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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 »

Want to increase your company’s productivity? Give time off!

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Working at K21 has one great advantage. We DON’T have 30 days vacation. In fact, if I want to take a vacation or a few days off, I just need to put the days I’ll be off in the agenda, and that’s that. Then I just don’t show up on those days. There’s no approval… Read more »

Good feedback

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Right from early childhood, we’ve become used to receiving compliments and praise. We start listening only to people who admire our work and inflate our ego. Praise is welcome, but it doesn’t reveal points we could use to improve our product, process, our professional or personal lives. What we really need is good feedback. Seeking… Read more »

Toxic Metrics: What can kill Agility in your team?

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In the article Metrics – How to measure your team’s agility we talked about why and how to measure a team using the four Domains of Agility. We used one of our favorite phrases, which is a warning: Metrics shape behavior. This is important because we have to be very careful with metrics which may… Read more »

Fixed Scope: The Illusion

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Knowledge21-Fixed Scope The Illussion

When was the last time your project finished within the timeline and cost? Did the Team do much overtime? Did it meet the entire scope of the project? In this article we’re going to look at the illusion of security we have on projects with a fixed scope and how to get out of this… Read more »

Root Cause – retrospective solving problems of the team

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Observe the problem One day you wake up feeling unwell, your body feels hot. The thermometer shows 102F. In other words: you have a high fever. Without a second thought, you take an aspirin, the temperature goes down and you feel able to go to work. But when you get there, your body still aches… 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 »

Metrics – learn how to measure Agility of organizations and teams

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A team that seeks constant improvement needs to rely on concrete data, and not only on the results. While using metrics for their benefits, without intention to shape behaviors, the team may evolve. When it comes to using metrics, the right mindset is: if we don’t measure – we don’t know where we are. If… Read more »