Xebia Articles

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

Discover your growth path by doing the Scrum Master Scan

Posted by Evelien Roos on Jun 4, 2018 4:59:22 PM
There was a point you were a Scrum Master for the first time. Maybe you read about Scrum and decided the Scrum Master role would be perfect for you, or maybe your company chose to work with Scrum and pointed you out as the Scrum Master. Either way, there was a day one as a Scrum Master, you started learning about Scrum, about people, about organizations and a lot more.
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Topics: Agile Transformations

Is Scrum Agile and is Agile Scrum?

Posted by Alexander Koffeman on Jun 4, 2018 4:50:39 PM

Future Fit Organizations

Organizations want to become flexible and Agile or as we like to call it at Xebia: Future Fit. Just like when you go to the gym and want to become fitter. Yes, there are more ways to achieve that.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agile Soil

Posted by Maarten Uppelschoten on May 29, 2018 3:48:01 PM

"It’s all about the Soil"

What are most organizations striving for? Most organizations, whatever they do and create, want to do the work “Cheaper, Better and Faster”. They want to become more effective and deliver the best outcome possible. Which basically means they want to change and improve the way they currently do things and want to be able to constantly adapt to ensure the most valuable outcome.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Consensus: The Blockchain Backbone

Posted by Niels Zeilemaker on Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One of the defining aspects of a public blockchain is that anyone can add information to it. However, before it is added, the information must be verified. All cooperating nodes in the network must agree on the definitions of valid, and invalid, information. For example, in the case of Bitcoin, there must be a consensus on what defines a legitimate transaction. When the new information is deemed valid by all participating nodes in the network, then the consensus is reached. This article explores how a decentralized network could achieve consensus through two different algorithms: proof-of-work and proof-of-stake.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations, Big Data & Data Science

How Enterprise-Ready is Blockchain?

Posted by Tom Höfte on Mar 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of blockchain-related development already in progress. Start-ups that focus on its various aspects are popping up everywhere. Companies in all sectors are looking at its thread to determine what it could do for their business. There’s even a new career role flying around on LinkedIn, the "blockchain consultant.” So, hype or not, clearly, this trend is gaining some traction.

But how “enterprise-ready” is blockchain technology? 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

14 tips to increase focus

Posted by Daniel Burm on Feb 19, 2018 3:49:24 PM

Or how to fight context switching throughout your organisation

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Topics: Agile Transformations

How Blockchain Leads to New Organizational Structures

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Feb 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Tokens and Smart Contracts Redesign Existing Supply Chains

The rise of the internet and big data unleashed public access to a torrent of information. Blockchain is the next wave of this technological revolution. It took some time for the market to embrace the possibilities of the internet and big data, during which, they evolved and matured. The same phenomenon is happening with blockchain.

This article interprets and compares blockchain to the rise of the internet and big data and explains the core elements of its application. It also looks at its potential impact on society.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Determine If Your Change Will Succeed in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Jens Broetzmann on Jan 11, 2018 4:02:56 PM
How to Use the Change Triangle to Visualize the Probability of Failure or Success

As an agile coach, helping people, teams, and organizations reach their change goals makes me happy. I succeed when they succeed. However, despite my best efforts, sometimes they don’t achieve the desired growth and change goal. Change is hard, especially for complex organizations where multiple teams must work together.  In fact, studies show that 70% of all organizational transformations fail.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agile Soil

Posted by Maarten Uppelschoten on Apr 21, 2017 1:24:25 PM

“It’s all about the Soil” by Maarten Uppelschoten.

What are most organizations striving for? Most organizations, whatever they do and create, want to do the work “Cheaper, Better and Faster”. They want to become more effective and deliver the best outcome possible. Which basically means they want to change and improve the way they currently do things and want to be able to constantly adapt to ensure the most valuable outcome.

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Topics: Agile Transformations