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  • Spotting and Calling Out Micro-Inequities

    Micro inequities, small events based on subtle unintentional biases, are pervasive and can lead to discriminatory behaviour, both negative and positive, argued Coral Movasseli in her session at Women in Tech Dublin 2019. The good news is that behaviour containing micro-inequities is malleable through counter-stereotypic training, intergroup contact, and by taking the perspective of others.

  • Highlights from JAFAC 2019 Day 2: Leadership, Cultural Readiness, Self Care and Growth Mindset

    Continuing the coverage of JAFAC 2019 (Just Another F&#k!ng Agile Conference), the conference brings different voices to the fore and highlighting ways that agile ideas are being applied in a wide variety of contexts. Important themes that emerged on day two included cultural readiness for change, the importance of self care, and the need for a growth mindset at all levels of an organisation.

  • Eric Evans Wants to Improve the Language of DDD

    Eric Evans wants architects to actively engage in improving the language used when modeling and designing complex systems. Some of the fundamental terms used in DDD, such as Bounded Contexts, are often misunderstood. Evans wants to see an active community try to address these concerns, with the goal that DDD "should be a real, living body of thought."

  • Google Software Engineering Culture

    Several Google engineering practices have been largely adopted across the company until today and still contribute to the company's success. In 2017, a staff software engineer published some of these practices, not limited to software development. Today, Google fosters a team culture of creativity, autonomy, and innovation.

  • Highlights from JAFAC 2019 - Day 1: Leadership, Disruption, Ethics, and Social Good

    JAFAC (Just Another F&#k!ng Agile Conference) 2019 was held in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 and 6 September, 2019. The conference brings different voices to the fore, avoiding the usual suspects, and also highlighting ways that agile ideas are being applied in a wide variety of contexts. Important themes that emerged were leadership, disruption, ethics and the application of tech for social good

  • Inclusive Leadership Supports Collaboration and Diversity In Teams

    Research on Inclusive leadership shows it can provide gains in team performance, including being 29% more likely to show collaborative behaviour. Inclusive leadership showed it was effective at activating the value of diversity in a team. It required leaders to show humility, cultural intelligence and awareness of bias as key attributes.

  • Agile 2019 Keynote Talks Available to View

    The Agile Alliance has published keynote talks from the recent Agile 2019 conference. The keynote speakers were Chris Bailey on retaining focus, Lynne Cazaly on accepting good enough and Portia Tung on playful leadership.

  • Why Self-Organisation is Intuitive, Yet Challenging to Adopt

    Self-organisation can be challenging; you need to understand what's required to achieve, and success needs to be visible, said Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. He suggested to create boundaries in which to self-organise and enrich the team’s context, showing how well they are doing.

  • DOES London: Team Topologies and Cognitive Load

    At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London this year, authors of the soon-to-be-published 'Team Topologies', a book that aims to offer a practical, adaptive model for organisational design, Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, took to the stage to share their thoughts with the audience.

  • Autonomy and Accountability: Randy Shoup’s Advice for Moving Fast at Scale

    Randy Shoup, VP of engineering at WeWork, presented "Moving Fast at Scale" at CraftCon 2019, and discussed how he has organized teams for speed at scale without sacrificing innovation, business value, quality or team autonomy.

  • Barriers and Approaches for DevOps Evolution at 1st DevOpsDays Portugal

    Ten years after the first DevOpsDays conference in Ghent, the evolution of DevOps and organizations trying to adopt it was at the forefront of the first DevOpsDays conference in Portugal. On the first day of the conference, a mix of local and international speakers addressed the barriers to DevOps adoption, shift left testing, team patterns, and more.

  • Cultivating High-Performing Teams in Hypergrowth

    To support their hypergrowth, N26 created a shared picture about what to work on, how to do the work, and the organisational structure. Called the Target Operating Model, it has helped them grow while maximising team autonomy and alignment. At QCon New York 2019, Patrick Kua, chief scientist at N26, spoke about cultivating high-performing teams in an organisation that’s going through hypergrowth.

  • DevOps Needs Continuous Improvement to Succeed

    Continuous improvement is not a new thing and is often misunderstood. To be successful, we can take guidance from agile principles and apply them to the DevOps world, argued Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. At Agile Portugal 2019 he spoke about DevOps leadership in the age of agile.

  • Defining Bounded Contexts — Eric Evans at DDD Europe

    A bounded context is a defined part of software where particular terms and rules apply in a consistent way, Eric Evans explained in his keynote at DDD Europe earlier this year; it should have a refined model and a language with unambiguous definitions. In a recently published presentation, he describes different kinds of bounded contexts, including some that involve microservices.

  • Quality and Culture: Learnings from Other Disciplines and Industries

    We can gain by learning about other industries such as aviation and healthcare, and studying other disciplines, argued Conor Fitzgerald, software tester at Poppulo, at RebelCon.io 2019. Aviation has a history of continually learning from its mistakes, whereas in healthcare, culture and bias seem to challenge learning and continuous improvement.

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