Author Archives: Steffan Surdek

TechTarget podcast interview now online!

Last week, I did an interview with Yvette Francino, the editor of the Search Software Quality area of the TechTarget web site and had a fun adventure! Now that our conversation is available online, I decided to talk about this experience. As usual, if you want the details you have to read on…

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How rich is your communication?

The summer was quite a whirlwind… A new job meant lots of adjustments for me. From the simple stuff like commuting every day instead of working from home to learning to have people around me again. It’s been rather interesting to say the least. I have been having some communication challenges in the last few weeks and it’s made me question myself a bit. Tonight, when I got back from work, I had a bit of an epiphany and I think I finally figured out hot to address these challenges… Is this teaser just vague and intriguing enough to get you to read on?

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All good things…

In my last post, I hinted at another blog entry for this month… And here it is… This week is my last week working at IBM… Starting on June 21st, I will be at TD Insurance in Montreal. The last few weeks have been a wild ride for me and if you want to see my thoughts on all this, well… Then you know the drill, I won’t say anything out here on the main page… You need to click to read on… 🙂

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Post-talk thoughts – Around the midwest labs in 72h

This past week was crazy for me for a lot of different reasons, some of which I’ll blog about later this month. The story of this week started at the end of March when I was asked if I would be interested in doing some agile talks for some of the IBM Labs in the mid-west cluster. I offered up some abstracts for some of my existing talks to the labs and let them decide if they wanted something out of those or if they would like me to create something new. They all wanted some combination of my existing stuff… They settled on dates a few weeks ago and this week, off to Austin, Dallas and Phoenix I went to give 4h workshops. How did it go? I could tell you here, but really, I would like it much more if you would just read on… 🙂

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Collaborative leadership is hard!

I am currently working with a group of people internally to organize a virtual agile conference on whole teams. This topic is one of my pet subjects with agile development, you hear a lot about how agile teams are self organizing and composed of team members that are able to fill multiple roles on the team. The challenge that I see very often is that existing teams transitioning from waterfall to agile tend to keep working in their dev/qa/id silos and do not work any better as a whole team. Through this conference, we are trying to pull out information from teams that have made a successful transition so they can pass along some of their experiences to others. How do I feel about helping organize this? It would not be a teaser if I did not encourage you to read on… 🙂

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