Category Archive: Lean

Nov 29

Kill the hybrid

Often I venture into companies that already started to use some sort of Agile way of working like with Scrum or Kanban. When it concerns a large company, frameworks like Scrum or Kanban most of the time aren’t enough. So scaling methodologies are available like  LeSS (Large Scale Scrum), SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) or Nexus. …

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Jun 17

Moving the mastodont

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More and more I see companies who want to work with frameworks like Scrum but fail in getting it right. The more I look at why this happens the more obvious it becomes for me that the larger the company the more the challenge. And sometimes it is even impossible to get it to work. …

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Mar 22

The Little worlds of Agile and Lean

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Lately, I have found myself being sucked in the little world of ‘Lean Startups’. Since I love being sucked into new little worlds, I do not mind this at all. I savor the feeling of being a traveller in a slightly different culture, learning their language. If a Frenchmen thinks of bread, he would call …

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Jan 08

Do the right thing

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Software development can be complex. It needs a lot of thinking about code should be written and how complex systems should communicate amongst themselves. It doesn’t become more easy if you ad the various titles that are involved with this development process. You need software developers, but also software architects, art directors, UX designers, Interaction …

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Nov 09

Deadline

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Are we prisoners of our own projects? We haven’t done anything wrong, we work hard to deliver great software. We try hard to add business value on everything we do and we try to work together as optimal as possible. But there is always that deadline that in most cases was devised by someone who …

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Oct 19

It takes time

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How long does it take to implement scrum and turn behavior to a more agile approach? Scrum is something that helps to release software more often and faster with high quality. So this does mean that you want it as soon as possible. Scrum in itself is very simple. There are a few basic rules …

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Sep 13

Join us

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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 05

Combined forces

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The Agile manifesto tells us to be, well, Agile. It is a good idea to focus on people, the product and cooperation. And don’t be afraid for change and even embrace it. Now I love to do just that. Changing things to see if it works. I use Scrum and I use Kanban. They both …

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Apr 20

The last project manager

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There is a sad thing going on in our business. While most of us are working in agile environments, doing scrum, kanban or any other agile project solution . A large quantity of people is not and slowly they are getting outnumbered. Amongst others we are witnessing the final struggles of the project manager. I …

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Jan 23

Even terugkijken

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Het is denk ik wel bekend dat Scrum eenvoudig is maar het toepassen en vooral volhouden ervan heel moeilijk. Gelukkig slagen veel bedrijven erin om het vast te houden en er voor te zorgen dat iedereen aan boord blijft. Maar er zijn projecten, teams en bedrijven die vaak enthousiast beginnen maar gaandeweg tijdens het werken …

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