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Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Conflict Strategies for Nice People | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Conflict is a necessary part of a functioning team. But it doesn't need to be mean.
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I've seen it happen. Heck, I have done it myself!

In case you get tired of always having to fight for some of your opinions to be considered, take a break. But then do come back. Taking a break is ok, everyone needs to breathe more deeply even if just for a few moments, get their thoughts back into place. It might even help finding new ways of explaining what you think to others.

 

Just don't quit.

And don't come and say "I don't care anymore, I just want to get my work done". You are misleading yourself and throwing sand at the eyes of those who do reckon you have something to say but are holding it back. By doing that you are taking your own share of building mistrust and overall lack of self confidence.

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The Case Against Agile: Ten Perennial Management Objections - Forbes

The Case Against Agile: Ten Perennial Management Objections - Forbes | Innovatus | Scoop.it
The Case Against Agile: Ten Perennial Management Objections
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What Great Leaders Do

What Great Leaders Do | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Just listened to another great podcast from the Stanford Ventures Program. This was was by Bob Sutton – a management professor who has studied great leaders and reports back on what he finds....
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» Why We Overplan

A very pertinent question.

We always tend to ignore the facts and past experience, completely run over all those things with all our willingness to do more and more, using and abusing of a false hope to be more efficient.

 

Just face it: we are humans.

 

So, leave some room to go with the flow, will you?

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The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.
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Micromanaging Angst

Micromanaging Angst | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I don't thing there is good micromanagement. For me, micromanagement is bad. Period. For the very simple reason that it steps on anyone's ability to create or come up with improvement.

Neither would I consider relating micromanagement with agile practices.

What I do like about this article is part of the aproach taken on the analysis of Steve Jobs' behavior as a manager.

Focus on the product. That, my friends, along with the concern for having such a product being great and creating wow effect on the end customers means there are goals, there is a vision, there is a direction and a path in which to walk, on which one can do their best and improve and innovate.

You don't innovate just because. You do need guidance and objectives. And you also need to still keep delivering value to customers.

So, for me, Steve may have had a bad temper, but it looks like he was one hell of a (outstanding) product owner.

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The Agile Model comes to Management, Learning, and Human Resources

The Agile Model comes to Management, Learning, and Human Resources | Innovatus | Scoop.it

Over the last five years the business of software development has been totally transformed by the concepts of agile development. So is the business of Management and Human Resources.


Via Philippe Vallat
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Fire Up Teams by Creating Opportunities to Learn

Fire Up Teams by Creating Opportunities to Learn | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Over the years, I've had the privilege of leading people who are creative, smart and high functioning. The challenge of leading exceptional people is… well… exceptionally challenging.
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For this, one needs to be ready to listen.

Fake listening doesn't count. Fake listening is the type of pseudo listening where one acknowledges the idea someone else is trying to bring to the table and then immediately turn it down by stating it is not valid or not interesting for whatever reason. Fake listening only leads to frustration and gossip and speculation because the person who gets refused will most likely become known for making stupid proposals.

So, really listen and always take the best out of what someone in your team is saying, use that to grow as a whole and include the others in the discussion. If a goal is not already there, start by setting one up, so the discussion is objective.

My 50cents from my own experience.

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9 Powerful Ways to Find Enough Time for Your Goals

9 Powerful Ways to Find Enough Time for Your Goals | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Wouldn’t it be great to have more time? With a few extra hours a week, you could finally accomplish those goals that have been on your list for so long ... but your life just seems to get busier and busier.
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Nicole Sullivan, "Don't Feed The Trolls"

A speak done by @stubbornella at Fluent 2012 conference.

 

More than fun, it appeals to awareness and to focus on what really matters while dealing with conflict (trolyish behavior).

And then there is the self awareness and improvement part, which each of us should definitely look into.

 

Loved it!

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Estimates and Commitments – The Hard Truth Line by Line

Estimates and Commitments – The Hard Truth Line by Line | Innovatus | Scoop.it

Here's a perspective I guess I never gave much thought to.

We all complain about how software is developed by humans and for humans, but I guess it is true we keep forgetting that also the evil product owners / managers are treated like machines. And they keep being demanded to make stuff work by the milimeter, when in fact, they are also dealing with humans and are actually humans themselves in the midst of whatever software development process and bound by whatever principles and practices.

Think about it for a minute.

Change needs to happen at several levels in an organization in order to become truly agile and lean.

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More Management Equals Less Output

More Management Equals Less Output | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I was skimming through my google reader and found this beautiful title.

Clearly I also felt more than familiar with the concept.

Therefore I decided to read more about it.

 

It's a must. I don't know what goes in people's minds, I don't even know if I care sometimes, but looks like this article does a pretty good job explaining the phenomenon of "When I grow up I want to be a manager" / "You are nobody in life if you don't get to manage something or somebody before the age of 30".

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The Mojito Method - Agile Management

The Mojito Method - Agile Management | Innovatus | Scoop.it

"The Mojito Method is about copying other people's good ideas and mixing them into something that is even more amazing. Many times I have communicated, on my blog and in my book, that I don’t drink beer, wine, or other..."

by @jurgenappelo

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