What I have to say about self-organizing teams

Great post about self-organizing teams from @tisquirrel. I like the bullets at the end of it, but I think somebody has to read the whole post from the beginning.



Remember Agile manifesto? ‘The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams’. But why self-organizing teams? How to build them? How do they emerge?

When I say “self-organizing teams” top managers usually think ‘teams which need no management’, ‘magic teams which work twice as much’. They behave as if we can just hire 10 nice people, put them in one room and tell them “And now you have to self-organize.’ We talk a lot about such teams, but rarely can we assemble one. Some of my colleagues even say that it is a luxury to have such teams and we just can’t afford them.

I tried to collect all my thoughts on the self-organizing teams in this post.

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How To Do A Damn Good Daily Standup Meeting

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in a boring status meeting.
A manager with a task list at hand checks the general progress. All participants (usually in turn) will give a status update and then the deliberations begin: 5 minutes talking, 15 minutes talking, 30 minutes talking and the list goes on. In general, after 15 minutes, the average person’s mind starts wandering.

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Instead, Agile has the infamous “Daily Standup Meeting” (aka “Daily Scrum”). (Tweet This)

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Retrospective Meetings: 4 Valuable Things Spock Needs You to Know

Star Trek… I’m afraid this post will give away my age but I’ll say it anyway; although I would not consider myself a “trekkie”, a startup is in many ways like a Star Trek season series. An episode starts with a happy bunch, travelling and exploring planets and space. Suddenly something unthinkable happens. Something that nobody could expect.


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8 reasons that made us change from Trello to Targetprocess 3

Have you ever been on a team? Have you tried to collaborate efficiently?

If so, you probably searched for tools that could make it work better for everyone. This post (which will be completed in two parts) is meant to share our experience on the subject and describe both the tools we end up using and the process we follow.

One of a team’s initial tasks is the selection of an appropriate work process, a way for its members to collaborate efficiently.

You can typically get there either by using a whiteboard and some post-it’s or by picking a tool that can solve the problem for you.
I tend to rely on the latter.

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The Gentle Art of Running a Lean Startup

I met Yiannis 4 months ago, he sure is an excellent professional with great experience in agile and lean. Among these he is an excellent person and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu European champion!!!

He wrote the post bellow which combines his experience on both of these worlds. Lean and Jiu-Jitsu. Nice post Yiannis 😉

A post at http://www.infoq.com/ by Yiannis Mavraganis

The startup game is a positional game with disciplined strategy (control-dominate-submit) that above all requires conservation of energy and agility. Agility is the ability of the team to change directions without losing balance, strength, and speed. It is a primary success factor.

In an another article, we will show how team agility can be developed, measured and maintained through proper training and an agile coach.

Adopt a survival mindset, try to avoid mistakes, and sooner or later your users will give you the opportunity to win them as lifelong customers. As Helio Gracie, one of the founders of BJJ, said, “I never defeated my opponents, they defeated themselves.”

Read more at: http://www.infoq.com/articles/gentle-art-lean-startup/

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Second Scrum meetup in Athens

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Yesterday we held our second Scrum meetup http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Greece/events/148576992/.

A bunch of us (50+ people) got together for an hour at http://thecube.gr/ to exchange ideas about agile, lean and SCRUM. The idea behind it is to always have a technical presentation and a presentation from a company/startup to provide real-life experiences.

Spyros Magiatis Co-founder and CTO of Workable – a fast growing Greek startup – presented his experience working with Scrum to his startup and his older job.
From my side presented the technical part with some Scrum / Kanban / agile Software tools. Of course that is a broad area with a lot of good / bad / free / expensive software solutions. I tried to make a quick intro of around 10 tools – just scratched the surface though! – and provide some pricing for comparison reasons.

Here is my presentation.



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