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Stethoscope Evaluating Team Health in Agile and DevOps

The importance of the human element in delivering great software is sometimes overlooked, as is the relationship between team health and team performance. Just like physical health checks, team checkups are important. Let's look at some factors that can affect team health and how you can evaluate the important metrics.

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Michael Sowers
Man in a suit pointing his finger 3 Ways Leaders Can Change a Blame Culture

If your organization has a blame culture, team members get discouraged and mistrust leaders. It focuses on pointing fingers, not coming up with solutions to move forward. To increase trust, inspire creativity, and nurture a generative culture with your team, here are three things leaders can do instead of placing blame.

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Owen Gotimer
Game pieces on a board Making a Game out of Building an Amazing Team

Games are a cost-effective and efficient way to evaluate, assess, and thus hire people with the right expertise and aptitude. It is an equally practical and powerful way to continue to develop and improve the team and individual team members. Try using games to improve your efforts to build and maintain an outstanding team.

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Bob Crews
Two agile team members on a video call and wearing face masks Team Agility in a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19 has necessitated entirely remote environments, and people the world over have had to inspect their foundations of working, adapt to a new way of remote execution, and integrate their personal and professional lives more than before. Organizational leaders need to embrace a new outlook in four critical areas.

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Gautham Pallapa
Two goats butting heads Is It Really ‘Us vs. Them’?

Teams often view executives as being "against" them and making decisions that are clueless at best or nefarious at worst. Usually, neither is the case, but there's no way of knowing true motivations if there's no discussion. Teams and directors need to repair their communication rift. This is a tale of two perspectives.

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Payson Hall
Agile team talking about their struggles Build Stronger Agile Teams by Getting Real about Mental Health

How much more effective would our teams be if we created an environment that was psychologically safe enough to be honest about how we're feeling? Mental health can be difficult to talk about, but we can use the agile frameworks of standups and retrospectives as a blueprint to share with our teams. Here's how to speak up.

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Jenna Charlton
An agile acrobat holds himself perpendicular to a wall An Agile Mindset Teaches the Lessons We Need for COVID-19

Since we can't control the COVID-19 situation besides following safety protocols, and updates change almost daily, our circumstances necessitate agility from everyone, from employees to company leads. Let’s look at the practical agility lessons COVID-19 is teaching us and why an agile mindset is even more important now.

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Bharathan Venka...
Light-up sign reading "Time for change" Helping People Respond to Change

Why do people respond differently to change? There are lots of possible reasons, and the degree to which people embrace or reject change also varies greatly. But if your company is going through a change and some employees interpret it as significant, it doesn't matter what you think of it—you have to help them deal.

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Naomi Karten