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Make a big IMPACT with products and projects!


Impact mapping can help you build products and deliver projects that make an impact, not just ship software. Impact mapping is a strategic planning technique that prevents organisations from getting lost while building products and delivering projects, by clearly communicating assumptions, helping teams align their activities with overall business objectives and make better road-map decisions.

I use this tool when ever the plan is not clear or there is no plan as it helps to align stakeholders with a clear understanding of the needs to be done to achieve the projects objective whether that be software delivery or business change.

How does it work:


An impact map is a visualisation of scope and underlying assumptions, created collaboratively with stakeholders. A map is grown during a discussion facilitated by answering the following four questions:

Why?The center of an impact map answers the most important question:
  • Why are we doing this?…

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A True North for Lean-Agile?

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?


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The Art of Possibility (book tip)

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 evolved to keep up with the pace of change.

In just such a way a business culture arises and perpetuates itself, perhaps long after its usefulness has passed

This practice we refer to by the catchphrase, it’s all invented , is the most fundamental of all the practices we present in this book.

When you bring to mind ifs all invented, you remember that it’s all a story you tell — not just some of it, but all of it. And remember, too, that every story you tell is founded on a network of hidden assumptions.

If you learn to notice and distinguish these stories, you will be able to break through the barriers of any “box” that

“it’s all invented”

contains unwanted conditions and create other conditions or narratives that support the life you envision for yourself and those around you.

We do not mean that you can just make any thing up and have it magically appear.

We mean that you can shift the framework to one whose underlying assumptions allow for the conditions you desire.

Let your thoughts and actions spring from the new framework and see what happens.

The Art of Possibility

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  1. Ik geloof in de aangeboren waarde en het potentieel van alle mensen.
  2. Ik geloof dat Agile is een mentaliteit die me oriënteert in de richting van menselijke excellentie.
  3. Ik geloof dat mijn eigen transformatie het pad is om anderen te transformeren, organisaties te transformeren en de wereld te transformeren.
  4. Ik geloof dat ik anderen geen kwaad aandoe, en waar mogelijk, de psychologische veiligheid voor iedereen verbeteren.
  5. Ik omhels mijn eigen authenticiteit en deel dit met anderen, behalve waar mijn authenticiteit tot onveilige situaties kan leiden voor anderen.
  6. Ik geloof dat ik gericht ben op het gebruik van mijn mogelijkheden voor het goede in de wereld.
  7. Ik oefen nederigheid en mededogen, met de nadruk op vriendelijkheid, en herken mijn eigen schaduw in het werk dat ik met anderen doe.
  8. Ik eer en respecteer elk individu als de auteur van hun eigen levensweg, vrij van manipulatie of dwang.
  9. Als ik niet aan deze beginselen voldoe, dan erken ik mijn mislukking en de impact ervan op anderen en gebruik ik het voor mijn eigen ontwikkeling.

eerste versie, dankzij Ewan O’Leary

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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!