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  • 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.

  • Adapting Risk-Based Testing to Agile Teams: Think about Testing before Coding

    Risk-based testing improves the quality of the delivered stories and helps system testers to become part of the Scrum team, said Csaba Szökőcs, a product expert at Evosoft Hungary Kft. At TestCon Moscow 2019, he explained how they adapted classical risk-based testing to fit with their agile implementation by making it part of the sprint planning and definition of done.

  • Microsoft Showcases Fluid Framework, a Web-Based Platform for Collaborative Document Creation

    Microsoft recently announced its new Fluid Framework at its annual Build developers conference. Fluid Framework is a developer platform designed to let developers build highly-collaborative interactive services and applications on the web.

  • Experience Building a QA Team in a Growing Organization

    Shifting the test team to the left brought the whole team closer together, enabled faster learning, and improved collaboration, claimed Neven Matas, QA team lead at Infinum. He spoke at TestCon Moscow 2019 where he shared the lessons learned from building a QA team in a growing organization.

  • How Design Systems Support Team Communication and Collaboration

    By using design systems, design teams can improve their workflow, reuse their knowledge, and ensure better consistency, said Stefan Ivanov. They allow one to fail faster and to speed up the iteration cycle, enable spending more time collecting user feedback in the early stages of product design, and reach the sweet spot of a product market fit much faster.

  • Why and How Etsy Embraces Differences at the Workplace

    Etsy has deployed various tactics to drive diversity and greater inclusion. They recently included diversity and inclusion in their guiding principles, integrated inclusion at each step of their employees' lifecycle, and developed strategies not just to hire diversity, but to foster a culture of inclusion. They empowered their employee resource groups to lead change based on feedback.

  • Experiences from Working with Distributed Agile Teams

    Not being able to frequently connect with your colleagues face-to-face makes successful communication more difficult in distributed teams, said Shabi Shafei, Scrum Master at ABN AMRO Bank. A Q&A about how distributed teams can transform into great agile teams.

  • Lynne Cazaly on Making Sense Using Hand-Drawn Images

    At the recent Agile on the Beach New Zealand conference, author and graphic facilitator Lynne Cazalay presented a masterclass on sensemaking; some techniques to clarify ideas through graphical images - simple diagrams which can help identify the important elements of any narrative and represent them in a style that makes content meaningful.

  • Samsung's Agile & Lean UX Journey

    Samsung has applied a team-led agile transformation followed by a culture-led agile transformation, to focus teams on real users and valuable products. Teams create and use personas which they use to do team-driven user research throughout product development, said Jaesung Jo, senior UX designer at Samsung SDS, in his talk at the Lean and Agile ME Summit 2019.

  • Experimenting with #NoProductOwner at F-Secure

    Maaret Pyhäjärvi experimented with no product owner and reported the benefits on team performance. The team developed a cross-team ownership that increased their ability to solve problems, they improved the flow of value, delivered solutions faster, and drove innovation as they anticipated features that were not expected by the business. they introduced data driven feedback mechanism.

  • Discovering Culture through Artifacts: QCon London Q&A

    Behavior and values are two critical components to organizational culture; values denote what the organization believes in, and behaviors are rooted in those values, argued Mike McGarr, engineering leader at Slack. At QCon London 2019 he spoke about improving your understanding of an organization’s culture, the key components of culture, and what to look for in order to learn about the culture.

  • Tuckman Was Wrong! Doc Norton on Reteaming Models

    At Agile India 2019, Doc Norton shared why the Tuckman team formation model doesn’t work and described new reteaming models that are more applicable to current agile teams. Norton shared reteaming models that foster organizational innovation and learning and identified 4 criteria leading to better teams’ performance: autonomy, connection, excellence and diversity.

  • Building High-Quality Products with Distributed Teams

    To ensure the quality of the products and services, Intermedia uses a common test & pre-production environment for all distributed teams. Lilia Gorbachik, product manager at Intermedia, mentioned at European Women in Tech that having a mature testing process, working with risks, and making daily decisions from a high-quality product perspective are key aspects to build high-quality products.

  • How to Grow Teams That Can Fail without Fear: QCon London Q&A

    Blameless failure starts with building a culture where failure is acknowledged, shared, investigated, remedied, and prevented, said Emma Button, a DevOps and cloud consultant, at QCon London 2019. Visualising the health and state of your system with CI/CD practices can increase trust and ownership and invite people to help out when things fail.

  • Scaling, Incident Management and Collaboration at New York Times Engineering

    The New York Times Engineering Team wrote about their approach to scaling and incident management against the backdrop of increased traffic during the November 2018 US midterm elections.

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