Category Archive: Agile

Aug 03

Don’t hire a ScrumMaster

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The ScrumMaster is a role and not a job title, so companies posting a vacancy for ScrumMaster are on the wrong track. Earlier we talked about the idea to first answer the “why” question and then start by looking for the right people to help you with the Agile transformation. Lately we see that roles …

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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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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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Jan 12

Bring home the bacon not the receipt

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When did we start to lose track of what we really needed and began focussing on how much something costs? As a Scrum Coach I see it more than often that customers ask how much time something takes. How much effort and money is needed. The planning of a project is build upon the time …

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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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Aug 20

What drives a team and each individual member?

Freedom

What drives a team and each individual member? To answer this question we must know how we can acquire this kind of information. For that I have read ‘Management 3.0 workout edition’ of Jurgen Appelo, especially the part that describes Intrinsic Motivation (chapter ‘Champfrogs Checklist and Moving Motivators’). This book is currently online available for …

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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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