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  • 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.

  • Q&A on A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game

    In A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game, Jeff Sutherland and James Coplien explore how to do Scrum well using patterns. There are more than ninety patterns which provide insight into Scrum’s building blocks, how they work, and how highly effective teams use them.

  • Q&A on the Book Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the inside out

    The book Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out explains how focusing on inner-agility through sensemaking, communication, and relationship intelligence can increase the outer agility of organizations. It describes Sense-and-Respond leadership, an approach to catalyzing the creation of outcomes by sensing acutely, responding gracefully, and sensing deliberately.

  • Great Managers Are Like Great Teachers: Q&A with Jessica Ingrassellino

    Differentiated instruction strategies have helped Jessica Ingrassellino find ways for each of her team members to best grow and flourish with the opportunities available. She applies this by adjusting content, process, and outcome, approaching each individual as an individual with respect for their needs.

  • 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.

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