It is nearly 2017! Today we complete the re-read portion of the Re-Read Saturday for The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing). This installment covers the section titled Understanding and Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions. This section is the most hands-on portion of the book and I suggest spending time with the wide range of ideas Lencioni peppers throughout this section. Note that there are three very short sections that follow the Understanding and Overcoming section. They are interesting reads; however, I will leave them to you to review. Next week we will conclude this Re-Read with final thoughts. (more…)
December 31, 2016
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We began discussing the concept of staff liquidity during the re-read of Commitment. Liquidity is a financial concept describing the ease of converting assets into cash. Stocks traded on a major exchange are liquid while stocks in private company traded between friends are far less liquid. Translating the financial concept to software development and maintenance teams, liquidity is a measure of the ease of turning effort into functionality. Staff liquidity is valuable three significant reasons: (more…)
May 21, 2016
Staff liquidity takes a central position in this week’s installment of our read of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary (2nd edition, 2016) . Chapter 5 is a relatively short chapter, but exposes one of the critical mechanisms for how Agile teams are able to self-organize and self-manage. If you are an Agile coach or involved in an Agile transformation, once you recognize the concepts in this chapter you will be surprised how many times you use them. If have been struggling with the concept how Agile teams can handle the need to shift roles to address changes in needs with management intervention this chapter provides you with the knowledge you will need. (more…)
May 24, 2015
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Software Process and Measurement Cast 343 includes two features. The first is our essay, Commitment, Revisited: Is Commitment Anti-Agile? We think not! Commitment is a core behavior for delivering business value effectively.
Our second feature is a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. Kim reflects on hiring practices for software development. Among the nuggets from Kim is the reminder to keep in mind that the perfect employee does not exist, and you are unlikely to ever find someone who fulfills every item on your job description. How does that simple fact impact hiring?
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The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21nd. The Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.
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