December, 2019

Boost Team Flow with this Adjacent Disciplines Exercise

SolutionsIQ

A recent white paper “What Moves You” by the Business Agility Institute revealed that as business agility continues to flourish, so will the focus on employee engagement.

Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum

Scrum.org

In collaboration with InfoQ, we wrote the article “ Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum ”. Scrum.org published the article as a whitepaper. This blog post gives you an overview of the paper.

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Becoming a Better Manager Means Starting with Yourself with Johanna Rothman

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Episode 34. To be a modern manager, you must manage yourself first. In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Johanna Rothman discuss how you must learn to manage yourself to be effective at managing other people.

Drowning in technical debt? Worse: You're trapped in a Ponzi scheme

TechBeacon

Surprise! It's your lucky day. Your colleagues have dropped off a present: an almost-finished code project, just begging for a last polish. They could finish it themselves, they say, but they've been assigned other tasks. It could be really useful to you, too.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The Benefits of Test-Driven Design

DevOps.com

At John Hancock, we use Test-Driven Design (TDD) for all our new initiatives. TDD has three simple steps: Before you write functional code, write a test that proves if the implementation works or fails. Write the code and watch the test pass.

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Accelerating DevOps with Advanced Container Security

The New Stack

Lior Cohen. Lior Cohen is Senior Director of Products and Solutions for Cloud Security at Fortinet. He has over 20 years of experience working in the information security, data center network and cloud computing spaces.

Human Behavior in Software Development

Professor Beekums

I find behavioral economics fascinating. Many economists assume rational behavior among all people and it results in economic models that seem good in theory, but end up being completely inaccurate. Humans aren’t 100% rational and the real decisions we make are difficult to account for.

Definition of Done vs. User Stories vs. Acceptance Criteria

Agile Pain Relief Notes from a Tool User

One of the more frequently asked questions in my Scrum workshops is around the difference between Definition of “Done” and Acceptance Criteria, and how they relate to User Stories.

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The power of pause in leadership

Lead on Purpose

The most effective leaders know there’s only one thing they have complete control over: “the way in which I respond and react to another human.” They know their success depends on the unity and determination of their team members.

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Top 6 Software Testing Trends to Look Out in 2020

Dzone - DevOps

Here's where software testing is going in 2020. We’ve reviewed the prominent trends in the software testing landscape throughout 2019. As the test automation industry is ever-evolving and the new year is all but here already, our team has cast a few predictions on what is going to turn out in 2020.

Article: Product Goals, not Sprint Goals

InfoQ Culture Methods

There is a myth that Sprint Goals are a way to focus Scrum teams towards a common purpose, and without Sprint Goals, teams would end up building a disparate list of Product Backlog Items, every Sprint.

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Leadership: A Global Perspective

N2Growth Blog

This fall, I embarked on a worldwide quest to gain insights and perspectives on global leadership in the 21st century.

3 Steps to Grow Your Impact and Influence

Scrum.org

You have a big heart and a lot of determination, and you want to create a better world. That may mean empowering and supporting your team. Perhaps it means challenging policies and systems that are holding people back.

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2019 State of Engineering Performance Management Report

More than 100 software leaders were asked how they manage and measure engineering performance. How do the findings stack up to your own experience? The report includes the top engineering challenges and the most used performance metrics.

Compassionate Coding with April Wensel

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Episode 32. ??Are Are you compassionate? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, April Wensel discuss compassion in technology and how it affects people. April shares how to become more compassionate as individuals and how we can bring more compassion into our organizations.

The power of working agreements: How to drive your agile team

TechBeacon

Teamwork is such a fundamental part of the human experience that you would think that, after 200,000 years of human evolution, we would have it figured out.

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Why Is Security Missing in Many DevOps Implementations?

DevOps.com

The exceptional and ground-breaking, technology-driven opportunities in today’s digitized age come with significant competitive pressures to transform promptly. Specific demands increase due to continuous repeating in response to customer preferences becomes the more deep-seated expectation.

Technical Debt

Allen Holub

The notion of technical debt is not well understood, so let’s start there. Agile is all about fast feedback loops. Deliberately lengthening your feedback loop in pursuit of the chimera of perfection destroys your agility. The cost of that delay is a real cost. It usually exceeds development costs by a large factor. Deliberately delaying… The post Technical Debt appeared first on Allen Holub

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Applied to 5G

Dell EMC

From architecture to operations, 5G networks have the potential to drive industries towards digital transformation in ways that we’ve not seen with prior generations of mobile technologies.

10 Books Every Tech Leader Should Read

Daffodil Software

Books and their inexhaustible wisdom is no more limited to startups, students, or newbies in the industry. Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg reads a new book every two weeks and has a book club named ‘A Year of Books’. Software Development Digital Transformation

The Product Owner and Scrum Master symbiosis

Scrum.org

Originally posted on www.debooij.training. Any Product Owner faces challenges in the organization that are not directly related to the content and value of the product.

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On the Edge of a New Decade

Edge Perspectives

We’re heading into a new decade today. It’s not just a new year, but a new decade.* It’s a turning point, a historic moment, and provides us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. It’s all in the numbers. I believe in the power of numbers.

The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

DevSecOps Requires Teamwork for Success

DevOps.com

While the manifestos surrounding the current development pipelines may differ, there is one concept that remains constant: teamwork. All the various frameworks populating the development landscape bring together teams of people to build and deliver applications.

Review of “The Age of AI”

Pandora's Brain

A YouTube series, p resented by Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr is best known as Tony Stark, the character behind Iron Man in the Avengers movies.

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Stretch Goals: How to Motivate and Challenge Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

It’s that time of year. All around the world teams are being handed stretch goals that feel more like a delusion than a challenge. If this is happening to you, and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, don’t give up […].

10 Books Every Tech-Leadership Should Read

Daffodil Software

Books and their inexhaustible wisdom is no more limited to startups, students, or newbies in the industry. Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg reads a new book every two weeks and has a book club named ‘A Year of Books’. Software Development Digital Transformation

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Scrum Mastery Requires Humility: My New Year's Resolution

Scrum.org

. It’s that time again. The end of the year, where many of us take a step back to reflect on the year that will almost be over soon and create another new year resolution. Like many of you, I do the same. On my last year life retrospectives, I wrote about servant leadership.

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The Paradox of Leadership

Edge Perspectives

I love paradox. Today I’m going explore not just one, but two, paradoxes. Both are related to the role of leadership in our changing world.

And the Builders Shall Inherit the Earth: The Democratization of IT

DevOps.com

The democratization of IT is happening, and vendors need to recognize that if they want to survive Just back home from KubeCon/CloudNativeCon in San Diego, which can only be called a force of nature.

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