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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
Silhouette of team members jumping up to cheer Build Better Teams by Finding Hidden Talents

We’re not all created equal, and it’s counterproductive to act like that’s the case on a team. Every individual has their own unique set of strengths, and knowing what everyone’s strengths are contributes to the team’s success. When you're putting a team together, you first have to discover each person’s strong suits.

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Richard Estra
Green plastic army soldier figures Building a DevOps Army

As you scale DevOps, you need more team members who understand the fundamentals. You could bring in external folks, but they're expensive and in short supply, so start building your DevOps army now by training existing employees. Here's what testers, developers, and IT operations professionals each need to know.

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Tom Stiehm
Employee receiving feedback Seeking Feedback the Right Way

Receiving negative feedback can be uncomfortable. You may immediately get defensive. But to grow personally and in your career, you need to be able to receive feedback—both good and bad. Here's how to recognize the three types of feedback you will get, and know how to solicit it and respond to it in the right way.

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Allison Scholz
Game pieces with a leader facing the other pieces Leadership in a Time of Crisis

There’s an old saying that leadership is defined by what a leader does in a crisis. The current COVID-19 situation is such a crisis for every business. Whether you lead just yourself, a team, a line of business, or an enterprise, now is the time to step up and be a leader. Here's how to do that when times are tough.

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Jeffery Payne
Employee frustrated by her absentee leader Absentee Leadership: The Worst Kind of Manager

Absentee leaders are managers who are physically present but psychologically absent. They are incompetent and disengaged, to the extent that they don't support their teams adequately. If you have an absentee manager (and don’t have the luxury of seeking another position), here's how you can try to handle the situation.

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Naomi Karten
Scrum team with different roles and jobs Scrum Roles, Goals, and You

The Scrum Guide specifies that there are three roles: product owner, developer, and ScrumMaster. It’s essential that a Scrum team have each of these roles to help it work well. But depending on how you implement the roles, you may end up hurting rather than helping your Scrum process. Focus on goals, not job titles.

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Steve Berczuk