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Making Self-Organization Work

by Jim Highsmith, 03 April 2012

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos (Cullen Hightower). Morning Star is the largest tomato processor in the United States with 400 employees and over $700 million in annual revenues. Morning Star’s CEO, Chris Rufer, built a successful company on the principle of self-management where everyone is responsible for coordinating with colleagues, customer, [...]

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Clever

by Kelly Waters, 02 January 2012

I’ve recently finished reading this book, Clever, by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who work alongside Gary Hamel at the London Business School. Gary Hamel I’m sure you know has written many fine words about a new style of management and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in business strategy and management. It’s an […]

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Why Agile Works

by Kelly Waters, 05 December 2011

Here is an article I read recently that I found really interesting.  It’s an introduction to complexity theory and provides some insight into human behaviour and why agile works… Introduction to Complexity Theory Hope you find it interesting too… Kelly.

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IT Transformation

by Kelly Waters, 25 October 2011

Agile is often the subject of an entire IT transformation within an organisation. But what is IT transformation? Transformation means different things for different organisations and what it is depends entirely on each organisation’s own unique situation, and what they are trying to achieve. It’s also something that keeps changing, as the organisation, customers and […]

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Scrum Team in Waterfall Land! What to do?

by Joe Little, 13 October 2011

The real question sent to me was: What are some tips for integrating our SCRUM model with non-Scrum groups who will not be adopting the process? One can go many places with this question, and there could be other questions within this questions. F...

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Independent Interpretation

by George Dinwiddie, 19 September 2011

Many organizations segregate their programmers and testers in order to achieve independent validation of requirements.  If the system is tested according to an independent interpretation of the requirements than used for implementation, then errors in those interpretations may be detected. This course of action is obviously prudent when the requirements are handed down to the [...]

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The Value of Stable Teams

by Kelly Waters, 14 September 2011

As a senior manager, one of the most valuable things you can do for any development team is to create an organizational structure that enables stable teams.  Permanent, lasting teams; not teams that assemble for a project and then disband to reform around a new project.  Particularly if projects are relatively short, it’s highly valuable […]

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Top 3 Reasons Designers Object to Agile and How to Overcome Them

by Ben Carey, 30 August 2011

As larger organizations are diving into using Agile methods, we hear a lot of questions about how teams integrate various specialities and skill distributions. One common question that is frequently asked by traditional UX departments is “How will our work and focus change?” Moving from traditional design practices to agile design practices is a big [...]

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