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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.

Development Follow 508 Followers

GitHub Introduces Multiple Commit Authors

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 31, 2018

GitHub has started supporting multiple commit authors. The new feature is meant to improve collaboration from several developers on the same commits or pulls requests and ensures every author gets attribution of their commits in their profile contributions graph and the repository’s statistics.

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Using Agile Principles with Scrum Studio to Increase Organizational Responsiveness

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 14, 2017 1

Using a change approach based on agile principles with Scrum Studio helped a Dutch pension and investment management company to become more responsive at structurally lower costs. The change team practiced what they preached by applying transparent and iterative change with similar characteristics as the intended end result. They established a culture where people are taking responsibility.

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GitHub Team Discussions Aim to Improve Collaboration

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 20, 2017

Announced at its last Universe conference, Team discussions aim to power processes like planning, analysis, design, and others directly from within GitHub.

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Real-Time Collaboration Comes to Atom

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 15, 2017

At QCon San Francisco 2017, GitHub’s Nathan Sobo has unveiled Atom’s new real-time collaboration plugin, Teletype. Teletype aims to make it possible for two developers to code together with the same ease as coding alone.

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Game Changers for Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Nov 07, 2017

We want to approach strategy using choices, direction, and iterative experiments, establish a growth mindset in organizations, and work towards a common purpose or goal with leaders and teams sharing the same values, principles, and mindset; these are some of the game changers for organizations to become more innovative, deliver faster and better, and have happier and more engaged employees.

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Making Our Language and Behaviour More Inclusive

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Nov 02, 2017

To avoid excluding people, we need to gain more awareness when we are in the wrong and be introspective to find out why someone is upset or offended by what we have said or done. By being excluded, people will eventually leave their jobs, communities or profession, which is something that we need to prevent. Peter Aitken suggested taking a positive approach when addressing inclusion issues.

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The Future of Work - Afternoon Sessions from Agile People Sweden

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Oct 27, 2017

The future of work is about microlearning and unlearning, freedom by technology, agile companies, alignment for autonomy, and self-organized groups of people around common goals and interests; these are some of the ideas that were discussed at Agile People Sweden.

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The Industry Just Can't Decide about DevOps Teams

by Helen Beal Follow 4 Followers on  Oct 26, 2017

The incidence of DevOps teams is on the rise according to reports, but the industry remains divided on whether a DevOps team should even exist. Some are wary of creating additional silos, or are of the opinion that DevOps is a methodology that everyone should subscribe to in an organisation; others point to DevOps teams as an effective way of transitioning to a new way of working.

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How Personality Matters in Software Development

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Sep 14, 2017

Leaders have to orchestrate diverse contributions from individuals with different personalities to build great teams. Team members might decide to act out of character and engage in behaviour outside their comfort zone to advance the team goal. To reduce the risk of burning out or compromising physical health, there should be restorative niches in which they can be their natural selves again.

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Tackling Awesome Superproblems with Collaborative Games

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 31, 2017

Awesome superproblems are large, complex and enduring problems which can only be solved through collaboration. The key to making collaboration work is serious games, where participants voluntarily agree to follow the rules of the game to create a better and more durable result.

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What a High Performing Team Looks Like and How to Create One

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 10, 2017

High performing is a team property, a temporary state which needs attention if teams want to keep on performing well. Things you can do to build a high performing team include creating safety, investing in developing collaboration skills, and giving peer-to-peer feedback.

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First Annual Retrospective Report Published

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 07, 2017

The First Annual Retrospective Report provides a deeper understanding of how retrospectives are used in the real world. The results indicate that retrospectives lead to improved team communication and productivity and help to create an environment of trust. Major challenges are that topics discussed cannot be solved by the team and people do not feel comfortable speaking up.

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GitHub for Testers

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jul 27, 2017

Talk to a developer about version control, and you’ll likely hear about Git as a workflow tool, and GitHub as both a place to store code and a personal resume. It can be beneficial for testers to join and use Github for personal and professional projects and to contribute to existing projects.

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Better Engineering via Better Discourse

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jul 20, 2017

Killing opposition with kindness is a real strategy in online discussions; there is power to disarm in acting as if the other party did not intend to be insulting or condescending. Accept that there will be bias in online communication, use facts and reason to deal with it, and practice awareness of bias and attempt to compensate.

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