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mei 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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sep 18

Stop starting with Scrum

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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apr 30

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

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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aug 24

More with LeSS

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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aug 03

Don’t hire a ScrumMaster

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 04

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

“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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dec 08

Make sacrifices if you want to change

“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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aug 08

Please the customer, fix the scope.

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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jun 03

You need to have a SIT

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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