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Sound of Silence: A workshop for Improving Understanding and Listening

by Ben Linders on  Sep 30, 2013

At the Agile Tour Brussels conference, Luc Taesch facilitated a workshop about understanding and listening. He applied "cognitive science" or "neuroscience" for IT Professionals, and provided solutions to help them dealing with interrupting thoughts and feelings.

Agile Retrospectives, Can You Skip Them?

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2013 2

Teams sometimes consider to skip a retrospective meeting, when they feel time pressure, or do not see direct benefits of doing one. Next they question themselves if they have to keep doing retrospectives? Agile retrospectives help teams to learn and improve continuously, and there are valid reasons to keep doing them also with mature teams.

How to Use Feedback with Performance Appraisals for Agile Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Aug 29, 2013

When enterprises implement agile ways of working, questions can arise if changes are needed in the way performance appraisals are being done? Several authors have suggestions on how you can use feedback next or as a replacement for existing appraisal processes, to improve the performance of individuals and teams.

Making Time for Innovation in Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Jul 25, 2013 2

To stay competitive, enterprises look for ways to do innovation inside their organization. A first step can be to make time available which people can use to think about new products and services and discuss ideas and develop concepts, for instance with a dedicated “full-time” innovation team, by arranging frequent innovation time-slots, or by organizing short and intense innovation workshops.

The Flexibility of Agile: Flaw or Strength?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 18, 2013 4

The principle of “responding to change over following a plan”, is it a strength or a flexibility that can’t work in practice? For example, what about agile projects that had difficulties managing changes and customers who expect too much flexibility? Can agile not live up to its promises, or is it the way that teams and organizations have adopted agile that is causing the problems?

Why Do Teams Find It Difficult to Do Agile Retrospectives?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 11, 2013

Retrospectives are often considered to be a valuable agile technique, but sometimes teams have difficulties doing them: insufficient control of things, thinking that they can’t improve, difficulties defining good actions, or much complaining. Teams may find retrospectives boring, and a waste of their time. How to deal with this, and help teams to discover better ways to do retrospectives?

Balancing Independent Testing and Agile Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jun 27, 2013

Collaboration between developers and testers is often considered important in cross functional agile teams to become successful. There is also a benefit of having independence for testers, so that they can report about the quality of the software without fear. How can you balance testers independence with collaboration in agile teams?

Martin Fowler at GOTO Amsterdam 2013 about Agile Essence and Fluency

by Ben Linders on  Jun 20, 2013

Martin Fowler talked about software development in the 21st century, discussing agile essence and how teams adopt agile. He presented at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference how teams can increase their agile fluency, from a first star level up to four stars.

DevOps Days Amsterdam Day 1 Focused on Continuous Delivery and DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Jun 15, 2013

The first day of DevOps Days Amsterdam had its focus split between continuous delivery and promoting a DevOps culture. Talks focused on how to automate the deployment pipeline but also system recovery in case of failure. On the culture side leveraging distinct personality types to successfully introduce changes and the positive impact of strong company culture on hiring were some of the takeaways.

Happy Melly: A Business Network to Help People to Become Happy Workers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 13, 2013 1

Inspired by the photo “Melly Shum hates her job”, Jurgen Appelo, Maarten Volders and Vasco Duarto initiated Happy Melly with the purpose to help people to become happy workers and live better lives. The Happy Melly business has now taken off to help organizations to survive in changing environments, with happy workers that are motivated to engage and contribute.

Finding Ways to Improve Business – IT Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jun 06, 2013 2

Collaboration between business and IT can be a problem in enterprises. People are finding ways to better support the business needs and increase the business value of IT, using business IT fusion, DevOps or sociocracy.

Improving Collaboration of Testers and Developers in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  May 23, 2013

Collaboration between agile team members, like developers and testers, helps to make teams successful. What can scrum masters do to help testers and developers to work together in agile teams, and improve collaboration?

How a Scrum Master Can Handle Impediments with a Team

by Ben Linders on  May 16, 2013

Impediments are used to discuss issues take actions when a team becomes blocked. Impediments are handled in different ways, a look at how some scrum masters do it.

Using Large Agile Retrospectives to Improve Projects

by Ben Linders on  Apr 25, 2013

Retrospectives help teams to learn and improve their way of working. Several agile coaches have scaled retrospectives to cover larger projects or programs with multiple teams. Let’s explore how they did it.

Leadership for Self-Organized Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Apr 18, 2013 1

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.

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