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Main Differences Between Traditional Functional Teams and Agile Teams

There are many differences between traditional functional teams and agile teams. Below I listed some that I think is part of the key differences between these two modes of team operation. Traditional Functional Teams… Are hierarchical. Some roles are subordinated and managed by other ones. Have functional boundaries that slow down the communication process, increasing […]

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Deming’s 14 principles and Agile Software Development: A perfect match?

I read an article that drew my attention; the article was about W. Edwards Deming’s 14 key principles for management. Honestly, I don’t remember to have read Deming’s principles in the past, although I knew his work from my studies on Toyota’s Production System. So, I can say that this was the first time that […]

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What Is A Feature Lead?

There’s a lot of resources explaining more in details many roles in IT, but one in particular I think it’s not well defined or explained. The Feature Lead. I have an overall idea of what this role should do and which behaviors or skills people on this role will have to develop or show in […]

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3 Voices You Should Have Inside Your Team

If I ask you to propose a way to organize a team that allows the team to be as independent as possible and is also capable of enabling self-management. Which approach would you suggest?

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What’s Wrong With Cross-Functional Teams – Part I

What’s the best structure for software development teams? How should I structure my team? Should I use the Spotify Model? Which other options do I have?

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How To Get Fast Feedback During Retrospectives

There are many ways one can use to get feedback after a meeting or retrospective. One of the best and easy ways to do that is to offer a feedback wall, column, space, window, door, whatever. All you have to do is to find a place where people can leave their feedback about the meeting […]

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Decentralized Decision-Making

“Everything you do for the group is one less thing they know they can do for themselves” Chris Corrigan: The Tao of Holding Space This Sunday I was reviewing some notes and found one where I captured the quote above. When reading the quote I remembered a chat I had with a former colleague last […]

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When Scrum Becomes Toxic

Scrum is without any doubt the most known Agile framework nowadays. It became very popular as the easiest way to introduce Agile to organisations and especially, as an easy and efficient tool to start an Agile transition inside organizations. I had my first contact with Scrum in 2009 and it was exactly in this context: […]

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