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Nov 15

The complexity of a simple sollution

I was asked to give a talk at the Unicom seminar in Amsterdam. The people who gathered had experience in the finance sector and I was asked to talk about complexity in the banking and financial sector regarding software development. I haven’t got any real experience in the financial sector apart from trying to balance …

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Sep 01

Heroism as an impediment

Everybody knows them, the heroes in the organization. They are the ones that know all the ins and outs of the product, architecture, frameworks, infrastructure and the cleaning lady’s schedule. They are the ones who stay late to finish the last tasks before the sprint ends, they refactor the code in the middle of the …

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Aug 07


Today I encountered a very interesting situation. I named it Sub-Scrum. A small team is working on a software solution. And during the planning session they encountered a user story that was a bit complicated. They assigned twenty story-points and according to their baseline this is very high. Normally I would advise to cut it …

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Jul 05

Building respect with kids and Lego

So you take around 17 children from group six who are  around the age of nine and ten. You give them one hour and you pose a question about respect. And then you throw in a pile of Lego. What do you get? More than you can imagine. When I started to work with Lego …

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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 14

Lego goes retro

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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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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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 29

You’re doing it wrong

Wrong way Scrum

I often encounter people who use Scrum according to their opinion as it is supposed to be done but when I ask certain questions it seems they are not doing it at all. I often wonder why that is. Scrum isn’t so difficult but in order to get it to work it is important to …

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Jan 08

Do the right thing

Do the right thing

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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