Fire the bad apples!

Here’s something I didn’t know yesterday that will change my professional life in significant ways:

In team exercises, “bad apples” make the team significantly less productive.

(with one exception – a highly gifted leader able to manage conflict very well)

From my personal life, I have noticed that certain agile development techniques (timeboxed iterations and daily standups) typically expose bad apples early, and they generally flee. I wonder how much of the benefit of agile is realized just by purging the poison from the system.


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