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How to Develop a Team’s Ways of Working

by Mike Dixon, 03 April 2019

Whether you’re inheriting a mature team, have new people joining an one, or are fortunate enough to build a new team from scratch, you’d want to make sure that it is healthy, happy, aligned, and motivated. As people come from various different backgrounds and experiences, it is extremely important to ensure that we are all […]

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What is the Best Way to Embed Agile Values in Team Culture?

by Timea Molnar, 31 October 2018

A while ago, I collaborated with Allen Holub at the Agile: Principles, Practices and Architecture Workshop during an SDD Deep Dive conference. One thing that arose time and again during our discussions was a shared belief that Agile is both misinterpreted and misused within a lot of companies. It’s something that I continue to see […]

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Masters of Scrum: Why the Principles can be Useful for Hiring

by Rachel Murray, 26 September 2018

The only people that need to learn Scrum are Scrum Masters, right? We’d argue wrong. Last week we sent our Talent specialists, Grace Carey and Kate Greentree to learn the principles in 48 hours. Will they ever get a chance to put what they’ve learned into practice? Unlikely. Does it matter? Unlikely.   Here Grace […]

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Agile 101 – How to play the game

by Emma Hopkinson-Spark, 20 August 2018

Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all. Contents Inside each tin you will find a 20-sided dice and a collection of cards. You’ll need to keep score as […]

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How to Create the FASTEST Teams

by Kelly Waters, 18 January 2016

Over the last 30 years at work, I have observed many re-structures.  Some I was part of.  Some I created.  Some worked.  Some didn’t.  And some created only marginal benefits.  Others – in more recent years – were truly transformational and catapulted team performance to a whole new level. I have always been fascinated by […]

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We don’t talk about emotions. We draw them

by Kelly Waters, 04 July 2013

Mirek Woźniak recently sent me an email telling me about something they’re doing to draw out people’s emotions (literally) and gain a better understanding of team morale. It’s a kind of mood board and a very agile way of measuring happiness. All you need is a whiteboard and no talking – take a look: […]

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Stop Starting, Start Finishing. Unfinished Work is Debt

by Kelly Waters, 12 June 2013

I’ve worked with so many development teams now that I’ve lost count.  And I’ve lost count of how many of them have this problem.  The problem of being quick to start things, and not being quite so quick to finish them. Lean methods seek to address this problem by enforcing WIP (Work In Progress) limits. […]

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