Xebia Articles

Mixed Human-Robo Agile Teams: The Future is Now

Posted by Rik de Groot on Nov 12, 2018 11:44:56 AM

Robotization has gained the attention of companies and markets across all sectors. According to research on digital customer support, Dutch consumers have high confidence in robo-advice and consider digital advisers as reliable as their human counterparts. As collaborations between artificial intelligence (AI) and Agile teams become the new normal, organizations must embrace a new way of working. Rather than a far-off, sci-fi fantasy, the future is now. Is your organization ready?

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Topics: Agile Transformations

When I First Met Agile...

Posted by Daphne Henning on Nov 8, 2018 9:28:19 AM

Going Beyond the Agile Butterflies

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Topics: Agile Transformations

How to Find and Bind Talent With a Flexible Shell

Posted by Daniel Burm on Nov 1, 2018 4:07:21 PM

The increasingly intense competition for highly-skilled knowledge workers pulls organizations in two, seemingly opposing ways. On one hand, companies want to maintain stability to profit from team learning. On the other hand, they want to offer a dynamic environment to find and bind talented new people. But how do you create a balanced learning environment which appropriately nurtures both the stability to learn and the desire to grow simultaneously? 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The 5 reasons why big IT projects don’t get done

Posted by Albert Starreveld on Oct 31, 2018 3:30:18 PM

Big projects take forever, never get done, and lose relevancy for before anyone uses them. Building things nobody uses is a waste of time, and money, but we spend fortunes doing it, over and over again. There is a better way.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Software Quality Assurance, Agile Transformations, Test Automation & Quality

Product Leadership for the Third Wave

Posted by Chris Lukassen on Oct 23, 2018 4:54:29 PM

Welcome to the third wave of Agile adoption - an age where organizations reinvent themselves around Scrum, and, if done well, the power trickles down to the people. These are the people who have the knowledge to make the best decisions, but this has exposed a new kind of problem. (This article was published in Agile NXT).

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Using Brain Science to Boost Your Scrum Events

Posted by Evelien Roos on Oct 15, 2018 10:40:16 AM

This article is published in Agile NXTAs an Agile coach with a passion for Scrum (and mother of three!), I’m always on the lookout for innovative ways to boost and develop personal and professional mastery. I recently attended a powerful training, “Training From the Back of the Room Back of the Room,” devised by Sharon L. Bowman. It teaches you how the human brain works in a learning setting like a training or workshop. I discovered some interesting differences between traditional and brain-based learning that also apply in the workplace. This article describes some of the concepts I learned and how you can apply “brain science” to make your Scrum events more effective. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Leadership’s Role in Business Agility

Posted by Arlen Bankston on Oct 12, 2018 10:43:34 AM

While the term “business agility” has come into vogue, many leaders still don’t comprehend what it exactly entails. This article explores a definition of business agility from the leader’s perspective, and shares some patterns based on real-world stories of dozens of companies who have attempted to become Agile from end to end.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Learn to experiment like Booking.com: State of Product Management Conference, November 16

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Sep 24, 2018 4:08:49 PM

State of Product Management Conference – November 16, 2018

Set better priorities, manage your personal growth, and increase your personal effectiveness across all levels of your career. At State of Product Management, you can expect three tracks with fast-paced, interactive sessions about the latest, progressive, topics in product management.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Agile Software Development

Starting a Successful Agile Transformation in 3 Steps

Posted by Daniel Burm on Jul 26, 2018 3:07:20 PM

The transformation of an organization into an agile one requires a carefully planned strategic approach. The success or failure of a transition towards greater speed, agility, and flexibility depends on organizational structure, collaboration style, and communication. Another requirement for success is support from the highest level. In the end, the goals of the transformation should be clearly communicated to the entire organization.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Improving a Team's Collective Intelligence.   Feedback Please!

Posted by Bart Bouwers on Jun 11, 2018 10:52:36 AM

It seems all over nowadays. Teams do it, peers do it, managers do it. Feedback here, feedback there, feedback everywhere. Feedback seems here to stay. Why? Because it makes people stronger. They learn how they behave and how their behavior affects others. This transparency enables individuals to change and start experimenting with more effective behavior. Wouldn't it be great if we could apply a feedback instrument to the whole team? Improving team feedback!

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Topics: Agile Transformations