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Jay Simons on Acquisition of Trello

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Feb 28, 2017

As announced by Atlassian, a solutions provider for team collaboration and productivity, on January 9th, 2017, the company has reached an agreement to acquire Trello, a visualization tool that makes use of boards to help teams and people manage their projects and tasks.

Open Office Layouts Bad for Productivity and Memory

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 24, 2017

A recent BBC article revived the discussion about the "best" office layout for productive knowledge work - how spaces impact culture, productivity and collaboration.

Organizing over Organization

by Ben Linders on  Feb 23, 2017

In the coming years we will see less organizations, but not less organizing. Organizing is a daily activity to get things done, but we don't necessarily need organizations to do things. When individuals are subordinate to the organization, it's an inhibitor for adopting modern management approaches.

Courage to Become Agile

by Ben Linders on  Feb 20, 2017

Being brave is about doing what is necessary, even when you are afraid. The single most important thing in agile is to inspect and dare to change things which aren't working. You can start with small experiments to find solutions, and if it turns they do not work, then you can stop them.

Eric J. McNulty : Your People’s Brains Need Face Time

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 09, 2017

In a recent Strategy and Business article, leadership author Eric J. McNulty wrote about why distributed teams need to get together on a regular basis in order to be most effective. He cites research into distributed teams which shows that the value of face-to-face sessions far exceeds the cost of bringing people together.

The Improvisor's Code and QConSF

by Susan McIntosh on  Jan 26, 2017

Through improv games, Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland shared three hacks for building a better life - embracing failure, saying "yes," and sharing control.

Testing Challenges and Essential Skills for Testers

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2017 1

Complex AI systems with non-deterministic outcomes pose challenges for testers and programmers. Such systems will increasingly become normal in high-impact, high-risk applications, argues Fiona Charles; testers should increase their capacity for thinking and learning and develop a number of personal strengths such as courage and good judgement.

Cultivating Attention and Awareness in Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2017

Technology makes it easier to collaborate, but also distracts us and can have negative consequences on the quality and content of our personal interactions. The mere presence of a cell phone can pull you away from a task and reduce your focus. An interview with Jeffery Hackert on cultivating attention, awareness and empathy when working in teams, and giving and receiving uninterrupted attention.

Opinion: What 2017 Has in Store for Culture & Methods

by Shane Hastie Ben Linders Susan McIntosh Rui Miguel Ferreira Craig Smith 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.

Applying Sociocracy 3.0 Patterns for Implementing Agile Practices

by Ben Linders on  Jan 05, 2017 4

Sociocracy 3.0 is an open framework which supports collaboration in agile organizations and helps them to continuously improve products and services. The framework provides patterns for activities like coordinating work, effective meetings, governance, and building organizations.

Experimenting with Peer Feedback in Tech Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 29, 2016

Feedback can be used to build trust in teams and help individuals improve their skills and grow in their craft. Emily Page and Doug Talbot shared their experiences from experimenting with peer feedback at Ocado Technology at Spark the Change London 2016. An interview with Emily Page, Organizational Catalyst at Ocado Technology.

Managing in the Networked Society

by Ben Linders on  Dec 22, 2016

More and more now value is created through connected organizations and individuals using seamless collaboration across boundaries. At the same time however, many companies are still influenced by management practices invented in 19th century. A paradigm shift is needed to successfully manage in the networked society.

What José Mourinho Can Teach Us about Team Building

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Dec 21, 2016

Alan O’Callaghan gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering Portugal 2016 on what José Mourinho can teach us about team building. Starting with the similarities between Football and Scrum, the talk addresses the less understood characteristic that affects Scrum’s effectiveness, that is, according to the speaker, the building of self-organising teams.

Using a Skill Matrix for Growth and Learning

by Ben Linders 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.

Stretching Agile in Offshore Development

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2016 3

To remain agile while offshoring software development, you have to invest time to make agile practices work under conditions where they are not supposed to work. Giving up is often not an option; you need to stretch agile practices by going back to the principles and collaboratively find ways to scale them and make them work effectively in a distributed environment.

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