Tag Archive: Scrum

Nov 29

Kill the hybrid

Often I venture into companies that already started to use some sort of Agile way of working like with Scrum or Kanban. When it concerns a large company, frameworks like Scrum or Kanban most of the time aren’t enough. So scaling methodologies are available like  LeSS (Large Scale Scrum), SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) or Nexus. …

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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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Aug 24

More with LeSS

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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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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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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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Jan 12

Bring home the bacon not the receipt

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When did we start to lose track of what we really needed and began focussing on how much something costs? As a Scrum Coach I see it more than often that customers ask how much time something takes. How much effort and money is needed. The planning of a project is build upon the time …

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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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