Scrum Day Europe 2017

Scrum Day Europe 2017 (Amsterdam)

Scrum Day Europe in Amsterdam wordt georganiseerd door scrum.org en Prowareness. Gunther Verheyen en Ken Schwaber initieerden het event in 2012. Anno 2017 op Scrum Day Europe wordt scrum.org vertegenwoordigd door Dave West (product owner bij scrum.org). De conferentie gaat door in het Pakhuis “De Zwijger” aan de kade. Het publiek bestaat vnl. Uit Nederlandse scrum.org  community leden, ik zelf een van de weinige (of enige) Belgische aanwezigen. Er was vooral een leuke sfeer, gezellige bedoening. Ik ontmoette er heel wat vrienden (PSTs) uit Nederland, zowel Ron Eringa, Barry Overeem, Christiaan Verwijs, Dajo Breddels, maar ook Johannes Schartau en Sergey Kotlov.

De conferentie bestaat zowel uit talks (sprekers op het podium) als meer interactieve workshops. Ikzelf mocht een talk geven over “create products with impact” – dat was opnieuw een leerrijke ervaring. (Alhoewel eerlijk gezegd ik ook graag interactieve “training from the back of the room” workshops geef).

Een impressie van de sessies

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Scrum Without Innovation Culture is a Car Going Nowhere

Great article on why approaches like Scrum and Lean startup are about innovation, and change the culture of an organisation towards innovation. The author advocates that Lean/Agile coaching should be mostly change management. It should be about creating a culture of continuous innovation. I couldn’t agree more!

… if this explosion of Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters isn’t leading to a whole host of Scrum zombies, which will then lead to the conclusion in three years’ time that Scrum was a bit like drinking orange juice from jam jars: silly hipster shit. The emperor’s new clothes. Because nothing will actually have changed.

Read the whole article on Medium.

Image source: http://blog.agilistic.nl/content/images/2016/06/Zombie-Scrum—Johannes-en-Christiaan-1.jpg

Scrum Master

Scrum Master

“A good Scrum Master helps the team to solve their problems, helps them to reach the sprint goal.”

“A great Scrum Master helps the team to solve the most crucial problems, creates an environment for the emerge of new practices and emerging knowledge.”

Source: A Scrum Master’s Practical Toolbox

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Challenging Sprint Retrospectives

For the readers: A reference for organising retrospectives is the book “Agile Retrospectives – Making Good teams Great”, by Esther Derby & Diana Larsen. They describe the main steps of an agile retrospective.

The prime directive of retrospectives has been formulated by Norman Kerth in his book “Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews”.

“Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.”

You can find online all kinds and sorts of formats (games) for retrospectives; I’ve found back a description of a ‘base’ agile retrospective, and I’d like to recommend this to anyone. It focuses on what went well, what could better, and next on identifying and committing to action points for improvement.

What are your thoughts about retrospective facilitation techniques?

Reference to post: “Challenging Sprint Retrospectives