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.

Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Strategies for Modernizing Software

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can manage the same challenges.

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.

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

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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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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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Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

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

Actual stakeholders? Or just your audience?

Scrum.org

This post is an excerpt from the book that we’re writing, the ‘Zombie Scrum Survival Guide’. It’s our way of delivering small increments and involving our stakeholders. So we’d love to hear your feedback, encouragements and wild ideas. You can also listen to us reading this post on our podcast.

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Top Change Articles of 2019 at Enclaria

Change Starts Here

Another year is coming to a close! The following are the most popular posts of 2019 at the Enclaria blog. Which were your favorites, and what did you miss? Thank you for reading and sharing! What topics would you like to see covered next year? Please reply in the comments.

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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.

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.

Three Truths of CEO Communication for 2020

CEO Insider

Communicating with your employees, engaging them, and having them work together to execute the company’s business strategy in 2020 will require embracing the following three truths: Effective communication of your message to your employees (and received as intended) is 100% your responsibility.

Stop Emailing When You Should Have a Meeting

Let's Grow Leaders

Have a meeting for more bandwidth and speed Recently we were delivering a leadership development program when Annia, a senior leader in the firm, raised her hand and addressed the room: “I’ve noticed that many of us quickly send an email rather […].

2020 MLB Free Agency Predictions

DataRobot

This blog provides a unique take on using machine learning to predict free agent signings in the off-season. MLB’s Hot Stove season has begun and several big contracts have already been handed out to Zack Wheeler, Yasmani Grandal, Will Smith, and more.

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?