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07Jun

Ready to Up Your Game? Try These 5 Agile Concepts in Real Life.

 With the popularity and overwhelming success of Agility in both software development and now the business world, people are taking the principles of this management approach and using them in a third way: to make their personal lives more fulfilling. 
 
If you consider yourself a ScrumMaster, or even have ScrumMaster tendencies, it’s time to up your Agile game and apply these five concepts from the Agile office to your personal life. This will help you start to bring flow to the chaos at home, and have a more organized and productive week (or year!).

22May

5 Tips for Overcoming the Language Barrier on a Distributed Team

In a distributed team, diversity can mean a number of things. Removing the barrier of geographic proximity and the need to commute can be a great advantage in getting the best possible people for the job. More and more, we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the flexibility of a distributed office to hire across borders and create an international team.
02May

It’s Official: Forrester Report Confirms that Distributed Agile is a Thing

Agile practitioners who are paying attention have known for quite some time that it’s becoming more and more rare to have a completely, 100% physically co-located team. Those of us who have embraced distributed Agile with open arms have been laughed at, snubbed, and looked at with suspicion by dogmatic Agile purists, who insist that face to face conversations can only happen in the same physical location. It’s time for that misconception to change for good.

26Apr

The Art of Continuous Improvement: On Giving and Receiving Positive Feedback

Continuous improvement requires Agile teams to not only identify and resolve problems, but also discern practices that are working well. It’s not enough to know what you want to change; you need to know what your strengths are so you can build on them.

05Apr

Remove the Webinar Gag Rule for Online Events—And Embrace Humanity

While Sococo is indisputably the best place for an online agile team to work together (Okay, sure, I’m a little biased!), we’re starting to explore the huge amount of value the platform can add to online learning events and gatherings. One of my favorite parts of my job here at Sococo as Director of Community is all the innovative, fun, and audacious sessions I get to host with our customers, partners, and like-minded distributed agilists. These events are held in our super cool Sococo Innovation Lab, the hub of our Distributed Agile Mastery Community program.

29Mar

The Balance of Coaching v. Mentoring on Agile

Embracing continuous improvement is critical for Agile teams, and an excellent way to pursue that goal is by tapping into the expertise and experiences of a mentor. Or a coach.

Wait.

Which is it? A mentor or a coach?

04Oct

The Nuts and Bolts of a Sales Team's Agile Transformation

Here at Sococo, we recently made the decision to take our entire company through an Agile transformation. While our software team has been Agile since day one, the rest of the company has been run on more traditional seat-of-the-pants startup way. My experience in implementing Agile is 90% with software teams, with the other 10% being me trying to figure out in my spare time how to be more agile as a team of 1.5 marketers.
15Sep

Distributed Teams: How to Assess Level of Team Performance (Part 2)

The second area of assessment is to understand the contribution that the team is making. This is really an effectiveness measure and is focused on the quality of the output of the team, from a customer value perspective. It very much borrows from the key principles of the Agile Manifesto. In very simple terms, it is understanding how much of the outcome can be divided into the “valuable to the customer” bucket and how much ends up in the rework bucket.
08Sep

The Rat Race Doesn’t Have to be Your Reality

Today I have an important meeting with one of our executives in London.

I struggle with what I should wear. All the clothes that I own now fit into one small packing cube into one 45L backpack. I wear my only pair of pants, with my only cardigan, which probably doesn’t match my only pair of shoes. I pack up my bag, fill up my water bottle, grab a granola bar, and begin my 50-minute commute to the office that includes a bus, train, and about a half mile of walking.

23Aug

Managing Requirements Across Cultures and Continents: Why It's Hard, and How to Make It Better

In our recent survey, 53% of the respondents indicated that miscommunication about managing requirements is a problem for their distributed team. This made it the top issue identified in the survey.