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Creating Well Formed Teams

Jun 16, 2016 | by Abhijeet Kher, Senior Software Engineer | Tags: Agile

Well Formed Teams

How do you get a complex set of work done? Put a team on it. People working together to accomplish a common goal. We see it everyday, and everywhere. For most cases, that’s how work is done. Quoting Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” But is having a team enough for success? If any combination of people put together will produce a successful result, we would gravitate towards picking all the A listers and chaining them together. But that’s not generally the best combination. To understand the best makeup, we have to define what a Well Formed Team (WFT) means, which is a term used extensively in Agile/Scrum frameworks lately. 

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Software Development and Photography

Jun 07, 2016 | by Anthony Bopp, Senior Validation Engineer | Tags: Agile

As a semi-professional photographer when I’m not being an engineer, I’ve thought often about the similarities between good software development and good photography. It may sound like a stretch at first, but bear with me...

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Back to Basics: Agile Lessons from Argentine Tango

May 24, 2016 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Argentine Tango is an intricate and improvised dance form, with a long history and participants all over the world. Tango aficionados attend workshops to refine their skills. Workshop teachers often take us, "back to basics," which in the case of Argentine Tango, is walking. (Who knew how much there is to just walking?) Going back to basics, we discover new nuances, and new ways of thinking and using what we already know.

As ISE launches into blogging about our experience, I thought it would be appropriate to write about Agile from a "back to basics" perspective - and also consider how those basics from Argentine Tango might give us new nuances, and new ways of thinking by using what we already know about Agile.
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