Category Archive: Management

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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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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Jan 22

The Curriculum Vitae is history

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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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Aug 24

More with LeSS

Matroesjka

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

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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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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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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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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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