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  • Deliver Faster by Killing the Test Column

    Columns like "In test" often lead to teams having more work in progress and less work actually being finished. Removing such columns can increase collaboration between testers and developers and enable teams to deliver faster.

  • Learnings from a Project That Went from Heaven to Hell

    Maja Selmer Megard, project leader and department manager at Kantega, shares her experience from a project that at first sight seemed to be a perfect fit in all regards, but ended up as the most exhausting, conflict-ridden project she has been in.

  • Using Measurement to Optimise Remote Work

    Dave Longman of HeadForwards wrote about using data to demonstrate the effectiveness of remote work during lockdown. Michael Schrage of MIT’s School of Management also wrote about the importance of using data-driven insights to improve performance in the current climate. Laura Giurge of London Business School talked about how isolation is teaching individuals and firms to be remotely effective.

  • Making Workplaces More Humanistic

    Organizations are increasingly focusing on the humanization of workplaces and supporting professionals to perform better. Ways to make workplaces more humanistic are going off-script, experimenting with working hours, being vulnerable as leaders, and appreciating diversity.

  • Incident Management During Remote Work

    Michael Fisher, a technology enthusiast and group product manager at OpsRamp, recently blogged about how IT operations and DevOps teams can take a problem-first approach towards the incident management process. On the same lines, Dr. Laura Maguire and Nora Jones wrote about similar challenges as the world reacts to COVID-19.

  • Trust and Safety in High Performing Teams: QCon London Q&A

    People want to feel included in teams, and feel safe to learn, contribute, and challenge the status quo. The first thing for each of us to do is acknowledge that we have a partnership with each of our team members. Like all relationships, care and attention are needed to strengthen the bond and work together effectively.

  • DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2020: a Diversity and Inclusion Q&A with Shaaron A Alvares

    Shaaron A Alvares gave a talk at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2020 London Virtual titled ‘Accelerate Your DevOps Culture of Innovation with Everyday Inclusion and Belonging’. She began with presenting research data on the benefits of diverse teams, showing that diverse teams outperform their peers by 80%.

  • Pandemic Programming Survey Results Show Negative Impact of COVID-19 Changes

    The Pandemic Programming survey looked at the ways that developers' lives have been impacted by the lockdowns and changes caused by COVID-19. Over 2200 people from 52 countries answered the questionnaire to assess their wellbeing and productivity before and while working at home. The results show that wellbeing and productivity are suffering with some groups more impacted than others.

  • Making Distributed Organizations More Effective

    An autonomous team model with teams organized around geographical or time-zone proximity can make a distributed organization more effective. With the Reverse Conway Maneuver you can deliberately add or remove bottlenecks to better support the designs you are trying to build.

  • Conflicting Reports on Remote Worker Productivity and Contentment

    Remote working is becoming normal for the tech industry, with most tech employees working remotely due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Studies and surveys are trying to measure the impact on productivity that organisations are seeing as a result of the shift. The results are conflicting and illustrate the complexity of the times we find ourselves in.

  • Tech Giants Shift to More Remote Working for the Long Term

    As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the globe, and many tech industry employees get used to working from home, large tech companies are making long-term decisions about allowing and encouraging their people to work remotely. Facebook, Twitter, Shopify and others are making plans to have most or all of their workforce permanently remote.

  • How to Supercharge a Team with Delegation: QCon London Q&A

    Delegating work can result in getting it done better and faster; it increases team autonomy and creates opportunities for learning. Delegation is a continuum: it begins by doing a task yourself and ends by having somebody else take on that task. James Stanier, VP of engineering at Brandwatch, spoke about delegating to self-organizing teams at QCon London 2020.

  • How Team Interactions Help Kubernetes Adoption with Manuel Pais at QCon London

    Manuel Pais talked at QCon London about how team interactions are vital to reduce cognitive load to have a successful adoption of Kubernetes. Pais recommends having a digital platform on top of Kubernetes. And, organizations can get started by assessing the team's cognitive load, defining a digital platform, and setting clear team interactions.

  • Successful Remote Working

    For both employees and employers, remote work requires intentional design and implementation to be effective. People find remote work challenging because the established mindset says that being in an office is how work gets done. Despite the challenges, when remote work is done well, the advantages to employees and employer are sufficient to make it worthwhile.

  • How to Debug Your Team: QCon London Q&A

    Lisa van Gelder spoke about debugging your team at QCon London 2020, where she presented her toolkit for how to diagnose and address issues with a team’s pace of delivery. “It is all about ensuring they have mastery, autonomy, purpose and psychological safety”, she said. She uses that toolkit to introduce change to teams in a way that gets the buy-in from the team.

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