Erwin Verweij

Author's details

Name: Erwin Verweij
Date registered: 3 oktober 2011
URL: http://www.ifacilitate.eu

Biography

Over time I have become an agile scout, always looking ahead and surveying the various possibilities this way of thinking brings. There are other ways to run a project but over the years I found out that the hands-on way of working with scrum and kanban and agile thinking seems to work the best. I’m not a fan of documentation or elaborate reports. I hate meaningless meetings. I like to grab things with both hands and getting things done. You are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them. And show initiative. After working as a project-manager and disliking the way projects where done, I made the transition to the more Agile way of working and thinking. I like to provide training and coaching to help people reach their goals. Working together and sharing knowledge is my thing. Next to Scrum I also use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® as a way to help team to develop and grow. And to provide companies with extra insights in vision and strategy.

Latest posts

  1. Our agile scan is zero. Great! — 1 May 2017
  2. Enjoy your trip, follow the map — 19 December 2016
  3. Kill the hybrid — 29 November 2016
  4. Trust the bike — 29 August 2016
  5. Functioneringsgesprek en beoordelingsgesprek zijn niet meer van deze tijd — 29 June 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Jip en Janneke — 21 comments
  2. Is Kanban the new Scrum? I don’t think so — 7 comments
  3. Stickies don’t suck — 6 comments
  4. Technical userstories: pick a side — 6 comments
  5. Jip and Janneke — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

May 01

Our agile scan is zero. Great!

At some point in every company that is doing some sort of change towards Lean or Agile, the big question is asked. “Are we agile or Lean enough?”. So coaches start being busy with all sorts of scans to measure the level and even maturity of the teams and surrounding business. There are many types …

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Dec 19

Enjoy your trip, follow the map

I stumbled upon this image. Christopher Webb designed this London Subway map of all the different ways to work. It has to do with Agile thinking and different frameworks and methods to work in this way of thinking. Apart from the fact that it is a complex network it made me think. You can look …

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Nov 29

Kill the hybrid

Often I venture into companies that already started to use some sort of Agile way of working like with Scrum or Kanban. When it concerns a large company, frameworks like Scrum or Kanban most of the time aren’t enough. So scaling methodologies are available like  LeSS (Large Scale Scrum), SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) or Nexus. …

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Aug 29

Trust the bike

A while ago I read a parody of the Agile Manifesto at a Agile Coach Gathering.  Myself and other coaches laughed about this. It is often that when agile coaches meet that we laugh about things. And sometimes we cry a little. We laugh because somethime this is the only logical thing to do. We …

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Jun 29

Functioneringsgesprek en beoordelingsgesprek zijn niet meer van deze tijd

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De welbekende jaarlijkse of halfjaarlijkse feedback gesprekken werden eind vorige eeuw ontwikkeld om de prestaties van werknemers meetbaar te maken. Functionerings– en beoordelingsgesprekken gaan ervan uit dat werknemers gecontroleerd moeten worden en zijn vaak niet gericht om de ambities en ontwikkeling te ontplooien. Vaak zijn deze gesprekken een management moment waar aansturende managers met mooie …

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Apr 30

With law our land shall rise, but it will perish with lawlessness

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The Agile Manifesto was written in February of 2001 by seventeen independent-minded software practitioners . While the participants didn’t agree about much, they found consensus around four main values. For those of you who are not aware they are as follows. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others …

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Jan 22

The Curriculum Vitae is history

Erwin Verweij

Let’s face it. The Curriculum Vitae (CV) does not work. Curriculum vitae is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life according to Wikipedia and is used by many of as to show to potential employers what we have done with our professional lives. It is a sum of …

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Aug 24

More with LeSS

Matroesjka

For a while now I’m coaching and training Scrum. And for a while I had the feeling that, even though Scrum works, it is very hard to get it to work in a larger environment. so I needed something extra. So I read books about scaling Scrum and I read blogs and talked to other …

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Jul 04

Don’t start with the vacancy, start with the question

Scaling at the beach

“Hi we want to hire a Agile coach with LeSS or SAFe Certification. He or she will provide our teams with some training.” Well I hate to bring this to you, but this does not work. The first big question you have to ask yourself as a company is “why”. Why do you want to …

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Feb 05

Scaling Agile, steep mountains have slippery slopes

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A lot of IT companies are trying to work with Agile. And most of them are having some sort of success. But the bigger the company the more difficult it gets. Getting Scrum to work with development teams works in most cases but surrounding management and connecting departments have a hard time to adapt. To …

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