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Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Courage to Become Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Feb 20, 2017

Being brave is about doing what is necessary, even when you are afraid. The single most important thing in agile is to inspect and dare to change things which aren't working. You can start with small experiments to find solutions, and if it turns they do not work, then you can stop them.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

The Improvisor's Code and QConSF

by Susan McIntosh Follow 6 Followers on  Jan 26, 2017

Through improv games, Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland shared three hacks for building a better life - embracing failure, saying "yes," and sharing control.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Testing Challenges and Essential Skills for Testers

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Jan 26, 2017 1

Complex AI systems with non-deterministic outcomes pose challenges for testers and programmers. Such systems will increasingly become normal in high-impact, high-risk applications, argues Fiona Charles; testers should increase their capacity for thinking and learning and develop a number of personal strengths such as courage and good judgement.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Cultivating Attention and Awareness in Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Jan 12, 2017

Technology makes it easier to collaborate, but also distracts us and can have negative consequences on the quality and content of our personal interactions. The mere presence of a cell phone can pull you away from a task and reduce your focus. An interview with Jeffery Hackert on cultivating attention, awareness and empathy when working in teams, and giving and receiving uninterrupted attention.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Applying Sociocracy 3.0 Patterns for Implementing Agile Practices

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Jan 05, 2017 4

Sociocracy 3.0 is an open framework which supports collaboration in agile organizations and helps them to continuously improve products and services. The framework provides patterns for activities like coordinating work, effective meetings, governance, and building organizations.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Managing in the Networked Society

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Dec 22, 2016

More and more now value is created through connected organizations and individuals using seamless collaboration across boundaries. At the same time however, many companies are still influenced by management practices invented in 19th century. A paradigm shift is needed to successfully manage in the networked society.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

What José Mourinho Can Teach Us about Team Building

by Rui Miguel Ferreira Follow 2 Followers on  Dec 21, 2016

Alan O’Callaghan gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering Portugal 2016 on what José Mourinho can teach us about team building. Starting with the similarities between Football and Scrum, the talk addresses the less understood characteristic that affects Scrum’s effectiveness, that is, according to the speaker, the building of self-organising teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Stretching Agile in Offshore Development

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Nov 24, 2016 3

To remain agile while offshoring software development, you have to invest time to make agile practices work under conditions where they are not supposed to work. Giving up is often not an option; you need to stretch agile practices by going back to the principles and collaboratively find ways to scale them and make them work effectively in a distributed environment.

Development Follow 98 Followers

Microsoft Teams Can Be Extended via Tabs, Bots and Connectors

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Nov 03, 2016

Microsoft has announced Teams, a group collaboration workspace based on chats and integrated with Office 365. Developers have the opportunity to extend Teams with Tabs, Bots and Connectors.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

How to Deal with Cognitive Biases That Hinder Collaboration

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Nov 03, 2016

People are hardwired to instantly decide who we trust, but also to work collaboratively in small groups. Cognitive biases can get in the way of collaboration, but when you understand how these biases work and what agile practices can do to help, you are more likely to build better interpersonal relationships and create successful products.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Achieving Cloud-Native Operability

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Oct 13, 2016

To drive operational maturity you need a microservices architecture, continuous delivery process, DevOps culture and platform automation. Together these four help you to transform your whole organization for achieving cloud-native operability to continuously deliver additional value to your customers.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Continuous Delivery at Klaverblad Insurance

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Oct 07, 2016

Continuous delivery should be treated as an agile project as it is about automating your deployment. You have to speed up in small steps and gain trust by doing small deliveries and solve problems fast. The story about how Klaverblad insurance has implemented Agile, DevOps, continuous delivery, and microservices.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Don't Copy the Spotify Model

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Oct 06, 2016 6

The Spotify model can help you to understand how things are done at Spotify, but you shouldn’t copy it in your own organization. It changes all the time as people at Spotify learn and discover new things. There is no one way in which software is developed at Spotify.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Scaling Scrum to Build a New-Technology Printer

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Sep 22, 2016

When developing a high speed printer based on a new print technology things change often; you need an effective and flexible solution for managing a large project with many different disciplines. Océ Printing Systems decided to customize Scrum and scale it to enable collaboration and make progress transparent.

Culture & Methods Follow 131 Followers

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Sep 15, 2016 1

Ordinariness in leadership can help us to accomplish extraordinary results, argues agile/lean coach Katherine Kirk. Several more people have explored approaches that suggest to rethink leadership and go back to behaviour basics for leading people. Although these approaches are about small ordinary things, their effect may cause a revolution in the way organizations are being managed.

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