Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?
ThoughtWorks has recently open sourced their Continuous Delivery (CD) tool, called Go, having its origins in CruiseControl and providing a pipeline process that covers the entire code development process: continuous integration, testing and deploying.
Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.
Jurgen Appelo has released a tool to help target intrinsic motivators in teams and individuals, his -Champfrogs checklist.
The 2013 international conference in Central Europe about Lean and Kanban (LKCE13) included presentations about change management, systems thinking, leadership, learning, and teamwork, and case studies from larger organizations that have applied Lean and Kanban. InfoQ interviewed Arne Roock about deployment of Lean and Kanban in agile software development.
The way that agile teams and organizations take decisions impacts the value that they can get from agile ways of working. To become agile, it can help to learn different decision making techniques, and pick the one which is most suitable for a situation.
Guillaume Duquesnay uses his experience with games and roleplaying in his work as an agile coach. At the Agile Tour Brussels he talked about leadership, facilitation and management styles where no authority was involved. InfoQ interviewed Guillaume on his coaching, facilitation and leadership skills, and asked him if playing games gives happiness and fun to people, and make them more productive?
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has announced today his retirement from Microsoft, stepping down from his position within the next 12 months after a new CEO has been chosen.
Thoughtworks recently released a new installment of their technology radar highlighting techniques enabling infrastructure as code, perimeterless enterprises, applying proven practices to areas without, and lightweight analytics.
Organizations that implement self-organized agile teams need managers who empowerer the teams by using servant leadership, and who coach and mentor them to learn and continuously improve themselves.
Thoughtworks recently published a whitepaper including a maturity model for continuous delivery (or CD) as a response to research indicating that most companies understand the importance of innovation, but are not able to deliver software quickly enough to meet the needs of business leaders.
The introductory keynote at Agile 2012 in Dallas entitled Scaling Up Excellence was delivered by Bob Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and author of numerous business books including "Good Boss, Bad Boss" and "The No Asshole Rule".
A “team of leaders” is a team where everyone is encouraged to take ownership of a project, where the leadership potential is developed in every team member. InfoQ has interviewed Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek, authors of the book Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations in which they explain this concept in detail.
In a series of blog posts Johanna Rothman speaks up against the common view of leader and manager roles. She argues that management without leadership can not be successful.