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… is a great team. I guess everybody knows this. After all: creating software is a craft and you need good people to do that. If you ever get the chance, I suggest you visit some companies that create software. Go to a company that makes something you like and go to a company that makes something you really do not like. Then pay attention to the atmosphere and the attitude of the developers. You’ll notice a pattern: great software comes from great teams. Now, it is obvious that people who get to ...
Getting the balance right for when and how many team projects to create has always been a bit of a balance. On large initiatives, there are often teams who work toward a common system. These teams often have quite a bit of autonomy, but need to roll up to some higher level initiative. In TFS 2010, people were often tempted to create separate Team Projects for each of the sub-teams and then do some magic with reporting and cross-team queries to get the consolidated view. My recommendation was always ...
Is technical talent more important than Team Dynamic? I don’t think so. Read on and tell me if you agree. The Art of the Interview For my job, I conduct quite a few technical interviews. Rarely will I have a week go by where I’m not digging into someone’s brain trying to find out what they know and how they think. However, understanding their technical knowledge is only part of the challenge. We also must understand whether or not they code quickly, and whether or not they they will be a good fit ...
You’ve all seen this team, maybe you’ve even been on this team. I certainly know that I have! What kind of team, you might ask? It’s the team that is simply dysfunctional. Many reasons can exist for a team that isn’t working, and team dysfunction is a complex thing that can’t necessarily be isolated into a simple formula that will always work to make people function well on a team. Cynefin Recently, I attended RallyOn in Boulder with Rally Software Development. This was one of the best user conferences ...
Your Team Needs You The introduction of Agile into a corporation has many impacts on the team, and many impacts to the executives leading those teams. In my experience, many Agile projects fail, not because the team did their best, but because the executives that should have been supporting the team failed to do so. This lack of support can be manifested in many ways. I’ve seen executives fail by doing the following: Failure to help with the prioritization process Failure to pay attention to the ...
I'm the Scrum Master on a project at the moment, and sometimes getting people to understand the concept of "Team" is very difficult. We just had a new member added to the team who was also a new hire for the company we're working for. At the beginning of the iteration, he signed up for a full work load, insisting that the holidays wouldn't impact him at all. For the first week, things were o.k. (although he only had 1 day of burn for the five days of work), but then after that, he just disappears! ...