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  • Psychological Safety: Models and Experiences

    This paper discusses psychological safety that refers to a climate in which people are comfortable being (and expressing) themselves. A proposed model (called S.A.F.E.T.Y.) is discussed briefly, and the article proposes a path to how we can use this model in agile adoptions related to teams and organizations.

  • Velocity and Better Metrics: Q&A with Doc Norton

    Velocity is not good for predictions or diagnostics, argued Doc Norton at Experience Agile 2019. It's a lagging indicator of a complex system which is too volatile to know what our future performance will be; it isn’t stable enough to be used reliably. We can use Monte Carlo simulation for forecasting, and cumulative flow diagrams to track work, see changes in scope, and spot bottlenecks.

  • Scrum: The Art of Changing the Possible

    The Scrum Fieldbook aims at introducing Scrum within organizations outside of the software industry, where Scrum can help leaders achieve a culture of high performance. The author shares patterns, practices and practical steps that leaders can take to incorporate these successfully in their organization.

  • How to Tell Compelling Stories Using Data: Q&A with Dr. Christine Bailey

    The more evidence we have, the more likely our ideas are believed - or so we’re conditioned to think . But data doesn’t always engage people; this is where storytelling can help to combine data, insights, and emotion, said Dr. Christine Bailey. She presented techniques to tell compelling stories with data, and showed how that can increase our influence with external and internal stakeholders.

  • Agile around The World - A Journey of Discovery

    People in different parts of the world exhibit behaviours that can either fit with agile or be an impediment. David Spinks and Glaudia Califano are travelling the world to explore how national cultures impact agile adoption.

  • Rediscovering Lean

    For those who love continuous improvement, software engineering fits. Turn in any direction and you’ll see potential for doing better, going faster and increasing quality. You should not try to chase the latest and greatest agile practices. Instead, spend time working out your unique approach based on the goal you have been given, the people you have, and the underlying principles that you hold.

  • Understanding Serverless: Tips and Resources for Building Servicefull Applications

    There are still many misconceptions and concerns regarding serverless solutions. Vendor lock-in, tooling, cost management, cold starts, monitoring and the development lifecycle are all hot topics where serverless technologies are concerned. This article shares tips and resources to guide serverless newcomers towards building powerful, flexible and cost-effective serverless applications.

  • Maybe Agile Is the Problem

    “Agile” now means anything, everything, and nothing. Many organizations are Agile fatigued, and the “Agile Industrial Complex” is part of the problem. Agilists must go back to the basics and simplicity of the Manifesto and 12 Principles. The Heart of Agile and Modern Agile are examples of basic, simple frameworks. Agilists also have much to learn from social sciences.

  • Why Should We Care about Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics

    The 2018 rewrite of the ACM code of ethics and professional conduct has brought it up-to-date with new technologies and societal demands. This code supports the ethical conduct of computing professionals through a set of guidelines for positively working in the tech industry.

  • Being an Ethical Software Engineer

    Our lives are improving because of technology. Software engineering is one of the more influencing practices we have today that is shaping society, but it doesn’t look like the industry is owning this social responsibility. At the end of the day, it’s not just about being better developers, but rather about being better people.

  • A Different Meaning of CI - Continuous Improvement, the Heartbeat of DevOps

    This personal experience report shows that political in-house games and bad corporate culture are not only annoying and a waste of time, but also harm a lot of initiatives for improvement. Whenever we become aware of the blame game, we should address it! DevOps wants to deliver high quality. The willingness to make things better - products, processes, collaboration, and more - is vital.

  • Agile Anti-Patterns: A Systems Thinking Approach

    Agile anti-patterns can disguise themselves as "solutions" or "workarounds". This article discusses the importance of recognising and classifying a new generation of agile anti-pattern with a systems thinking approach. It shows how to create and promote a shared language using value streams as an effective means of creating a systems thinking culture amongst agile teams and the wider business.

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