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Should All Agile Teams in SAFe Release Trains Work “…the same way?” Should They Be Expected To?

I’ve been engaged in a dialogue via LinkedIn messaging with a new Product Owner assigned to three Scrum teams within the same Agile Release Train (ART.) Her latest question focused on whether she (or they) should expect the three teams to operate identically (and should she interact with them the same way) or should each…

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How Do I Convince Software Engineers to Adopt TDD and BDD?

This question was raised last night on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) community forum. It’s a common refrain: How do we encourage people to break existing patterns and learn new things (especially when they’ve been successful for so long.) Here’s what I said: Senior engineers (and most people) need to recognize the value in adopting a…

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Ethics, Snake Oil and Software Development

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) delivered a 1-hour webinar this week that was focused on explaining the relevance of their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and how to apply it. The webinar title alone was enough to get me there: Leveraging the ACM Code of Ethics Against Ethical Snake Oil and Dodgy Development. The…

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Shift Happens: How the World is Changing, and What You Need to Do About It

John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Duleesha Kulasooriya have collaborated (in various parings) on three important bite-sized books: Institutional Innovation (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) Shift Happens (Hagel, Seely Brown) Scaling Edges (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) These bite-sized gems were produced by IDEA BITE PRESS working with Deloitte’s Center for The Edge. In this post, I’m…

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Robert Greenleaf’s “Best Test” for Servant-Leadership – A Different Type of Assessment for a Different Type of Leader

Robert Greenleaf, the originator of the practice (and expression) servant-leadership, developed a simple test to determine how effectively we’re practicing servant-leadership in our daily lives. He called this the Best Test. Regardless of our roles at work and in daily life, we’re each leading and often leading multiple constituencies. How effectively we’re leading is always determined…

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Institutional Innovation: How the World is Changing and What You Need to Do About It

John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Duleesha Kulasooriya have collaborated (in various parings) on three important bite-sized books: Institutional Innovation (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) Shift Happens (Hagel, Seely Brown) Scaling Edges (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) These bite-sized gems were produced by IDEA BITE PRESS working with Deloitte’s Center for The Edge. In this post, I’m…

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Military Training and Experience –> Agile Proficiency

Hypothesis For the past 3+ years, I’ve been delivering pro bono Agile workshops for active and former servicemembers. My theory was that if you’ve succeeded in the military with Transparency, Collaboration, Communication, Teamwork, Goal Setting, Discipline, etc. you are an ideal candidate for an Agile Team where we emphasize transparency, collaboration, communication, teamwork, goal setting,…

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How to Be A Rebel Leader

I was inspired by a shared tweet that included the following illustration:                           These principles come from the work of Francesca Gino and her new book, Rebel Talent: Why It Pays To Break The Rules At Work And In Life.  I highly recommend…

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Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science

I was thrilled to find this book as a means of discovering a more quantitative way to assess the value of feedback and how to use it (more effectively.) I was also excited to learn more about the adoption of neuroscience in everyday life. The author, Charles Jacobs, is a principal at 180 | Partners…

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Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings

Introduction A few months ago I learned about the Group Pattern Language Project and the associated Group Works card deck. One purpose of this group (and this deck) is to improve our gatherings (whether they be business meetings, brainstorming sessions or town halls.) Another purpose is to learn more about each other in the context…

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