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Person holding magnifying glass, photo by Mar Newhall Why You Should Have an Observer on Your Project Team

If your project team suffers from misunderstandings or squabbles, it may be valuable to designate an observer role. This person would sit back and pay attention to whether there are patterns of miscommunication, interruptions, or conflicts that those in the conversations may not notice, helping resolve problems.

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Naomi Karten
Continuous improvement Driving Continuous Improvement to the Entire Organization

In traditional agile approaches, retrospectives are valuable to team improvement. However, when teams encounter organizational issues beyond their control, such as project structure, interorganizational communication, or resources, it's more difficult. Here's how to expand continuous improvement to the whole company.

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Alan Crouch
Person giving someone a flower Creating a Culture of Kindness

Employees tend to follow the model set from above, treating each other and their customers the way they’re treated by their superiors. Leaders set the tone for the entire organization, and that means that kindness starts at the top. But whatever level you're at, you can create a culture of kindness for everyone.

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Naomi Karten
people holding hands Testers, It’s Time to Become Best Friends with Your Developers

If you want to create software in the modern era and maximize the skills of your entire team, you can’t do things the way they’ve always been done. And going back to the late-stage testing example, you just can’t do things the traditional way anymore.

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Josiah Renaudin
Puzzle piece The Role of Testers on Agile Teams

Some agile teams have so fully embraced the idea of the development team owning quality that they don't hire anyone with a testing background, instead making software engineers responsible for all phases of quality. Still, testers add value to a team in many ways that don’t involve test execution. Where do they fit in?

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Steve Berczuk
man jumping hurdle 3 Major Continuous Delivery Hurdles Teams Need to Overcome

Teams that leverage continuous delivery and continuous integration are playing an entirely different game than software teams of the past—instead of mapping out this major, ridged timeline, data is being both gathered and used more frequently (and effectively) than before.

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Josiah Renaudin
daydreaming at work Yes, Daydreamers Are Smarter

Did a teacher ever call you out for daydreaming? Did your boss? Turns out, you’re not a slacker after all. According to a brain study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, you’re smart, creative, and your mind wanders because you may have extra brain capacity.

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Pamela Rentz
Hands breaking free of restraints Breaking the Cycle of Bad Scrum

When practiced well, Scrum can empower people, teams, and organizations to solve complex problems and deliver value to their customers. But bad Scrum does the opposite. If team members or leaders don't embrace Scrum values, it can be oppressive and create tension. Here's how you can prevent bad Scrum from taking hold.

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Ryan Ripley