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eBook : Grow your business, product and teams

January 17, 2017

We are committed to champion software excellence and challenge the current practices. Our aim is to constantly improve: business, product, and teams. That’s why, in this last month we carefully selected pieces of advice, practical ideas for you & your team to improve and grow.  For you to easier access them, we present you the... Read more

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Feedback and happy teams

June 20, 2016

Throughout my software-development years, giving and receiving feedback has proven to be an important tool. It helped me drive the projects forward and improved my skills as a developer. In this article, you can find out why it’s important to give feedback to your colleagues, and, more importantly, what are the proper means to provide... Read more

Management 3.0. The Role of an Agile Manager

May 30, 2016

Guest post by Ralph van Roosmalen Imagine this: You are working as a manager at a company, you work there already for years and things are not going bad but you know there is room for improvement. You heard about Scrum, Agile, the Agile Manifesto… and you decide to learn more about it. You visit a few conferences, attend... Read more

Motivation is a marathon. 3 ideas to experiment with

May 23, 2016

The question of How to keep your team motivated pops up in various discussions with managers. The reasons vary, but with the increasing generation gap (think Millenials are coming), learning this is a process that requires adjustment. Feedback helps us adjust the work behaviour and keeps the motivation level high. Gathering knowledge across a couple of years,... Read more

Agility implies Craftsmanship

April 10, 2016

This article was published first in Today Software Magazine, no 16. Below it’s the full version. The authors are Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca.   In 2001, a group of people unpleased about the state of software development gathered in a mountain ski resort from Utah. One thing leading to another, they started discussing about the industrial methods applied at the... Read more

Challenge the way you work. New techniques to try on (I)

February 18, 2016

Challenge the way you work. Stay happy & productive!  My colleagues, advising or coaching teams to be happy and productive, listen and learn constantly about the challenges they have during the day-to-day activity. In the next series of articles, we share with you practical solutions to common challenges encountered when developing software products, as well as new techniques to help... Read more

Happy Demos Are Not A Myth

February 17, 2016

How do you feel at the end of a product demo? Happy? Energized? Ready to celebrate? Does this feeling last? My colleagues and I have seen our share of Scrum Meetings. We wrote previously about the Daily Scrum, and decided to focus on demos this time. Many of the demos we’ve seen had issues, and some... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Develop People

July 29, 2014

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been” — Henry A. Kissinger How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems, increase motivation and develop people. This blog post describes the fifth duty: improving... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Increase Motivation

July 14, 2014

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. — Nikos Kazantzakis How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems, increase motivation... Read more

Product owner for a day

July 4, 2014

Recently, I participated in an experiment for Product Development. It was during a weekend, in the mountains, with a team of 8 persons from Bucharest Agile Software Meetup Group. We didn’t know each other very well and we have not been working together before. Our misson was to develop a product in a day and... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Solve Problems

July 3, 2014

Effective problem-solving leaders know how to organize the environment so that all eyes are operating at full power. — Jerry Weinberg, Becoming a Technical Leader How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Clarify Direction

June 25, 2014

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. — John Scully How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems,... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Demonstrate Character

June 13, 2014

Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen. — Alan Keith, Genentech I’ve always liked computers: you tell them precisely what to do and they obey without wondering whether your command is appropriate. Working with many leaders, I feel like some would also want their team members to be... Read more

How to be a change catalyst

March 16, 2014

Do you have a great idea but don’t know how to convince your colleagues? Learn a few techniques on how to initiate change that is supported by everybody. We live in a world where the only constant is change. If we go back only five years ago, there was no iPad, nobody heard of Big... Read more

Give feedback for performance

March 16, 2014

Feedback is one of the most powerful tools a manager, developer or HR professional can use to reduce mistakes and increase performance. It is a key practice in Agile and Lean and, although it sounds easy it is quite hard. Read this post for a more detailed description of good practices for feedback inside a development team. Consider... Read more