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  • Building an Effective and Enjoyable Remote Onboarding Experience

    The onboarding experience will make up the new hire’s first impression of your team and company, so it’s really the ideal place to set standards, and therefore requires thoughtful planning, patience, and compassion. In this article, I will dive into some of my own learnings as I onboarded new team members remotely as well as my own wonderful experience joining a new organisation in 2021!

  • People, Not Screens: Why Soul-Based Leadership Will Change the Nature of Remote and Hybrid Work

    Virtual, remote, or hybrid work is the main leadership challenge of our time. Leaders should focus on bringing out humaneness and people's desire to be seen and heard in respectful and appreciative ways. Soul-based leadership is built on neuroscience and other ways of knowing inspired by eastern philosophies in which aliveness is at the heart of awareness, stillness and calm.

  • The Three Symptoms of Toxic Leadership and How to Get out of It

    None of us are born toxic leaders, but anyone can easily become one. In the past several years, workplaces have started to feel the effects of “toxic leadership.” Now is the time to educate everyone on the importance of speaking right, doing right, treating each other right in the workplace, and above all, being a non-toxic leader.

  • How to Decide in Self-Managed Projects - a Lean Approach to Governance

    Whether self-managed or self-governed as a project, the power still needs to be distributed internally. If the project is open to decide how things are done, how do we decide? A solid but flexible set of tools and practices like sociocracy is a great starting point for projects to have clear but lean processes that can grow as we grow.

  • Moving into "Modern Test Leadership"

    Test management is dead; it just really needs to evolve. Test Leadership means focusing more on raising the awareness of testing across an organisation, and coaching/mentoring your team to be passionate advocates for quality. As a test leader, you need to learn to adapt to remain relevant, take time to self-reflect on what is important to you, and build personal leadership values.

  • Zuzana Šochová on Becoming an Agile Leader

    The book The Agile Leader by Zuzana Šochová explains the need for agile leaders and explores what agile leadership looks like. It describes the skills of agile leaders, practices that they use, and provides exercises and assessments that can be used to become an agile leader.

  • Becoming an Exceptional Manager

    The book Manager in Shorts by Gal Zellermayer describes principles of management in hi-tech, focusing on people, processes, and culture. It provides tips and ideas that readers can use to develop their leadership skills and learn how to manage technical people and become an exceptional manager.

  • Leading during Times of High Uncertainty and Change

    To help teams succeed during uncertain times, leaders need to navigate different horizons; managing themselves and building strong relationships with their teams. Organisations need leadership at all levels. In order to be successful, leaders should develop skills for self-management, delegation, dealing with ambiguity, managing in all directions, systems thinking, and leading through context.

  • Retrospectives for Management Teams

    Engaging top management in a recurring retrospective approach can result in long-term value in organizations. Retrospectives can help management teams to explore how they collaborate and cooperate. They can find out whether they should change something and decide on action points that propel the team forward and make them more effective.

  • Go, See & Do. A Guide to Running a Gemba Sprint

    This article is a guide to organizing a Gemba sprint; a sprint where teams, leadership, and management work together with the ultimate goal of coming together as an organization. Ahmad Fahmy explores what is needed to set up a Gemba sprint, how to organize and run one and provides some dos and don'ts to make a Gemba sprint effective.

  • Q&A on the Book Managing the Unmanageable

    The book Managing the Unmanageable by Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty provides rules, tools, and insights to manage programmers and teams. It explores how to hire and develop programmers, onboard new hires quickly and successfully, and build and nurture highly effective and productive teams.

  • Q&A on the Book Agile Leadership Toolkit

    Agile leadership is the art and craft of creating the right environment for self-managing teams. The book Agile Leadership Toolkit by Peter Koning is a practical book that supports existing agile managers and leaders in growing their agile teams and creating the right environment for them.