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Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Using Self-Selection to Create Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 16, 2017

At one company, self-selection was applied to redistribute people over teams. It provided the opportunity for developers to get involved in strategic decisions and understand the needs of the business. Using self-selection, they learned that by giving people the power to take difficult and informed decisions, they will become motivated, no matter how tough the decision is.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Q&A with Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland about Scrum Guide Updates

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 09, 2017

The Scrum guide has been updated to better reflect what Scrum is and clear up misconceptions. Scrum can be used for building software products, and it can be applied to many other areas outside of software as well. Scrum is a framework based on empiricism for continuous improvement. Having a potentially shippable product increment at least every sprint or more often is a key element of Scrum.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

The Future of Work - Morning Sessions from Agile People Sweden

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 24, 2017

The fifth Agile People Sweden Conference is being held on October 23 and 24 in Stockholm. The 2017 conference theme is: The Future of Work - Scaling Agile to Improve Worklife. The Monday morning sessions explored agility scales, enterprise wide agility with sociocracy, and self organization.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Experimenting with Self-Organisation

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 06, 2017

Self-organising teams are much more effective, engaged and happier. Not everyone is comfortable with self-organising; people are conditioned to do what they are told and mainly to work on their own. You need modern leadership approaches like intent-based leadership, sociocracy, and holacracy, to enable self-organising teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Exploring the Seven Principles of Sociocracy 3.0

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Apr 27, 2017 2

Principles guide behaviour, and when made explicit can raise consciousness and help to evolve culture. The seven Sociocracy 3.0 principles support organizations that want to act in integrity with their environment, learn from experience, and generate a collaborative, adaptable and intelligent system to navigate complexity.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Atlassian Opens up Team Health Monitors and Team Playbook Blueprints

by Steffen Opel Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 12, 2017

After introducing a tool-agnostic version of its Team Health Monitors at Summit 2016, Atlassian now also bundles Team Playbook blueprints with the recently released Confluence Server 6.1. A Health Monitor workshop is a team self-assessment aiming to identify pain points and formulate a plan to address weak spots by running low-ceremony "plays" that "can help improve a team's overall health".

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

The Agile Journey of Buurtzorg towards Teal

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 30, 2017

Buurtzorg, a Dutch nationwide nursing organization, operates entirely using self-managing practices. Teams are fully self-organized, and the organization has developed a culture where these independent teams are supported by the back office. Their IT system was developed in an agile way to help teams deliver nursing care to their patients.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Lean and Agile Culture at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 21, 2017

Scaling lean and agile is not a question of frameworks, it's about values, principles and mindset. At Yle the company management has been involved in the agile transformation by carrying out experiments, learning and doing; not by implementing frameworks. Magic happens when you work together with people in teams on all levels.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Opinion: What 2017 Has in Store for Culture & Methods

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers , Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers , Susan McIntosh Follow 7 Followers , Rui Miguel Ferreira Follow 2 Followers , Craig Smith Follow 3 Followers on  Jan 11, 2017

We polled the InfoQ Culture & Methods editors for their takes on what 2017 has in store for the technology industry, what are the trends which we see coming to the fore and what the implications will be for organizations around the globe.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Using a Skill Matrix for Growth and Learning

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 15, 2016

Skill matrixes support self organization in teams and help to create intrinsic motivation, where people want to learn new things. They can show how cross-functional teams really function and provide insight into bottlenecks found in teams.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Increase Learning with 10% Autonomy Time

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 20, 2016

Giving teams autonomy to spend 10% of their time for learning reduces delivery time, increases quality, and increases motivation. The 10% rule gives teams full autonomy to work on things they consider important. It results in freeing up people's creativity and letting teams grow their potential.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Autonomy and Job Satisfaction

by Susan McIntosh Follow 7 Followers 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?

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

How Agile and Architecture Parted and Finally Became Friends

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Sep 13, 2016 1

People stopped seeing the need to define the architecture or do software design due to incorrect interpretation of the agile manifesto, argued Simon Brown. Many software developers don’t seem to have a sufficient toolbox of practices and the software industry lacks a common vocabulary for architecture. A good architecture enables agility with just enough up front design to create firm foundations.

Culture & Methods Follow 236 Followers

Becoming a Responsive Enterprise

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jun 16, 2016

Software-driven companies are taking over the world because they are responsive organizations, built on 'sense and respond' instead of 'plan and predict'. In the next decade every large scale organization will be digitized and will effectively become a software-driven enterprise. Vikram Kapoor, CEO at Prowareness, explored how organizations can increase their responsiveness.

DevOps Follow 310 Followers

Do You and Your Company Have the Skills Needed for DevOps?

by John Okoro Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 29, 2016

In order to implement DevOps, individuals and organizations must prepare for the culture shift, new tools, and automation. This consensus has evolved during years of debate concerning what exactly DevOps means and how to use it. There are many voices in the discussion, and even with some areas of consensus, many points are far from agreement.

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