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12th State of Agile Report Published

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Apr 19, 2018

The 2018 State of Agile Report has been published by CollabNet VersionOne. Some of the conclusions from the report are that the need for customer and user satisfaction is increasing, more and more organizations are scaling agile, distributed teams are becoming the norm in agile software development, and many organization have started or plan to start a DevOps initiative in the next 12 months.

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Great Engineering Cultures and Organizations - Afternoon Sessions from QCon London

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 17, 2018

The Building Great Engineering Cultures and Organizations track at QCon London 2018 contained talks from practitioners representing digital leaders of the consumer internet as well as transformational corporates from “traditional” sectors. Previously InfoQ published a summary of the morning sessions; this is the summary of the afternoon sessions of this track.

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Great Engineering Cultures and Organizations - Morning Sessions from QCon London

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 15, 2018

The building great engineering cultures and organizations track at QCon London 2018 included talks from practitioners representing digital leaders of the consumer internet as well as transformational corporates from “traditional” sectors. The speakers presented how they established and scaled engineering cultures that keep their organisations ahead of the rest. A summary of the morning sessions.

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Dealing with the Broken Human Machine: How to Create High-Performing Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 07, 2018

To really progress in developing software and build anything at a scale, you have to examine your blind spots and learn to deal with people. The culture we build is important: the difference between a high performing engineering team and a low performing one is orders of magnitude in terms of productivity and quality. Focusing on how we do things is as important as what we’re doing.

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Data-Driven Thinking for Continuous Improvement

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 06, 2018

Organizations need an objective way to measure performance and tie actions back to business outcomes to improve continuously. Avvo uses a data-driven decision framework with an autonomous team model and a practice of retrospectives to help people make better decisions and proposals for continuous improvement.

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Improving The Adoption of Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Jan 18, 2018

We should use an agile approach to adopt agile instead of adopting agile in a waterfall way, and have leaders who are willing to empower their teams and build an organization that supports them. The industry needs more practices on incrementally rolling agility out.

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Game Changing Beliefs for Knowledge Working Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 18 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.

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HR Needs an Agile Makeover

by Shane Hastie Follow 17 Followers on  May 22, 2017

Human Resources is an outmoded way of thinking about people and needs a significant makeover. Dov Sal examines the purpose of HR in agile organisations and encourages HR practitioners to adopt the Manifesto for Agile HR Development. On a similar note, Bersin by Deloitte provides an Agile Model of HR which talks about making radical change to the mission and focus of HR departments.

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Improving Work Life with Organizational Hacks

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Apr 13, 2017

Visualize everything, pair up, open Friday, and no training budget; these are some of the "work hacks" that have improved work life at Sipgate, a telephone provider using Scrum.

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Lean and Agile Culture at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 21, 2017

Scaling lean and agile is not a question of frameworks, it's about values, principles and mindset. At Yle the company management has been involved in the agile transformation by carrying out experiments, learning and doing; not by implementing frameworks. Magic happens when you work together with people in teams on all levels.

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Courage to Become Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Feb 20, 2017

Being brave is about doing what is necessary, even when you are afraid. The single most important thing in agile is to inspect and dare to change things which aren't working. You can start with small experiments to find solutions, and if it turns they do not work, then you can stop them.

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Cultivating Attention and Awareness in Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Jan 12, 2017

Technology makes it easier to collaborate, but also distracts us and can have negative consequences on the quality and content of our personal interactions. The mere presence of a cell phone can pull you away from a task and reduce your focus. An interview with Jeffery Hackert on cultivating attention, awareness and empathy when working in teams, and giving and receiving uninterrupted attention.

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Emergent Practices, the True Pattern for Succeeding with Agile

by Rui Miguel Ferreira Follow 2 Followers on  Dec 08, 2016

Alexandre Magno, author of the book ”How Creative Workers Learn", gave a masterclass at the Scrum Gathering Portugal 2016 showing the power of the practices that emerge from the inside of an organization instead of being imported from the outside.

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Latest Edition of the Scrum Guide Now Available

by Shane Hastie Follow 17 Followers on  Jul 09, 2016 2

The latest edition of the Scrum Guide has been launched by Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. The biggest change in this version of the Guide is the inclusion of the Scrum Values.

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Overcoming Paradigms to Become Truly Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 18 Followers on  Jul 07, 2016 2

Truly agile is what you are, and to become agile you need to overcome paradigms, argues Arie van Bennekum, co-author of the agile manifesto. It takes "being agile" and not "doing agile" to achieve success. Agile is an interaction concept based on the values and principles of the agile manifesto. Technology facilitates agile working, but tools don’t make you agile.

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