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  • Q&A on the Book Fail to Learn

    The book Fail to Learn by Scott Provence explores how we can learn from failure and how trainers and course designers can use gamification to foster failure and learning in their educational environments. When playing games it's ok to try out something, lose the game, learn from it, and restart and try something else.

  • Adaptive Architecture: a Bridge between Fashion and Technology

    Adaptive architecture is a feature of agile software development and is also a source of competitive advantage in the fashion industry. Nike's collaboration with Virgil Abloh on "The Ten" is an example of how these principles play out.

  • Q&A on the Book The Art of Leadership

    In the book The Art of Leadership, Michael Lopp shares stories of leadership habits and practices. Examples include reading the room, getting feedback, delegation, giving compliments, understanding the culture, and being kind. In the book Lopp describes how he practiced and refined these leadership habits over the years and what he has learned from doing so.

  • A Five-step Guide to Building Empathy That Can Boost Your Development Career

    Empathy isn’t just a nice-to-have soft skill. It’s one of the top six skills required of employees in 2020 and beyond, according to Forbes. Learn why empathy is critical for developers in particular and explore these five steps you can take to cultivate empathy in your day-to-day: 1. Understand yourself, 2. Understand them, 3. Build comfort into conversations, 4. Learn how to listen, 5. Practice.

  • Q&A on the Book Untapped Agility

    The book Untapped Agility by Jesse Fewell explains what holds organizations back in increasing their agility. It describes barriers that may appear during an agile transformation and provides “rebound” moves for unblocking the transformation and moving forward. This recurring pattern of Boost, then Barrier, then Rebound both encourages and enables frustrated agile champions.

  • How to Build a Strong Beta Testers Community

    It is important to involve the real users at the early stages of your development cycle. A strong beta testers community not only improves your product, but also provides context, pain points and ideas while increasing loyalty and engagement. This article offers tips and tricks on how to build a beta testers program and a process of supporting the program with a modest allotment.

  • Exchange Cybernetics: towards a Science of Agility & Adaptation

    Agility can become part of a scientific theory of adaptation. The capacity for adaptation is nothing more than the ability to move resources around in order to take opportunities as they emerge. This article describes the ingredients of an agile theory of adaptation and provides examples for how to do tactical planning in order to execute agility.

  • Q&A on the Book Retrospectives for Everyone

    The book Retrospectives for Everyone by Madhavi Ledalla explains how metaphors can be used to foster reflection and result in actions in agile retrospectives. The book provides examples of metaphors that can for instance be used to nurture teamwork, manage change, focus on objectives and personal reflection, and also provides recommendations for facilitating retrospectives beyond a single team.

  • Q&A on the Book Techlash

    The book Techlash by Ian Mitroff and Rune Storesund explains why companies need to become socially responsible by considering the potential negative outcomes of technology. It explains how proactive crisis management can help prevent a crisis by the early detection and correction of deviations from expected conditions.

  • Q&A on the Book Dynamic Reteaming (2-ed)

    In the 2nd edition of her book Dyanamic Reteaming, Heidi Helfand shows that having stable teams is generally unrealistic and that there are ways to effectively reform teams to achieve great outcomes. She explores different approaches to team formation and reformation and provides practical advice on how to create environments where team formation can adapt and evolve effectively.

  • Q&A on the Book How to Be an Inclusive Leader

    The book How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown provides a step-by-step guide to becoming an advocate for inclusion. It explains what leaders can do to increase inclusiveness in the workplace, describes the characteristics of inclusive leaders, explores why inclusion matters and how people cover, and provides the inclusive leader continuum.

  • Mindfulness in Corporations during the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Mindfulness classes and programs have been offered to employees in many organizations for almost a decade. They were offered via instructors that visited the organizations. However, when employees were forced to work from home, due to Covid-19 restrictions, mindfulness instructors turned to Zoom and other online conferencing solutions to lead their classes virtually

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