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People management in agile environments is about flexibility, trust, frequent feedback, transparency, and lots of communication between all the stakeholders.

Are you a manager or an HR professional working for a software development organization that is moving towards an agile way of developing software? Have you considered what you need to do not only to change your processes but also to change the minds and hearts of people on your team? Last week I talked about The Agile Manifesto and how it translates to people management. …


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The agile movement is not only about software developers but about every single department and person in the company. Only then can you truly harness the power behind it and become agile.

Anyone living and breathing software development heard about the agile way of working, agile processes, and the fundamental beliefs of the agile community Manifesto for Agile Software Development. It is just a couple of sentences that 17 like-minded software professionals signed in 2001, and that had a massive impact on the way modern software is being developed.

In short, agile software development is a way of thinking that…


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A pen and the word Mistake
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Made a mistake? Admit it, apologize for it, fix it, and prevent it from happening in the future again.

We all make mistakes. Some are small, some are bigger, and some impact other people’s lives. As a leader, you will make your share of mistakes. Get comfortable with it! It is completely fine to make a mistake as long as you learn from the experience. It might be more difficult for you because your mistakes tend to be more visible and have a bigger impact. …


A woman and a I love my job sign
A woman and a I love my job sign
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Stop searching for your passion and do what you are good at. Pursue mastery and passion will follow.

Follow your dream. Do what you are passionate about. Have you ever heard advice like this? Have you ever tried to follow that advice? And have you ever seen someone who followed that advice fail miserably? Do you have friends who are happy at their job? And if you are one of the lucky ones, have you ever analyzed why you are happy when others complain? Let me give you some answers and some more questions to think about.

In So Good…


Typewritter
Typewritter
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Touch typing is one of the most valuable and underappreciated skills a knowledge worker needs.

I’m not someone who likes to give productivity tips to others. I firmly believe that each of us is different and has a unique way to get things done. What works for one person may not work for another one. There is, though, one productivity tip that I feel deserves some attention. It is something that is being largely ignored by the education system in most professions and countries and is ignored by companies. The ability of knowledge workers to “touch type.” Just look around…


A man delivering a package
A man delivering a package
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Influence the decision, accept it, and own the message even if you argued against it.

We live in a global, incredibly complex, and fast-paced world. In most organizations, you see the complexity of interaction increasing with every new employee, every new product, and every new customer. If you are a manager in such an environment, you may sooner or later find yourself in a position that your decisions are not yours to make. Or at least, you feel that way.

You can’t just add a new benefit for your team. You need to talk to the HR and finance teams…


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A man boxing
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Having a right-hand man or woman is very beneficial as the last step when you decide you need a successor and need to speed up his or her development but is not a good strategy for the long-term development of your team.

Most of us want to move up and grow. The moment you get to management, and often before that, you start hearing things like “you need to build your team,” or “you can’t move up until you find someone to take over your current tasks,” or even “what is your succession plan?” …


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Career progress
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If you work hard and focus on your tasks and your tasks only in the hopes your superior will recognize the achievements and helps you to the next level, you are mistaken.

At least most of the time. It’s all about appearances. There certainly are great managers and leaders who recognize the potential in their subordinates and provide the opportunities where the employee can prove they can do the job, but most of the time, you need to be a bit more pro-active if you want to get to the next level. And when you have a remote manager who…


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Practice these five patterns in everyday communication. It will make you more persuasive and successful.

Whether you are in a professional setting or at home, you are constantly required to talk, share information, answer questions, influence others, and sell your ideas. It is not just about long public speeches. It is about every single communication or dialog you have. Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to helping people improve their communication skills, provides you with some of the tools and skills you need to master the ability to communicate your ideas in a concise matter and get the message across. How…


Castle
Castle
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To build a high-performing organization, fix the dysfunctions of your primary team. The absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.

It may sound like a silly question, but do you know who your team is? The answer is relatively simple if you are an individual contributor but gets rather tricky when you move to a management role. I can hear you saying, “my team is the people who work for me, who I lead.” Wrong. They are not your team, or at least not the primary one. They are their team…

Tomas Kucera

Geeky leader, Mentor, Coach, Introvert, Traveler, Blogger (thegeekyleader.com), and Eternal optimist. I build teams, grow people and solve problems.

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