Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recognizing office politicians types

In office politics, success often depends on recognizing patterns, relationships and interdependencies. If you can recognize similar, personalities, types or situations you have encountered in the past, it is possible to apply similar tactics to the situation at hand. As your ability to recognize patterns increases, so will your ability to read the field and read the players, defend yourself and make the workplace better for everyone around you: your friends, colleagues, even your boss. Here are a handful of patterns we may find around the office and how to deal with them. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Office politics series 360. Things that any change agent should know about.

On your first day at a new firm, you may be shown a chart of the hierarchy, but what’s really important is what lies behind the chart.  Love it or hate it, you can't ignore politics at the workplace.  In any organization, informal networks develop – and your ability to understand these is the secret of mastering office politics. This Roojoom will deal with the many aspect of office politics such as : how does it look like , can we deal with it? what the deference between bog and small organization politics? is there any ethical code.. and more.

Dealing with office politics

"Although those are personalities and behaviours some might want to avoid in the office, some experts say playing the office politics game the right way is essential to workplace success. They describe office politics as building relationships with people to create momentum for your projects and advance your career."

Friday, February 20, 2015

How to hire for DevOps

Demand for people with DevOps skills is growing rapidly because businesses get great results from DevOps. But Recruiting for DevOps can be headache. Expect to recruit hard and compete for top candidates. So how do we hire them? What are DevOps skills? What to look for in a DevOps candidate? How to hire for a DevOps team?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When Agile and DevOps come together

DevOps and Agile Operations are often mentioned in the same breath these days while DevOps enables realization of the benefits of faster delivery of functionality achieved through Agile. DevOps and Agile complement each other well and help the business and release teams plan the annual release calendar. With continuous engagement and collaboration of both  development and Ops team implementing DevOps to increase speed and innovation requires adopting Agile development methodologies, and Agile development requires quicker and more frequent release cycles.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Extra Materials for new Scrum Teams - For use After the Basic Trainings

This collection includes references to many of the issues related to scrum and agile. I usually refer to this collection new scrum teams right after the Basic training sessions.

Enjoy :)

DevOps implementation Case Studies

If you do not manage culture, it manages you - Think about it when implementing agile.

Agile is a great way of thinking about software development but that doesn’t mean it fits in with all company cultures. How important is company culture for agile adoption? Edgar Schein, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, says "If you do not manage culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening." We need to define what we mean by culture before exploring Agile further. Let’s introduce the Schneider Culture Model. This model is useful to figure it out.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Addopting "Ethical office politics" approach

Organizations are social placesan office politics are an inevitable part of any working environment. Atul Srivastava, chief executive officer, Effective People, a human resources consulting and training company in Mumbai, says, “A long-term strategy for success lies in recognizing and accepting politics and playing it within the precincts of ethics.” "If office politics are inevitable, can they be handled ethically? I believe there can, and it’s a crucial element in making a working environment that respects people and allows them freedom to grow and develop."

Agile transformation deals with office politics too

Office politics is at the core of all organizations. Paying attention to is part of fulfilling the coaching role. Since agile is a bout culture, it needs to deal with office politics too. And us, as agile coaches, we have to deal with lots and lots of politics. We need to figure it out and take it under consideration.
As part of  an office politics series I am doing , Here are few examples , personality types and thought that may come handy, regarding this subject.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Win over with the top 10% - The 10-80-10 Principle‬‏

The 10-80-10 model is Ia people behavior mode. When you take any group of people. Top 10 wants to be there, bottom 10 resists and the rest are called "the majority 80%". The majority 80% will slides towards the "Stronger group".... I may be in all of those groups in deferent areas in life.  We can't convert to bottom 10. If we wish to convert the majority 80%. Celebrate the top 10%, although you tend to deal with the places where you need more attention which is the bottom 10%. 
It works in a variety of situations: business, personal aspects, youth motivation, crisis handling and more..

Startups have office politics too

When most people talk about ‘office politics,’ they’re usually talking about larger, faceless organizations. 
But , In reality, whenever a group of people is working together, whether it is three or 300 or 30,000, there is going to be some level of politics to navigate. There is a naïve but common misconception that there are no politics at start-ups. People see the open office spaces, the hoodies, the ping pong tables, and the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environments and believe politics couldn’t possibly be a part of the experience. It does but it’s deferent.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The alarming costs of office politics - Huge Performance Gap.

“…There is a business case for making the necessary changes to reform office politics. Consider: the estimated productivity loss because of stress-related factors is more than $100 billion in the United States alone…” Politics lowers the output of an individual and eventually affects the productivity of the organization. You can’t ignore it anymore.

Kanban Top Quality Reading Blogs

Kanban has a lot of angels and Lots of things are being written about Kanban and lean.  Keeping up to date with Kanban is not so easy especially when you want to read only relevant and quality materials. So, I have collected the most quality Kanban blogs reading out there, including Kanban and lean thinking as described by the experts.  Enjoy.