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Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Making Our Language and Behaviour More Inclusive

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 02, 2017

To avoid excluding people, we need to gain more awareness when we are in the wrong and be introspective to find out why someone is upset or offended by what we have said or done. By being excluded, people will eventually leave their jobs, communities or profession, which is something that we need to prevent. Peter Aitken suggested taking a positive approach when addressing inclusion issues.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

How Blogging Empowers Agile Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 05, 2017

Moving the thinking and decisions a team makes from people’s inboxes onto a blog can make it accessible to all, findable in the future, and referenceable by everyone. Instead of writing documentation, you can use blogumentation to transfer knowledge and document the history of projects that provide context to the code.

DevOps Follow 299 Followers

Q&A with Aurynn Shaw on Sharing Her Personal DevOps Journey at DevOpsDays NZ

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 30, 2017

Raf Gemmail speaks with Aurynn Shaw about her upcoming DevOpsDays NZ talk and the humanist side of DevOps.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Tackling Technical Debt at Meetup

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Aug 24, 2017

Continuous product health can be realized by regularly prioritizing the highest impact technical debt items and knocking those off systemically. You need to continuously iterate how you're tackling technical debt to drive more and more impactful results. Going for maximum impact items first and communicating the impact of paying down technical debt is what Yvette Pasqua, CTO of Meetup, recommends.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

First Annual Retrospective Report Published

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Aug 07, 2017

The First Annual Retrospective Report provides a deeper understanding of how retrospectives are used in the real world. The results indicate that retrospectives lead to improved team communication and productivity and help to create an environment of trust. Major challenges are that topics discussed cannot be solved by the team and people do not feel comfortable speaking up.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Better Engineering via Better Discourse

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jul 20, 2017

Killing opposition with kindness is a real strategy in online discussions; there is power to disarm in acting as if the other party did not intend to be insulting or condescending. Accept that there will be bias in online communication, use facts and reason to deal with it, and practice awareness of bias and attempt to compensate.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

QCon New York – Optimizing Yourself Track

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Jul 10, 2017

Day 3 of QCon New York had a track focused on how individuals can build non-technical competencies. Titled Optimizing Yourself, the track had five talks covering a wide range of personal skills from empathy to communication, remaining relevant as an older person in tech, deep listening and working remotely.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

QCon New York Day 1 – High Velocity Development Teams Track Summary

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Jun 28, 2017

QCon New York was heeled this week. This is a summary of the key messages from the opening keynote and from the High Velocity Development Teams track.

DevOps Follow 299 Followers

How the Financial Industry Is Doing DevOps

by João Miranda Follow 2 Followers on  Jun 16, 2017 1

The second DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Europe, once again held in London, brought together the DevOps enterprise community. The financial industry was well represented, giving the attendees a unique perspective on the challenges facing this heavily regulated industry and how DevOps is helping to address them.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Making Distributed Development Work

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 02, 2017

Distributed development depends on effective communication: you need to look for ways to have robust and diverse communication, build empathy towards each other to encourage feedback, and keep an eye on motivation. Team members are more engaged and creative when there’s shared ownership and responsibility for complete delivery from idea to production in distributed teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Scaling Scrum to Build a New-Technology Printer

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 22, 2016

When developing a high speed printer based on a new print technology things change often; you need an effective and flexible solution for managing a large project with many different disciplines. Océ Printing Systems decided to customize Scrum and scale it to enable collaboration and make progress transparent.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 15, 2016 1

Ordinariness in leadership can help us to accomplish extraordinary results, argues agile/lean coach Katherine Kirk. Several more people have explored approaches that suggest to rethink leadership and go back to behaviour basics for leading people. Although these approaches are about small ordinary things, their effect may cause a revolution in the way organizations are being managed.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Agile in Dispersed or Distributed Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 07, 2016 1

Cross-cultural team building enables collaboration and teamwork in dispersed or distributed agile teams. You need to invest to get the best out of a dispersed team. An exploration about what is needed to make agile work with dispersed or distributed teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

Culture & Methods Follow 228 Followers

Applying Feedback Techniques

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 17, 2016

Dan North talked about models and techniques for giving and receiving feedback and how to apply them effectively at the QCon London 2016 conference.

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