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Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

How Do We Automate Testing?

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 07, 2017

Test automation will demand time and attention, but when done the right way, is worth the investment. Don’t overdo automation; instead, focus on the needs and requirements. Having clean and easy-to-read code is very important to keep your test suite maintainable.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Unblocking Middle Management Using Personas

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 30, 2017 1

Personas of roles like middle managers can be useful when you going through an agile transformation. It’s easier to get something from middle managers if you understand the position that they are in. A persona helps in knowing what to ask or not ask a manager, increasing your chances of getting what you need from them.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Game Changing Beliefs for Knowledge Working Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 23, 2017

Game changing beliefs carry the strength of the strongest walls to shape our behavior. The beliefs we choose to take on in our professional work are a leverage point. They can help us to change the culture and behavior in organizations to increase agility.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Using Self-Selection to Create Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 16, 2017

At one company, self-selection was applied to redistribute people over teams. It provided the opportunity for developers to get involved in strategic decisions and understand the needs of the business. Using self-selection, they learned that by giving people the power to take difficult and informed decisions, they will become motivated, no matter how tough the decision is.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Game Changers for Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 07, 2017

We want to approach strategy using choices, direction, and iterative experiments, establish a growth mindset in organizations, and work towards a common purpose or goal with leaders and teams sharing the same values, principles, and mindset; these are some of the game changers for organizations to become more innovative, deliver faster and better, and have happier and more engaged employees.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Making Our Language and Behaviour More Inclusive

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 02, 2017

To avoid excluding people, we need to gain more awareness when we are in the wrong and be introspective to find out why someone is upset or offended by what we have said or done. By being excluded, people will eventually leave their jobs, communities or profession, which is something that we need to prevent. Peter Aitken suggested taking a positive approach when addressing inclusion issues.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

The Future of Work - Afternoon Sessions from Agile People Sweden

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 27, 2017

The future of work is about microlearning and unlearning, freedom by technology, agile companies, alignment for autonomy, and self-organized groups of people around common goals and interests; these are some of the ideas that were discussed at Agile People Sweden.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

The Toyota Way at Codeweavers

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 26, 2017

Codeweavers combines the Toyota way with extreme programming and continuous delivery in development and support to do small, frequent releases. The advice to apply the Toyota way is to start with the books, understand the philosophy, and begin teaching it to others.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

The Future of Work - Morning Sessions from Agile People Sweden

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 24, 2017

The fifth Agile People Sweden Conference is being held on October 23 and 24 in Stockholm. The 2017 conference theme is: The Future of Work - Scaling Agile to Improve Worklife. The Monday morning sessions explored agility scales, enterprise wide agility with sociocracy, and self organization.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Paradoxes in Culture Change

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 19, 2017

Organizations should realize that organizational culture is an important factor in increasing agility, and then act on this realization. The desired organizational culture must be promoted by example top down; what is happening at the top of the organization concerning values, communication and customer involvement will predict what will happen in the "underlying" layers of the organization.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

The Spotify Model is No "Agile Nirvana"

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 12, 2017

At Spotify, management and the way the organization works support teams and agile practices by growing people. But Spotify isn’t an “Agile Nirvana”, it’s hard to reach high performance with teams that are constantly growing, changing, and splitting into new teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Experimenting with Self-Organisation

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 06, 2017

Self-organising teams are much more effective, engaged and happier. Not everyone is comfortable with self-organising; people are conditioned to do what they are told and mainly to work on their own. You need modern leadership approaches like intent-based leadership, sociocracy, and holacracy, to enable self-organising teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

How Blogging Empowers Agile Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 05, 2017

Moving the thinking and decisions a team makes from people’s inboxes onto a blog can make it accessible to all, findable in the future, and referenceable by everyone. Instead of writing documentation, you can use blogumentation to transfer knowledge and document the history of projects that provide context to the code.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Agile at LEGO

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 28, 2017

Agile has been part of LEGO for more than a decade, but it is still spreading seeds and finding applications in business areas outside digital and IT. Some of LEGO's core values are play and learning which resonate very well with the agile principle of iterations, experimentation, and retrospectives.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

How to Measure Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 21, 2017

Stability and throughput are the things that you can measure when adopting continuous delivery practices. These metrics can help you reduce uncertainty, make better decisions about which practices to amplify or dampen, and steer your continuous delivery adoption process in the right direction.

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