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Amazon spheres, restoration technology Technology, Corporate Trees, and Employees: The Triple Win

Employees who work in environments with trees nearby have been scientifically proven to be at least 50 percent more productive, happier, and better-looking than average. OK, that may be an exaggeration, but there is growing evidence that trees meet the needs of people, the environment, and businesses.

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Pamela Rentz
Many paths leading to the same destination Scrum Isn’t the Only Path to Agility

Scrum can really help a team to become more agile. But that doesn’t mean it is the only way for a team to become agile. Agile is all about self-organizing teams collaborating to find what works for them, so if a nontraditional approach helps your team get started, then you’re just forging a new path to agility.

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Tom Stiehm
Globe with locations plotted on it For Distributed Team Success, Think Differently about When

For distributed teams, activities usually get scheduled based on constraints such as availability and time zone, but people don’t often take into account when the most effective time to meet would be. Neglecting people’s work tendencies and schedule preferences could make it harder for the team to be successful.

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Steve Berczuk
Sparkly "2017" sign Top 10 TechWell Insights Stories of 2017

TechWell Insights features short stories about topics from every stage of the software development lifecycle, so no matter what's giving you trouble or what you're into, TechWell can be a good resource. Last year, the most popular stories involved company culture, how to be a good leader, and the future of testing.

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Heather Shanholtzer
A group of people fist-bumping How Testers Can Collaborate with the ScrumMaster

ScrumMasters serve the team by providing facilitation and coaching, but they also have many challenges. Those in testing roles are in a good position to collaborate with the ScrumMaster to improve agile processes. Here are some ways testers can partner with, support, and assist the ScrumMaster—and the rest of the team.

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Michael Sowers
Two people meeting and shaking hands How Face-to-Face Meetings Can Heal Team Conflicts

When distributed teams have a conflict, it's easy for one team to place the blame entirely on the other and even start to think of them as disagreeable, incompetent, and worse. This fault-finding can be especially bad when the parties have never met. Face-to-face meetings can make all the difference in improving trust.

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Naomi Karten
Manager meeting with an employee one on one The Hidden Benefit of One-on-One Manager Meetings

Managers may frame one-on-one meetings as a way to “support employees” and check to see if the employee “needs to meet this week.” Supporting an employee is a primary goal of these meetings, but the value of one-on-one time to managers—and the importance of building trust with employees—also should be prioritized.

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Steve Berczuk
Tricycle Testing in a Pair Programming Environment

If a development team does pair programming, where does testing fit in? You don't have to wait until the programming is done—testers can be part of the whole process, from code design to reviewing changes to production. Pair programming plus a good automation strategy mean quality is built in throughout development.

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Justin Rohrman