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Q&A with Renee Troughton on Leadership Patterns for Agility

by Shane Hastie Hugo Messer on  Jun 06, 2017

Renee Troughton will talk at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference on transforming organisations using systems thinking. The challenge with a successful agile implementation is not to get the team doing Agile or Scrum, but rather to reform the policies and constraints in the system faster than the system can re-impose itself. Troughton spoke to InfoQ about this and leadership patterns.

Organizing Improvements with Lean Leadership at ING Bank

by Ben Linders on  Mar 09, 2017

It’s the manager’s job to organize improvements and to make sure that real learnings take place. For real learnings you must accept the unknown and move outside of your knowledge boundary. Agile, lean and continuous delivery help to boost your learning capabilities.

Humility is a Positive Trait

by Susan McIntosh on  Feb 20, 2017

Validating the premise of Jim Collins' description of "Level 5 Leadership," a study described in the Washington Post shows how humility is a positive trait in many aspects of our lives, including leadership.

Trust and Leadership - New Study Reiterates Connection

by Susan McIntosh on  Jan 20, 2017

Being trustworthy is highly associated with leadership success. A recent study by the Ken Blanchard Companies re-iterates this connection, showing how trust of one's leader affects an individual's intentions toward the organization, including performing well, endorsing the company, and staying at the company.

Applying Sociocracy 3.0 Patterns for Implementing Agile Practices

by Ben Linders on  Jan 05, 2017 4

Sociocracy 3.0 is an open framework which supports collaboration in agile organizations and helps them to continuously improve products and services. The framework provides patterns for activities like coordinating work, effective meetings, governance, and building organizations.

QConSF - Creating Awesome Teams

by Susan McIntosh on  Dec 07, 2016

Alexandre Freire’s QConSF session focused on Modern Agile’s framework and suggested ways to implement them within an organization. He emphasized that the underlying culture must support these practices, or the practices will be forced and not lead to creating awesome teams.

QConSF: The Art (and Science) of Compelling People

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 22, 2016

Ronit Avni’s QConSF session provided information on how to ensure that your verbal message (your speech) does not get lost among other messages sent by visual or other vocal distractions.

QConSF: Is Managing Men & Women Really That Different?

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 19, 2016

Mitch Shepard discussed why there are fewer women in leadership roles, why diversity is better for business, and what the IT community can do to encourage women in leadership.

New and Interesting Changes on ThoughtWorks Radar

by Abel Avram on  Nov 12, 2016

As usual, the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar covers four areas - Language & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, Tools – each item having one of four recommendations – Adopt, Trial, Assess, Hold. This article lists only what is new and noteworthy in the respective areas.

Esther Derby's Six Rules for Change

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 03, 2016

Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.

Autonomy and Job Satisfaction

by Susan McIntosh on  Oct 20, 2016 1

Lack of autonomy at work is directly related to reduced levels of motivation and engagement, and increased levels of stress and poor health. What can leaders do to improve the sense of autonomy in individuals, thereby increasing levels of motivation and job satisfaction?

"10% Time": The Pros and Cons from Elizabeth Pope at Agile on the Beach

by Daniel Bryant on  Oct 09, 2016

At the Agile on the Beach 2016 conference, Elizabeth Pope presented “10% Time: The Pros and Cons”, and discussed her experience of devoting a percentage of work time to R&D and learning, which was popularised by Google with their ‘20% time’. Key learnings included strive to reduce barriers to entry, support non-development teams, and encourage collaboration across the organisation.

Agile Executive Forum 2016 Summary

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 26, 2016

The Agile Alliance hosted a one-day Executive Forum in San Jose, CA on September 19. The event attracted participants from around the world and a range of senior speakers from large organisations, and focused on how adopting agile development impacts companies and what executives need to do to help ensure successful cultural transformation, which is what agile adoption at scale is about.

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders on  Sep 15, 2016 1

Ordinariness in leadership can help us to accomplish extraordinary results, argues agile/lean coach Katherine Kirk. Several more people have explored approaches that suggest to rethink leadership and go back to behaviour basics for leading people. Although these approaches are about small ordinary things, their effect may cause a revolution in the way organizations are being managed.

Certified Agile Leadership Program Announced

by Ben Linders on  Aug 18, 2016

The Certified Agile Leadership program aims to increase the effectiveness of leaders by providing a learning framework for developing agile leadership competencies. An interview with Pete Behrens about the importance of leadership, changing how leaders lead and the leadership culture, leadership for self-organizing teams, and what organizations can do to develop agile leadership competencies.

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