When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.
David Horowitz and Mark Kilby presented at the Agile 2016 conference on how distributed teams can thrive. The premise of their talk was that distributed teams need to be connected, and that while face-to-face is important for collaboration, it isn’t as important as connectedness.
Dan North talked about models and techniques for giving and receiving feedback and how to apply them effectively at the QCon London 2016 conference.
InfoQ interviewed Stephen Carver about how bringing in procedures and rules often doesn't help to prevent problems, enabling communication between engineers working in different companies, taking learnings from failure to a next level to prevent similar problems, and what engineers can do if they want to influence decisions on developing and releasing products.
A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.
The Internet of Things is about connecting things. When the remotest of the things lie beyond the reach of WIFI networks, cellular technologies can provide a viable communications infrastructure. To this end, 4G Americas, a telecommunications industry trade organization, has published a new white paper titled "Cellular Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things."
Selena Delesie gave a keynote at the Agile Testing Days 2015 about leadership principles that she sees in successful agile companies. InfoQ interviewed her about how leadership principles from Sir Richard Branson are related to the foundations of agile and asked her which principles are giving companies a competitive edge and how companies can deploy agile to become more competitive.
An investigation was done to find out which skills are desired by employers for project management positions and what it takes to be successful as a project manager. An interview about skills for managing projects, likability of bosses and leadership skills, why people feel miserable at work and what can be done to prevent it and the need for project managers when organizations migrate to agile.
The demand for IT project managers is increasing. Agile methodologies support collaboration with distributed teams for creative problem solving. The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape. Project managers have to pioneer IOT initiatives, be prepared for the influx of data and ensure that deliverables from their projects are secure.
Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique which organizations use reduce the stress in employees.
Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.
Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.
Organizations are increasingly working with remote teams to discover that it can be challenging to establishing remote teams and collaborate effectively with people in remote or distributed teams. An interview with Janis Janovskis on the challenges of remote teams, working together in different time zones, using hangouts and experiments to establish remote teams and finding the right people.
When working with virtual teams the basic management tasks or responsibilities remain exactly the same, but checking if the work has been done and if the quality is sufficient tends to be more difficult. Successful collaboration is a shared responsibility of the virtual teams and the customer.
The Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 conference devotes a full day track to talented Dutch agile youngsters to share their experiences. Tamara de Paus talked about how to organize your work and be more transparent. An interview about the changes that were done by the team to manage work and create transparency, what worked and what didn't, and the things they learned along the way.