Five steps to successful Crucial Conversations in agile teams

Crucial Conversations happen where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. These situations arise all the time in agile development teams and can lead to misunderstandings, inaction or strained relationships. In this post I'll explain when Crucial Conversations can pop up and give you some tips on how to tackle them.

Forget dumb productivity measures and focus on software delivery performance with Accelerate’s Four Key Metrics

The book Accelerate - The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations has been really important for Redgate over the past 12 months. It's helped us find a software delivery language that teams and the wider company understand and buy into, and allowed us to compare how we're performing against the best in the business.

Agile for the people

When people talk about why they adopt an agile approach to software development, they talk about the many benefits of delivering working software iteratively. Rarely do I hear people call out the key reason why we should be taking an agile approach; it's part of the answer to giving people fulfilling and rewarding work.

Inspect and adapt how you build as well as what you build

The need to inspect and adapt is the fundamental concept at the centre of the agile software development movement. However, it often seems that the drive to inspect and adapt is only deliberately applied to what we build and not how we build. This means how a team works together, how they use the technologies at their disposal and how they apply processes can go unimproved.

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