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  • Agile Implementation from a Manager's Perspective

    “Perfect is the enemy of good”, so why change something that is working? In this article, based on a true story of agile implementation, you can find answers to the questions: why are managers afraid of letting their waterfall teams become agile? What could your manager’s dilemmas be when working in waterfall environment? So, to change or not to change?

  • Engineering Culture Revived: The Key to Digital Transformation

    Teams can create their environment for sustainable development to enable innovative insights into what and how to deliver. Team managers must anticipate the need for continuous improvement and renewal, or else face the interference of a ’top-down’ driven ‘digital transformation’ that frustrates software engineering practice. It’s time for teams to reclaim the practice of software engineering.

  • Q&A on the Book Agile Management

    The book Agile Management by Mike Hoogveld explores how the agile principles and values can be implemented in an agile way to improve the flexibility and entrepreneurship within organizations. It shows how the “voice of the customer” should be the starting point for designing the products, services, channels and processes you offer to your customers.

  • Decision Making in a Company with No Managers

    Self-managed companies are emerging as a viable option for the future of work. The transformation from standard hierarchical organisation to a flat structure is definitely beneficial, but obviously a challenging process. This article explores how SoftwareMill, a Polish software house, did it.

  • Holacracy for Humans

    Snapper, a New Zealand based transport ticketing service provider, wanted to be more like a city, and less like a bureaucratic corporation. In 2016 they introduced Holacracy, which enables people to act more like entrepreneurs and self-direct their work instead of waiting to be told what to do. They use Holacracy across all areas of the business and this way of working applies to everyone.

  • Q&A on the Book The Age of Surge

    In the book The Age of Surge, Brad Murphy and Carol Mase explore a human-centered approach to scaling agility and transforming companies for digital. The book describes the Digital Wave Model which companies can use to disrupt organizational structures and business functions and re-create them to fit the digital landscape.

  • Q&A on the Book Leadership Agility

    The book Leadership Agility by Ron Meyer and Ronald Meijers provides a collection of leadership styles that leaders can use to expand their repertoire and increase their leadership agility. Readers can learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the styles and find out under which circumstances styles can be effective.

  • Q&A on the Book "Agile People"

    Pia-Maria Thorén has written a book titled Agile People, in which she challenges the role of Human Resources in organisations, identifies where the current approaches are not working and why they need to change to support modern organisational thinking.

  • Customize Your Agile Approach: What Kinds of Leadership Does Your Project Need?

    This is the fourth in a series of articles that will help you think about how you might want to customize your agile approach for your context. This article is about the kind of leadership your project might need and who might provide it. Teams new to agile or new to an organization need facilitation so they can create their own agile approach that works.

  • Q&A on the Book "A Seat at the Table"

    In the book A Seat at the Table Mark Schwartz explains how the traditional role of the CIO conflicts with an agile approach for software development. He explores what IT leadership looks like in an agile environment, advising CIOs to set a vision for IT and take accountability for business outcomes.

  • Q&A on the Book Working with Coders

    The book Working with Coders is a practical guide to managing teams of software developers aimed at a non-technical audience. In the book, Patrick Gleeson explores how the software development process works and what managers can do to support it effectively and build solid working relationships with coders.

  • The Role and Importance of Communication in Post-Hierarchical Leadership

    Communication is important in a modern, post-hierarchical business. Based on theoretical and empirical research which analysed the role of internal corporate communications in a post-hierarchic leadership system, this article explores fundamentals of post-hierarchic management and leadership and underlines how corporate communications can act as a catalyst to foster and enable such a new paradigm.

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