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Doing Safe-to-Fail Experiments

by Ben Linders on  Apr 11, 2017 8

Safe-to-fail experiments can be used in complex environments to probe, sense, and respond. You have to know what success and failure look like and need to be able to dampen or amplify the effect of probing to handle potential failures. Safe-to-fail experiments can help you to deal with risks and uncertainty, learn, and keep your options open.

Making Distributed Development Work

by Ben Linders 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.

Experimenting with Peer Feedback in Tech Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 29, 2016

Feedback can be used to build trust in teams and help individuals improve their skills and grow in their craft. Emily Page and Doug Talbot shared their experiences from experimenting with peer feedback at Ocado Technology at Spark the Change London 2016. An interview with Emily Page, Organizational Catalyst at Ocado Technology.

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders 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.

Growing Agility

by Ben Linders on  Apr 07, 2016

Andrea Tomasini will give a keynote talk titled "Stop Scaling, Start Growing an Agile Organization" at the Agile Eastern Europe 2016 Conference. InfoQ interviewed him about growing agility.

Applying Feedback Techniques

by Ben Linders 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.

Shane Hastie on Applying the Agile Mindset to Tough Business Challenges at Agile Tour Singapore

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 12, 2016

Shane Hastie gave a keynote talk at Agile Tour Singapore Conference 2015 in which he discussed Agile mindset and how it can be helpful in solving tough business problems.

Using Kanban to Innovate

by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2015

Patrick Steyaert talked about lean innovation with Kanban at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 and Lean Kanban Central Europe 2015 conferences. InfoQ interviewed him about the main obstacles to innovation, how to use discovery Kanban to manage innovation, how to develop talent for innovation, and asked him for examples of using Kanban with a business model canvas or lean canvas or other thinking tools.

Agile Testers can be a Harlequin

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2015

Agile testers can signal and question the (testing) process. Marnix van den Ent gave a talk at the Agile Testing Days 2015 in which he explained how he views testers as a harlequin: "a servant to the team and its process, like the Italian Harlequin he is there to help to understand what is happening". An interview about developing an art of questioning, XP practices and retrospectives.

Defining and Managing Requirements with Interactive Prototypes

by Ben Linders on  Sep 16, 2015

An interview about recent developments in requirement definition and management, how agile teams handle requirements and which problems they face in their daily work, using interactive diagrams and prototypes for conveying requirements, how interactive prototyping can be used with a lean startup approach, and what the future will bring us in requirements definition and management.

Innovation at AXA's Digital Agency

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2015

The AXA Digital Agency deploys the Lean Startup approach, using design thinking, minimum viable product development and growth hacking, to innovate and support the digital transformation at AXA. An interview with Yves Caseau about the importance of innovation, adopting a lean startup approach, learnings from minimum viable products and growth hacking and advice for starting an innovation journey.

Implementing a Peer-to-Peer Bonus System

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 03, 2015

This post talks about peer-to-peer bonus system. Thoughts are shared by Jurgen Appelo, Google and Zappos.

Why Scrum is Not Enough

by Ben Linders on  Jun 22, 2015

When developing large complex systems and dealing with legacy code, organizations need to have systems in place to support integration and delivery. Modularization can help when agile is scaled with multiple teams that are working in parallel. It's not the framework or method that will do the job, but how your people will make it work to solve your problems says Hans Dekkers.

Improving Quality and Delivery Speed with DevOps Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 31, 2015 2

You can increase the quality of products by constantly increasing the level of automation of the delivery process and working with DevOps teams who constantly deliver small features to get quick customer feedback. A case story from ING Lease explaining the problems they had, experiences from the first steps of their agile and DevOps journey and exploring what they want to achieve in the future.

Using Pairing for Experimenting in Presentations

by Ben Linders on  Mar 28, 2015

In the closing keynote of the Agile Eastern Europe 2015 conference Yves Hanoulle did an experiment together with his son Joppe in pair presenting. InfoQ interviewed Joppe and Yves Hanoulle about doing experiments, checking the safety of the environment and ways to make it safer, learning from failure, and presenting in pairs at conferences.

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