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State of Scrum 2017 Edition Published by Scrum Alliance

by Ben Linders on  Jul 06, 2017

Scrum is increasingly used outside of IT or software development, where many organizations adopt mix-and-matched approaches to agile, and the ScrumMaster role is evolving into more of a shared role where fewer ScrumMasters focus on a single initiative; these are some of the findings from the 2017 State of Scrum report which has been published by the Scrum Alliance.

Fleur van Unen and Sylvain Mahe on a Toolkit for Leadership Agility

by Hugo Messer Shane Hastie on  Jul 04, 2017

At the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference Fleur van Unen and Sylvain Mahe from Palo IT are co-presenting a talk on tools for agile leadership; concrete advice for leaders drawing on techniques and frameworks such as Management 3.0. They spoke to InfoQ about the talk and their leadership philosophy, the importance of community in spreading agile ideas and treating employees as resourceful adults.

Evan Leybourn of IBM on the Theory of Agile Constraints

by Hugo Messer Shane Hastie on  Jun 25, 2017

Evan Leybourn is talking at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference. He spoke to InfoQ about his Theory of Agile Constraints, defining value in an initiative, agile budgeting and #NoProjects.

Q&A with Michael Ong on Cycling and Agile and the Value of UX

by Shane Hastie Hugo Messer on  Jun 16, 2017

Michael Ong is a product and user experience expert based in Singapore. He spoke to InfoQ about his shared passions of cycling and agile and how they are complimentary, the importance of good listening skills in user experience design, the tech industry in Singapore and Indonesia, and his talk at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference.

Q&A with Renee Troughton on Leadership Patterns for Agility

by Shane Hastie Hugo Messer on  Jun 06, 2017

Renee Troughton will talk at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference on transforming organisations using systems thinking. The challenge with a successful agile implementation is not to get the team doing Agile or Scrum, but rather to reform the policies and constraints in the system faster than the system can re-impose itself. Troughton spoke to InfoQ about this and leadership patterns.

Risman Adnan of Samsung on Nurturing Innovation and Agility in Indonesia

by Shane Hastie Hugo Messer on  May 23, 2017

Risman Adnan is the director of the Samsung R&D Institute Indonesia. He talks about how to enable innovation, agility and create a great engineering culture inside a large organisation. He will present a keynote talk at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference.

Atlassian Opens up Team Health Monitors and Team Playbook Blueprints

by Steffen Opel on  Apr 12, 2017

After introducing a tool-agnostic version of its Team Health Monitors at Summit 2016, Atlassian now also bundles Team Playbook blueprints with the recently released Confluence Server 6.1. A Health Monitor workshop is a team self-assessment aiming to identify pain points and formulate a plan to address weak spots by running low-ceremony "plays" that "can help improve a team's overall health".

Michael Nir on Conduct Objectives for High Team Performance

by Stéphane Wojewoda Shane Hastie on  Mar 31, 2017

Michael Nir will give a talk at the upcoming Agile Games conference titled "Bring the Scrum Master a Glass of Water: Conduct Objectives for High Performance Team". InfoQ spoke to Nir about the goal of Conduct Objectives, the way to measure behavior, the common problem with the appreciation of personalities, how to use a Team Charter, and the link with Core Protocols.

Mastering Agile Testing

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 27, 2017 3

There is general acceptance that adopting agile development practices enables the speeding up of the delivery of software. Without incorporating quality assurance practices directly into the development process, product quality inevitably suffers. In order to consistently achieve high quality, both work practices and team roles need to change to build quality in rather than testing at the end.

Applying Hoshin Kanri at Toyota

by Ben Linders on  Mar 23, 2017

Toyota uses Hoshin Kanri to give direction on where they want to improve using Lean IT. Employees at various levels can exchange ideas about Hoshin items, and potentially get them approved by higher management. This approach makes results stronger and increases buy- in from the employees who contribute upfront.

Lean and Agile Culture at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2017

Scaling lean and agile is not a question of frameworks, it's about values, principles and mindset. At Yle the company management has been involved in the agile transformation by carrying out experiments, learning and doing; not by implementing frameworks. Magic happens when you work together with people in teams on all levels.

Learning to Become Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 18, 2017

The agile paradigm adapts processes to human nature, in contrast to the classical management approach which obliges team members to adjust to a particular development process. Bateson's learning model can help us to go from doing agile - following an agile method - to being agile - having your own agile identity and vision.

Inaugural Business Agility Conference Considered Successful

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 14, 2017

The inaugural Business Agility conference was recently held in New York. Over 330 people attended the sold-out event, and the response from participants and speakers emphasizes the importance of culture and mindset in adopting agile thinking across the whole organisation, and how important business agility is for success in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.

Organizing Improvements with Lean Leadership at ING Bank

by Ben Linders on  Mar 09, 2017

It’s the manager’s job to organize improvements and to make sure that real learnings take place. For real learnings you must accept the unknown and move outside of your knowledge boundary. Agile, lean and continuous delivery help to boost your learning capabilities.

Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations

by Ben Linders on  Feb 16, 2017

People can feel limited when challenged, which slows them down or keeps them from trying. It can be a real problem, but their fear might actually be in their imagination. Sometimes the only thing that's holding you back is yourself. Survival rules can hinder us- sometimes you have to break them.

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