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The Power of “Pull” Conversations

My team has been looking for ways to make sure we understand what our business stakeholders really want from each software feature that we develop. We felt that we had to solve a basic communication problem but didn’t know how to approach that.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
End and Then Begin Again

Shweta Darbha explains how teams can review their work and improve themselves after the completion of key projects or after they have adopted Scrum. Learn how your own team could benefit by following this practice after your next project.

Shweta Darbha's picture Shweta Darbha
Not Your Father's C++

Because C++ is not owned by a single company it only gets updated every decade or so; therefore, it has been leap-frogged many times in terms of feature-set by Java and C#, which see major updates every few years. The latest version of C++ was released recently, which not only allowed it to catch up with other modern languages, it also leapt ahead of them with a few killer virtues of its own.

Chuck Allison's picture Chuck Allison
True Performance: Moving Beyond Basic Load Testing

Basic load testing is valuable, but it's important to move past simplistic efforts. Here are some ways to gain more accurate metrics from your load tests.

Jim Holmes's picture Jim Holmes
The Wisdom of Crowds

The "wisdom of crowds," or crowdsourced testing, can be a powerful tool if harnessed correctly. It also can backfire when tweaking user-facing functionality in a live environment, as a couple of big-name companies discovered. Tread carefully!

Erik Petersen's picture Erik Petersen
Management Myth #5: We Must Have an Objective Ranking System

An objective ranking system is unnecessary when trying to determine an employee's value, and it can even be detrimental to collaboration on teams. Providing feedback, facilitating knowledge building, and allowing them to contribute are three key ways to help your employees excel in their roles.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Becoming a Leading Manager

My most recent post, We Cannot Choose Between Management And Leadership, has struck a chord. That’s the good news. The bad news is I have not defined enough terms. Okay, I’ll attempt that now. And, thank you, gentle readers, for hanging in there with me, waiting for my crazy travel schedule this spring.

I see these managers in the organization:

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Building Highly Productive Teams: Factors that Influence Commitment-to-Progress Ratio

Aleksander Brancewicz addresses how to build a team that achieves a high commitment-to-progress ratio and presents the core skills and factors that influence this ratio.

Aleksander Brancewicz's picture Aleksander Brancewicz
Tips for a Productive Workday

Some days you leave work feeling as if the day went by without an inkling of progress or productivity. Other days, you leave feeling as if you conquered the world, with an internal spark of satisfaction and anticipating resuming progress the next day. So, what is it that makes the difference?

Nirav Assar's picture Nirav Assar
The Problems with Overachievers on Agile Teams

Using an amusing medieval tale with a modern twist, Andrew Fuqua and Charles Suscheck tackle the dilemma of dealing with problematic overachievers in your agile team.

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