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Sandy Mamoli on Holacracy for Humans

by Shane Hastie Follow 18 Followers on  Jun 20, 2018

Sandy Mamoli has been supporting New Zealand transport ticketing company Snapper in their adoption of holacracy over the last two years. At a recent Agile Welly meetup session she explained what holacracy is, described their journey to date, the benefits they’ve found, and provided advice for others considering holarcacy.

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Making Games for High Performing Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jun 14, 2018

The gamestorming model describes a process to create games. It provides concepts like game space, boundaries, rules, artifacts and goals, for creating compelling learning experiences in an organizational setting. Such games can be used by teams to experiment, focus on outcomes, and try out disruptive patterns.

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Incorporating Improv into Agile with Games

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 31, 2018

The rules of Improv provide a short-hand to enhance active listening, collaboration, and mutual reinforcement skills, all of which are integral to Agility. You can incorporate Improv activities and games to reinforce Agile mindset. The game debrief is where the value of the game becomes sustainable, as it explicitly ties emotions and aha-moments from the game experience to working scenarios.

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Finding Talented People and Building Sustainable Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 10, 2018

Meetups, hackathons and conferences are fantastic opportunities to promote your company's work and ethos and meet talented people. You can learn a lot more about a person if you let them drive the conversation initially in a job interview. Having room to grow professionally and psychological safety are key to building sustainable teams, and establish a collaborative, cohesive engineering culture.

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Cultivating Psychological Safety

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Apr 05, 2018

When we’re feeling stressed, threatened, or unsafe, it becomes harder to think creatively, work collaboratively, and solve problems. You can cultivate a culture of safety by letting folks know that it’s safe to make mistakes, by listening for real understanding, and by practicing mindfulness.

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Jeff Patton on Fixing Agile Product Ownership

by Shane Hastie Follow 18 Followers on  Mar 23, 2018

At the recent Agile India conference, Jeff Patton gave a keynote talk in which he challenged the way agile development approaches Product Ownership. He holds that product management is a discipline which was around before the Scrum term Product Owner was coined, and the way it has been applied in most agile organisations is, at best, a watered-down approach and real product management is needed.

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Dealing with the Broken Human Machine: How to Create High-Performing Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Mar 07, 2018

To really progress in developing software and build anything at a scale, you have to examine your blind spots and learn to deal with people. The culture we build is important: the difference between a high performing engineering team and a low performing one is orders of magnitude in terms of productivity and quality. Focusing on how we do things is as important as what we’re doing.

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Data-Driven Thinking for Continuous Improvement

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Mar 06, 2018

Organizations need an objective way to measure performance and tie actions back to business outcomes to improve continuously. Avvo uses a data-driven decision framework with an autonomous team model and a practice of retrospectives to help people make better decisions and proposals for continuous improvement.

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Pairing for Learning

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Feb 15, 2018

Pairing can be used to learn new topics that you can take back to the workplace, and to make your accomplishments visible and celebrate success together. Learning partners can encourage each other to make bold statements, commit to do something, and gently push each other to make it happen.

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Introversion, Ambiversion and Extroversion at Work

by Shane Hastie Follow 18 Followers on  Feb 07, 2018

Introversion and extroversion are not binary personality types; people fall somewhere on the scale between the two types and the way someone behaves can change depending on the context they find themselves in at the moment. In fact, most of the population are ambiverts. Understanding these differences can make for more effective teamwork and communication.

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The Relationship between Team Emotion and Delivery

by Rafiq Gemmail Follow 6 Followers on  Feb 05, 2018

AI firm Deep Affects studied Jira projects, presenting a relationships between emotional health and team productivity. Their findings are also supported by Gallup's 2017 State of the Workforce survey which indicates the cost of not having emotionally engaged teams.

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How to Win a Solar Race Using Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Feb 01, 2018

The Nuon Solar team uses agile and Scrum to take the steps which add the most value to the project first, integrate different disciplines, ensure transparency and focus, and reflect to improve. Their goal is promote and educate the use of clean energy; the mission is to win the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa using the power of innovation.

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GitHub Introduces Multiple Commit Authors

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 31, 2018

GitHub has started supporting multiple commit authors. The new feature is meant to improve collaboration from several developers on the same commits or pulls requests and ensures every author gets attribution of their commits in their profile contributions graph and the repository’s statistics.

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Should Teams Decouple Cadences?

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 18, 2017

Recently a Twitter discussion took place about allowing teams to have multiple cadences, for instance by using a different rhythm for planning the work and for learning and improving. Decoupling cadences gives teams room to explore and learn what works best for them; it can lead to more adaptability and autonomy and better outcomes.

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Using Agile Principles with Scrum Studio to Increase Organizational Responsiveness

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 14, 2017 1

Using a change approach based on agile principles with Scrum Studio helped a Dutch pension and investment management company to become more responsive at structurally lower costs. The change team practiced what they preached by applying transparent and iterative change with similar characteristics as the intended end result. They established a culture where people are taking responsibility.

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