In the book The Manager’s Path, Camille Fournier explores managing engineers and what it takes to be a technical manager. She describes the different roles which form the path from mentors and tech leads to senior engineering management, discusses the challenges of technical leadership and provides advice on how to deal with them.
As agile grows-out of its years of self-obsession and teenage petulance into a post-agile state, ‘Predictable Agile Delivery’ feels like a realistic goal that advantages both the business sponsor and their development stakeholders. This article shares some ‘good, bad and ugly’ examples of practices that often work and some that always fail at improving large organizations.
The book Scaling Teams by Alexander Grosse and David Loftesness provides strategies and practices for managing teams in fast growing organizations. It explores five areas which often pose challenges when organizations need to scale -- hiring, people management, organization, culture and communication -- and gives solutions for recognizing and dealing with those challenges.
At the Agile 2016 conference, Dominica DeGrandis and Julia Wester of Leankit gave talks on helping middle managers adapt to change and how Kanban can be used to identify problems in workflows .
Human teams are unique, non-linear and unpredictable, but given the right conditions, their output can become linear, scaled and predictable. Managers have an enabling role to play.
Our efforts to improve software development face the question what to focus on. We can’t be predictable if we are not adaptable. What we really need is to be predictably adaptable.
Are you patting yourself on the back for remarkable turn around times while simultaneously neglecting your customers? Stop measuring turn around time and start learning what matters to customers. 2
Organizational silos may cause a variety of problems for your company. Learning more about how and why they form is the first step towards dealing with them. This article suggest using ventilators.
Agile is both simple and hard – and success depends on managers creating a suitable environment for their teams. To create and sustain high-performing agile teams, these points are fundamental.
The book Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan provides a process with a practical approach to master business storytelling; a leadership skill that helps to achieve results.
Agile, with cross functional teams, has sounded the death knell for many test managers. While test management is largely irrelevant in agile, there is still a desperate need for test leadership.
Learn holacracy from the Dutch telecom company Voys who implemented this new way of running organizations where power is distributed across teams with clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations.