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Regardless of the industry, every team leader is always asking themselves the same question: "What can I do to make my team more productive?" No matter how well your team is performing, there is always room for improvement. As a team leader, especially in an Agile environment, there are always actionable steps you can take to boost your teams performance. Recently, we ran across an interesting piece by Saeed Khan on the importance of differentiating roles within a product management team, which is especially relevant to increasing team productivity in an agile environment. This work inspired us to prepare a post on role differentiation that will help any IT team. We want to help teams of software engineers become more productive by inspiring their leaders.
Success in an Agile setting is more dependent on a high-performing team than it is on individual performance. Well-operated, collaborative teams are innovative, efficient, and produce better results for their clients. One ingredient for success in high performing teams is the ability to make high quality decisions quickly. Yet, many teams fall short when it comes to effective decision making. Here are the secrets to success that many of us are missing out on.
Agile is both the present and the future of software development. You know that as well as we do, so we won't bore you with the plethora of benefits that come with this development philosophy. But your boss does not, and might not be as quick to adopt an agile methodology as you hope. How do you convince them otherwise? Here are 5 strategies that can help to sell your boss on agile, depending on their management style.
The presentation is starting, and you recognize one word out of the entire presentation: Hello. Software developers are throwing around words like it's their job (which it is), but you are completely lost. You've heard words like "agile," "scrum," and "sprint," but not used in terms of software development. More importantly, you're too embarrassed to stop the presentation and ask what the developers are talking about.
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Imagine this situation: You've got a great idea for a software product. Your rich uncle is bankrolling you, and you've got a tiny office. You can afford to hire two developers to get the project going. Pick the wrong ones, and you've got no product, no revenue, and a very unhappy uncle. How can you choose your developers so that this won't happen?