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Extreme Self-Organization: A Workplace with No Managers

When we think about self-organization the obvious context is a team. Everyone in the Agile and Scrum world have heard about self-organized teams. We expect a boost of engagement and productivity when people aren’t told how to

Dealing with the Pesky People Parts of Software Development

This talk explores communications between coders, some of the personality challenges and interactions with normal people.From pocket watches to great cathedrals, craftsmen created wonders of the age. While individual skill, repetition and accomplishment was important, communication between

Using Self-Selection for Happy Scrum Teams

Amber King is a fan of team self-selection, which, in her experience, yields happier, more empowered, more productive teams. Amber shares her story working at Opower where the company decided to do an experiment: the goal would

Why Technical Leadership Matters

Leadership is an undervalued skill and often treated with contempt by developers. However, effective technical leadership has a striking impact on the performance of software development teams. This session explores the reasons why technical leadership matters, and

Post Agile Stress Disorder

You’ve seen it: Agile Fatigue, Lean Lethargy, SAFe Cracked, DAD Deadbeaten, Kanban Corrupted. We’ve been ritualed, frameworked, and holocracized until we’re blind. All to the point that people sit around and say, “Is my shirt Agile?” “Can