Month: May 2015

What is an agile coach?

Agile coach

The true value of coaching, however, is to build the capability of the existing team. Rather than making choices for the team, the coach provides guidance about the choices available, perhaps making recommendations, and encouraging them to consider the options and choose their actions. The coach teaches the team about techniques or tools that increase their available choices. The coach offers observations about the team’s activities, and helps the team make it’s own observations and […]

Scrum… is a means to an end, a tool designed for a purpose: people, agility, value.

The house of Scrum

There’s no need to re-describe Scrum. If you’re on a journey to discover Scrum, I welcome you. I do advice you to learn more than Scrum, and to also discover agile & lean. I greatly recommend the collection of articles by Mike Cohn and Alistair Cockburn. After attending a few presentations and after reading the small book “Scrum, a pocket guide”, I pleasantly appreciate Gunter’s writing on the topics of Agility and Scrum. I do […]

Personal reflections: the world of software development


10 years ago I’ve entered the IT world with the exciting expectations to create truly amazing software. Nowadays, the possibilities are endless, the technology advances fast, there are plenty of opportunities for innovation. It’ an exciting world! Unfortunately, from time to time, the process to create software (for internal or external use), is clogged down by overly-prescriptive processes, coordination chaos, organizational barriers, technical mediocrity or simply the unwillingness (failure) to understand that software development is […]

Getting out of the deliverables business

agile / lean / UX

Once upon a time, there was a marketing guy, with great ideas for a new software application. He hired a business analyst, who described all those ideas in formal fully documented business requirements (including use-cases, business rules, exceptions …). This deliverable was handed over to a User Interface / User Experience expert who created detailed the User Interface (including wireframes, site maps, screen flows, mock-ups,…) and described all the user interactions. Next, a functional analyst […]

Descaling organisation with LeSS (Large Scale Scrum)


As you explain, the framework is simple. Likewise Scrum, it’s painfully simple. As Ken Schwaber once said (I believe): “Scrum is like your mother-in-law, it points out all your faults.” Each organisation has an enormous untapped potential to deliver more value, more rapidly, more frequently. But reality is different, small and large organizations have and maintain (anxiously) the traditional organizational model. How difficult is it to transform to a networked organization, stimulating self-organisation and a […]

My impression of LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) practitioner course


Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) is for me an honest framework which embraces Scrum (for 1 team). LeSS does not introduce any additional layers of governance, it does not compromise to fit with existing traditional organization structures, it does not compromise on the delivery of value. Indeed, LeSS is much more about organisational (re)design than about introducing Scrum. Before “scaling up” to multiple teams, an organization must be able to adopt Scrum on the team level, […]

Manifest voor Agile Software Ontwikkeling

agile / manifesto

Manifest voor Agile Software Ontwikkeling Wij laten zien dat er betere manieren zijn om software te ontwikkelen door in de praktijk aan te tonen dat dit werkt en door anderen ermee te helpen. Daarom verkiezen we Mensen en hun onderlinge interactie boven processen en hulpmiddelen Werkende software boven allesomvattende documentatie Samenwerking met de klant boven contractonderhandelingen Inspelen op verandering boven het volgen van een plan Hoewel wij waardering hebben voor al hetgeen aan de rechterkant […]

Fixed Price Projects and Agile, or The Scariest Nightmare


Good insights on how to deal with fixed price/scope/time projects. Fixed-price, fixed-scope, fixed time contracts and projects tend toward lose-lose situations for both the customer and supplier; customers often do not get what they really need, and suppliers can easily lose money. [Agile contracts primer]. I’ve found these resources useful to learn more about the contracting: “Agile contracts primer” by Tom Arbogast, Craig Larman, and Bas Vodde. Quite extensive and lots of advice. 10 Contracts […]

Quote about work

quote unquote

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better […]

“The old old product development game”


Disclaimer: this article expresses my personal opinion and is based upon personal experiences. You can consider this a rant, but I am open to any constructive criticism. Yes, the article shows a single view on the state of affairs and everything depends upon the context and the situation. The only thing we can do is to learn from experiences and work together to build great software products and improve the world we live in. Traditional […]

XP Days Benelux (3 & 4 December 2015)

XP Days Benelux

XP Days Benelux (3 & 4 December 2015) is the premier agile conference in the Benelux, intended for people from all walks of life who want to uncover better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. XP Days Benelux is made for, and made by, the Agile Community. It focuses on practical knowledge, real-world experience, and active participation of everyone. This year’s theme is the ‘Extreme in Xp‘. And we […]

Business analysts as a workaround for organizational problems


Business analysis A business analyst, or more generally, a business consultant, works together with multiple stakeholders to deliver the greatest value and is equally a driving force to enable change in an organization by defining needs and recommending solutions. As such, business analysis is a much needed practice. Business analysis is an umbrella term: many other specific job titles exist. There even exists a business analysis body of knowledge and a business analysis career path […]

Dynamics of a team: creating a team manifesto, defining our principles and values

'We like to bring together people from radically different fields and wait for the friction to produce heat, light and magic. Sometimes it takes a while.'

When you put a group of individuals together, don’t expect them to act as a team “in a magical way” from day 1. Half a century ago, Tuckman already described the different stages of group development: the team model: Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing. Let’s explore the “dynamics” and emotional intelligence of a team and how a common understanding can help the team to get to a “well performing” state (besides the emotional […]