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  • Q&A on the Book Further, Faster

    Businesses that thrive over the long term can focus on just a few things that truly matter to their teams and core customers. The book Further, Faster by Bill Flynn provides ideas for business leaders to build teams, create a strategy to stay close to customers, and manage a company’s growth with cash as the primary metric.

  • 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 Learning to Scale

    The book Learning to Scale by Régis Medina explores how to apply lean as an education system to scale companies and help people think about their work and learn together to create value. It provides an enterprise model built on how people learn and grow based on the idea that when people understand what they do and why they do it, they become better in what they do and the company moves faster.

  • Why Isn't Your Current Approach to Scaling Agile Working?

    Organizations struggle to scale their agility. While every organization is different, common patterns explain the major challenges that most organizations face: organizational design, trying to copy others, “one-size-fits-all” scaling, scaling in siloes, and neglecting engineering practices. This article explains why, what to do about it, and how the three leading scaling frameworks compare.

  • Automation and Lean: Scaling up the Lean Value Chain

    While lean principles enable us to be effective and innovative everywhere we work, finding automation opportunities across every technology and customer focused processes can unlock bigger potential for repeatedly delivering value to customers. This article shows how Ericsson applied lean principles in IT service delivery for automating manual repetitive tasks to improve quality and efficiency.

  • Q&A on the Book Scaling Teams

    The book Scaling Teams by Alexander Grosse and David Loftesness provides strategies and practices for managing teams in fast growing organizations. It explores five areas which often pose challenges when organizations need to scale -- hiring, people management, organization, culture and communication -- and gives solutions for recognizing and dealing with those challenges.

  • Predictable Agile Delivery

    Human teams are unique, non-linear and unpredictable, but given the right conditions, their output can become linear, scaled and predictable. Managers have an enabling role to play: encouraging the development of predictability; understanding the needs of their teams; and rolling-up their sleeves to clear the blockages themselves or by escalating the problem promptly and responsibly.

  • Voys Learns to Play the Holacracy Game

    Holacracy removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across teams that have a clear set of roles, responsibilities, and expectations. This new organizational system with no managers or titles is often misunderstood. Learn about holacracy from the Dutch telecom company Voys who implemented this new way of running organizations.

  • Scrum Alone is Not Enough – An Interview with Mark Levison

    Mark Levison recently wrote a blog on “Scrum Alone is Not Enough”, which is the first blog of a series to uncover various Agile patterns. Till now he has published blogs on Kanban Portfolio View and Portfolio Management in the series.

  • Coding Culture: How To Build Better Products by Building Stronger Teams

    Software developers spend a tremendous amount of time and energy focused on how to build the best possible products. We obsess over what web framework to use or whether to go with a NoSQL or SQL database. While these questions are important, they often neglect to address an equally important aspect of software development: culture.

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