Category Archive: Agile

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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Sep 18

Stop starting with Scrum

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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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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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Nov 16

Impact mapping and continuous validation

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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.

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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

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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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