Tag Archive: empowerment

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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Apr 30

With law our land shall rise, but it will perish with lawlessness

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The Agile Manifesto was written in February of 2001 by seventeen independent-minded software practitioners . While the participants didn’t agree about much, they found consensus around four main values. For those of you who are not aware they are as follows. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others …

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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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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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Jun 03

You need to have a SIT

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So how do you get things to move within a larger organization? As I mentioned before just hiring an Agile Coach doesn’t do the trick. He or she can only bring change on those parts where people are willing to change. But it is just like a Chinese plate spinner. Once you have the first …

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May 12

Be the change

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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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Jan 03

Changing Education Paradigms

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Most of the times on this Agile things blog is just us, a bunch of dedicated and passioned people, sharing our thoughts, ideas and knowledge in the hope that we can inspire you. I know that I speak for my own, but i’m sure my fellow blogger agree on this, when I say that we …

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Sep 01

Heroism as an impediment

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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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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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