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Delivering More Software Without Adding People

by Ben Linders on  Jun 26, 2014

As the need for software products and services increases organizations look for ways to increase their capacity. Often organizations decide to scale up by adding more people. Some question this approach and suggest alternative ways to be able to deliver more software without adding people.

Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

Winning with DevOps

by Aslan Brooke on  May 26, 2013

Rebel Labs recently released a productivity report indicating DevOps is a key initiative for 2013 with tangible benefits for engineers, managers, and businesses. The report includes findings in the following categories: the work week, application failures/responses, tools, and software releases.

ZeroTurnaround Acquires Javeleon

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 22, 2013 2

Java software tools maker ZeroTurnaround has acquired Javeleon, a Denmark based startup that produces a product related to ZeroTurnaround's popular JRebel dynamic Java class-reloading tool.

JustCode Q3 - Improve Productivity by Reducing Keystrokes

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 19, 2012

JustCode Q3 ships with several new features which enables developers to minimize coding by automating frequently used tasks and thereby improving productivity.

Enhance Productivity with Visual Studio 2012 Power Tools

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 12, 2012

Microsoft recently released Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 with three new features to enhance developers productivity.

The Exact Science of Communication Patterns

by Marta Jasinska on  May 04, 2012

Alex "Sandy" Pentland, professor of MIT, talks about his experiments with sociometric badges in context of teams productivity in his interview for Harvard Business Review. His research can help in defining optimal communication patters that will make you and your team members more efficient and more satisfied at work.

Seven Options for Handling Interruptions on Agile Teams

by Craig Smith on  Jan 26, 2012 1

Interruptions are something that every team has to deal with and, if not managed appropriately, they can potentially have a detrimental affect on their ability to deliver. In a recent post on the Agile Advice blog, Mishkin Berteig described seven options that teams could consider to deal with interruptions when using Scrum or iterative Agile approaches.

Too Much Technology?

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Jan 23, 2012 5

As technologists we often never question how technology is affecting us and our world. This interview with Eric Brende presents an a different view on progress, innovation and technology.

Enabling and Sustaining High Performing Teams

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 06, 2011

Agile practices should foster high-performance self-organizing teams. It is important that high-performance equals value delivery, to ensure that the team solves the right problem. It is also important to create an environment where high-performance can flourish which requires thinking and action at a management level. We examine three commentators perspectives on enabling high performance.

Is Velocity Killing Agile?

by Michael Floyd on  Nov 04, 2011 1

Velocity, the measure of work completed by the team divided by the time taken to complete it, is increasingly being used to manage the productivity of a team and as a comparison between teams. Jim Highsmith, Mark Levison, and Scott Ambler discuss the misuse of velocity as a productivity measure.

Simple Tools Preferred in the Agile Tools Space

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 07, 2010 2

Agile does not necessarily mandate or recommend the use of tools. Ideally the development could be done on a command line interface with requirements present on index cards. However, in the last few years, several tools have emerged and they have acted as a catalyst to successful Agile development. Migan and Gaia recently conducted a survey to find out the use of such tools in the Agile space.

The “Do Not Disturb” Team Member

by Vikas Hazrati on  Mar 09, 2010 41

Many developers like to work in isolation, for some time, if not always. XP recommends a room arrangement called “Caves and Commons”. Commons area is organized to maximise osmotic communication. Caves are meant to facilitate isolation for activities like personal email, phone calls or a quick spike. However, there could be a situations where a team member wants to take this isolation too far.

What Really Motivates Workers

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 05, 2010 5

In a recent Harvard Business Review article Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J Kramer challenged the commonly held mnagement belief that Recognition is the most motivating and positive factor in the workplace. Their multi-year study tracked the motivation and emotions of hundreds of knowledge workers and identified POGRESS as the single most important factor for individual motivation in the workplace

Need an Answer to Context Switching? Get Disturbed

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 15, 2009 2

Context Switching is defined as changing focus and attention from one task to the other in relatively short periods of time. It is widely considered harmful for the team member and the project that he is working on. Charles Miller mentioned a few ways of how they handle context switching at Atlassian.

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