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The Importance of Feedback for Skill Development and Careers

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Nov 27, 2018

Feedback and continuous learning are crucial for personal and professional development. Non-technical skills like creative problem solving, critical thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset are important to make progress in your career. You have to own your career direction and know what you ultimately want to be in order to decide on the next steps.

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A Brief History of High-Performing Teams by Jessica Kerr

by Thomas Betts Follow 54 Followers on  Oct 25, 2018

If you're looking for an early example of a high-performing, agile team, then study the Florentine Camerata, a group formed in Florence, Italy, around 1580 that reformed their contemporary music with the creation of opera. The lessons of the camerata, and similar teams throughout history, were the subject of Jessica Kerr's keynote presentation at Explore DDD 2018.

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Atlassian Announces Solutions for Incident Management

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Sep 20, 2018

Atlassian announced on September 4 that they have launched a new product called Jira Ops and that they will acquire OpsGenie. Organizations can use Jira Ops for resolving incidents and doing post-mortems to learn from them. OpsGenie adds prompt and reliable alerting to Jira Ops.

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Author, Teacher, and Consultant Jerry Weinberg Passed Away

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Aug 15, 2018 2

Gerald M. “Jerry” Weinberg, author, teacher, and consultant, passed away August 7, 2018, at the age of 84. Weinberg published about 100 books on computer programming, systems thinking, leadership, change, consulting, and writing.

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Brain Based Learning: Applying Training From The Back Of The Room

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jul 26, 2018

The human brain learns in many different ways; a training mode must fit the purpose and desired outcome. Practices from Training From the BACK of the Room! can be used to make training stick. Forcing big changes on people can be perceived as a threat; it’s better to create psychological safety, foster curiosity, and give feedback in ways that continue the dialogue instead of shutting down.

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From Darwin to DevOps: John Willis and Gene Kim Talk about Life after The Phoenix Project

by Helen Beal Follow 6 Followers on  May 23, 2018

IT Revolution recently published an audiobook with nearly eight hours of conversation between Gene Kim and John Willis; Beyond the Phoenix Project – the Origins and Evolution of DevOps.

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Happy Cultures and How They Grow High Performers

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 8 Followers on  May 19, 2018

ITV's Tom Clark spoke at DOXLON in February, proposing the hypothesis that high performance is a side-effect of creating happy teams. Andy Flemming, contributor to Deliberately Developmental Organization, also recently spoke about how to reap business and strategic benefits by creating a culture with an intentional focus on transparency, and the learning, growth and happiness of individuals.

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Pairing for Learning

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Feb 15, 2018

Pairing can be used to learn new topics that you can take back to the workplace, and to make your accomplishments visible and celebrate success together. Learning partners can encourage each other to make bold statements, commit to do something, and gently push each other to make it happen.

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How Technical Practices Support Evolutionary Architecture and Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Dec 21, 2017

Technical practices of XP such as TDD, Refactoring, CI and Pair Programming support emergent design and enable evolving your architecture. The first practice you need for continuous delivery is CI, committing to mainline every day. Being able to write clean, well-factored, and well-tested modular code is the most important skill for developers.

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Paradoxes in Culture Change

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Oct 19, 2017

Organizations should realize that organizational culture is an important factor in increasing agility, and then act on this realization. The desired organizational culture must be promoted by example top down; what is happening at the top of the organization concerning values, communication and customer involvement will predict what will happen in the "underlying" layers of the organization.

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The Importance of Learning, Psychological Safety, and Continuous Delivery: Agile on the Beach 2017

by Daniel Bryant Follow 824 Followers on  Jul 19, 2017

At the Agile on the Beach 2017 conference, run in Cornwall, UK, several hundred speakers and attendees gathered to discuss the latest developments within the field of agile and post-agile software development methodologies.

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How Testers Can Become More Technical

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jun 15, 2017

Testers who are able to successfully apply technical techniques of the testing craft during testing are more valuable; they increase both the quality and productivity of their teams. To become more technical, testers can learn something about code, and they should know how to manipulate and parse text files and how to use the most important analysis tools for their application platform.

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Doing Safe-to-Fail Experiments

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers 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.

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Lean Organisations for the Digital Age

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Apr 06, 2017

Lean IT should help to simplify and improve the way we create value for customers and develop better solutions for tomorrow. Organisations of the future will focus on horizontal product or service streams- and everything else, including experts and managers, is there to enable the front-line to do their work right-first-time-on-time, with no hassles.

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Evolving the Engineering Culture at Criteo

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Apr 03, 2017

Senior management should make engineering culture a top priority and create the framework which supports building a good engineering culture. You need values for culture to evolve, supported by rules that govern how things are done.

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