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5in5 Interviews

I don't use an eTablet yet and do not know if, like current IPad users, I will spend 20 percent of my time with it in bed. Today, paper books are still prevalent for learning subjects in depth, and the Internet is becoming a community TV platform using a short length format. For example have a look at Chris Moody's Channel "5in5 Interviews". 5 minutes, 5 questions around marketing and product management. Sources : Npdgroup Blog : NPD Group Blog » I Own An iPad, So What Do I do With It? YouToube :  Chris Moody Channel

Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

There is something I profoundly hate: the appropriation of everything by over-enthusiastic people to their cause. Each time they have an opportunity to incorporate a form, a concept or a human behaviour to their religion, they spread the world with tonnes of material justifying their beliefs. After, such a demonstration, please be sure, that by presenting the following video, I have no reason to doubt my chosen religion. Enjoy these 7 minutes... Thanks Didier, for the link. Sources : TED : Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

Agile Grenoble 2010

Agile Grenoble is the largest event of this discipline in France. It will occur the 23th November 2010 at the Alpes Expo . Please find the programme here . Find pictures of Grenoble here and skiing resorts may be open at this date....

12 Agile Adoption Failure Modes

Changing a corporate culture is always a nightmare, and if your software company needs to switch to Agile, it could be even worse. For example, last year, I was quite reassured by the good results with Agile, I mean at least our teams were definitly engaged. Then, I talked with a friend who works in a similar professional context to mine. He explained to me how chaotic the "scrum" was, where every morning, the project manager was fighting people while standing in front of a board. As Jean Tabaka does in her talk at Agile 2009 Australia, above, I used my friend's situation to explain one case of agile failure. I don't want to copycat the 12 failures described by Jean tabaka so : Read them on InfoQ , Check her presentation slides here, Finally listen to her, here below.

Team profiles

After years of doubt about finding a way to work effectively, with less stress due to the recurrent bugs spinning back from my customers, I finally plunged into the lean/agile world. I can tell now that by using agile methodology, I found a way to work with most of the current human profiles I meet in my professional life. Team work, definitely means something in this weird software world where communication has not always been a common asset. While reading the "team management profile" chapter of the "Agile Teamwork: The Leadership - Self-management Dilemma" article, I tried to remember several professional events where each profile was involved. Then, I was wondering if I could give some preference to a few profiles when building team or if I would prefer to have them all. Personally, I really don't want to have defeatists with me nor the type described in this article . I can see that the self managed team minimises each individual behaviour type, b