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  • Measuring Tech Performance: You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

    We try our best to measure our performance, and along the way identify just the right OKRs and KPIs and ABCs. There’s no One True Metric That Matters, but there are some useful guidelines and some all-too-commonly made mistakes. Use measures that focus on outcomes, not output, and measures that optimize for global or team outcomes, not local or individual outcomes.

  • Agile Development & Remote Teams - Six Powerful Productivity Hacks You Should Know

    With organizations around the globe trying to go lean, there is a definite rise in distributed and agile work environments today. This article provides advice on overcoming the inherent challenges of this combination. An approach that, rather than fueling another set of conflicts, helps remote teams sort out their priorities and be more productive.

  • Patterns for Microservice Developer Workflows and Deployment: Q&A with Rafael Schloming

    Drawing on his experience with developing a microservices application at Datawire in 2013, Rafael Schloming argues that one of the most important — although often ignored — questions a development lead should ask is "How do I break up my monolithic process?" as the development process is critical to establishing and maintaining velocity.

  • Q&A with Johanna Rothman and Jutta Eckstein on Cost of Delay

    The book Diving For Hidden Treasures - Uncovering the Cost of Delay in Your Project Portfolio by Johanna Rothman and Jutta Eckstein explores how projects become delayed and provides tools and methods to analyze and limit the costs of delay in projects.

  • Exercises for Building Better Teams

    Have you ever seen a team perform so great that you wanted to join it? If you examine the values of such a team, you may discover a perfect balance of orientation on people and results. If you are trying to discover how far away your own team is from this state, read this article and try the exercises to find your own state of perfection.

  • What Keyboards Do Programmers Prefer?

    As developers, we all have preferences in the tools we use for work: a powerful machine, one (or two) large screens, having the freedom to choose our OS, our IDE, etc Yet in most companies, we rarely pay the the same level of attention to keyboards.

  • Agile Productivity: Willpower and the Neuroscience Approach

    Productivity depends on the ability to concentrate and to keep that concentration long enough to advance towards your goals and get results. This article explores three strategies to save willpower energy and increase the ability to concentrate, and shows what pieces of Scrum work for which of the three strategies to increase productivity.

  • Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Application Lifecycle Management

    Mik Kersten, creator of Mylyn, discusses the evolution of the software lifecycle and developer productivity. He explains how to leverage Agile & DevOps when scaling to large teams needed to build today’s complex software and how to create a first-class software delivery tool chain.

  • How the Internet of Things will Impact our Productivity

    The Internet of Things is a technological novelty about to impact our daily lives. In the near future, the IoT is expected to disrupt sectors, revolutionize consumer-brand relations and power a surge of innovation. The IoT will boost employee productivity by helping professionals make the most from their time, adjusting commute solutions and allowing remote mobile device management.

  • Drive: How we Used Daniel Pink’s Work to Create a Happier, More Productive Work Place

    The story of using Daniel Pink’s principles of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to create a happier and more productive workplace. We actively translated his principles into real strategies, trials and experiments which we carried out across the organisation. Some things worked and somethings didn’t, but overall we significantly increased motivation and saw remarkable rises in productivity.

  • Q&A on “The Coaching Booster”

    An interview with Shirly Ronen-Harel and Jens R. Woinowski, authors of "The Coaching Booster", about why they based their book on lean and agile methods, why change needs to become an ingrained habit, how you can establish a rhythm of action, the value that a coachee can get from coaching, combining retrospectives with agile coaching, and what people can do to develop their coaching skills.

  • Measuring and Improving Software Development Productivity

    The book Improving Software Development Productivity contains practices, models and case studies to quantitatively support adoption of agile software development. An interview with Randall Jensen about measuring and improving productivity, contribution of agile to productivity, benefits from pair programming and teams, knowledge retention in maintenance and commandments for communication.

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