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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

A Leaner Start: Reducing Team Setup Times

Posted by Pat Kua on  Nov 22, 2007

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

AgileEVM: Measuring Cost Efficiency Across the Product Lifecycle

Posted by Tamara Sulaiman on  Oct 05, 2007

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

Book Review: The Responsibility Virus Helps Fear Undermine Collaboration

Posted by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Sep 10, 2007

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

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