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Spark the Change: Unleashing People’s Talent

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Aug 09, 2018

Make curiosity our priority, fundamentally question how and when work should happen, enable fragmentation with technology to become a task-based society, maximize the possibility of authentic human connection in recruiting, ask questions to spark the change, and look for ways to integrate refugees into the workforce: These are some of the conclusions and suggestions to unleash people’s talent.

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Great Engineering Cultures and Organizations - Afternoon Sessions from QCon London

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Mar 17, 2018

The Building Great Engineering Cultures and Organizations track at QCon London 2018 contained talks from practitioners representing digital leaders of the consumer internet as well as transformational corporates from “traditional” sectors. Previously InfoQ published a summary of the morning sessions; this is the summary of the afternoon sessions of this track.

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HR Needs an Agile Makeover

by Shane Hastie Follow 28 Followers on  May 22, 2017

Human Resources is an outmoded way of thinking about people and needs a significant makeover. Dov Sal examines the purpose of HR in agile organisations and encourages HR practitioners to adopt the Manifesto for Agile HR Development. On a similar note, Bersin by Deloitte provides an Agile Model of HR which talks about making radical change to the mission and focus of HR departments.

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Lessons Learned the Hard Way

by Rui Miguel Ferreira Follow 4 Followers on  Jan 16, 2017

Ricardo Fiel, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering Portugal 2016 on some common ground he has found when collaborating with several types of organizations and about the lessons he has learned on his way while trying to leverage teams’ environment.

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Scaling Teams to Grow Your Startup

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Oct 27, 2016

Once a startup becomes successful it needs to scale its teams and technology to grow. Scaling has to be done in way that the startup remains effective, and thus capable of quickly delivering products to satisfy the needs of the fast growing user base. Some of the challenges faced are hiring people and onboarding them, along with technology decisions that allow you to grow and get the right people.

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Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

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How to Study and Apply Ideas from Successful Organisations

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jul 07, 2016

Studying successful organisations can inspire you and provide ideas to improve your own organisation. Helena Moore explains how reading case studies about high performance leadership and culture from organisations like Netflix, Zappos, and Virgin, and visiting organisations like Timpson has helped to understand what makes these organisations successful and to find ways to apply them.

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Nurturing and Growing Agile Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Mar 02, 2016

Andy Kelk talked about nurturing and growing agile teams at 1st Conference in Melbourne, Australia. His talk is based on the blog post Culture Gardening.


Writing a book on Hiring - A Community Project

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jun 18, 2015

Yves Hanoulle started a community project to write a book on hiring. InfoQ interviewed Hanoulle about this project, the differences between hiring contractors and "fixed" employees and ongoing trends in hiring. InfoQ also interviewed some of the members of this project about why they joined and their views on effective hiring.


Putting People First to Increase Motivation and Performance

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jan 15, 2015 1

Focusing on the motivation of individuals can positively impact performance. An interview with Peter van Oevelen about motivating individuals, influencing the mood of teams, applying radical management, economies of motivation and building effective teams with individuals that have their own ideas, preferences and motivations.


Recruit to Catch the Good Ones

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Nov 25, 2014

How can you recruit good people and help them becoming successful without challenging your established workforce too much? According to Ralph van Roosmalen and Daan van Osch finding the right people will be one of the biggest problems in IT. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference Ralph and Daan will give a presentation in which they share experiences from IT recruiting at RES Software.


Changing the Composition of Agile Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Dec 19, 2013

Organization prefer to establish and nurture stable teams, as reported earlier this year in the InfoQ news developing stable teams, and dealing with dysfunctions. But sometimes there are reasons why the composition of a team or of teams needs to be changed. If changes in team composition are needed, how can they be done?


Inducting Newbies On Large Agile Projects

by Mike Bria Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 25, 2009

Anand Vishwanath suggests for large agile projects that using a small scale "simulation project" might be the best approach to getting the newbies into the groove, and provides a recipe for how to go about doing this.


Handling Your Team's "Rotten Apple"

by Mike Bria Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 08, 2009 4

Recently there has been an active discussion in the Scrum Development Yahoo Group about handling an "under-performing" team member. In the 130+ response thread, "Rotten apple in Scrum team", talk ranged from advice for the primary question, to talk of team morale and who manages it, to the classic debate of measuring individuals, to distinguishing whether a team is really a "team", and more.


Ready! Set! Getting New Team Members off to a Good Start.

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 23, 2007 13

How long does it take a newcomer to become an effective member of your team? Learning is integral to agile methodologies, but the learning needs of the newcomer are different from established team members: in a standup meeting, "I did (unintelligible) yesterday" offers them more questions than answers. Pat Kua suggests some practices that specifically reduce the "setup time" for new team members.

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