A healthy and happy 2011!

At the end of the year and the start of the New Year, lot’s of people have their top 3, top 5 or even top 1000 of things. I got something better, my new years wish for you: a healthy and happy 2011! And it even comes with some advice on how to reach it.

From a business point of view, a healthy 2011 starts with a healthy organization. To be a healthy organization, the professionals working there must feel empowered. Managers have the power to make their organization a better place to work. My advice to them is to use best practices from people focused models, like the People-CMM and Investors in People to develop and support your workforce. It will make a difference for your people, and can certainly contribute to the bottom line of your organization!

During all the years that I am working in the IT industry, I have only seen one way of developing software that makes IT professionals really happy: Agile. Working closely together in a team helps professionals to learn from each other, and to develop themselves. The social aspects of Agile support collaboration and cooperation, and they also make it a joyful way to work together. Frequent delivery and feedback helps teams to see results, and stay motivated, even if times are rough. And the best part: Agile comes in all kinds of flavors, which you can start with and tune to support your needs. There are tons of resources about agile on the internet that you can use to start your journey, for instance take a look at the Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, and websites which collect information like InfoQ,  Methods and Tools, and links to resources on Agile, XP, Evo, and Lean, to name a few. And many of my postings are about agile. My advice to you: start (or continue) your agile journey in 2011, and make your professionals happy!

Ok, so far for the “sales talk”. I’m wishing you a healthy and happy 2011! Let’s keep in touch!

Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.