Friday, 5 March 2010

Weekly agile links 8-12 Mar 2010

And here goes another week of hundreds of valuable links flying around.. and I somehow managed to select less than that so they can actually be useful (hopefully).

This week my link of the week is:
Jurgen Appelo's article in defence of Scrum (seriously people - stop pissing on it!)

And all my links below:

Being a Better Team Member Tom Glover gives some advice on being a team member and how to make teams successful

Kanban - The Next Step in the Agile Evolution? Ketil Jensen builds a case for using Kanban over Scrum.

Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback In The Brain of Elizabeth Keogh series by skillsmatter.com. Another presentation provided by SkillsMatter that is definitely worth watching.

90 Minute Agile Sprints and Emergent Design at SnapCamp Another idea for shock-therapy switch to Scrum. I have to try this some day!

Motivating employees without money Ankit Patel proves why Lean organizations are better placed to motivate people and grow.

Are You Managing Resources Or Building Knowledge? Yet another article that outlines the reasons why people should NOT be called resources.

Bring out the best Daniel Schroeder looks at Employee morale in recent times and suggests how to improve it. I wish more C*Os read this.

37signals long term business planning The guys from 37 signals say you should Unplan (similar to Unlearn your MBA) - great one again - Thanks for the link ;)

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Some wisdom from Seth's blog - very short and worth the read.

Tools for Agility and Lean and Kanban Principles for Developers Cory Foy provides two of his recent presentations. Haven't seen them yet and should find the time to do it soon.

Communication Skills Game Another one for the collection. I have seen others that illustrate the same idea (e.g. the telephone game) however I think this one potentially is more provoking so should experiment with it next time I have the opportunity.

9 Questions to assess team structure Mike Cohn suggests 9 questions to help identify if teams are well positioned for success.

[link of the week]
In Defense of Scrum (Please Stop Pissing on It) Jurgen Appelo says a few good words about Scrum (in contrast to all the downsides we've been hearing about lately)

Visions of Leadership Paul Lemberg has many valuable advices on how to stop being Chef Cook and become a great CEO.

Developer Quality! … and Certification? Second article in reaction to Uncle Bob's recent post this time by Ron Jeffries. I have not read it yet so another one in the "to read" list.

Scrum Gathering Collides with Project Management Jesse Fewell with some details from the Orlando Scrum Gathering

Agile or W-agile? Rachel Davis on cowboy agile or as she calls it w-agile.

Balanced scorecard author talks agile business and risk manaement Harvard Business School Professor and author Robert Kaplan discusses how he defines two subjects that are receiving a lot of buzz these days: agile business and predictive analysis

How Much Process Is Too Much? Eric Ries discusses how to figure out how much process startups should have in this article for Harvard Business Review

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