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Et si on redémarrait l'agile ?, Arnaud Lemaire

  • Agile in "management" vs. Agile in "production"

You Should Stop Doing Daily Scrum Meetings, Vitaly Chicago, archive

  • A good list a common problems in daily standups

Internal communication

Introductory bullshit detection for non-technical managers, Mike Action, archive

Ask: What problem are you actually trying to solve? No metaphors (“It’s like a car…”). Expect the people on your team to describe the actual, concrete problem they want to solve for the benefit of a specific person or group. Describe it from that person or group’s point of view.

Ask: What is one concrete example of a problem this will solve? A trap a lot of technical people can fall into is wanting to create something simply because it’s interesting, not because it’s actually useful in any way.

The Basecamp Guide to Internal Communication, archive

Real-time sometimes, asynchronous most of the time.

Internal communication based on long-form writing, rather than a verbal tradition of meetings, speaking, and chatting, leads to a welcomed reduction in meetings, video conferences, calls, or other real-time opportunities to interrupt and be interrupted.

Meetings are the last resort, not the first option.

Writing solidifies, chat dissolves. Substantial decisions start and end with an exchange of complete thoughts, not one-line-at-a-time jousts. If it's important, critical, or fundamental, write it up, don't chat it down.

Automatic daily: "What did you work on today?

Every workday at 16:30, Basecamp (the product) automatically asks every employee “What did you work on today?” Whatever people write up is shared with everyone in the company. Everyone’s responses are displayed on a single page, grouped by date, so anyone who’s curious about what’s happening across the company can simply read from top to bottom. And if you have a question about anything, you can comment on anyone’s “what did you work on today?” check-in to keep the conversation in context.

This routine is about loose accountability and strong reflection. Writing up what you did every day is a great way to think back about what you accomplished and how you spent your time.

Some people just jot down a few bullets. Others write multi-paragraph stories to share - and document - the thinking behind their work. There are no requirements here. We just ask everyone to write in their own style.

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