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Month: April 2019

Growing a great team

Growing a great team

One of the AgileLabs team found a great article by Eduards Sizovs, which they shared with us. You can read the whole thing at https://sizovs.net/2019/04/10/the-best-developers-are-raised-not-hired/ . The article is about the difference between teams who try to “hire the best talent”, ready-made “rockstars”, and those who focus on finding people with the right attitudes and soft skills and letting them grow. Throughout my career I’ve always tried wherever I can to help people grow – it’s incredibly rewarding to me….

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What’s beyond your team’s horizon?

What’s beyond your team’s horizon?

It always fascinates me looking at old maps of the world, drawn based on the observations of the early explorers. These maps are often very accurate – for the regions the explorer had visited – and yet many of them show the world as having an edge, where they draw big monsters that prevent future exploration. Sometimes we see a similar thing in software teams! As rational and logical as we like to think we are, we are all human,…

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5 themes that determine success for software teams

5 themes that determine success for software teams

When helping software teams to be effective and deliver, we notice their struggles or successes are normally caused by 5 main themes – but often if you asked a struggling team how they could solve their issues, they look at just one, with a blind spot for all else. These 5 themes interfere with each other – for better or worse. If you can improve any of these areas, it will help with the others – but neglecting any area…

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