Is It Realistic to Manage Closely Several Agile Teams

I have been recently promoted to manage a division in software development department of my company.
Till then I was used to managing one team at a once, not exceeding 10 people in size.
Now I find myself with 8 teams to manage having each a size ranging from 4 to 7 people.

In my previous role I was comfortable with adopting the SCRUM agile framework and quite used to play the role of the scrum master and to participate actively to the product owner role.
Some of the new teams were already trying to follow the agile practices, some were still working with rather a traditional waterfall approach. So naturally I found myself driving the teams to adopt the SCRUM framework. I made sure to share with them my return on experience and to point out the pitfalls and the small details that can make a difference.

Fortunately for me the resistance to change was less than expected.
All the teams were eager to try the new framework and to improve their agile practices.
This is when things start to get a bit more complicated.

Beating the Meeting Run

Just one full week in my new job, that’s what it took me to experience a new kind of sport, the “Meeting Run”.
And as a good friend of mine would say, like everything there are always two sides.
In what I experienced I encountered a good one and a bad one (and no there’s no ugly one, at least not yet).

Making Your XOOM 2 Kid Safe

A couple of years ago I bought the Motorola Xoom 2 for my personal usage.
It was my first Android tablet and I mainly planned to use it to make Skype calls, browse the Internet and read some e-books. We also used it to play nursery rhyme videos to our last-born.
As he grew, he was convinced that it was “his” tablet and started to play games on it.
It didn’t take him long to figure out how to look for YouTube videos or to install new games, this is when troubles started.

Turn Your Laptop Into a Wireless Access Point

A year ago, while participating to an off-site workshop, a colleague wanted to show a new mobile application prototype.

For this purpose he needed a phone to reach both the internet and a laptop hooked to the local network.
Since wireless connection was not available the demo was at risk.