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XP Days Benelux 2017 (Belgium)

xpdayslogo-2017-largeIt’s that time of the year!

XP Days Benelux 2017 call for sessions is open!

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.
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This was Leancamp Brussels 1st edition


LeanCamp is an Open Conference where the worlds of Lean Startup, design thinking, lean innovation, agile and customer experience are connected.

This format is famous across the world for its unleashing of crossovers, knowledge and creating a vibe in the startup community.

What’s an open conference?

An open conference is organised as an open space.

An event following according to ‘Open Space Technology

What were the topics?

Leancamp Brussels 2017 photo - 19

A summary of the learnings

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Modern Agile & Anzeneering

Modern agile is the result of courage, feedback, simplicity, communication and respect for people.


Modern Agile has 4 disciplines:

Make Users Awesome

Make Safety a Prerequisite

Experiment & Learn Rapidly

Deliver Value Continuously

Protecting people underlies every Lean or Agile practice.
Industrial Logic calls this Anzeneering.


Protecting people is the most important thing we can do, because it frees people to take risks and unlocks their potential.



Tim Ottinger gave me one of the Stop Work Authority cards. You show this card whenever there’s a situation unsafe to yourself or your co-workers!


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Empty my cup of tea

Hadrian's Agile Wall


Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

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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? It would be worrying if the whole world would agree for a single method or way of working.

Illustrations as the one below show the diversity of methods in the whole “agile” landscape.


  • interesting to see what exists, and under which “mindset” or “topic” things get categorised
  • worrying to see there exists that many different approaches and techniques
  • worrying to see there exists that much terminology, creating an “agile” “slang”
  • worrying to see that some expects “agile” “experts” to know all these different approaches and techniques,
  • even more worrying to see that some think by merely studying, learning and executing some approach of techniques, one becomes by definition “agile”
  • sad to see the word “agile” becomes meaningless due to this plethora of “agile” “whatever”

And so, it’s not surprisingly that some of the signatories publicly question what it means to be agile

Agile is dead“, by pragmatic Dave

“And, unfortunately, I think time has proven me right. The word “agile” has been subverted to the point where it is effectively meaningless, and what passes for an agile community seems to be largely an arena for consultants and vendors to hawk services and products.”

back to the “Heart of Agile” by Alistair Cockburn

“Agile has become overly decorated. Let’s scrape away those decorations for a minute, and get back to the center of agile.”

Ken Schwaber on “agile“:

What is “Agile”?
Any software activity that conforms or attempts to conform to the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development.

So, yes, let’s consider all those items in the “agile” landscape;

and let’s value principles over practices

and let’s promise not to exclude from consideration any idea based on its source, but to consider ideas across schools and heritages in order to find the ones that best suit the current situation.

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Ken Schwaber's Blog: Telling It Like It Is

I am returning from the Agile Alliance conference. I thought I would share the answer to several questions that I was asked in my session:

1. What is “Agile”
Any software activity that conforms or attempts to conform to the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development.

2. If you could add another value to the Agile Manifesto, could you state it?

We value practices, tools, consulting, coaching, and software organizational work that continuously improve their adherence to the Agile Manifesto
Tools, products, methodologies, processes, practices that only use the word Agile to market themselves to make money and whose correlation to the Agile Manifesto is coincidental.

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Agile Manifesto Values add-on for large enterprises

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 aligned to value stream

Achieving Big through Small over Achieving Big through Big

Small teams, hypothesis-driven investment, optimise for flow, for better outcomes faster


That is. We used to value to things on the right, we now value the things on the left more.