• Issue 77 - September 1, 2016


    Agile – Balancing Culture and Discipline

    Is Agile only about creating happy teams? That’s just one aspect of culture. There’s more to an Agile mindset than happiness. It’s about learning, struggle, and growth. This is especially true when you’re trying to scale Agile across a large organisation. It’s really about creating a learning mindset. Which is tough. How to balance the discipline and culture? Here’s a perspective.


    What Can We Learn from the Martian?

    In “The Martian,” NASA astronaut Mark Watney, is accidentally stranded on Mars. Through the story, he overcomes challenges against the elements and limited supplies with creativity and resourcefulness. “The Martian” offers a lot of insight for anyone in leadership who finds themselves facing changing plans. Sounds a lot like Agile. Have a look.


    How to Prioritse Features?

    How do you prioritise one feature over the other? Some methods focus on the pain of the user, some on the business value, some on data, some just on gut feeling. Here’s another way you can take into account different aspects that help you see different perspectives, and then you can prioritise. Have a look.


    Serverless Architecture? Fad or the Real Deal?

    The most common way to describe serverless architecture is that it allows you to set up a piece of code to be executed as a reaction to an event. Well, so what? Well, the technical capabilities of serverless might not be that exciting, but the financial incentives sure seem like a good deal. Here’s why.


    All You Need to Know About Unconference

    We all have attended conferences. How about an unconference? How would that work?  It is essentially a conference without predefined topics. There is a high level structure and theme, but actual topics are generated by the participants on the spot. Here’s all you need to know to set one up yourself.


    Effects of Unnoticed Impediments

    Do you know the impediments that are slowing your team down? All of them, or all the critical ones? When impediments go unnoticed for a long time, they create a severe impact on the team. The timely, proactive identification and resolution of impediments helps teams quickly reduce their adverse effects. Here’s what you can do.


    Building A New Team Using Retrospective Techniques

    Building a new team is tough work. People have to learn and get to know each other, and agree upon how they will be collaborating as a team. Retrospective exercises can be used for chartering teams, to define shared goals, agree upon the way of working, and start off properly. Here’s how.