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Test Your Agile Knowledge

Been working on my professional site this week, which is basically my online resume. I wanted more control over how I present myself than simply using LinkedIn or some other service.

As part of that, instead of doing any kind of selling, I decided to make some quizzes! Yay! I finished the first yesterday, which is an Agile Knowledge Quiz

Since we're all Agile folks, I figure some of you would want to test yourself. See how much you know. If nothing else, 52 Agile questions should lead to a lot of conversation!

http://danielbmarkham.com/Agile-Knowledge-Quiz.html
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Many thanks. I was afraid this might be the case.

I wanted it to be opinionated, but not vague. If you have any specific examples of questions/answers you found tricky, I'd love to be able to fix them up.
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Getting all Feminist on you
This week I am talking about language and how you speak to your developers changes their performance. As the technology world becomes more diverse we have to better understand what language is most effective in motivating people. 
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I dunno, I personally would prefer ladies and gentleman to team. There's nothing wrong with "ladies and gentleman" IMO. Team is fine, it just sounds a little forced to me and reminds me of this corporate language manipulation. Nobody is an employee anymore. They're "team members" at Target or "Associates" at Walmart.

You're definitely right on one thing. Language is a minefield. You're bound to piss off someone if you use language in the "wrong" way these days. And the minefield is always moving around and morphing into new ways for someone to be offended.
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So, my question is:
Why should Agile org change initiatives do any better than more traditional change projects?
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+David Koontz "Yet the question that haunts me is 'WHY?' - Why do orgs exhibit various trends. I think the culture immune system is a good metaphor for the blue line."
From a (complexity-related) social emergence perspective, these various trends mean that "complex" systems (using communication processes as their coordination mechanisms)
have their own "dynamics".

In other words, such systems are beyond "external" control. They interpret attempts to control them / intervene in them, just as "perturbations".
And these perturbations are used depending on their own "structures"" (culture / values, mirco politics, decision mechanisms, org memory, etc.).

So, the specific dynamics of org communication processes would create those trends...
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What are your favorite (English) books on "org change", esp. regarding non-interventionist practices such as "context management"?
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Yes, thank you!

I´ll have to check if Kotter, Medick, and Senge are compatible with a sociocybernetic view on orgs (as emergent social systems).

BTW, Gary Hamel seems to be a good read, too. See For ex.:
http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/build-a-change-platform-not-a-change-program
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Rajith R

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Does functional programming have any advantage over imperative programming while doing incremental development? If yes, what is the top-one advantage? 
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+Peter Bormann thanks, the link to the paper is useful :) 
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Good to be back with a new blog
I am back with a new account because of a change in my company thanks to a stock split and I wanted to share this nugget of wisdom about maintaining software. 
This didn't have to happen. I have been off line for a week as I attended the Gen-Con game fair in Indianapolis and tried to get back into the swing of things at work. While I was away, I had a chance to recharge my batterie...
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There are some pearls of wisdom (not only for agile change agents / agile coaches) in this article by Luis Goncalvez.

My personal favorite is: "Negatve feedback is useless!"
I tend to forget that ... :-)
In this blog post Luis Goncalves shares 10 great lessons that any Agile Coach should be aware. These are true lessons that he learned during 2015.
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Michael Rosario

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Strategies to Improve Your Pair Programming Experience - http://bit.ly/2bn3uuG #agile #scrum
During our last retrospective session, my team asked if we could learn ways to use the practice of pair programming more effectively. You can define pair programming as the practice of having two developers co-create a software feature together. In most cases, the developers utilize a single ...
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"Temporary coma" shouldn´t be part of the Daily Scrum Meeting.

In this article Benjamin Day mentions five reasons why Daily Scrum can have coma-inducing effects :-)
When you ask someone “what’s Scrum?”, probably 9 times out of 10 they’ll start telling you about the Daily Scrum meeting. Maybe they call it the “standup” or the “daily” or the “daily standup” b
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"Scrum Master (And Practicioners) Toolbox Podcast"

If you don´t know this podcast series yet, you should give it a shot. It addresses the "systemic change reistance" problem, too :-)

A daily show where we interview Scrum Masters about the most valuable lessons they've learned throughout their career!
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Claudio Cossio

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Tracking has always been the Achilles heel of any product manager and scrum master. Some tips & metrics that may help you in understanding what to measure #metrics
Tracking is a crucial activity in any software development project. It helps the team, product owners and clients align their efforts to…
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Ad org agility / agile transformation of orgs:

Perhaps traditional change management is dead.
But, "Lean Change Management" seems to be alive
and kicking.

See the resources on Jason Little´s website.
4.8 out of 5 Stars on Amazon. “I love the stories. They ring true and follow what I know about change and people.” – Johanna Rothman. Buy Now. Podcasts. Live, and un-scripted, keep up with modern change management. Listen Now. Stories. Real stories, from real change practitioners to inspire you.
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Org change in general:

It seems that about 70 % of all org change initiatives fail. See for ex.:
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Winning the support of internal stakeholders is key in Agile transitions.
In this article, you´ll find some tips how to do it:

Stefan Wolpers (July 2016), "10 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics During An Agile Transitionn"
TL;DR Stakeholder communication: It is simply not enough for an agile product development organization to create great code and ship the resulting product like a clockwork. You also need to talk abou…
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Lena Ruchko

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Great #Agile Tip: Use the plank pose during stand-ups to help your team stick to the point.

Last week, we had the opportunity to interview Stepan Suvorov, VP of Engineering at Studytube, a Dutch e-learning platform. Read more for Stepan’s tips on finding good JavaScript developers, managing an offshore development team, and using the plank pose during stand-ups.
#JavaScript #CIO #CTO #AngularJS #Angular #tech #comms
How to hire the best JavaScript developers, run a remote development team, and use the plank pose during stand-ups – Stepan Suvorov offers his best advice.
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Dealing with "wicked" problems by combining systems (design) thinking with Agile insights.

Perhaps that´s one of the winning combos for managing complexity...
Learn five steps to tackle wicked problems by combining systems thinking with agile methodology. Many successful organizations like Boeing, Walmart, Chrysler and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have adopted agile methodology and have been achieving success and innovation through this collaborative method. By becoming more agile, the team at Chrysler had innovated their steering wheel, outpacing Ford and GM. By incorporating customer input into their design ...
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+David Koontz "most of our problems in organizations would be easily resolved"
II´m not so sure about the "easy" part.

According to Ashby´s law, we need an adequate degree of complexity (in our models, descriptions, theories, etc.) for dealing with (environmental) complexity. Often a visual approach works, but, probably, not always (computer simulations, elaborated theories, etc. might be better suited in these cases).

Ergo: It´s all about bringing the right tools for the job (as a the Penguin would say) :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vnI8V-xS7Y
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It isn´t easy to be a good Agile retrospective facilitator.

Here are some Dos and Donts by Luis Gonçalves
Facilitating an Agile Retrospectives is not easy, in this post I will plain several responsibilities of a good Agile Retrospective Facilitator.
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David Koontz

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Do you use the Tuckman team model? What do you think of this model - better, more predictive, easier to understand / explain?

http://agilecomplexificationinverter.blogspot.com/2016/08/team-performance-model-by-drexler-and.html
Many of you have all heard of the Tuckman model of team dynamics (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing). It was created in 1966 and has become the most popular model for describing team behavior. Is it time to level up in...
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I like the fresh look at this topic via TPM. Tuckman was helpful for diagnosing, but not improving or speeding through the stages. I have more to read and think about on TPM. 
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+Birgit Fuchsbichler

A main problem of agile transformation projects is "systemic change resistance."

This "classic" article by D.H Meadows (1997 / 2005, "Places to Intervene in a System") deals with this problem..



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