Water Cooler Culture

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A while ago, I got to visit a software company experiencing post-startup phase. The moment in which the business is no longer small enough for everybody to know each other, yet it’s still too small to have the usual inclinations towards corporate…

Man With a Hammer

If you have enough agile practitioners in your social network, it’s almost certain that you will notice someone posting an article on team development. In majority of cases, it will be based on research done by Bruce Tuckman in the 1960s.…

Measuring Agile Transformation

About two weeks ago, during Q&A session following Let's Manage IT event in Łódź, I was asked a great question - how to measure progress of Agile transformation. Short answer - don't measure it, as you're missing the point. For a touch…

Best Books On Leadership

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I am an avid reader. From quantum physics, via business, to sport psychology - and beyond, if I get my grasp on a book, I’m on it. And the further I go, the more often I’m disappointed. It’s actually hard to find a good book nowadays.…

Why Scrum Masters Have No Idea What They Do?

When I get to stage to talk about anything related to Scrum, you can expect me to do a few things. Sometimes I prove that most Agile companies are actually working waterfall style. In other cases, I ridicule the concept of becoming proficient…

Minimum Viable Agile

For years, I have lived in a belief that complex problems require complex solutions. If we’d like to hugely improve our business with agile, we should use some complicated framework, with multitude of tools, approaches, and processes designed…

Interview by Samir Penkar

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Some time ago, I was interviewed by Samir Penkar, who's researching the future of project management. For this particular conversation, we discussed the Scrum Master role. Check the video below to see where it got us. Make sure to visit…

Language Hack to Improve Quality of Decisions You Make

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Setting aside the enormous power of our habits, several times each day, we still have a conscious choice to make. While we usually fail to notice that, each of them is inevitably influenced by complex set of biases. And there are literally hundreds…

Fallacy of Time-based Estimates

I know a guy incredibly fond of estimating development effort for a 'scrum' team in hours. Because, apparently, it's the best tool to increase developers performance. Ouch. On so many levels. For so many reasons. As the science of engagement…

Wasting Money on Experts

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At one point or another, every organization turns to hiring some truly experienced staff. People possessing skills unavailable in-house. Those that not only deliver more than the rookies – their performance can be seen as shocking. Their insights…

Your Own Superhero Team - Team Habits

So you’re a Scrum Master, business owner, manager or any other kind of a leader – and you’d like your team to be able to conquer the world. Or just deliver products and services your clients will love. Welcome to the first of series of…

Active Couch Potato - Is Your Team One?

In a manic world of fitness, there's a phenomenon called "active couch potato". It describes a person eagerly engaging in various physical activities, from gym to marathon running - yet, stuck out of shape. As it turns out, for many, even regular…