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Person on a skateboard When Transitioning to Agile, Let Value Be Your Guide

When making a transition to agile, it’s important to get a common understanding of what you’re trying to do, of how things are currently done, and of the definition of done. In a value stream analysis, you can identify where major chunks of time are being spent (and why), and then start prioritizing based on value.

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Owen Gotimer
Two agile team members exchanging feedback in a retrospective 6 Ways to Share Negative Feedback in a Retrospective

Negative feedback has the greatest potential to help people change in areas that can have a lasting impact. But sharing negative experiences and criticism can often be a challenge and may cause more harm than good. Here are six tips for sharing negative experiences effectively and building trust along the way.

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Alan Crouch
Sign saying "You got this" next to a laptop Brain Hacks to Engineer an Agile Transformation

When we are presented with a decision, the subconscious determines what we’re most emotionally comfortable with, then fills in the gaps to justify choosing it. In other words: Our brains lie to us. Then how can we ever get out of our comfort zone? Believe in change and take an agile approach to incremental adoption.

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Chris Murman
A watch with the second hand moving fast The Agile Culture You Need for Faster Pull Requests

Is your process for pull requests compromising your team's agility? You can structure your changes in a way that facilitates more rapid feedback, but even then it is still possible to have a slow integration time if people don’t review pull requests promptly. Mechanics are part of it, but culture also matters.

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Steve Berczuk
Executive buttoning his suit coat How to Talk to Executives about Agile

In the agile community, executives tend to get a bad name. They are accused of not understanding agile and the benefits it will bring their companies. But we just need to speak the same language: Look beyond the surface-level reasons for resistance and try to identify the financial grounds. Just follow the money!

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Steven Granese
Test management tool showing tests passing 5 Ways Test Management Tools Help in Agile Environments

Test management tools help improve the efficiency of development and testing teams by prioritizing test cases, so it makes sense that they would appeal to companies that have adopted an agile methodology to enable quicker release cycles. Here are five ways test management tools make a difference in agile environments.

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Ray Parker
Agile team contributing in a brainwriting session Brainstorming 2.0: Generate Better Ideas with Brainwriting

For decades brainstorming has been our go-to method for ideation, yet it holds back our success when the environment doesn't encourage everyone to contribute. Instead, try brainwriting—writing ideas on paper and letting teammates iterate on them. It improves not only the quantity of ideas you get, but also the quality.

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Chris Murman
Andrea Goulet Empathy-Driven Development: A Slack Takeover with Andrea Goulet

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub to answer questions and engage in conversations. Andrea Goulet, the CEO of Corgibytes, hosted this Slack takeover and discussed how to help teams that want to be agile but aren't, and the importance of empathy in developing software.

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Cristy Bird