This post originally appeared on the Stiltsoft blog in April 2016 as a guest post by Nicholas. Effective communication is vital to keep employees engaged and motivated. Research shows there is an “explicit positive relationship between communication satisfaction and employees’ organizational commitment”. Authentic, frequent and collaborative conversations with employees leads to increased trust, decreased turnover and… Continue reading Increase Employee Engagement with the 3 C’s of Internal Communication
Trendy technology companies love the open plan office. From Atlassian to Facebook, Twitter to Zynga, they’ve all recently built beautiful open plan offices. More traditional tech companies such as LinkedIn and eBay favour the clustered cubicle approach. One trendy tech company that stands out amongst the open plan and cubicle loving crowd is Campaign Monitor, check out their office: While the… Continue reading Building an Ideal Agile Team Workspace
I’ve spent a good portion of the past 11 years as a product coach, working to introduce scalable agile techniques to hundreds of product engineering teams. My work has brought me around the globe in pursuit of helping enterprise teams accelerate product development, doing so in a manor which helps increase individual performance and promote… Continue reading A Daily Scrum can be Strategic!
The following question is one that comes up every few months. A product owner is overwhelmed by all the items in their backlog, and quite often the backlog is growing faster than the team can work through it. Every time a product owner wants to visit the backlog it is a mess, which causes waste.… Continue reading Courage! Close off old and stale backlog items.
There are three key roles for every Agile team: Product Owner, ScrumMaster and the Team. And, of course, we also have the stakeholders – our customers, managers, board of directors, etc. We’ll take a look at these roles and their various responsibilities and then we will explore how these people gel to form a high… Continue reading Roles and Responsibility, Essential to a High Performing Agile Team
You might remember from chemistry class that a molecule can exist without a paired electron, making them highly reactive. Molecules fitting this description are considered “Free Radicals“. What your professor may not have told you (mine certainly hadn’t) is that Free Radicals (or Radicals as I like to refer to them as) also exist in human form… Continue reading Eliminate Free Radicals – A Path to Scaling Agile in the Enterprise