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  • Q&A on the Book Internal Tech Conferences

    The book Internal Tech Conferences by Victoria Morgan-Smith and Matthew Skelton is a practical guide on how to prepare, organise, and follow-up on internal tech conferences. It shows how to run internal events that enable sharing and learning across teams and departments, and explores the benefits that such events can bring.

  • Agile Agile Agile Blah Blah Blah

    “Agile” now means anything, everything, and nothing. Many organizations are Agile fatigued, and the “Agile Industrial Complex” is part of the problem. Agilists must go back to the basics and simplicity of the Manifesto and 12 Principles. The Heart of Agile and Modern Agile are examples of basic, simple frameworks. Agilists also have much to learn from social sciences.

  • Q&A on the Book Mastering Collaboration

    The book Mastering Collaboration by Gretchen Anderson provides techniques and exercises that can be used to improve collaboration in teams and between teams and their environment. It explores topics like enlisting people, teamworking, trust, and respect, generating ideas collectively, decision making, and transparent communication.

  • Q&A on the Book Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the inside out

    The book Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out explains how focusing on inner-agility through sensemaking, communication, and relationship intelligence can increase the outer agility of organizations. It describes Sense-and-Respond leadership, an approach to catalyzing the creation of outcomes by sensing acutely, responding gracefully, and sensing deliberately.

  • Author Q&A: Chief Joy Officer

    Richard Sheridan has released his next book: Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. Building on the concepts from his first book, he provides practical advice for leaders who want to cultivate a culture of joy in their organization. He defines Joy as the satisfaction of a job well done, of building products that people love to use, with teamwork and trust.

  • A Different Meaning of CI - Continuous Improvement, the Heartbeat of DevOps

    This personal experience report shows that political in-house games and bad corporate culture are not only annoying and a waste of time, but also harm a lot of initiatives for improvement. Whenever we become aware of the blame game, we should address it! DevOps wants to deliver high quality. The willingness to make things better - products, processes, collaboration, and more - is vital.

  • Cultivating a Learning Organisation

    This article explores how creating an internal culture of experimentation and learning enabled a company to keep pace with the rapid iterations in tech that have become the regular way we do business. It shows that psychological safety is a key component of the learning organisation; employees need to be able to experiment and learn from any outcome - without fear that failure will be punished.

  • How to Mitigate the Pain of Getting and Giving Feedback

    Companies that encourage open and honest feedback do better than companies that do not. Nonetheless, giving feedback is difficult because social and physical pain share some of the same neural circuitry. Hence, feedback can feel physically painful, as Sarah Hagan discusses in her 2018 QCon San Francisco talk . Hagan uses scientific research to demonstrate how to give feedback properly.

  • Deploying Docker Containers Using an AWS CodePipeline for DevOps

    In this walkthrough, learn how to perform continuous integration and deployment of Docker containers with no downtime using AWS CodePipeline and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS).

  • Q&A on the Book Elastic Leadership

    The book Elastic Leadership by Roy Osherove shows how teams have a need for different types of leadership depending on the state that they are in and what can be done to grow teams towards true self-organization. It provides values, techniques, and practices that leaders can use in their daily work.

  • Agile Anti-Patterns: A Systems Thinking Approach

    Agile anti-patterns can disguise themselves as "solutions" or "workarounds". This article discusses the importance of recognising and classifying a new generation of agile anti-pattern with a systems thinking approach. It shows how to create and promote a shared language using value streams as an effective means of creating a systems thinking culture amongst agile teams and the wider business.

  • Architecture with 800 of My Closest Friends: The Evolution of Comcast’s Architecture Guild

    Comcast has cultivated an Architecture Guild, with the goal of "threading the needle" between obtaining advantageous critical mass around certain common technologies without undermining individual teams' agency.  The Architecture Guild is a grassroots framework that has been used to cut across organizational boundaries to identify solid, workable, default recommendations.


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