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Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

The Spotify Model is No "Agile Nirvana"

by Ben Linders Follow 8 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.

DevOps Follow 226 Followers

Q&A with Aurynn Shaw on Sharing Her Personal DevOps Journey at DevOpsDays NZ

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 30, 2017

Raf Gemmail speaks with Aurynn Shaw about her upcoming DevOpsDays NZ talk and the humanist side of DevOps.

DevOps Follow 226 Followers

Q&A with Alison Polton-Simon on Her 'Metrics That Matter’ Talk for DevOpsDays NZ

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 25, 2017

Raf Gemmail talks with ThoughtWorks’ Alison Polton-Simon about her DevOpsDaysNZ talk on metrics which teams should be measuring.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Tackling Awesome Superproblems with Collaborative Games

by Ben Linders Follow 8 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.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Perfect Software, Measuring Continuous Delivery, and Exploring the Future: Agile on the Beach 2017

by Daniel Bryant Follow 136 Followers on  Aug 23, 2017

At Agile on the Beach 2017, the key takeaways from the final afternoon of the conference included: delivery teams can add value more rapidly by embracing lean, iterative and continuous deployment methodologies; and although highly beneficial, implementing continuous delivery is hard due to the need for principles to be applied in your context.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

First Annual Retrospective Report Published

by Ben Linders Follow 8 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.

DevOps Follow 226 Followers

How the Financial Industry Is Doing DevOps

by João Miranda Follow 2 Followers on  Jun 16, 2017 1

The second DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Europe, once again held in London, brought together the DevOps enterprise community. The financial industry was well represented, giving the attendees a unique perspective on the challenges facing this heavily regulated industry and how DevOps is helping to address them.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Fearless Feedback for Software Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  May 18, 2017

Feedback builds trust, increases team cohesion, and helps individuals to improve their skills and grow in their craft. An effective feedback cycle is the best possible tool for improving team performance. With feedback, issues are addressed before they become toxic and mistakes can be course-corrected early on.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Improving Work Life with Organizational Hacks

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Apr 13, 2017

Visualize everything, pair up, open Friday, and no training budget; these are some of the "work hacks" that have improved work life at Sipgate, a telephone provider using Scrum.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Atlassian Opens up Team Health Monitors and Team Playbook Blueprints

by Steffen Opel Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 12, 2017

After introducing a tool-agnostic version of its Team Health Monitors at Summit 2016, Atlassian now also bundles Team Playbook blueprints with the recently released Confluence Server 6.1. A Health Monitor workshop is a team self-assessment aiming to identify pain points and formulate a plan to address weak spots by running low-ceremony "plays" that "can help improve a team's overall health".

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Doing Safe-to-Fail Experiments

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Apr 11, 2017 8

Safe-to-fail experiments can be used in complex environments to probe, sense, and respond. You have to know what success and failure look like and need to be able to dampen or amplify the effect of probing to handle potential failures. Safe-to-fail experiments can help you to deal with risks and uncertainty, learn, and keep your options open.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Applying Hoshin Kanri at Toyota

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Mar 23, 2017

Toyota uses Hoshin Kanri to give direction on where they want to improve using Lean IT. Employees at various levels can exchange ideas about Hoshin items, and potentially get them approved by higher management. This approach makes results stronger and increases buy- in from the employees who contribute upfront.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Lean and Agile Culture at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Mar 21, 2017

Scaling lean and agile is not a question of frameworks, it's about values, principles and mindset. At Yle the company management has been involved in the agile transformation by carrying out experiments, learning and doing; not by implementing frameworks. Magic happens when you work together with people in teams on all levels.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Learning to Become Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Mar 18, 2017

The agile paradigm adapts processes to human nature, in contrast to the classical management approach which obliges team members to adjust to a particular development process. Bateson's learning model can help us to go from doing agile - following an agile method - to being agile - having your own agile identity and vision.

Culture & Methods Follow 173 Followers

Driving Improvements with Lean Pilots

by Ben Linders Follow 8 Followers on  Mar 16, 2017

Lean, agile and Lean Startup can strengthen each other for driving improvement. Lean Pilots, a data-driven improvement framework for removing major cross-functional organizational impediments, has been used to drive internal continuous improvement.

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