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Culture, Psychological Safety, and Emotional Intelligence for High Performance Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 17, 2018

Humanity is the heart of the creative intellectual work that many of us are engaged in. The foundation of high-performance teams is people who have freedom and autonomy and feel safer. Games can be used to support self-awareness and connection and build team emotional intelligence onto safety.

Culture & Methods Follow 524 Followers

Cultivating Psychological Safety

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Apr 05, 2018

When we’re feeling stressed, threatened, or unsafe, it becomes harder to think creatively, work collaboratively, and solve problems. You can cultivate a culture of safety by letting folks know that it’s safe to make mistakes, by listening for real understanding, and by practicing mindfulness.

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Agile and the Use of Paradoxes

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Feb 08, 2018

Paradoxes support agile transformations; they make you stop, think, and discuss by using a shared language. They also help to show empathy and provide a way forward. VIVAT, a Dutch insurance company, uses paradoxes in training and everyday work to drive their agile transformation.

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How to Win a Solar Race Using Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Feb 01, 2018

The Nuon Solar team uses agile and Scrum to take the steps which add the most value to the project first, integrate different disciplines, ensure transparency and focus, and reflect to improve. Their goal is promote and educate the use of clean energy; the mission is to win the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa using the power of innovation.

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Game Changing Beliefs for Knowledge Working Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Nov 23, 2017

Game changing beliefs carry the strength of the strongest walls to shape our behavior. The beliefs we choose to take on in our professional work are a leverage point. They can help us to change the culture and behavior in organizations to increase agility.

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The Spotify Model is No "Agile Nirvana"

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Oct 12, 2017

At Spotify, management and the way the organization works support teams and agile practices by growing people. But Spotify isn’t an “Agile Nirvana”, it’s hard to reach high performance with teams that are constantly growing, changing, and splitting into new teams.

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Google: Managers Matter after All

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Feb 10, 2017

Based on internal data, Google researchers have come up with 8 traits that great managers have, providing guidance and tools to other organizations to find out if managers matter to them and how to train their managers.

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Dealing with the Impostor Syndrome

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Nov 10, 2016

The impostor syndrome refers to people who fear being exposed as a "fraud". They think that they do not belong where they are, don't deserve the success they have achieved, and are not as smart as other people think. According to Agile Coach Gitte Klitgaard, many high-achieving people suffer from the impostor syndrome. It hinders people in their work and stops them from following their dreams.

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Esther Derby's Six Rules for Change

by Susan McIntosh Follow 9 Followers on  Nov 03, 2016

Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.

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How GlobalLogic Used a Bottom-up Approach to Become More Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 19, 2016

Yuriy Koziy, delivery manager at GlobalLogic, argued at the Agile Eastern Europe 2016 conference that organizational change should start at the team level rather than in senior management. He formed a group of like-minded engineering managers and agile coaches who act as change agents, transforming the organization bottom-up from the inside.

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Road Mapping Your Way to Agile Fluency

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Feb 09, 2016

Kelsey van Haaster will give a talk at 1st Conference about how to develop a road map to agile fluency for teams and organisations. InfoQ interviewed her about the possible ways to do an agile fluency assessment, example of findings and improvement opportunities that came out of the assessments and things that she learned, and advice for readers who want to use the agile fluency model.

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CoachRetreats: A Way to Practice Coaching Skills

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jan 23, 2016 1

A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.

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Storytelling for Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jan 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Oana Juncu about what storytelling is and how it works, the value that stories can bring, examples of narrative techniques that can be used in storytelling, and her experiences with using storytelling in agile transformation.

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Developing a Solar Car with Scrum

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 17, 2015

At the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference Jeroen Molenaar shared his experiences working as an agile coach with the Dutch solar car team that has won the world solar challenge in Australia.

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Agile with Internal Coaches and Facilitators

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Nov 12, 2015

An interview with Andreas Schliep and Peter Beck about why internal coaches and facilitators are important when organizations want to increase their agile maturity, advantages and disadvantages of working with external coaches, how internal coaches contribute to agile adoption, what internal coaches and facilitators can do to be ready to work effectively, and qualification of internal coaches.

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