Rare-Earth Work: The economics of Slack

Would you agree or disagree to the following statement: A development team with high utilization creates more value than a team with lower utilization? Are you sure? I have been confronted with this question over and over again: To which utilization limit shall our Department be loaded with? What might be the influence of close to full … Continue reading Rare-Earth Work: The economics of Slack

Rhythm & Blues

We had just finished our sprint review and the team members presented the results of the last sprint. We had an amazing sprint, where the team not just accomplished all commitments they have given – in addition they pulled additional work packages and finalized it. Our internal customers were quite happy and expressed that in … Continue reading Rhythm & Blues

Team Transition

One of my first exercises as a Team Leader was to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the team members of my department. For team analysis I reviewed literature and tools for team assessments. One of the most popular theories of team development procedures is of Bruce Tuckman’s which are described in the “forming–storming–norming–performing” model. … Continue reading Team Transition