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May 12

Be the change

People hire me as a Scrum coach to help them to make changes. Often these people work at companies that want to work with an Agile Framework, often Scrum. In many cases when I have the first talks about the how’s and why’s. I get most of the information I need as a coach to …

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Apr 04

The myth of estimation

One of the trickiest parts in Scrum is estimating the entire Product Backlog. Often I’m asked to do this or to help Product Owners to do so. In almost every case management, the CEO or the customer demands it. Why would they want this? They want to know when everything is finished. And by estimating …

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Jan 20

A dog will guide you

We probably all know a little about the term DevOps. It is said to be the next best thing. Where Scrum doesn’t provide, DevOps does. Basically it’s nothing new. The goal is to maximize the predictability, efficiency, security and maintainability of operational processes. And this objective is very often supported by automation. Now Scrum does …

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Jul 05

Warroom tactics

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 10

Being a servant developer

Some developers think being part of a Scrum team is like paradise: you can do whatever you want, and even better: the manager is there to serve you. Wrong! Okay, I was exaggerating, developers don’t think that, but still, everything in that direction: wrong! Scrum defines the Scrum Master as being a servant leader, and …

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May 16

Kick them out

Years ago I attended my first ever Scrum course. I was to become a Scrummaster and in front of me was the insightful and powerful Jeff Sutherland. Everything he told us was grand and fantastic. I listened to everything he said and loved it. But there was one thing that kept me thinking for years. …

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Mar 17

Why so serious?

Scrum has been around for almost 18 years now. Scrum was introduced in a research by Ikujiro Nonaka en Hirotaka Takeuchi at the beginning of 1986 in a Harvard Business Review and it was further developed by Jeff Sutherland in 1993. He, together with Ken Schwaber published it in 1985. So you could say that …

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Mar 07

It’s all about the input

Garbage in, garbage out This is a pretty basic principle. But what do you expect? What are the odds that if you give poor descriptions of your vision and needs that the results will be as expected? 50/50? Maybe less? Within the agile community there’s a lot of information to be found on processes and …

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Feb 26

Creative planning

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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Jan 08

How can you use agile to put a stake in the ground

This is my first post for Agile Things in 2013, so I thought I’d start by setting my own stall out on agile. For me, agile represents two things. With an application development hat on, agile is about delivering value back to the business in a faster, higher quality and more efficient way than traditional …

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