Category: Engineering Excellence

Ways to Decrease Performance: Daily Standups

Teams are encouraged to experiment with new ways of working, reflecting on their processes and continuously adapting to ensure they are not merely ‘doing agile’ but truly being agile in their approach.

Exploring the concept of daily standups, this article challenges their routine use in agile teams and urges teams to question their effectiveness. Highlighting various issues such as fostering individualism, leading to irrelevant information exchange, and potentially delaying the addressing of obstacles, it sheds light on the unexpected pitfalls of this common practice.

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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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Engineering Excellence through Mission-Driven Teams (High-Purpose Environments, Part 5)

In software engineering and product development, high-purpose environments are vital for driving innovation, creativity, and collaboration. A strong sense of purpose, clear values, and a commitment to continuous growth and improvement characterize these environments. In this article, I will expand on the concept of an engineering mission and its critical role in shaping high-purpose environments.

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The Importance of Values and Guiding Principles for Distributed Decision-Making (High-Purpose Environments, Part 4)

Values and guiding principles are crucial in enabling distributed decision-making within an organization. They empower individuals to make decisions autonomously, without constant supervision or hierarchical approval. This leads to increased efficiency and agility and fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among team members. This article is about the difference of values and guiding principles and how to come up with good ones.

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