Tag archief: success

Jul 04

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

“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

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

“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

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

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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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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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 13

They don’t need protection

The Scrum master is there to protect the team and to facilitate them where needed. Let’s think about this. First why do they need protection? For what I have seen over the last couple of years is that developers and designers are in most cases, adult people. They left school. Know how to commute to …

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Jan 31

At your service

Software as a service

When you want to be successful at delivering software you have to stop treating it as a product and as a project. Turn it into as service to get it to be a success. Why do so many recruiters and HR staff when looking for new Scrum master still post ads that say that they …

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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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