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Scrum Master: The Skilled Facilitator

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Roger Schwarz, in his 2002 book “The Skilled Facilitator”, defines the facilitation of a group as “a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, who is substantively neutral, and who has no substantive decision-making authority diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and… Read more »

New Aspects of a Perfect Workplace

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In this article I’ll touch on three fundamental aspects of a good working environment: Wholeness, Self-organization, and Multidisciplinarity. As you may know, Knowledge21 is a company which offers Agile training and consultations to organizations and knowledge workers who want to be more efficient and grow sustainably. Over the past fortnight, a few unusual and unexpected… Read more »

Software quality guarantee with TDD (Test Driven Development)

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One of the big challenges which software development teams face is quality guarantee. In projects which used the traditional Waterfall method, there was a well defined phase in which software tests were carried out. The problem was, it was a late phase and often bulldozed over or ignored completely due to the pressures to deliver… Read more »

Tips for a more productive Daily Scrum

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We often see some dysfunctions which cause Scrum teams to have overly long, dense Daily meetings which a lack of focus. In 2017, Marcos Garrido wrote a post about the Myths and Facts of Daily Scrum, and that inspired me to write down a few tips about how to make the daily meetings more productive…. Read more »

Merit Money: a collaborative reward system

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Rewarding people without destroying their motivation has been one of the top management challenges in companies employing knowledge workers. Unfortunately, the reward systems used by these organizations incentivize recognition through imaginary performance rather than real merits, causing an extremely negative impact on employee motivation. Daniel Pink, one of the current greatest researchers on motivation, stresses… Read more »

Electrical Circuit Retrospective

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Let’s improve our work! How can we do that? Do an Electrical Circuit retrospective helps to brainstorm improvements. Preparation To begin with, draw an electrical circuit. It consists of: Light bulb: our ideas on how to improve our work (process, product, environment, etc.) Resistor: resistance (challenges, problems) to the ideas working Battery: actions that energize… Read more »

Replace documentation with short videos

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I like to begin my training sessions by asking those involved in project management what their biggest everyday problems are. I ask the group to list five or six main issues, and there is an issue that never fails to make the list: communication problems. And this directly impacts the documentation process. How many times have… Read more »

Agility and Moral Harassment in the Workplace

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In this post, we’re going to talk about hostile work environments for individuals, and how agility plays an important role in breaking the patterns that foster moral harassment. What exactly would constitute a threat in the workplace? Losing your job? Losing your salary? Disliking the work that you do? Being treated harshly? Some examples Some… Read more »

Agile Marketing Mindset

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Imagine an extensive and detailed marketing plan that took months to complete. Pages and pages of reports, full of charts and analyses. Financial projections and deadlines. All exactly as prescribed in traditional business planning methods. This is the mindset that many of us learned, and that is still very widespread. But are such detailed and… Read more »