collaboration

How To Create a Kick Ass Team

How to Create a Kick Ass Team

“How many of you have been on a team in a state of shared vision?” This is the question Jim McCarthy used to kick off last night’s Agile Boston presentation. “Now, stay standing if you thought that team was at least 2x as effective as a team without one… 5x more effective… 10x more effective.”  […]

Pair Programming Games

Pair Programming Games

Last week, Moss Colum and Laura Dean gave the Boston Software Craftsmanship group a sneak peak of their Agile 2010 Pairing Games as Intentional Practice session. And, as a bonus, we got to try the games out during our code kata. I know what you’re thinking, Abby, you’re a freakin’ geek. And I’m okay with […]

Doing It Right: A Manager’s Perspective

Doing It Right: A Manager’s Perspective

A Hacker Chick Guest post by Trudy Prins, a wonderfully passionate software development manager at RIPE NCC in The Netherlands. I asked if she might share what she believes makes a successful software team. I hope you enjoy her answer and this glimpse into how she leads her teams as much as I do… As […]

Agile Leadership: Methodology Ain't Enough

Agile Leadership: Methodology Ain’t Enough

A lot of people say you can’t be a good software manager without really understanding software development. But, let’s face it, people who understand software development are a dime a dozen in our industry. What we really need are people who understand leadership & management. I mean… you know the drill – when was the […]

Beautiful Teams

Beautiful Teams

Last Tuesday, Andrew Stellman and Jenny Greene came to the Boston SPIN to talk about Beautiful Teams, the topic of a wonderful book they’ve just published. A book I believe Scott Berkun captured best when he said, "Stop complaining about your coworkers. Instead, get your team and your boss to read Beautiful Teams." And of […]

Scrum: A Framework for (Finding) Failure

Scrum: A Framework for (Finding) Failure

Ken Schwaber, co-developer of Scrum, just gave an interesting talk at the Agile Project Leaders Network. Scrum, he explained, is not a methodology, but a framework for developing complex products. The thing about complexity is that the more of it we have, the less likely it is that an external entity can dictate our way […]

Agile Collaboration (aka Everything I Know is Backwards)

Agile Collaboration (aka Everything I Know is Backwards)

I’m at SD Best Practices this week to learn about the latest in agile development. I start things off with a speaker who I’m sure will be hard for others to follow, Jean Tabaka, who gave a 4 hour workshop on collaboration. And, in what I have a feeling is going to be a common […]