The #1 Characteristic of Agile DNA

Last week I attended a workshop provided by Patrick Verheij, who is a board member of the Agile Consortium. Patrick explained the foundation of Agile and shared a characteristic of “Agile DNA” within organizations: The amount of spontaneous experiments and learning initiatives that take place¬†throughout the organization I can only wholeheartedly agree with this statement, […]

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How Netflix Reinvented HR

A few years ago Netflix published the presentation ‘Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility‘ explaining how they shaped the culture and motivated performance at Netflix. This presentation went viral and became quite influential. In the article ‘How Netflix Reinvented HR‘ some more ideas are described that define the way Netflix attracts, retains, and manages talent. I’ll […]

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Bureaucracy Isn’t Inevitable – Airbnb

A month ago I wrote a summary about the engineering culture at Airbnb. This article described the freedom and responsibilities of the engineers, the team structure, the cultural standards in the development process, and the way individual growth is encouraged. A few weeks ago Agile Innovator Jurriaan Kamer showed me another article written by Mike […]

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Why We Fail to Change

Today I read an interesting article written by Pawel Brodzinski called ‘Why We Fail to Change: Understanding Practices, Principles, and Values is a Solution.” I’ll share some of the key points, please read the original article for the full context, it’s worth the effort! The ultimate recipe 70% of all major change efforts in organisations […]

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Engineering Culture at Airbnb

If you’re searching for examples of disruptive companies, chances are you bump into Airbnb. Founded in 2008, the company rapidly turned into a home-sharing empire and the largest lodging provider on earth. About 20 million people have used their services; 10 million in 2014 alone. This year, their website surpassed 800,000 listings worldwide, which means […]

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The Smell of the Place

A few months ago I first saw the brilliant speech ‘The Smell of the Place‘ by Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal. It’s about corporate environments and the faults of management in creating a positive work place. In organizations, it’s all about the context. This has a huge impact on the behavior of employees. In his speech he […]

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