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Q&A with Katrina Clokie on Testing in DevOps for Engineers

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 8 Followers on  Nov 15, 2018

Wellington's DevOpsDays NZ recently closed with a keynote by Katrina Clokie on the Testing Skills and Superpower which engineers can utilise in a DevOps setting. The author of A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps spoke with InfoQ to discuss the changes she's seen in the testing landscape and how this is further impacted by the move to embrace DevOps principles.

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Managing in Organisations without Managers: Self-Management in Action

by Shane Hastie Follow 28 Followers on  Nov 05, 2018

At the Agile People conference, Doug Kirpatrick gave a keynote talk and a deep dive workshop about what it takes to adopt Self-Management in an organization. Self-Management is the organizational philosophy represented by individuals freely and autonomously performing the traditional functions of management without mechanistic hierarchy or arbitrary, unilateral command authority over others.

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Build Agility with Design Sprints

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Nov 02, 2018

Design sprints can be a powerful vehicle for challenging traditional ways-of-working that that hamstring business agility. Teams can solve challenging business and customer problems in incredibly creative, exciting and valuable ways, and as a group they are collectively more willing to kill bad ideas early.

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Wave 2 Agile: Living the Agile Mindset

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Oct 30, 2018 2

Living the agile mindset means actually doing it, not just talking about it. Living agile is only accessible to those who say yes to personal growth in a big way. If you want different behaviours in your organization, change your own behaviour. This is what Michael K Sahota is calling "Wave 2 of Agile", and invites everyone to join.

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Leading within: Evolving into Agility

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Sep 12, 2018

Adaptive organizations rely on horizontal leadership where awareness is a fundamental quality for leadership. When we are able to really listen with curiosity, empathy and courage, then our listening changes our perceptions, our relationships, and therefore, our environment.

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Heidi Helfand on Listening for Maximum Impact

by Angela Wick Follow 4 Followers on  Aug 17, 2018

Leadership starts with listening and it can amplify your impact! Heidi Helfand presented at Agile2018 on developing our listening skills to be a better leader. Leaders who listen have a big impact on their teams. Slowing down and paying attention, actually listening vs. jumping to give answers, is where the impact is. It may seem slower, but it has lasting results.

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Author, Teacher, and Consultant Jerry Weinberg Passed Away

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Aug 15, 2018 2

Gerald M. “Jerry” Weinberg, author, teacher, and consultant, passed away August 7, 2018, at the age of 84. Weinberg published about 100 books on computer programming, systems thinking, leadership, change, consulting, and writing.

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The New CIO: Leading IT the Mark Schwartz Way

by Helen Beal Follow 5 Followers on  Jul 05, 2018

Mark Schwartz, formerly CIO at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and now enterprise strategist at AWS, spoke at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London about what it means to lead IT.

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Spark the Change: Sparkling Disruptions

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jun 29, 2018

A new transportation system that enables people to live and work anywhere, networking through an app to share stories and get ideas that change your company, and high-speed internet through space to connect people everywhere on the planet; these are sparkling disruptions which were presented at the Spark the Change conference.

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What it Takes to Become and Remain an Adaptive Agile Leader

by Shane Hastie Follow 28 Followers on  Jun 11, 2018

Leadership at every level in an organisation and in every role, and the ability to be adaptive in leadership, are topics which have been discussed in a number of publications recently.  Adaptiveness is considered to be necessary for leadership in any domain today and remaining agile in your thinking and leadership behavior is crucial to leadership success.

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Measuring Trust and Its Impact on Leadership and Organisational Change

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 8 Followers on  Apr 29, 2018

Atlassian's Dom Price and Prudy Gourguechon, a business psychology consultant, have both recently written about the importance of trust between teams and their leaders, indicating the difficulty in confidently measuring this. They provide behavioural patterns to look out for in the way teams collaborate, deal with uncertainty, take personal ownership and experience inclusivity from leadership.

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Cultivating Psychological Safety

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Apr 05, 2018

When we’re feeling stressed, threatened, or unsafe, it becomes harder to think creatively, work collaboratively, and solve problems. You can cultivate a culture of safety by letting folks know that it’s safe to make mistakes, by listening for real understanding, and by practicing mindfulness.

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Leaders Discuss How to Build Great Engineering Cultures

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 8 Followers on  Apr 02, 2018

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.

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Agile Transformation at KPN iTV

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Feb 22, 2018

The management team became a leadership team that created a working environment for the squads where they facilitate instead of direct, autonomous squads were co-created using self-selection, and work is not organized in projects anymore but brought to stable autonomous teams: these are some of the major changes done in the agile transformation at KPN iTV.

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Paradoxes in Culture Change

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Oct 19, 2017

Organizations should realize that organizational culture is an important factor in increasing agility, and then act on this realization. The desired organizational culture must be promoted by example top down; what is happening at the top of the organization concerning values, communication and customer involvement will predict what will happen in the "underlying" layers of the organization.

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