IMG_0041 Jane Prusakova at Code Camp 2013
Jane Prusakova spoke on "The Power of Nudge" at Austin Code Camp 2013. I didn't like this talk as much as I wanted to like it. She spent half of the talk defining the "nudge" and giving examples of this simple concept, which basically means that introducing small changes into the system that would lead to big positive changes. The examples she gaves were mostly from outside of software industry: making it default to opt in to, rather than opt out of, 401(k) plan, leads to much higher retirement savings rates, etc.
After half an hour of this, she got onto examples of how nudge works to promote positive changes in your software engineering team. Unfortunately, by that time I had tuned out so much that I didn't remember many of the relevant examples. But here is one. It's best to have scrum meetings in the mornings rather than afternoons, because scrum meetings get people talking about the problems they are solving, and those conversations continue well past the meeting. So the developers on your team get good ideas how to approach the problems early in the day.
Also, she suggested that if the scrum team has developers in remote locations who participate by phone, after the meeting you should not hang up, but keep the phone lines open. That way those remote developers would also be able to participate in after-scrum conversations (you would need to put them on speaker phone, I presume). That may be a good idea, until the point when people forget to hang up, and then your remote developers get to overhear the conversations you might not want them to overhear. :-)