Category: Developer Productivity

Ways to Decrease Performance: Velocity Tracking

Discover why velocity tracking, a popular Agile practice, might be hindering your team’s performance more than helping it. While it might seem beneficial at first, over-reliance on velocity can lead to burnout, overestimation of work, and neglect of long-term benefits. Learn about the pitfalls and start thinking critically about your Agile practices. Remember, it’s not about knowing your speed — it’s about moving in the right direction sustainably.

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs — DevEx Edition

This article applies Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to developer experience (DevEx), emphasizing prioritizing developers’ basic needs like psychological safety before higher needs like challenging work. It presents a tailored Maslow’s pyramid for developers and underscores the impact of superior DevEx on productivity and business success.

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From Conflict to Collaboration in Engineering Teams

Conflict, when managed correctly, can spur innovation and strengthen team cohesion, fostering a healthier, more productive engineering culture. This article explores the transformation of conflicts into powerful catalysts for collaboration and innovation within engineering teams. It provides practical tips on embracing a positive view of conflict, improving communication, reframing conflicts as collaborative problem-solving exercises, promoting empathy, sharing responsibility in conflict resolution, and celebrating successful conflict resolution.

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How to Measure Developer Experience: The Danger of Metrics

In the data-driven decision-making world, quantifying developer experience and productivity can be a challenging feat. This article illuminates the possible pitfalls when solely relying on hard metrics to gauge developer productivity. It draws attention to the importance of considering qualitative factors such as job satisfaction and team morale and how an unhealthy fixation with numbers can lead to misleading interpretations. Moreover, the article suggests how to include these seemingly ‘immeasurable’ elements into the evaluation mechanism to attain a more comprehensive understanding of the team’s performance.

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Developer Experience at Risk: Red Flags for Engineering Leaders

In an environment where Developer Experience is the pivotal determinant of productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction, its neglect can derail even the most ambitious projects. This article highlights essential alarm signals of a declining developer experience, drawing from real-world examples and seasoned insights. It underlines key strategies and coping mechanisms that could indicate looming issues, from job crafting and risk-taking to burnout and resignation. Leaders must heed these signs to prevent their teams from slipping into a state of low motivation and productivity.

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Deep Work is a Team Effort

Deep work and team work are not mutual exclusive but deeply interconneted. Collaborating as a team is the purest and most efficient form of deep work and can help your team to achieve peak performance.

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7 Tips for more Deep Work for Individuals

Maintaining amble of focus and deep work time as an individual is a critical precondition of being part of a high-performing team. In this article I will give seven tips on how to get more deep work time throughout your week.

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