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Illustration from Aesop's fable "The North Wind and the Sun" Aesop and Agile: A Moral for Effective Teamwork

When a manager sees a problem on their team, they often want to act quickly to correct it. But if you take a “fix it” mentality too far, while you might get past the initial impediment, you have done little to help the team work better in the future. Let's look at another approach, based on one of Aesop's Fables.

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Steve Berczuk
A manager and employee having a one-on-one meeting Alleviate Employees’ Stress through One-on-Ones

Simply having one-on-ones because they’re expected is not enough to realize their potential. To make one-on-ones effective, as the manager, you’ve got to be available, prepared, and engaged. It has to be more than a one-way status update. Here's how to use these meetings to promote trust, growth, and creativity.

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Jason Wick
Scrum team's technical lead sitting at a laptop Do’s and Don’ts for Having a Technical Lead on a Scrum Team

Technical leads can be useful, both within the dev team and as a go-between. But is that a good idea on a Scrum team, which should be self-organizing? There is nothing wrong with having a technical lead on your team, as long as the role doesn’t impede the team. Here's where a tech lead can help or hurt a Scrum team.

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Steve Berczuk
Beware the Bad Apple: 3 Types to Watch for on a Team

We all know some obvious personality types that can be less than ideal to work with. However, there are other personality traits you may want to beware of as well. Although these characteristics may seem perfectly harmless on the surface, in excess they can be just as dangerous to a project as the more glaring types.

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Richard Estra
An empathetic software professional talking to her coworker Why Software Careers Are Great for Empathetic People

In a skills-driven world like IT, you should have programming knowledge, good communication skills, and problem-solving abilities. But being a highly empathetic person means you also have a set of soft skills that can give you an edge to have a great career in software. Here's why your strengths are a good fit for IT.

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Miles Maftean
Project manager working with her team 5 Common Mistakes Project Managers Should Avoid

When you're responsible for leading a new software project, of course it’s impossible to steer clear of every single mistake. But there are plenty of common mistakes project managers fall into that can be easily avoided simply by being mindful of them. Here are five common mistakes PMs make that you should be wary of.

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Freddie Tubbs
Agile team in a huddle with their coach Making Agile Coaching Successful for Your Organization

Successful agile coaching requires a combination of experience, knowledge, and soft skills to help organizations build competence, sustainability, and performance in their agile practices. But it's not all up to the coach. There are a few things you can do to ensure your coaching engagement is set up for success.

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Alan Crouch
Agile team members putting together puzzle pieces Solving Problems and Seeking Solutions on an Agile Team

While teams are composed of individuals, all of whom solve problems and make decisions, people on consistently successful teams understand that they can be more effective when the focus is on the team, not the individual. Making the best decisions collectively delivers the most value to customers in the long run.

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Steve Berczuk