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How to form scrum teams

Your asking many questions here: component teams (platform, front end ... ): You are correct, that goes against Scrum. If you want to lose time with handover then do this :-) shared team members Also ...
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How do you ensure code quality when having a weaker programmer on your project?

It's great to hear that Code Reviews went smoothly and you are seeing results soon, you have seen it's effective and that means the junior programmer is keen to learn (All good stuff) Few things I ...
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Management wants to start doing "1 on 1"s as "2 on 1"s. Good or bad idea?

Group Discussions Don't Replace One-on-One Communications While there's a place for more leadership involvement, I certainly wouldn't replace one-on-ones with larger meetings. Especially in IT, this ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company?

Notwithstanding my comment about the proper exchange, you are dealing with a normal problem of 1) prediction of future performance, and 2) how to attract good employees. The first problem is a huge ...
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Management wants to start doing "1 on 1"s as "2 on 1"s. Good or bad idea?

I have no academic backing on what I am going to write as my answer here but am drawing on my experience plus my own predicted reaction if I were a subordinate meeting with my boss and his/her boss. I ...
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What are the key Agile points to be considered in a small startup company, with a team of 5-6 people

Getting started with Agile Project Management What are the key points I have to consider in terms of Project Management and Agility. Looks like you want to follow agile project management, but ...
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creating a process that works "without team members' realizing" makes a manager good or bad?

T think this actually marks you a s good leader even more than a good manager. This has always been one of my favorite quotes: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when ...
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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens

Help the team to move from storming to norming, see stages of group development. You can achieve this by: Present your observations to the team. Take care that you talk about observations and not ...
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Ample free time

How to keep the team motivated Ask the team. Chances are, the team knows both: What they want to do What improvements to their process would help most ...far better than you (or, most certainly, ...
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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens

A good project manager is a good facilitator. Someone who can guide healthy conversations and help the team get to, remember and follow through on their commitments and decisions. Taking a people ...
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What to do with an Agile non-believer

TL;DR: Maybe a bit harsh, but get rid of him/her. Most companies have a defined culture or core values. Suggested is to use your core values in the hiring process. I think the same goes for the ...
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How to handle scrum team member that is never at his desk

He is usually visiting friends in the company or outside smoking. I don't think it's your personal responsibility to talk to that guy about it, as long as he attends the mandatory meetings and ...
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Story Points given by task owner leads to disagreement

There are a lot of problems with what is going on here. The first thing that stands out is what what you describe as a team doesn't seem to be a team. A team is "a group of individuals (human or ...
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Source code email notifications benefits to your team?

No matter what sort of benefits source-control-emails may or may not bring to your team, they are going to be strongly counterpointed by the negative feelings your team will undoubtedly have from you ...
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How can I deal with a developer who isn't on board with a new PM and programming framework?

TL;DR Since I've only heard your side of things, I'm unwilling to assume the problem is the individual you're talking about. While I agree that there is a problem, the problem is one that involves ...
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What to do with an Agile non-believer

The team must address the issue. If discussions do not affect the individual, that is okay; not all are willing or able to work as a collaborative team member. Then that person needs to be removed ...
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Activities to introduce new team members

Any activity could be ok. I don't think it is necessary something extraordinary, simple events can be a good solution. Probably the best would be, even before they start to work with the team, to ...
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Activities to introduce new team members

There are three areas I'd consider when introducing new team members. 1) The Work: A week is not much time to get used to working together. Pairing or group/mob programming could be a great way to ...
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How to deal with difficult developer

TLDR: Rather than treating him as a problem, one perspective is to view his actions as an opportunity to improve your process. Code Reviews he refactored some part of the application without ...
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How to deal with difficult developer

Manage him out, sooner rather than later. The short term pain of his loss will lead the rest of the team to learn what the indispensable man knew and inspire fewer indispensable men in the future. ...
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How to handle scrum team member that is never at his desk

You have an employee that appears not to be doing work. You describe only the optics of his performance but make no mention of measurable output. Appearance of busy can be deceiving. And making it ...
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team building activities for remote team

From the university courses and companies I was at remotely / with some distance, it was common to use a Facebook Group from where we all would connect and discuss relevant content (updates from the ...
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team building activities for remote team

I'm a fan of using a web conference with video to highlight the team member's individual work environments. Kind of like an MTV Cribs-type virtual tour get together that allows each team member to ...
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Reward for recognizing mistakes but disincentivize low standards

Don't use money to reward quality. Studies show that money is an excellent motivator for routine tasks that involve no thinking, and a terrible motivator for tasks that require creativity. Experts ...
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Unfilled project team roles for grant proposal

In my experience, proposals that require named project employees will submit the resumes for every role no matter the level of commitment. This means that, if the proposal is selected, the 'actual' ...
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Unfilled project team roles for grant proposal

RFPs: What's Legal, Ethical, and Practical are Neither the Same nor Orthogonal On the consulting side of things, many RFPs treat those names and resumes the same way movies treat directors or actors &...
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creating a process that works "without team members' realizing" makes a manager good or bad?

In my opinion this makes you a great manager. The ability to fix the problems within the team without burdening the team with it, is something i would like to be able to do. This not only improves the ...
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Enhance Participation

There are several soft techniques for trying to beef up participation that I am sure others will elaborate upon. I am going to restrict my answer to how you should handle it if you are unable to get ...
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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens

I think the two answers provided by Joel and Tobias are very good. I want in my answer to focus in on just your title of the problem: "Everyone wants to talk but no one listens." I can almost hear ...
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How do you ensure code quality when having a weaker programmer on your project?

Do Pair Programming. I often find that Code Reviews tend to demoralize people, because you criticize (potentially a lot of) their completed work. Even if you are good at giving feedback and the other ...
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