Some people love to spout a law, rule or formula to validate their opinion or explain a situation. Problem is, I can’t remember which law is which or the difference between various rules. So, for the last few weeks, we’ve been posting brief explanations of the most common ones. The… Read More »It’s the law: Conway’s law
A few months ago, I saw an interesting TED talk by Susan Pinker: “The secret to living longer may be your social life”. It refers to research done by Julianne Holt-Lunstad et al “Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review” (Brigham Young Uni). Pinker tells us that Sardinia has… Read More »Proof that face-to-face communication rocks
The London Agile Discussion Group (LADG) held a meetup on the 28th of June with a focus on dependencies in agile teams. This was my first time at a meetup of this group and I found it quite insightful. For this meetup we split into 2 groups, with 10-15 people… Read More »How to deal with dependencies
How do you ensure that requirements are communicated from subject matter expert (e.g. Product Owner) to those implementing the work (e.g. the development team)? We tend to avoid detailed requirement specifications nowadays, but tediously long meetings are equally unattractive. Some say that “Three Amigos” is the solution. There are various… Read More »Three Amigos
We all know that trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, whether that be with family members, friends or even with our teams at work. Patrick Lencioni backs this notion up in his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by illustrating that an ‘absence of trust’ will mean teams… Read More »Johari Window
In my recent post; Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools I discussed how there may be difficulties with how we interact with each other. So how might be a good way to talk to one another? Marshall Rosenberg, a well-known psychologist, created a communication process in the early… Read More »A better way to communicate?