Scale Your Product NOT Your Scrum
Scaling Scrum & Agile has become a very popular topic over the last ten years. You can tell by the number of papers, talks, trainings and certification programs around it. Agile has become its own industry, as more and more enterprises want the benefits that Agile can promise. Over the last twenty years we have […]Lees meer
Déjà vu What is a good sprint plan?
I observed a Sprint Planning meeting the other day where people wanted to reuse the task stickies from other sprints as they claimed to be more or less the same in every sprint. It actually was a Déjà vu moment. While having lunch with a old friend he said the same issues came up in […]Lees meer
Retrospect to FAIL fast and OFTEN
Some teams steadily come to a state in which their retrospectives result in less and less improvements. They have been continuously improving in small steps and improved quite a bit since their start, but eventually they stopped learning. The thing is that you can learn from things you do right but you can also learn […]Lees meer
Coaching for personal change
Coaching works great for change. Coaching is asking the right questions. It is not about providing answers. Every time you provide an answer to a person or team you take away an opportunity for them to self-organize, grow and learn. You take away an opportunity for them to take ownership of the change and get […]Lees meer
Multifunctional Learning & the reusable Sprint Backlog
Have you ever seen a Sprint Backlog that can be reused across Sprints? I have! A reusable Sprint Backlog contains obvious tasks, for example tasks like ’write code’, ‘make test scripts’ , ‘execute test cases’ and so on. These tasks are too trivial to be useful and undermine one of the fundamentals of Scrum. Let […]Lees meer
Where is the value in Agile?
I was coaching a number of teams and their Sprint Reviews were boring status meetings and few stakeholders attended. I see this pattern often at companies and the reason for poor stakeholder attendance is that the discussion about added value happens in other meetings. In this post I want to share a little model based […]Lees meer
The fallacy of leadership styles and traits
Recently I gave a talk on the ScrumDayEurope 2014 conference. The talk was about how you can use game principles in combination with evidence based management (EBM) in your agile adoption. One of the hard points in evidence based management is that people tend to ignore evidence when that evidence clashes with their believes or […]Lees meer