Environment for Agile Teams
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Environment for Agile Teams

How to create an environment that supports agility

About the Book

There are many Agile methods and Agile consultants (also known as Agile Coaches) who will teach your team(s) how to apply this or that process (Scrum still seems most popular), do TDD and conduct retrospectives. All of that is important - but teams need more than a good process. They also need an environment that will be supportive of agility, that will help them grow to actually become teams rather than groups of individuals. That environment is everything that influences the team besides the process & the product: the physical environment teams are in as well as the organization's culture, structure and management style. 

This work is about that environment, it is experience-based advice how to set it up right focused on two main areas - the physical environment (rooms etc.) and management (role managers play in Agile companies and style they shall use to be effective supporters of Agile teams). 

About the Author

Andy Brandt
Andy Brandt

Andy Brandt is a manager and technology team leader with more than two decades of experience in the IT and telecoms sectors. His diverse experience includes both work for large multinationals and five startups ranging from a computer magazine to software company. Andy has been involved in the Agile movement since 2006. He achieved national recognition as the first certified Professional Scrum Trainer in Poland and has been instrumental in popularizing Scrum in that country.

Andy's specialty is building & leading motivated technology teams.

To learn more visit Andy's LinkedIn profile or visit Andy's blog: The Pragmatic Leader.

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Introduction
    • I Physical environment
      • 1. Team spaces (“war rooms”)
      • 2. The managers’ rooms
      • 3. Other useful areas
        • 3.1 Meeting rooms
        • 3.2 Kitchens
        • 3.3 Nap-Points
        • 3.4 Silent Room
        • 3.5 Library
        • 3.6 Toilets
        • 3.7 Smoking place
      • 4. Access to the office
      • 5. Final caveat
    • II Management
      • 6. Key understandings
        • 6.1 Agile is management
        • 6.2 Agile is empiricism
      • 7. Guidelines for the manager
        • 7.1 Principles
        • 7.2 General
        • 7.3 Metrics, bonuses etc.
        • 7.4 Organization and structure
        • 7.5 Hiring
    • About the author
  • Notes

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