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  • Facilitating Feedback That's Psychologically Safe

    This article focuses on feedback with regards to a plan or proposal - ways to make it easier to give and receive feedback, so the psychological safety of the team can increase. The aim is to give you insights, models, structures and practical things to try, in order to facilitate feedback that boosts psychological safety in your team(s).

  • Applying Lean Tools and Techniques to Scrum

    This article focuses on some of the challenges that Scrum is facing and how Lean can be a complementary approach. Lean is often misunderstood as a heavyweight process when in fact it is a philosophy, one that is grounded in continuous improvement. The topic of waste, a central theme that Lean helps focus on, shows us that Scrum can be improved upon.

  • Inspect & Adapt – Digging into Our Foundations of Agility

    Inspecting and adapting are fundamentals in agile practices. Yet, there are wide interpretations of how either is done well. It is a matter of our heart and soul – but the answer lies between our ears. In this article, we invite you to dip your toe into the deep waters of the internal inspect & adapt mechanisms. This article can be summarised in four words: Think. And think again.

  • Agile Transformation: an Integral Approach

    The book Agile Transformation - Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework to Think and Lead Differently by Michael Spayd and Michele Madore provides an integral approach to agile transformations. The integral approach operates on all levels, from individuals to teams to the whole enterprise, helping us take multiple perspectives on situations and to think and act from multiple worldviews.

  • How Journaling Puts Leadership in Action

    Have you ever wondered how keeping a journal (or even a so-called “diary”) and business-related topics go together? In this article, Cosima Laube explores how regular structured writing for the sake of reflection and learning looks, and shares her own experience with different journaling variants and techniques, as well as some science and meta-level views.

  • Practical Applications of Complexity Theory in Software and Digital Products Development

    What if we start a new conversation about complexity, also engaging a completely different crowd - the hands-on practitioners, the problem solvers, the tinkerers? What if we approach that conversation in another way? This article is guided by two new radical ideas; the first idea is on the theory and practice of complexity, and the second idea is on the human element in complexity theory.

  • Surviving Zombie Scrum

    The book Zombie Scrum Survival Guide by Christiaan Verwijs, Johannes Schartau, and Barry Overeem aims to support teams that are stuck in Zombie Scrum. It helps them to understand why things are the way they are and provide them with experiments to get out of this state of Zombie Scrum by enabling collaboration with stakeholders, working increments, autonomy for teams, and continuous improvement.

  • Agile Development Applied to Machine Learning Projects

    Machine learning is a powerful new tool, but how does it fit in your agile development? Developing ML with agile has a few challenges that new teams coming up in the space need to be prepared for - from new roles like data scientists to concerns in reproducibility and dependency management.

  • Adaptive Frontline Incident Response: Human-Centered Incident Management

    The third article in a series on how software companies adapted and continue to adapt to enhance their resilience zeros in on the sources that comprise most of your company’s adaptive resources: your frontline responders. In this article, we draw on our experiences as incident commanders with Twilio to share our reflections on what it means to cultivate resilient people.

  • Q&A on the Book Compass for Agility

    The book Compass for Agility by Leila Rao describes an approach to create change in complex organizations and realize business agility. The compass consists of five phases: Ideation, identification, intake, in action, and introspection. Iterating with this five-step approach can develop internal capability for adaptability and reinvention.

  • Author Q&A on the Book The Innovation Revelation

    David Lowe has written the book The Innovation Revelation: A story about satisfying customer needs. The book tells the fictional story of Charlie Blades who is a manager in the IT department of a retail company in London, faced with disruption from outside and old ways of working inside. The story explores how changes in workplace culture and practices can result in better outcomes.

  • Power to the People: Unleashing Teams through Liberating Structures

    Liberating Structures are a great way for teams to find their voice. They make this happen by asking us to think creatively about the kinds of invitations we are making, and by subverting the normal power dynamics in a meeting. In this article, Greg Myer shares how he is using Liberating Structures at Capital One.

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