Category Archive: Inspiratie

Jul 12

Relax. It’s just an hour of work

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Here’s one to think about and I would like your opinion or ideas on this one. I recently stumbled into an argument with a fellow coach. I told him that it’s not bad to direct or influence a team towards a certain baseline when it comes to estimating with poker. That it’s not bad to …

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Jul 05

Warroom tactics

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I sneaked into the meeting. The conversation had already started and the pleasant introduction formalities where passed. The Scrum master and product owner glanced at each other and ignored me when I joined the others at the table. They knew what they had to do. The question posed by the division manager was very simple. …

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Jun 14

Lego goes retro

Doing a Retro with Lego and a video connection to Romania

As an agile coach I also show Scrummasters how to conduct various forms of retrospectives. I think most of us know the usual way to do it with stickies and ask everyone to write down what went well and where there is room for improvement. It is vital to the scrum process to do retrospectives, …

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Feb 26

Creative planning

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Something that comes by now and again is planning. And with this I don´t mean the planning sessions within Scrum or planning work through the day. I´m talking about the planning that occurs in boardrooms and amongst managers. Often I am asked to provide a long term planning. How many sprints something would take and …

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Oct 13

First AgileOpenKitchen: done

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A couple of weeks ago I got together with Niels Talens and Maurice le Rutte. We thought up a few great ideas and one of them was simply visiting other companies. Not just sitting in some boring room and watch slideshows, but actualy have a look at how they work. Having a view of the …

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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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Sep 14

KPIs of a Scrum Master

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A question that people frequently ask me is: “How do I assess the performance of our Scrum Master? What makes her do well and how do I know?”. In this post I will elaborate on this question. After reading this post, you will be aware of multiple KPIs you can use in evaluating the performance …

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Sep 14

Sometimes Scrum-but is as agile as it gets

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I think we all have heard people say they do Scrum but… Hell, I did it when my first agile projects were allowed. I neither had the knowledge or the support from my management to do Scrum by the book. And a lot of times there are some basic elements that are being skipped or …

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Sep 13

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Agile Things is an open and neutral blog. We like to write about Agile, Scrum, lean, XP, Kanban and so on. Yes even about Prince2 and waterfall (you need some perspective after all). As long as it has something to do with Agile, Lean or views from a different angle towards these ways of thinking …

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Sep 10

Throw them a bone: let them do agile internally

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  Sometimes I (over)hear people talking about internally doing projects agile. It is called internal agile because the contract is fixed scope/budget and there is a functional, a technical and a graphic design. I’ve heard the “internal Scrum” variant a lot. Every aspect of the project is fixed but we have to do it agile internally …

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