Tactics for Better Teams @ GOTO Copenhagen 2016

November 7, 2016

Let’s get practical. Often small simple changes have a huge positive effect on team performance and work-life satisfaction.

The Tactics for Better Teams track at GOTO Copenhagen 2016 presents a set of simple tactics that you can bring home to your team and start using today to make a better team. The track includes both technical ideas like software visualisation as well as more process oriented initiatives.

Watch the videos from the Tactics for Better Teams track at GOTO Copenhagen 2016 below.


Secrets of High Performing Teams: Science Edition

with Jez Humble, Co-Author of Continuous Delivery

For years we laboured under the misapprehension that going faster meant breaking things. After several years of science-ing, Jez and his co-researchers have identified the key elements that enable not just higher throughput but also higher stability and quality, lower cost, and happier teams. Discover how continuous delivery and lean management practices produce higher IT performance (and indeed what we might mean by performance), along with how to measure culture and its impact on IT and organizational culture. Find out how to science the crap out of software development and product development. Learn the patterns and practices used by high performing organizations to outcompete their peers.

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Visualise, Document and Explore your Software Architecture

with Simon Brown, Consultant at Coding the Architecture

“We value working software over comprehensive documentation” is what the manifesto for agile software development says, with the typical misinterpretation of these few words being “don’t write documentation”. Of course, that’s not what the manifesto says and “no documentation” certainly wasn’t the intent. It seems that many software teams have lost the ability to communicate what it is they are building and it’s no surprise that these same teams often seem to lack technical leadership, direction and consistency. This session will look at various approaches and tools that you can use to visualise, document and explore your software architecture in order to build a better team.

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Continuous Retrospectives

with Linda Rising, Queen of Patterns and Author of Numerous Books

Just like a married couple who has been together for a long time, agile teams can grow a little careless in doing retrospectives. Some of the rationale for the practice might have slipped away or the insights might seem less compelling or, in many cases, a lot of focus on problems causes teams to lose sight of the big picture. Learning might have stalled. In this presentation, Linda Rising shares her thoughts and experience on the changing role of retrospectives, especially for more experienced teams who might even been moving toward continuous delivery. Linda brings in some research from cognitive neuroscience to help busy teams be more productive.

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Inspect and Adapt, then what?

with Corey Haines, Co-Founder and CTO at Hearken

Agility, and especially the methodologies linked to this idea, often include the phrase “Inspect and Adapt.” That is, we start with a process, then, based on regular retrospectives, we should adapt to our context. But, what then? What does adaptation actually look like? And what techniques might come out of that. And what happens when the prescribed practices are the things in the way?

In this talk, I discuss the idea of adaptation to fit a specific context with concrete examples from teams that I’ve run, some practices that we’ve done away with and how we got there.

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Retrospective Anti-Patterns

with Aino Vonge Corry, Teacher, Technical Conference Editor and Retrospectives Facilitator

Anti-Patterns are like patterns, only more informative. With anti-patterns you will first see what patterns reoccur in “bad” retrospectives and then you will see how to avoid, or remedy, the situation.

Based on her experience with facilitating retrospectives, Aino presents the anti-patterns she has seen and how to overcome the problems.

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