The 'Retrospective Prime Directive' is a practice used by many teams as part of their continuous improvement cycle. As outlined in Norm Kerth's book, it is intended to foster the deep learning that is the heart of a retrospective. This article is an enlightening conversation, captured by Linda Rising, between senior practitioners on the benefits and the challenges of using this practice.
Coach Michael Spayd tells us that both contractors and permanent employees can play a "consultant" role, and should think about developing consulting contracts or "designed partnerships" with their clients - not about the exchange of money, but to help create stellar results for the client while working in a manner that adheres to their own values and preferences.
We miscommunicate every day, with results ranging from trivial to catastrophic. In this seasonally themed article, J. B. Rainsberger shares one of his secret weapons - the Satir Communication Model. It's a thinking tool to help us analyze troubling conversations, and to more deeply understand the people around us, building trust, the first step towards building an effective team.
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. 12
How long before a new team member is effective? In a Scrum, "I did (unintelligible) yesterday" offers them more questions than answers! Pat Kua suggests practices to reduce newcomer "setup time". 13
Based on traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) metrics, AgileEVM is adapted for an Agile PM context. It allows Agile and traditional projects to be tracked within a single program. 7
Do "empowered" organizations outperform command-and-control ones? Not when infected with this Virus! Deborah Hartmann reviewed the book which offers tools to treat the Virus and restore collaboration. 6
A bare Agile teamroom is not enough - the comforts left behind in our traditional spaces were there for good reasons. Several experienced coaches offer advice on creating team spaces that work. 8
Agile events are receiving an influx of novices - should new conferences be organized for beginners? A report from XPday suggests that mixing up expertise levels creates a valuable experience for all. 1
Traditional budgets demand committments based on variables beyond managers' control. To support the adaptive organization, Jim Highsmith proposes a two-part model for project and team performance.
This book collects the habits, ideas, and approaches of successful agile software developers and presents a series of short, easy-to-digest tips. Here is an free excerpt, Chapter 7: Agile Debugging.
SOA Expert Steve Jones from CapGemini provides a hands on look at SOA Antipatterns and a list of ways your SOA project can go wrong. 5