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Creating a More Equal Workplace

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2017 5

Women are leaving the tech industry because they are unhappy, don't feel valued or lack access to opportunities. We need to create environments that retain and grow employees, regardless of what they look like on the outside, argued Kate Heddleston. During her QCon London talk she suggested a process that organizations can use if they want to create equal access opportunities.

Making Distributed Development Work

by Ben Linders on  Mar 02, 2017

Distributed development depends on effective communication: you need to look for ways to have robust and diverse communication, build empathy towards each other to encourage feedback, and keep an eye on motivation. Team members are more engaged and creative when there’s shared ownership and responsibility for complete delivery from idea to production in distributed teams.

Jay Simons on Acquisition of Trello

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Feb 28, 2017

As announced by Atlassian, a solutions provider for team collaboration and productivity, on January 9th, 2017, the company has reached an agreement to acquire Trello, a visualization tool that makes use of boards to help teams and people manage their projects and tasks.

Organizing over Organization

by Ben Linders on  Feb 23, 2017

In the coming years we will see less organizations, but not less organizing. Organizing is a daily activity to get things done, but we don't necessarily need organizations to do things. When individuals are subordinate to the organization, it's an inhibitor for adopting modern management approaches.

Courage to Become Agile

by Ben Linders 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.

The Improvisor's Code and QConSF

by Susan McIntosh 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.

Testing Challenges and Essential Skills for Testers

by Ben Linders 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.

Cultivating Attention and Awareness in Teams

by Ben Linders 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.

Applying Sociocracy 3.0 Patterns for Implementing Agile Practices

by Ben Linders 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.

Managing in the Networked Society

by Ben Linders 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.

What José Mourinho Can Teach Us about Team Building

by Rui Miguel Ferreira 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.

Stretching Agile in Offshore Development

by Ben Linders 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.

Microsoft Teams Can Be Extended via Tabs, Bots and Connectors

by Abel Avram 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.

How to Deal with Cognitive Biases That Hinder Collaboration

by Ben Linders 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.

Achieving Cloud-Native Operability

by Ben Linders 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.

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