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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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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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3 Statements That Don’t Leave My Mind

‘m a big fond of the concept of “Right first time” but lately I’ve seen so many time being wasted trying to figure out what would be the “Right” thing to do. Many unnecessary conflicts, concerns, non-validated assumptions, etc. This made me think more often about extreme interpretations or even shallow interpretations of such concepts that when not fully understood or discussed could lead to inefficiencies everywhere.

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The Most Used Retrospective Exercises This Year

I’m not sure if there are any statistics about this, but last year I decided to keep track of many stuff. One of these things is which retrospective exercises I used and how often. The idea was dead simple. I kept a text file where I recorded for every retrospective I facilitated, which exercises I […]

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Book Review: The Bottleneck Rules

Last week I’ve read a very interesting book about bottlenecks. The book was recommended by Mike Burrows during an Agendashift training I attended some weeks ago, and its name is The Bottleneck Rules by Clake Ching. I usually like to read these recommendations because I think it’s a good way to understand how the ideas on […]

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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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