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  • Variations on New Normal for Workplaces

    Over the last year office work has shifted to almost completely remote, and as vaccination programs roll out around the world it is shifting again. There is a lot of speculation around what the new normal will look like. Employee well-being, flexibility in working arrangements, availability creep, virtual and augmented reality are all factors impacting what work could look like going forward.

  • The Post COVID Normal Will Be Hybrid Work Environments

    The Microsoft Work Trend Report points to flexible, hybrid work being the new normal, leaders being out of touch with their employees, an exhausted workforce, innovation at risk, shrinking networks, the need for authenticity to spur productivity and well-being & a huge negative impact on GenZ. The report provides concrete advice for charting the way forward to overcome these and other challenges.

  • QCon Plus: Summary of the Inclusion & Diversity in Tech Track

    QCon Plus is running over three weeks in November. One of the tracks on the first day focused on Inclusion and Diversity in Tech. The track was designed to to change perceptions about DEI and advance the conversation. Three talks provided the audience with concrete tools, difficult questions and invited them to deep self exploration.

  • Making Workplaces More Humanistic

    Organizations are increasingly focusing on the humanization of workplaces and supporting professionals to perform better. Ways to make workplaces more humanistic are going off-script, experimenting with working hours, being vulnerable as leaders, and appreciating diversity.

  • DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2020: a Diversity and Inclusion Q&A with Shaaron A Alvares

    Shaaron A Alvares gave a talk at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2020 London Virtual titled ‘Accelerate Your DevOps Culture of Innovation with Everyday Inclusion and Belonging’. She began with presenting research data on the benefits of diverse teams, showing that diverse teams outperform their peers by 80%.

  • Inclusive Leadership Supports Collaboration and Diversity In Teams

    Research on Inclusive leadership shows it can provide gains in team performance, including being 29% more likely to show collaborative behaviour. Inclusive leadership showed it was effective at activating the value of diversity in a team. It required leaders to show humility, cultural intelligence and awareness of bias as key attributes.

  • Why and How Etsy Embraces Differences at the Workplace

    Etsy has deployed various tactics to drive diversity and greater inclusion. They recently included diversity and inclusion in their guiding principles, integrated inclusion at each step of their employees' lifecycle, and developed strategies not just to hire diversity, but to foster a culture of inclusion. They empowered their employee resource groups to lead change based on feedback.

  • Katherine Kirk on Dealing with Teamwork Hell

    Dysfunction in teams can truly feel like being in hell, confined within an endless loop of unhappiness, and there are ways to approach the challenges through actively managing your own response to stressful situations, maintain your own integrity and ethical standards and diligently take small steps rather than trying to address every aspect of the situation at one time.

  • A Brief History of High-Performing Teams by Jessica Kerr

    If you're looking for an early example of a high-performing, agile team, then study the Florentine Camerata, a group formed in Florence, Italy, around 1580 that reformed their contemporary music with the creation of opera. The lessons of the camerata, and similar teams throughout history, were the subject of Jessica Kerr's keynote presentation at Explore DDD 2018.

  • Making Stack Overflow More Welcoming

    Jay Hanlon, EVP of Culture and Experience for Stack Overflow, posted a blog entry titled “Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change”. In the post he explains the problems Stack Overflow have which make it an unwelcoming and intimidating place. He explains the commitment to addressing the issues and provides specific steps they are taking.

  • Leaders Discuss How to Build Great Engineering Cultures

    QConLondon’s Building Great Engineering Cultures track brought together a panel of leaders to take questions from an audience. Leaders from Google, Sky Betting and Gaming, ITV, Deliveroo and GlobalSign shared how they support and build great cultures for engineers, accounting for individual growth, organisation need, a social conscience and a balanced life.

  • Introversion, Ambiversion and Extroversion at Work

    Introversion and extroversion are not binary personality types; people fall somewhere on the scale between the two types and the way someone behaves can change depending on the context they find themselves in at the moment. In fact, most of the population are ambiverts. Understanding these differences can make for more effective teamwork and communication.

  • Opinion: What 2017 Has in Store for Culture & Methods

    We polled the InfoQ Culture & Methods editors for their takes on what 2017 has in store for the technology industry, what are the trends which we see coming to the fore and what the implications will be for organizations around the globe.

  • ThoughtWorks Recognized as Most Women-Friendly Tech Company

    At the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, ThoughtWorks was recognised as being the top company for Women in Technology. InfoQ spoke to Rebecca Parsons, CTO, about the company's culture and the award.

  • Google and the Perfect Team

    Google researchers studied teams and what traits help with their efficiency. Named Project Aristotle, the study provides insight into what helps teams succeed, such as psychological safety, structure, and a sense of purpose.

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