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Monthly Archives: February 2018

In her nice little book about how to become a great scrum master, Zuzana Šochová, sumarizes what a servant leader is. Servant Leader Skills Scrum Master is a leadership role. One of the aims of the Scrum Master is to make others work better, by focussing not only on one Scrum team but on the… Read Article →

After endless discussions the boss makes a final decision but only few people like it. Reaching collective decisions can be painful and the root cause if often thought to be a matter of teamwork or communication. In this HBR article the problem is addressed from a processual point of view. When The Boss is Always… Read Article →

In HBR on Teams one article gives us 4 strategies to handle cultural problems in teams. Heres a short summary of the key points. 4 Cultural differences that can cause destructive conflicts There’s no one right way to tackle multicultural problems. But understanding four barriers to team success can help you begin evaluating possible responses…. Read Article →

Knowing about Leas 5 Level of Conflict is a good start. But then what? In the posting Navigating the Five Levels of Conflict – The Agile Way I found something that might help. Conflict Strategies Here a few key points mentioned in the article: First, Do Nothing “Everything you do for the group is one less thing… Read Article →

Key points of the HBR article about emotional intelligence of groups by Vanessa Urch Druskat and Steven B. Wolff. Regulate Emotions To build a foundation for emotional intelligence, a group must be aware of and constructively regulate the emotions of: • individual team members • the whole group • other key groups with whom it interacts… Read Article →

How to motivate people? I found one answer to this old questions in an HBR article on teams including a checklist for implementing on a daily basis. The progress principle Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.  … Read Article →

In his book about Kanben David J. Anderson mentioned 2 approaches how to handle WIP-Limits when installing a Kanban System. Adding Buffers or Queues Approach #1 – Self-Revelation Two variants are possible here: Don´t add buffers, instead let the bottleneck reveal itself. Only when you identified it add buffers to protect it. Set WIP-Limits loosely first so that… Read Article →

In the HBR article “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams” the authors prepared a set of questions that can help to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”. How to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”? The task is unlikely to be accomplished successfully using only the skills within the team. The task must be addressed by a… Read Article →

The characteristics of complex teams are the same as for destroying collaboration: large, virtual, diverse, and specialised. For example collaboration diminishes when team size grows. Especially team that are assigned “Complex Collaboration Tasks” need the right environment to collaborate effectively. In the HBR article “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams” Lynda Gratton and Tamara J. Erickson tell… Read Article →

Definition of “Kaizen Culture” in one sentence. A workplace culture where the entire workforce is focussed on continually improving quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction is known as a “kaizen culture”. A few characteristics: workforce is empowered Individuals feel free to take actions, and implement fixes and improvements management is tolerant to failure if the experimentation… Read Article →

In his book about Kanban, David J. Anderson gives us his 6 step recipe for a successful Kanban implementation. The Kanban Recipe This guideline enables a team adopting lean quick improvements and low levels of resistance. Focus on Quality Reduce Work-in-Progress Deliver Often Balance Demand against Throughput Prioritize Attack Sources of Variability to Improve Predictability… Read Article →

David J Anderson shares his 9 step approach on how a Kanban team should mature How to Mature a Kanban Team Learn to build high-quality code reduce the WIP shorten lead times release often balance demand against throughput limit WIP create slack implement improvements improve prioritization to optimize delivery See also: Kanban: A 6 Step Recipe for Success… Read Article →

A nice quote from David J. Anderson´s book about Kanban The conclusion after comparing two teams working in parallel: The right process, with good discipline, strong management, and good leadership all made a difference. What this example really demonstrates is that you don´t need the best people to produce world-class results. Source: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change… Read Article →

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