Author: Frederik

Done!

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scrum

The most important objective of a sprint in Scrum is to deliver a DONE product increment – a piece of working software delivering value for the end-user. That is the goal today, and always has been the goal. In a context, in which multiple Scrum teams work on the same product, it’s the goal – and only goal –  to deliver each (and every) sprint an integrated product increment – so no UNDONE work left […]

Scrum – It is what it is.

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scrum

And I don’t intend to say that with a negative perspective. Quite often people wonder why Scrum – a framework for complex product development – has the rules as described in the Scrum Guide. The authors of Scrum (Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland) say that the framework contains the roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together necessary to operate. Adding, changing or removing something will not make it Scrum anymore and a […]

Agile Transformation is a strategy, not a goal.

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agile

I came across an interesting article on InfoQ, it’s titled “Transforming from Projects to Products“. If you want deeper understanding on topics, InfoQ offers descent and great articles. So I’d like you (someone in any position who plans or is part of an “agile transformation” to read this). Excerpts of the article: The general understanding and perception of “Agile” or “agile” ” ‘Agile’ as we have come to know it whether we mean Scrum, Kanban, […]

Agile/lean podcasts!

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agile / lean

Listening to podcasts Podcasts are a great way to learn and to listen in to conversations with people you’ve might have heard of, but you don’t really know who they are. Podcasts are a tremendous source to learn about new topics – virtually anything! I’ve been listening to podcasts for a while, mainly topics relevant to my professional occupation – but there are many many podcasts out there! I listen to podcast when commuting to […]

Joy at Work, how to lead

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organisations

When given the opportunity to use our ability to reason, make decisions, and take responsibility for our actions, we experience joy at work. The purpose of business is not to maximize profits for shareholders but to steward our resources to serve the world in an economically sustainable way. Attempt to create the most fun workplace in the history of the world. Eliminate management, organization charts, job descriptions, and hourly wages. Fairness means treating everybody differently. […]

Zelfsturing, heelheid en een evolutief doel

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organisations

Agile? Overgenomen van: Hadrian’s Agile Wall #Agile, #Holacracy, #Sociocracy, #Teal en #Cyan Organisaties Wanneer we het Agile Manifesto lezen herkennen we, weliswaar op een andere schaal (product teams in plaats van organisaties), veel van de principes die in het boek “Reinventing Organisaties” ook voorkomen: Zelfsturing: “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools” en we hoeven niet uit te leggen dat zelfsturende, liefst multi-functionele teams één van de fundamenten is van agile werken. Heelheid past ook volledig […]

Scrum Day Europe 2017 (Amsterdam)

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conferences
Scrum Day Europe 2017

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 […]

Scrum Without Innovation Culture is a Car Going Nowhere

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agile

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 […]

Scrum Master

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scrum
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 Image: http://paulheidema.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Blog-graphic-scrum-master.png

Challenging Sprint Retrospectives

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continuous improvement / scrum

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 […]

A True North for Lean-Agile?

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agile / lean
compass

There are many manifestos written, principles and values. I sympathise a lot with this: Imagine… everyone able to work consistently at their best: Individuals, teams, between teams, across the organisation Right conversations, right people, best possible moment Needs anticipated, met at just the right time Source: A True North for Lean-Agile?

The Art of Possibility (book tip)

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book reviews

Learned about this interesting book – very promising to read / list: First chapter: “It’s all invented”. Standard social and business practices are built on certain assumptions— shared understandings that have evolved from older beliefs and conditions. And while circumstances may have changed since the start of these practices, their continued use tends to reconfirm the old beliefs. For this reason our daily practices feel right and true to us, regardless of whether they have […]