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Tuesday, May 23 • 14:15 - 14:45
Don't Forget to Breathe: A Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Practices in Agile Project Teams

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While the effects of mindfulness are increasingly explored across different fields, little is known about the application of these practices in agile project teams. In this paper we report on a rigorous controlled trial executed to understand the impact of the three-minute breathing exercise on the perceived effectiveness of stand-up meetings. We compare (1) an active group using a three minute breathing exercise, to (2) a placebo, and (3) a control group in 3 organizations and 8 teams with over 152 measurements. Our findings indicate an immediate positive impact on perceived effectiveness, decision-making and improved listening in the active groups compared to the placebo and natural history groups. We provide a preliminary agenda for future research based on our findings and previous evidence from other fields.

Peter den Heijer, Wibo Koole and Christoph Johann Stettina


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Christoph Johann Stettina

Research & Innovation, Lab Leader, Leiden University - Centre for Innovation
Dr. Christoph Johann Stettina is the Agile for Excellence lead at Leiden University. He began his professional career in 2004 at Nokia where he worked on mobile phone and automotive connectivity systems. Christoph has a number of scientific contributions in the domain of agile pr... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 14:15 - 14:45
Ballroom B 1st Floor

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