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. Companies like Deloitte & Touche and IBM have seen financial results including increased retention of women by training their managers to use gender intelligence.
What is the role of a leader in today’s dynamic environments? Does traditional management provide value in a market that requires agility and adaptability? In this article, we propose a leadership and management framework that fits well with the current need for innovation and distributed decision-making.
In team sport, as in software development, the team factor is crucial for success. In fact, team sport shows many inspiring parallels to software development. This article outlines 9 essential principles top-coach Marc Lammers discovered while building the world’s best field hockey team, and maps them to software development practices
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
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.
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
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
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
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
In this article J. B. Rainsberger looks at at a common holiday season communication problem, and shares one of his secret weapons for team building: the Satir Communication Model. 4
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
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