Author: Tom Westmacott

Gaining Feedback, Building Trust

A powerful means of building trust and collaboration within a team is to gather around a table and tell each other face to face ‘this is how your actions made me feel’, both the good and the bad. The importance of feedback Effective software development requires a robust feedback loop. […]

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Software Craftsmanship ‘Round Table’ Meetings

Have you done something cool at work recently?  Or are you faced with a difficult technical problem or a team that just won’t gel?  Have you heard of a new technology buzzword and want to understand the implications? Wouldn’t it be great to discuss it with a group of other […]

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The Seven Pillars of Agile – Self-Improvement

One in a series on the Seven Pillars of Agile retrospective. Self-Improvement To what extent do you agree that each statement below is true of your team ? Continuous Improvement We improve ourselves as a team over time Our team supports individual self-improvement We are always open to any new […]

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The Seven Pillars of Agile – Technical Excellence

One in a series on the Seven Pillars of Agile retrospective. Technical Excellence To what extent do you agree that each statement below is true of your team ? Considered Design We consider multiple possible ways to satisfy each business need, and make informed choices to achieve the best functionality, […]

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The Seven Pillars of Agile – Confidence

One in a series on the Seven Pillars of Agile retrospective. Confidence To what extent do you agree that each statement below is true of your team ? Code Confidence Confident that the code actually meets the user requirement Before passing a card on for testing , we are confident […]

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The Seven Pillars of Agile – Supportive Culture

One in a series on the Seven Pillars of Agile retrospective. Supportive Culture: To what extent do you agree that each statement below is true of your team ? Learning Everything we do, we treat as an opportunity to learn We embrace the face that when we a task is […]

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The Seven Pillars of Agile and the Spiderweb Retrospective

As part of our efforts to continuously improve our team’s working process, we hold Agile Retrospectives every couple of weeks. A feeling arose in the team that our existing retros were getting a bit stale, so as the facilitator, I was tasked with running the next one ‘completely differently’. I […]

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