Water Cooler Culture

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 mindset. This time is very special, as it defines and clarifies it’s culture for the next period of time.

There are places where you can spot culture at a glance, in an unusual way. Continue reading “Water Cooler Culture”

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. Even if you’ve never heard of him, you surely must have heard of the four phases: forming, storming, norming, and performing. Let’s have a quick overview of them. Continue reading “Man With a Hammer”

Fragility (Video)

Is your business, project, or whatever other endeavor you may pursue (say – life) prepared to handle sudden changes in environment around it? Very special video, recorded in a very special place.

Failing with Scrum (Video)

Typical pattern of becoming Agile – make a decision, decide to try Scrum, fail miserably, return to previous way of working (or reinvent the wheel). Here’s the news: you SHOULD fail with Scrum at the beginning. It’s specifically designed to highlight all the deficiencies
of your organization. Whether you do something about them or not – well, that’s your call.