Maximizing the Effectiveness of Sprint Planning Meetings For a New Team (2023)
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Maximizing the Effectiveness of Sprint Planning Meetings For a New Team (2023)

New teams will go through the four stages of team psychological development – Forming, Storming, Norming, & Performing. They require time to stabilize and to begin producing reliable and forecastable work every sprint. It’s not uncommon for sprint planning meetings to become unproductive or frustrating, which can lead to delays, misunderstandings, and missed deadlines.

How to Improve Transparency and Build Trust on a Team (2023)
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How to Improve Transparency and Build Trust on a Team (2023)

Encouraging open communication and collaboration among team members is essential to creating a culture of transparency and trust. However, achieving this can be a challenge, especially in large software engineering departments where teams are spread across different locations and time zones. Let’s discuss how to build trust on a team.

Making Coaching and Mentorship Work to Individual Team Members’ Needs (2023)
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Making Coaching and Mentorship Work to Individual Team Members’ Needs (2023)

I’ve observed that many employees struggle with mentorship at times. It can be especially difficult for newer managers who are still learning the people skills side of their job, but even seasoned team members can encounter obstacles.

So what are some of the problems that employees face regarding coaching and mentoring colleagues? Let’s take a closer look.

Ways That Engineers & Product Owners Can Collaborate to Prioritize the Product Backlog
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Ways That Engineers & Product Owners Can Collaborate to Prioritize the Product Backlog

As someone who has spent decades working in the software industry, I have witnessed many common problems that Engineers face when it comes to collaborating with Product Owners to prioritize the product backlog items. This is especially true with the Agile methodology of project management, which involves frequent and close collaboration between engineering teams and product owners.