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  • 5 Configuration Management Best Practices

    by Chris Read on  Jun 03, 2010 5

    There has been a lot of conversation going on around the configuration of applications, and how to manage it. This article explores things people can do from within their code to make their lives, and the lives of anyone else who has to administer or maintain their application, easier. These patterns have been used a number of times on ThoughtWorks projects, and they have proven their worth.

  • Agile Teamwork: The Leadership - Self-management Dilemma

    by Rowan McCann on  Jan 05, 2010 5

    Self-managed teams are unstable and are successful when the ‘Leadership – Self-Management’ dilemma is understood and dealt with. Too much central control destroys agility, inhibits creativity and resists change. Too much self-management leads to chaos and anarchy and destroys a team. A successful Agile Team operates as far along self-management as it can, without tipping over into chaos.

  • How Product Management Must Change to Enable the Agile Enterprise

    by Catherine Connor on  Nov 30, 2009 4

    When development teams adopt agile, product management is often caught off guard by the amount of work added to their already overflowing plate. Agile calls for new skills, and traditional staffing models do not typically accommodate the new product owner role. Given that most product managers are overworked, how can they manage these new activities to derive more value?

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

The Role of Project Managers in Agile

Posted by Vinay Aggarwal on  Sep 02, 2009

This article explains the role of project manager in general in any industry and then tries to map it with the role of coach/facilitator in Agile. 14

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

The Economics of Service Orientation

Posted by Enrique Castro-Leon&Jackson He&Mark Chang&Parviz Peiravi on  May 16, 2009

This article explores the structural economic changes brought up by service orientation and how the concept of services and the reuse of services promise long lasting relief from the cost treadmill.

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.

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

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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