Tag Archive: leadership

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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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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Jul 04

Don’t start with the vacancy, start with the question

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“Hi we want to hire a Agile coach with LeSS or SAFe Certification. He or she will provide our teams with some training.” Well I hate to bring this to you, but this does not work. The first big question you have to ask yourself as a company is “why”. Why do you want 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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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 04

Shit Bad Scrum Masters say

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I know we can laugh about this but you might be surprised what I encounter sometimes in real company situations. The truth is sometime more horrifying than you might see in this classy video. If you have seen it, have another laugh, if you haven’t. Watch and learn and really think if you see something …

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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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May 16

Kick them out

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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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Apr 19

Kill the Khan

You don't need a kanban master

Does Kanban need a master? With almost every training or presentation I do about Kanban this question often is asked. Because in Scrum you have the Scrummaster so in Kanban you should have a Kanban-master. Right? Well not exactly. First of all kanban leaves roles and processes as they are. Through the use of Kanban …

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