recent talk by Ominlab Media's Stefan Gillard on how to select and employ for the formation of high-performance teams.

Cost Justifying an Agile Migration

by Shane Hastie on  May 05, 2009 1

Show me the money - cost justification of Agile migration is a thorny issue. Agile approaches are more successful, deliver value sooner and produce better quality products, but how do we prove it? This article discusses measurements and presents results that help to justify adopting Agile methods.

Opinions: Measuring Programmers' Productivity

by Sadek Drobi on  Oct 05, 2008 16

In the field of software development, managers need measurable metrics to appreciate the performance of their programmers. Shahar Yair and Steve McConnell discuss common techniques focusing on source lines of code and function points. They highlight the limitations of these approaches and seek to define some principles that could guide the analysis of programmers’ performance.

Seniority, Respect, Authority and an Agile Team

by Vikas Hazrati on  May 08, 2008 6

Senior members, who have been working in traditional teams, can face issues related to respect and authority when they come to an Agile team. An interesting discussion on Scrum Development group and Agile India group tries to uncover answers that Agile might have for the situation.

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