Author: Frederik

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 […]

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 Image:

Challenging Sprint Retrospectives

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?

agile / lean

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)

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 […]

XP Days Benelux 2017 (Belgium)

XP Days Benelux 2017

It’s that time of the year! XP Days Benelux 2017 call for sessions is open till 1st of May 2017. XP Days Benelux 2017 will take place 30th of November and 1st of December in Elewijt Center. Go to the XP Days website to get to know all about the conference! XP Days is a two day conference on agile software development for and by practitioners.

The Agile landscape – should we care?


Yes, “agile” is an umbrella term, the word was chosen by the signatories of the agile manifesto. Who-ever would be referring to the agile method, doesn’t understand what agile refers to. The existence of many agile methods, frameworks and approaches (no, Scrum is not the only agile method) for single teams and multiple teams illustrates the continuous journey of exploring and uncovering new and better ways of developing products. And that’s a good thing, isn’t it? […]

Agile Manifesto Values add-on for large enterprises

agile / manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of working in large enterprises by doing it and helping others do it. We value: Delighting Customers First over Shareholder Returns First Focusing on Delighting Customers First leads to Shareholder Returns Enterprise-Wide Agility over Agile for Software Development only Optimise for flow, learning and feedback along the whole value stream Empowered Product Teams over Command & Control Role based Work Passing Long live teams with high Alignment, Autonomy and Safety […]


continuous improvement / tools & techniques
Plan Do Check Act

Een belangrijk element in een continue verbeteringsproces is een continue cyclus van plannen, uitvoeren, verifiëren en bijstellen. De uitdaging is om deze cyclus herhaaldelijk te blijven uitvoeren, zodat de zin voor kwaliteitsverbetering een continue gegeven wordt. De indeling van deze stappen zijn de stappen zoals aanwezig in de wetenschappelijke methode: het formuleren van een hypothese, het uitvoeren van een experiment, en het evalueren van de resultaten (om de hypothese juist of fout te verklaren). Deze […]

Playing Lean facilitator tips

lean startup

Playing Lean is a business simulation, in the format of a board-game to learn about lean startup principles and practices. The following facilitator tips are based upon those experiences. Some of the tips are more advanced (meaning these take time to prepare). You might not agree with all recommendations, but hey it’s up to you to try 😉 (as an experiment)

Essential Agile


The essentials of Agile software (product) development: Accept that you start not knowing the solution. Understanding is emergent. Take the following approach: Find out where you are Take a small step towards your goal (and if there are multiple choices here, take the path of least regret, or the one that makes future change easier) Adjust your understanding based on what you learned Repeat (Yes, that’s it). — by Pragmatic Dave

XP Days Benelux 2016


XP Days Benelux 2016 edition took place at Kapellerput (Eindhoven, The Netherlands). Next year edition – 2017 – will take place in Belgium (Elewijt Center, Zemst) We’ve enjoyed sessions such as: retrospectives with Lego Serious Play coaching stances 50 ideas for graphical facilitation How to create your own training games evening boards games Large-Scale transformation at BASE etc Photos of XP Days Benelux 2016, 24th & 25th of November, 2016, Heeze, The Netherlands.