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  • Q&A on the Book Improving Agile Retrospectives

    The book Improving Agile Retrospectives by Marc Loeffler provides practices and approaches for doing agile retrospectives that support continuous improvement. According to Loeffler, agile retrospectives are workshops which need to be prepared and facilitated well in order to be beneficial to teams.

  • Q&A with Dan Szuc and Jo Wong on Make Meaningful Work

    Raf Gemmail speaks with UX leaders Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong about Make Meaningful Work, a humanistic framework and set of practices born from applying human-centered design to the workplace. Sitting beneath existing methodologies, it enables teams to share and understand character perspectives, in working towards producing impacts which are meaningful to them.

  • Soft Skill Patterns for Software Developers: The “Learning from Unintended Failures” Pattern

    Soft Skill Patterns describe human behaviours that effectively solve recurring problems. The "Learning from Unintended Failures" pattern helps us improve the resilience of a system after a failure. The pattern follows 4 steps: identify a failure, quickly resolve any immediate impact, analyse root cause and system behaviour during the failure, and finally generate and implement improvement ideas.

  • Customize Your Agile Approach: Select Your Agile Approach That Fits Your Context

    This is the first in a series of articles that will help you think about how you might want to customize your agile approach for your context. This article explores how to make agile approaches work for you: your work, your team, and your organization. It's about understanding the difference between iteration, flow, and cadence and when you might consider each to customize your agile approach.

  • Q&A on the Book Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile

    The Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile explains how disciplined agile works at different levels in the organization. It provides a framework with principles and practices to help you to streamline information technology and business processes in a context-sensitive manner.

  • Q&A on the Book The Team Engagement Strategy

    The book The Team Engagement Strategy provides an operational model with guiding principles that teams can use to solve their problems by focusing on outcomes. It empowers teams to take action based on their shared insight and assumptions, and helps them to learn and improve continuously.

  • The Ultimate Feedback Loop: Learning from Customer Reported Defects

    Investigating the root causes of customer reported defects will have a great impact on your organization. The best ways to ensure customer satisfaction, lower costs and increase employee engagement is to look inside — you already have the data. At the end, it’s all about continuous improvement.

  • Q&A on the Book Sense and Respond

    The book Sense and Respond provides ideas for executives, managers and business line leaders to leverage the power of technology to build more successful businesses. Authors Jeff Gothelf and Joshua Seiden explain how you can use experimentation and learning and continuous market feedback to deliver valuable products to customers, and manage teams on outcomes and foster effective collaboration.

  • Q&A on the Book It's All Upside Down

    In the book It's all Upside Down, Paul McMahon provides stories from software development teams supported by upside down principles and coaching tips for applying them. He explains how you can use Essence to improve processes leading to better organizational performance.

  • Q&A on the Book Timing Is Almost Everything

    Executives can and should get involved with the way that software is being developed. In his book Timing is Almost Everything, Roland Racko shows how you can increase software success by using a "management by query" executive style in the early stages of software development initiatives to influence how teams think and behave.

  • Q&A on Doing It - Management 3.0 Experiences

    In the book Doing It - Management 3.0 Experiences, Ralph van Roosmalen shares his experiences from using Management 3.0 as a manager and as a coach. He explores how he experimented with ideas and practices like moving motivators and kudo cards from Jurgen Appelo’s book Managing for Happiness to find out what drives people, help them to become happier at work, and empower self-organizing teams.

  • People Re-Engineering How-To’s: Mentoring As A Service

    The software industry revamps half of its people every five years with fresh grads, causing a state of Perpetual Inexperience. People Reengineering proposes Mentorship As A Service to fight this phenomena through one of its threads of action that seamlessly instills professional maturity into the new generations for better performance and people retention.

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