Niels Talens

Author's details

Name: Niels Talens
Date registered: 6 juni 2012

Biography

Currently working as an Agile Consultant (@codecentric). Certainly not a dogmatic Scrum coach but someone who enjoys working with teams. Interest in the technical practices but also in the different ways to gather input.

Latest posts

  1. Stop starting with Scrum — 18 September 2016
  2. Impact mapping and continuous validation — 16 November 2015
  3. Meet Gareth. He is seriously unpleasant. — 16 September 2015
  4. After continuous integration there is continuous validation — 24 August 2015
  5. How assumptions are not the mother of all f-ups — 14 July 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Mother of all F***-ups — 5 comments
  2. A man went to the Doctor — 5 comments
  3. Throw them a bone: let them do agile internally — 4 comments
  4. Velocity is not for you — 4 comments
  5. The hell with the Product Owner! — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Sep 18

Stop starting with Scrum

kid-crying

Don’t worry: I am not going to jump on the “agile is dead and a failure” bandwagon. I do not want you to stop working with Scrum. I just want you to stop starting with it. A lot of companies realize something’s got to change in order to survive. Especially software development departments feel the …

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Nov 16

Impact mapping and continuous validation

gaming_example

There is always a reason for making software. Let’s rephrase that: there should always be a reason, at least from a business perspective. How else could our products have any impact? Whether we want to make an app that that seamlessly connects riders to drivers or build a community where you can hire and rent …

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Sep 16

Meet Gareth. He is seriously unpleasant.

Gareth Logo incl Name

Hello world, please meet Gareth. He can be seriously unpleasant. Trust me, we know. But he is becoming more and more indispensable. He will tell you clearly, without emotions, when your ideas are rubbish. He will certainly not hold back and he will give you the facts when your assumptions don’t hold up. He will …

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Aug 24

After continuous integration there is continuous validation

Fence

It’s a funny thing to say that delivering business value is the most important thing when developing software. It doesn’t matter that a framework like Scrum is far from efficient, because we focus on value. We deliver business value. Working software. Every sprint. Period. But in the end we often just don’t know the impact …

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Jul 14

How assumptions are not the mother of all f-ups

CD is the start

The thing about trends is that they will come and they will go. So after the agile trend continuous delivery and devops are in line. I think in a way it is very nice to see that development craftsmanship practices are becoming more and more accepted. We can all benefit from this. Software is eating …

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Aug 08

Please the customer, fix the scope.

Bad

The first couple times this happened I was not prepared. We thought we were doing the perfect agile project and worked together as a perfect team. The Product Owner was committed and really into agile. We all were aware that we were working with a variable scope. Everything seemed ok. But then, at about three …

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Jul 25

DevOps, building on quicksand?

DevOps Overview

The management decides they want DevOps and Continuous Delivery. It is faster, cheaper and there are less people needed for the same work. So now DevOps and CD are set as goal for the whole company to reach in the near future. So basically engineering practices are being set as strategy, top down. DevOps is …

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Jul 21

DevOps and Product Ownership

Change Tyre

[This article was co-written by Miel Donkers and Niels Talens.] You could see DevOps as expanding the mindset, toolset and processes which started with Agile. Where Agile focuses on creating maximum business value as soon as possible, DevOps can help you to actually deliver this working software quickly. Finally a Minimal Viable Product makes real …

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Mar 07

It’s all about the input

Garbage in, garbage out This is a pretty basic principle. But what do you expect? What are the odds that if you give poor descriptions of your vision and needs that the results will be as expected? 50/50? Maybe less? Within the agile community there’s a lot of information to be found on processes and …

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Oct 08

Velocity is not for you

A while ago someone told me they let their product owners participate in estimations. And I don’t mean watch how the team estimates but really estimating stories. I’ve heard about non-programming scrum master, projectmanagers, salespeople and architects who decided their input is fundamental for getting estimations correct, but product owners were new to me. And …

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