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  • Book Review: The Leader's Guide to Radical Management

    by Shane Hastie on  Nov 11, 2010

    Steve Denning's latest book – The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century. He contends that management today is in need of a radical makeover – existing practices are not adequate to meet the needs of the modern high-speed world. He shows how Agile methods are being introduced beyond the software world to deliver benefits to people and organisations.

  • Book Review: Making it Big in Software

    by Dave West on  Oct 28, 2010 1

    The focus of this book by Sam Lightstone is helping you become a great software development professional. Career advancement is important, but secondary. Using a mix of interviews, commentary, and advice, this book exposes and explores the principles and values that support professionalism and even craftsmanship.

  • Are You a Software Architect?

    by Simon Brown on  Feb 09, 2010 40

    The line between development and architecture is tricky. Some say it's fake, that architecture is an extension of the design process undertaken by developers; others say it's a chasm that can only be crossed by lofty developers who believe you must abstract your abstractions and not worry about implementation details. There's a balance in the middle, but how do you move from one to the other?

The Elephant in the Room: Using Brain Science to Enhance Working Relationships

Posted by Diana Larsen and Sharon Buckmaster on  Oct 29, 2009

The new brain science (social neuroscience, positive psychology, and imaging techniques) give us tools for understanding and enhancing the ability of men and women to work together. 27

Collaborative Leadership and Collaborative Management

Posted by Chris Matts, Pollyanna Pixton and Niel Nickolaisen on  Aug 05, 2009

In this article, we propose a leadership and management framework that fits well with the current need for innovation and distributed decision-making. 3

Tips from a Top Sports Team Coach

Posted by Urs Peter on  Aug 20, 2008

This article outlines 9 principles Marc Lammers discovered while building the world’s best field hockey team, mapping them to software development practices. 7

Using Numbers to Communicate - in the Spirit of Agile

Posted by Linda Rising and Barbara Chauvin on  Jun 13, 2008

Developers and the business use numbers differently, leading to poor communication. Here the "Spirit of Agile" tells a developer the trick: translate non-computational issues into number language. 3

The Agile Coach, from A to Z

Posted by Patrick Kua on  May 22, 2008

Agile introduces a new leadership role, the "Agile Coach." Is it just a new name for an old role, like Line Manager or Technical Lead? Coach Pat Kua paints a picture of the role in this primer.

Software Development Lessons Learned from Poker

Posted by Jay Fields on  Apr 26, 2008

There is no silver bullet. We know it, but don't act like it. Your language, tool or process is better, right? Jay Fields says: "It depends". The right choices varies with context, people, and more. 3

Help Your Teams Trade Cubicles for Communication Skills

Posted by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Mar 24, 2008

The "self organising team" paradigm demands new skills of team members – people skills they may not already possess. Here are some strategies and resources leaders can use to impart these skills. 2

Questioning the Retrospective Prime Directive

Posted by Linda Rising on  Feb 14, 2008

The 'Retrospective Prime Directive' is often used during retrospectives to encourage learning without recriminations. Here a group of senior practitioners looks at its benefits and difficulties. 10

The "Consulting" Contract

Posted by Michael K. Spayd on  Dec 30, 2007

Michael Spayd tells us that both contractors & permanent employees can play a "consultant" role, and can use contracts to help create stellar results for clients while respecting their own values. 2

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