6 Ways To Create An Agile Company Culture
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User Rank: Ninja
7/18/2014 | 12:12:03 PM
fail fast
instill in them the understanding that failing, and failing fast

I like that philosophy. A lot of companies--especially American companies, I think--are so afraid of failure that they won't take a chance on innovative things. Fail and fail fast sounds appealing.
User Rank: Ninja
7/17/2014 | 11:04:22 PM
Re: Remotely
Over the years these cultures have evolved. What was though to be very essential in 90's, is now obsolete. Some will be true in coming decades. However, we need to make sure that nothing is 'written in stone' in a company culture -now that will make it agile; it will change with time and needs.
User Rank: Moderator
7/17/2014 | 4:47:50 PM
Re: Remotely
@Laura BYOD and remote work has brought its benefits to the workplace. I would agree, offline and face to face work should not be intended to be replaced with remote work. Keeping contact in person is a way to preserve the company culture and communications.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
7/17/2014 | 4:28:01 PM
Re: Remotely
I think remote work is the future but that it's important to get face to face regularly. Lots of companies say they'll get everyone together twice a year, but that's expensive and difficult even for small groups. As a company grows I bet it's easy for that to slide.
IW Pick
User Rank: Apprentice
7/17/2014 | 3:08:06 PM
Re: Remotely
There's no question that face to face conversations can sometimes be quite "productive" in terms of efficiency and being able to pick up on non-verbal cues. At the same time, forcing people to come into an office with the expectation they'll suddenly become social and fluid in non-FTF communications is just plain ignorant. And for every potential benefit that colocation/FTF convos enable, there are also a downsides such as distractions from loud talkers, smells, etc.

Being socially aware, open and willing to share thoughts and ideas can't just be dictated onto someone. I've come to think that many people – especially software developers – must be encouraged and cajoled to open up. It seems many are afraid or intimidated of the thought of having to actually "document" themselves.  But having some record of ideas and who's contributing what can be challenging in a "voice-only" environment. I suppose it's human nature to be reluctant to go "on record" as is generally required of IM, video conferencing, wikis, etc.


Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/16/2014 | 12:18:04 PM
The remote workers vs. office workers debate will rage on. But in Alexis and Frederic's experience it's better to just hire the best software developers no matter where they live and make it work through videoconferencing, IM, social media etc. Does the informal collaboration that comes from being in the same building matter as much in a fast and agile environment? What say you?

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