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Cross-Functional Teams ask for Cross-Functional People

Cross-Functional People

Article, Teams

We must get away from the idea people are silos. Just because people are experts, they must not do it all alone. Cross-functional teams require cross-functional people, who are able to contribute critical questions beyond their core expertise. It is the key to focus and robustness. Subject matter experts are [continue…]

About Becoming Better

About Becoming Better

Article, Personality

You don’t know when you will fail until you got there. Often it is quite easy to understand, when we have become better. We feel that we are successful in doing something. Problems are solved or procedures make sense to us. But, looking at the results does not really describe [continue…]

A Dictionary of Agile Language

A Dictionary of Agile Language (updated)

Article, Identity

The importance of language is inevitable. Finding the right wording, which is expressing exactly what we want to say from a context point of view, but also from a emotional point of view. The agile development space is an area of application, where this comes true notably. We just need [continue…]

Teams - the fundament for the agile way

Teams – the fundament for the agile way

Article, Teams

When we start to become more agile, we start to look at the mindset of people and how they collaborate. We are considering teams to be the fundament for growth and success. Conformity is no objective at all, contribution of individual talents to a group is what we strive for. [continue…]

Free Agile! Library - Essential Reads

Free Agile! Essential Reads

Article, Practices

Everyone has different reading habits and preferred writing styles. Even though, it is remarkable, that for each of us it takes only a hand full of books, when it gets back to citations and argues on best practices and approaches. These books are our treasure chest. While the list of [continue…]

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An Appreciation for Uncertainty

Article, Demand

Uncertainty is something we try to avoid – whenever possible. We want to know what we need to know, to be able to come up with reliable plans. Plans are supposed to keep deviations away from us, as they could make us struggle. Uncertainty can be seen to impose scepticism, [continue…]

My 90 minutes agile training

Article, Practices

Yesterday evening I was conducting a 90 minutes agile training. It has been the first for a while now. It has been a practice oriented training, and it has been very comprehensive and demanding, but I have learned a lot. That’s why I want to tell a bit about my [continue…]

  1. Harald Dietrich: next to come: my 90 minutes mental training

free agile! – Get out of the scrum

Article, Practices

Agile methods are getting more and more grip in a fast-paced business world – mainly because they promise easy adaptation to change. But listening to people working in such agile setups, quite often they suffer from it than that they benefit. Why?