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    We need more people who take care for the HOW

    Title Photo - Woman on a stand searching for something further away

    I am an engineer and I am working in the software industry for many years now. Nowadays I take care for people - developers, team leaders, but even many more employees involved in running a successful business. I try to be a servant leader, who works with the people. Decisions are taken with the people and not for the people. Thereby, my profession has become coaching and mentoring rather than engineering.

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    Cynefin Lego Game

    Cynefin Lego Game

    The Cynefin framework is used to help decision makers to understand the domain, they are operating in. It offers four contexts: simple, complicated, complex, chaotic, and disorder. They offer a "sense of place" from which to analyze behavior and decide how to act in similar situations. In general it is important to know what type of system you are dealing with. Playing the Cynefin Lego Game shows you how to decode what is happening in terms of organisational structures and communication in that specific system.

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    Stopping the Enterprise Death Spiral with Mob Programming

    “Let’s say you are at a company with 10 people; price’s law states that approximately 3 people will be responsible for half of the productivity of value. Scale that out to 100 and now it’s 10 people who are responsible for half the productivity of value. Now scale that to 10,000 and you have 100 people responsible for half the productivity of value.” A finding that goes hand-in-hand with many examples of Pareto Distribution (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_distribution). So what to do about it? Give power to small teams! Develop cross functionality, build in quality from the beginning, and increase competency and team performance. Mob programming is an agile practice, which can help…

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    Stacey Matrix – adapted to software development

    Stacey Matrix - adapted to software development

    “The Stacey Matrix was developed to help managers determine the complexity of their environment and adapt their style of decision-making. For software development, the Matrix is often plotted along different axes; ‘Requirements’ and ‘Implementation’ (or ‘Technology’). The former is determined by the obviousness to which we know what we need to build (like the product) and what features to implement (‘What?’), whereas the latter is determined by the obviousness of what is needed to get there on in terms of implementation/technology (‘How?’). It should be noted that this adaptation does not really fit with Stacey’s original Matrix. But it does offer a similar conceptual approach to understand complexity within the…

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    Prioritizing product features using the Kano model

    One of the challenges product teams encounter, is how to decide which features should be included in their products. Identifying the user needs, helps teams to focus on what a product should deliver to address a certain type of user. In time, teams develop many ideas on how to address these needs. The Kano model (proposed in the 80s by Noriaki Kano) offers a way to differentiate these features by focusing on customer satisfaction. This article provides an alternative approach using the Kano model to answer the question: “Which features should be included in the Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?” [button url=”https://brokenrhythm.blog/prioritizing-product-features-with-kano-model”  target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]  

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    The #NoEstimates debate: An unbiased look at the origins, arguments, and thought leaders behind the movement

    There are many points on which Zuill (who first blogged about completing a project sans estimates in 2012) and Kretzman (a strong critic of the #NoEstimates movement and a supporter of the continued use of estimates when effective) actually agree, giving both sides of the debate common ground on which to build a continually better approach to the question that’s being begged: to estimate or not to estimate? Here’s what Malcolm Isaacs found in his search for the truth beyond the hashtag. [button url=”https://techbeacon.com/noestimates-debate-unbiased-look-origins-arguments-thought-leaders-behind-movement”  target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]

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    A Dictionary of Agile Language (updated)

    A Dictionary of Agile Language

    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 to recall, that we use language not for talking only – in our mind the same language is used already when we start thinking. Besides the central word agile itself, the community of agilists has created their own dictionary, where new terms have been selected, which helped to add a new meaning to the idea of agile development. Agile is…

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    A Practical Journey to Communities of Practice

    Communities of Practice

    A while ago I have been asking the community at Agile Uprising for some hints on how to setup communities of practice. I felt like I would need some support. I had a rough idea what I would want to achieve by establishing communities, but I was lacking the idea how to get there. The attention to the request was really good and I received a lot of hints all around the topic. Anyhow, they left me with the feeling, that I would have to take action to run experiments. I had to learn and find out by myself how communities of practice would work best for me. I did…

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    Out of sight, out of mind? 5 Virtual Team Building Activities

    65% of remote employees report that they never had a team building session. Having co-workers spread across two or more locations is becoming a model more and more organization will have to adapt to. Stop hesitating, but look for ways to cope with co-located colleagues in a better way. Here are some virtual team building activities that make the seemingly impossible task of getting and keeping remote employees bonded and easier to reach. [button url=”https://www.teambonding.com/5-team-bondingtips-for-remote-employees/” target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]