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. Enjoy your trip, follow the map — 19 December 2016
  2. Kill the hybrid — 29 November 2016
  3. Trust the bike — 29 August 2016
  4. Functioneringsgesprek en beoordelingsgesprek zijn niet meer van deze tijd — 29 June 2016
  5. With law our land shall rise, but it will perish with lawlessness — 30 April 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

Dec 08

Make sacrifices if you want to change

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“We only do scrum where and when there are problems within the company” the guy said on the other end of the table.”Otherwise we just keep doing what we are doing”. I almost dragged his ass across the table. I often hear this. People think that Scrum is something you only do when you want …

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Nov 18

Predicting the future by force

Lately I see it a lot. Scrum teams who plan a session to look at the product backlog and the items in it. It is named a Product Backlog Refinement. It is always a great idea for a team to look ahead at what’s coming next and to be prepared. It the past it was …

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Jun 17

Moving the mastodont

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More and more I see companies who want to work with frameworks like Scrum but fail in getting it right. The more I look at why this happens the more obvious it becomes for me that the larger the company the more the challenge. And sometimes it is even impossible to get it to work. …

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Jun 03

You need to have a SIT

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So how do you get things to move within a larger organization? As I mentioned before just hiring an Agile Coach doesn’t do the trick. He or she can only bring change on those parts where people are willing to change. But it is just like a Chinese plate spinner. Once you have the first …

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May 12

Be the change

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People hire me as a Scrum coach to help them to make changes. Often these people work at companies that want to work with an Agile Framework, often Scrum. In many cases when I have the first talks about the how’s and why’s. I get most of the information I need as a coach to …

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Apr 25

Have fun with Lego

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It’s not the first time I write about this. Maybe I’m very enthusiastic about this. Maybe I just want to tell you about this because it is plain and simple fun but very effective. Doing your meeting with Lego. As a coach I help people to see things how they are, either good or bad. …

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Apr 24

Agile Scrum. What else?

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Probably the first indicator that lets me know as an Agile Coach that people don’t really know about the Scrum Framework or the Agile mindset is the way they describe what they are doing. “Yes we do Agile Scrum”. Every time someone tells me that they are doing Agile Scrum the small hairs at the …

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Apr 10

To Scrum or not to Scrum

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A good colleague of mine came up with a good idea. Or better said, a good mindset. For a while now in Scrum there is something known as Scrumbut. It’s like the Pino in Prince2 (Prince in name only). We Scrum….but.. and then the excuse why you are not fully doing Scrum.  “We are doing …

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Apr 04

The myth of estimation

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One of the trickiest parts in Scrum is estimating the entire Product Backlog. Often I’m asked to do this or to help Product Owners to do so. In almost every case management, the CEO or the customer demands it. Why would they want this? They want to know when everything is finished. And by estimating …

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Jan 20

A dog will guide you

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We probably all know a little about the term DevOps. It is said to be the next best thing. Where Scrum doesn’t provide, DevOps does. Basically it’s nothing new. The goal is to maximize the predictability, efficiency, security and maintainability of operational processes. And this objective is very often supported by automation. Now Scrum does …

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