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  • Applying Social Leadership to Enhance Collaboration and Nurture Communities

    There are many styles and forms of leadership. In this article we explore social leadership, a form of leadership that has helped to challenge views on what leadership truly is and find out what behaviours can help create collaborative cultures and spaces where learning and meaningful engagement matter the most.

  • A Design Thinking Roadmap for Process Improvement and Organizational Change

    How to understand an organization and the problem they want to improve, find solutions to problems, and provide feasible and high value recommendations that significantly transform how the organization operates for many years? This article shows how design thinking techniques have been used at NASA to drive organizational change and process improvement to create an impact on the organization.

  • How to Reduce Burnout in IT Security Teams

    Burnout isn't a selfcare problem. The information security industry needs to take a deeper examination and create changes to allow for workers to have more flexibility and the ability to have balanced personal and work life. This article serves as a starting point by breaking down why burnout exists in InfoSec, why past solutions don’t work anymore, and how to actually reduce burnout in teams.

  • Takeoff: What Software Development Can Learn from Aviation

    A lot of professions have been around way longer than software development and have developed "best practices" to handle typical problems and challenges. Software developers can benefit from taking a closer look at aircraft maintenance or a pilot’s processes to learn from them, optimize our processes. and last but not least, try to reduce some of the stress that we experience over and over again.

  • Gamification: a Strategy for Enterprises to Enable Digital Product Practices

    To embrace the changing needs of consumers, organizations are exploring new ways to ideate, collaborate and create products, some of them being embracing co-creation models, investment in long-term value, and fostering collective wisdom through gamification. This article shows how gamification helps to create perspective around product practices and bring us closer to next-generation products.

  • Resetting a Struggling Scrum Team Using Sprint 0

    Sprint 0 can be a great mechanism in Agile transformations to reset existing teams which are not delivering value, exhibiting a lack of accountability, or struggling with direct collaboration with customers. This article shares the experiences from doing a Sprint 0 with an existing team which was struggling to deliver, helping them to align to a new product vision and become a stronger team.

  • Leveraging Diversity to Enhance Cybersecurity

    How can we ensure there is a diverse mindset applied to cybersecurity? By including non-technical people, those from non-traditional backgrounds, and being intentional about avoiding herd mentality. If we as an industry proclaim security as a best practice, we must equally ensure diversity to ensure we have most effectively mitigated the risks that abound.

  • Applying Genetic Engineering to Your Organization Culture

    Common barriers to transformation value remain people, mindset, and organizational culture; they are so significant that they can halt any transformation from achieving meaningful delivery capabilities. Behavioral mechanisms can work as a sophisticated DNA blueprint that directs actions. This article explores mechanisms for DNA manipulation to apply the concepts in the organizational environment.

  • Leveraging the Agile Manifesto for More Sustainability

    This article explores what sustainability means exactly, the current status of sustainability of the major agile organizations (Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance), and the impact of software development on sustainability. The main focal point of this article is using the principles of the Agile Manifesto to guide actions that contribute to more sustainability.

  • Improving Testability: Removing Anti-Patterns through Joint Conversations

    Code is always testable, but the cost may be high, and the effort exhausting. We can change code to be highly testable by identifying anti-patterns and fixing them. And developers can make the code fit the test requirements, by having discussions with the testers who actually test it.

  • Thoughtfully Training SRE Apprentices: Establishing Padawan and Jedi Matches

    This article shares how Padawans and Jedis can inspire and teach us how to help people of a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and experience levels to observe and understand failures in production. It covers practical lessons learned and shares how you can create and rollout a program for SRE Apprentices within your organization. It also shares feedback from the SRE Apprentices themselves.

  • A Journey in Test Engineering Leadership: Applying Session-Based Test Management

    This article shows how modifying Session-based Test Management to our context helped us gain more visibility into our testing. Having a structured yet flexible approach to test management allowed us to make better, more timely decisions about the testing, and gave us more opportunities to influence quality decisions earlier in the process.