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Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Empowering People is Impossible

by Ben Linders on  Feb 18, 2016

This second post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Jenni Jepsen from goAgile in which she explains that we cannot empower people, and provides ideas for creating an organization where people feel empowered.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

ThoughtWorks adds Dependency Management to Mingle to Support Scaling

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 14, 2015

ThoughtWorks have enhanced their application lifecycle management product Mingle with a new dependency management capability which supports scaling development across multiple teams and tracking dependencies in the tool.

The Scrum Master who Sold his Authority

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 07, 2015

Maris Prabhakaran gave a talk at Agile Tour Thailand titled “The Srum Master who Sold his Authority” in which he examined a variety of common mistakes he has seen Scrum Masters make and suggested some ideas and tools needed to be effective in the role.

NYC CTO Summit Emphasizes Soft Skills for Tech Leaders

by Victor Grazi on  Dec 07, 2015

The Wheelhouse annual CTO Summit was held last week at the Nasdaq building in New York's Times Square, targeting CTO's and engineering leaders in every industry, and presented by CTO's past and present. InfoQ reviews the conference, and speaks to conference organizer Peter Bell about the goals of the conference.

Leadership Principles for Agile Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 02, 2015

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.

Q&A with David Marquet on Applying Intent-based Leadership in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2015

Software engineers can really do a tremendous service to themselves, their co-workers, and the world by stepping up and being a leader from the position they are in. Agile is essentially building a leader-leader model in software organizations says David Marquet. An interview about having leadership at all levels in the organization and applying the leader-leader model in agile.

Making People Feel Empowered with Intent-based Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Nov 18, 2015

Intent-based leadership is about giving control and decision-making power to people who have the information. When we give control to people who have the competence and clarity, we create an environment where great things happen. An interview with Jenni Jepsen about intent-based leadership, giving influence and control to people, and creating an environment where people can feel empowered.

What Is New on ThoughtWorks Radar Nov 2015

by Abel Avram on  Nov 14, 2015

ThoughtWorks has published their radar for the end of 2015, covering technologies in four areas: Languages & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, and Tools.

Turn the Ship Around - Towards Leadership at Every Level

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2015

At the Agile Tour London 2015 Wim Heemskerk and Dirk Mulder hosted a session about creating leadership at every level, based on the book Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet. InfoQ interviewed them about how hierarchy can hinder transitioning to agile, why organizations should develop leaders in stead of followers, and on applying leadership lessons from the book to increase the agility.

Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' Conference: Day Two

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 27, 2015

Key messages on day two of the 'Agile on the Beach' conference included that self-organising teams who embrace ‘autonomy, purpose and mastery’ create a successful and resilient culture, there is need for technical leadership that encompasses programming, people and processes, and being truly agile involves working with ‘an ever evolving set of ever evolving practices’.

Investigation of Project Management Skills

by Ben Linders on  Aug 20, 2015

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.

Q&A with Jeff Sutherland on Agile Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Jul 23, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.

Holacracy Approach for an Agile Organization.

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 23, 2015

Brian Robertson talks about Holacracy approach for an Agile organization.

Scrum Masters with the Imposter Syndrome

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 18, 2015

Geoff Watts, talks about the Imposter Syndrome of Scrum Masters. Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

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