Agile retrospective exercise for a new team


I regularly get questions on agile retrospectives, which I’m more than happy to answer. In this blog post I’ll discuss the question that I got from someone who attended one of my workshops on valuable agile retrospectives. He was planning a retrospective with a new team, and wanted my advice on which exercise to use and how to facilitate the retrospective. Continue reading

Ontdek de Kwaliteiten van je Team met een Agile Retrospective

In Agile retrospectives gebruik je oefeningen waarmee je als team kunt verbeteren. Het boek Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives bevat 13 oefeningen die je in retrospectives kunt toepassen. Deze blog post beschrijft een nieuwe retrospective oefening die gebruikt kan worden om de kwaliteiten van (Scrum) teams zichtbaar te maken, ze te bespreken en vervolgens te kijken hoe je ze kunt benutten. Continue reading

Guest blog: 4 Reasons Why to Focus on Scrum for the Success of Distributed Teams

I met Hugo Messer a couple of years ago, when I connected with Bridge Global who started publishing guest posts from me. We talked about working with remote teams to find out that our thoughts on this are quite similar. In this guest post Hugo explores how Scrum can help distributed software development teams. Continue reading

Yes in agile means that you will deliver

NO and YES are two simple words, yet practice shows that professionals often have difficulties in using them. Actually it’s very easy, certainly when you want to work in an agile way. Dare to say NO when you are unsure if you can do what’s requested. When you say YES it means that you will deliver the product, on time with the right quality. Continue reading

Agile Retrospectives: Hoe vaak doe je ze?

Agile teams gebruiken retrospectives om hun manier van werken te reflecteren en te verbeteren. Veel Scrum teams sluiten iedere iteratie af met een retrospective. Teams die Kanban gebruiken doen veelal wekelijks een retrospective of doen zo vaak als nodig is een mini-retrospective om van een probleem te leren en in kleine stapjes te verbeteren. Hoe vaak doen jouw teams agile retrospectives? Continue reading

Doing a retrospective when you can’t get the team to meet?

Over the years I’ve had some situations where I couldn’t get a team to come together in a retrospective to meet and reflect on the sprint. I’ve seen two different kinds of reasons for this. One was that a team wasn’t convinced that agile was suitable for them, so they questioned doing agile retrospectives. The other situation was that the team believed in agile and Scrum and wanted to do a retrospective, but was looking for an alternative solution where they would not have to meet physically. Something that also a dispersed team would consider when travelling isn’t an option. Let’s explore how you can recognize these situations and deal with them. Continue reading

Should you measure defects?

Regularly I get questions if you can measure defects and if you should measure them. The short answer is: You can measure them, and it can have value to do so, but only if you take action. Quality matters, and defects can provide you with valuable information about the quality of your product, but measuring alone doesn’t improve quality. You need to dive deeper to have a good understanding and then act upon that. Continue reading

Why Scrum masters shouldn’t be the one solving all impediments

Who should be handling and solving impediments? Should it be the Scrum master? The team as a whole! Their agile coach? I prefer that team members recognize and solve impediments themselves. For most of them they don’t need a Scrum master or coach. So if they see a problem, I expect team members to take action and solve it. Continue reading

Continuous Improvement Matters in Agile


I gave a well received keynote about Continuous Improvement in Agile at 1st conference in Melbourne, Australia. In this talk I explained the need for continuous improvement when adopting agile ways of working, explored how continuous improvement is engrained in agile, and what you can do to increase the agility of your teams and the organization as a whole. Continue reading

Doelen en Agile: Hoe werkt dat?

Als een organisatie besluit om agile in te voeren dan wordt er vaak ook gesproken over doelen. Mijn ervaring is dat agile als doel stellen niet werkt, agile is een middel dat kan helpen om effectiever te worden en daarmee dichter bij je doel te komen. Goed omgaan met doelen speelt wel een belangrijke rol bij het behalen van succes en resultaten met agile. Doelen en agile, hoe werkt dat? Hier zijn mijn tips. Continue reading

7 Retrospective Facilitation Good Practices

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect, learn, and adapt their way of working. Facilitating retrospectives matters, it’s important to have a skilled facilitator to assure that retrospectives become effective. Let’s explore 7 good practices and tips that facilitators can use to help teams to get more value out of their agile retrospectives. Continue reading