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The Secrets to Success for Remote Agile Teams

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Agile development was originally designed for teams that are co-located in the same office. The agile methodology recognizes face-to-face communication as being the most effective way to share ideas and collaborate with colleagues. The benefits of in-person communication include having the ability to sketch on a whiteboard or on post-it notes, so you can clarify your ideas and minimize the amount of time it takes to get a message across. But these days, many businesses have distributed teams that work on agile projects across time zones. If you strictly adhere to the agile methodology, it’s hard to follow a lot of its practices without being face-to-face with your colleagues. Some of the unique challenges facing agile teams include the following:  Building rapport with teams

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  • Learn the secrets to success for remote agile teams - how to implement clear communication and transparency in your team.
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The Importance of Complying with the EU’s New Data Protection Rules Under the GDPR

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The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in April of 2016, forever altering the global digital privacy landscape. Designed to unify the data protection laws across EU member states, GDPR has impacted every entity that holds or uses European personal data both inside and outside of Europe. This means that nearly every website and application in the world has been affected.   Almost every aspect of people’s lives now revolves around data. Services people use every day, like social media and bank applications, collect, store, and analyze personal data. Under GDPR, organizations must ensure that they gather data under strict conditions and protect it from misuse. Lack of compliance could lead to hefty fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual turnover. Non-compliance

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  • The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was to take effect May 25th, 2018, forever altering the global digital privacy landscape.
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How to Best Design Your Meeting Rooms

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A meeting room’s design can have a strong impact on employees and clients. Depending on its design and layout, a meeting room can help teams come up with fresh, creative ideas, or it can stifle them and make them feel uncomfortable and distracted.  Traditional conference rooms tend to consist of a long table dominating the room. While this style of room is appropriate for board of directors’ meetings and the like, modern meeting rooms tend to be more focused on comfort and creating a relaxed atmosphere. Well-designed meeting rooms help to put people at ease, improve collaboration, and enhance creativity.  If you want to infuse your meetings with productivity and innovation, consider following these tips to improve the look and feel of your meeting rooms.

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  • A meeting room's design can have a strong impact on employees and clients.
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Do You Really Need to Have That Meeting?

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Meetings are an integral part of business life. Whether you’re having difficulty coming up with an action plan, aren’t sure what to do on a project, or want to bounce ideas off of your teammates, scheduling meetings is the default response in most business situations.  Holding a meeting can be the right decision in some cases, but not all. The following are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to schedule a meeting.   Have You Done Strategic Thinking About the Project?   If you aren’t clear about what you’re doing for a project, you might feel like you want to schedule a meeting with the stakeholders involved to gain clarity. This has the potential to waste your time and that of

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  • Holding a meeting can be the right decision in some cases, but not all.
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Where You Sit Matters: How Your Office Neighbors Affect You at Work

Where You Sit Matters: How Your Office Neighbors Affect You at Work

Physical workspace is something that companies can effectively manage without spending a fortune, and it allows them to increase productivity. Placing the right type of people next to each other at work can dramatically improve organizational performance. According to a study performed by researchers at Harvard Business School, there are three different kinds of workers:  1. Productive workers: Productive workers are highly productive but don’t always produce quality work.  2. Quality workers: Quality workers produce work of superior quality, but they aren’t always productive.  3. Generalists: Generalists are at an average level of productivity and quality.  The study found that pairing workers with opposite strengths had the best results in terms of improving productivity. Namely, sitting productive workers and

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  • Placing the right type of people next to each other at work can dramatically improve organizational performance.
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