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March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

Follow these steps to overcome the hurdles that are frequently encountered during the making of a self-organizing team.  

Multitasking Is a Myth

Multitasking Is a Myth

I recently discussed the topic of multitasking at a meet-up. The theme was how multitasking kills productivity and lowers the quality of an individual's work and as well as that of a team.

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

One of my biggest pet peeves is not completing stories in the sprint during which we've agreed to do them. End-of-sprint data plays an important role in helping us understand where we have failed in this regard, and what we need to do to improve.

Agile Teams Are Self-Organized and Self-Directed — Not!

Agile Teams Are Self-Organized and Self-Directed — Not!

Saying that the Agile teams are self-organized and self-directed does not help new teams perform at their best. Self-organization and self-direction should become the goal of any Agile organization, and that aim should be measured and guided by able leadership.

Steps Toward Leadership

Steps Toward Leadership

I’ve realized that over the years I went through four important steps that helped me grow, but they also helped me develop other leaders. I’d like to share these steps with you, hoping they’ll be useful in identifying where you stand and where you want to go.

ScrumMaster as a Servant Leader

ScrumMaster as a Servant Leader

A ScrumMaster is a person who fully understands Scrum and acts as a servant leader to the Scrum team. Servant leadership as shown by the ScrumMaster has certain important characteristics.  

What Is Required for Business Value?

What Is Required for Business Value?

What is needed to create business value? This article looks at several important factors.

Agile Feedback

Agile Feedback

Feedback in Agile should aid communication, but sometimes feedback problems track back to leadership qualities.

Agile Ecosystem for Nonsoftware Development Functions

Agile Ecosystem for Nonsoftware Development Functions

At a company I worked for, we developed a plan to implement Agile in nonsoftware development areas, including support functions such as HR, administration, and training. Here is how it worked for us.

Agile and the Knowledge Worker

Agile and the Knowledge Worker

The motivation for this article came from a story about how hidden factors in the brain shape the way people think about hierarchies and relationships.

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