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Finally on vacation! But what are you fleeing from?

For many years, I waited for my vacation as if I was breaking free from my daily life. I could finally escape from the day-to-day routine, enjoy life, travel, take care of myself, and rest. I was thoroughly planning my vacation several months in advance, during the cold winter days, …

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Installing an information… radiator!

Even though Scrum Masters or facilitators must be versatile, don’t worry, they do not need any plumbing and heating skills. Though… Nowadays, despite sometimes mocking considerations regarding those who agitate the organization by “decorating” walls with a slew of post-its, the need for clear, relevant, yet accessible information is essential. …

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Management that Energizes and Empowers? Management 3.0

Middle managers who empower and energize?!? It sounds like a concrete boat race (or having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake). Well, yes! Just ask any “in the know” civil engineering student and/or one of the many students who are building and racing in the …

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Live with intentionality!

Do you sometimes act without thinking about consequences? Do you sometimes simply say out loud what comes to your mind without measuring the potential impact of your words? Do your words and actions sometimes lack alignment? What could possibly change if you added intentionality to your words and actions? What …

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Identify technical debt to finally settle it

Ah, technical debt, the arch enemy of all projects! It is polymorphous, invisible, and insidious. It’s even a taboo subject for many people, while we, Agile coaches and Scrum Masters, make a point of honour of addressing it frequently. Do you know your teams’ technical debt? Can you describe it? Above …

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Making the right choice for the collaborative tool…

… well, tool or vehicle on some occasions… Over 10 years ago, when I was taking my flying lessons, the instructor taught me that it’s the pilot who has the control over the plan, never the other way around. It’s a paramount lesson applicable to the maneuverability of the plane, …

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A bug rapidly resolved first needs to be well handled!

All developers received at some point bad bug reports. There reports that do not say anything (“It’s not working!”). Other reports make no sense or do not give sufficient information or even information that is false! Bugs may result from negligence of development teams (even though it is sometimes difficult …

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What?!? …is beyond active listening?

Special collaboration Christine Brautigam Christine’s career matured along with “the art and science of software development”. She builds upon a foundation of experience first as a developer/analyst and team lead then software process improvement, project management, IT effectiveness and adoption consulting, and now focused on organizational and leadership effectiveness.   …

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The Holy Grail of Agility?

The Agile Manifesto It is often read, recited, and learned by heart, but insufficiently implemented. As a foundation, the Manifesto supports Agility and practitioners. It is the reason why we call Agile practitioners “Agilists”. Why is it so difficult to implement? Isn’t it about human relations that are more real, …

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This mysterious box labeled “Agile”

For some odd reason, I regularly ask myself why companies decide to adopt Agile practices. When I have conversations about it with various people, here are some of the popular reasons that show up: “We want our teams to be more accountable and committed to their projects.” “We want to …