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  • Q&A on the Book The Art of Leadership

    In the book The Art of Leadership, Michael Lopp shares stories of leadership habits and practices. Examples include reading the room, getting feedback, delegation, giving compliments, understanding the culture, and being kind. In the book Lopp describes how he practiced and refined these leadership habits over the years and what he has learned from doing so.

  • Q&A on the Book Untapped Agility

    The book Untapped Agility by Jesse Fewell explains what holds organizations back in increasing their agility. It describes barriers that may appear during an agile transformation and provides “rebound” moves for unblocking the transformation and moving forward. This recurring pattern of Boost, then Barrier, then Rebound both encourages and enables frustrated agile champions.

  • Q&A on the Book Techlash

    The book Techlash by Ian Mitroff and Rune Storesund explains why companies need to become socially responsible by considering the potential negative outcomes of technology. It explains how proactive crisis management can help prevent a crisis by the early detection and correction of deviations from expected conditions.

  • 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.

  • Scaling Distributed Teams by Drawing Parallels from Distributed Systems

    An effective distributed team’s characteristics are accountability, good communication, clear goals and expectations, a defined decision-making process, and autonomy with explicit norms. Ranganathan Balashanmugam spoke about scaling distributed teams around the world at QCon London 2020. In his talk he showed how we can apply distributed systems patterns for scaling distributed teams.

  • Q&A on the Book Unleashed

    The book Unleashed - The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss explores how leaders can become more effective in empowering their people. It shows how they can combine trust, love, and belonging to create spaces where people excel.

  • Innovation Startups Modeling Agile Culture

    Innovation is not only about the most advanced technology; management and processes are the new era of startups' innovation. To mix the power of the data and the importance of people to offer business intelligence is a key point nowadays. The result is not only the most important thing; the way you do it is more important. To be agile is to adapt to today's market.

  • How Outsourcing Practices Are Changing in 2020: an Industry Insight

    The IT outsourcing industry is very volatile and each year we see new trends reshaping the sector. In 2020, we see some outsourcing practices coming up and others getting stronger. At the same time, we also see some of the prominent outsourcing practices becoming obsolete. This article looks at how the outsourcing industry is changing and getting prepared to embrace the change.

  • Q&A on the Book Becoming an Effective Software Engineering Manager

    The book Becoming an Effective Software Engineering Manager by James Stanier explores how to manage engineers and what managers can do to build and run effective teams. It helps people decide if they want to go from an engineering to a manager role and organize and improve their management activities.

  • Silos, Politics and Delivering Software Products

    Technical teams tend to be unprepared for politics. This leads to political problems being either accepted as tragically inevitable or written off as due to the incompetence of others. Politics in business emerges when direction is not set with sufficient clarity. Better understanding the causes of politics helps understand how best to either resolve or navigate politics in software projects.

  • Using a DDD Approach for Validating Business Rules

    If the goal is to create software applications that emulate the behavior of domain experts, then the challenge is in capturing and implementing the business rules. This is more a factor of good knowledge management than it is raw coding ability. Following techniques from Domain-Driven Design can provide a structure for effectively validating and implementing business rules in a system.

  • Well-Being with Dr O'Sullivan, Part 3: Tech-Ing Care of Your Community

    Dr Michelle O’Sullivan, clinical psychologist, provides advice on interacting with your fellow workers, friends and family to provide support to their mental well-being in difficult times. She discusses connecting and listening skills, which are key to being an effective team member in any environment. Practical researched tips to help you think about yourself and others.

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