Doctor, what’s wrong with my software?

Delivering product with the right quality, on time, can be difficult. Testing decisions are crucial to reach this. Are there ways to improve your testing decision capabilities? Yes there are, and they have been used and have shown to be valuable. Continue reading

We’re shipping: Valuable Agile Retrospectives on Amazon and Lulu!

I’m proud to annouce that the second edition of our successful book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives has been released. This edition is available in print via Amazon and Lulu and can be downloaded as eBook from InfoQ and Leanpub. It has also been translated into Dutch and published as Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives. Continue reading

Agile Practices for Increasing Requirements Quality

To deliver high quaility product to customers, agile quality practices have to engrained throughout development. It starts with ensuring the quality of the requirements.

There are several factors that influence the quality of requirements and thus drive the quality of the software that is being delivered to customers. In this blog I will discuss two of them in detail: Commitment and Stability. I will also describe agile practices that can be used to work with requirements in an effective way and increasing the quality. Continue reading

Retrospective Oefeningen: Zeilboot en 1-woord

Agile retrospectives zijn een geweldige manier om continu je werkwijze te verbeteren. Ze helpen verbeteracties te vinden die er toe doen en ze ook daadwerkelijk uit te voeren. Ze ondersteunen teams om continu te leren en te verbeteren. In een retrospective gebruik je oefeningen waarmee teams inzicht krijgen in wat er speelt en verbeteracties te definiëren. Deze blog beschrijft 2 oefeningen: De zeilboot en de 1-woord Retrospective. Continue reading

Retrospective Benefits: Changes that Stick

Change is often hard. But it is also important and much needed. That is why agile software development suggest to frequently inspect and adapt and promotes the usage of retrospectives to continuously improve the things that teams do. Retrospectives help teams to make changes that stick in the organization, leading to sustainable improvement. Continue reading

Nieuw boek: Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives

Vandaag is het boek Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives gepubliceerd, het 1e Nederlandstalige boek met oefeningen voor Retrospectives. Het originele Engelstalige boek Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives wat in december 2013 gepubliceerd is wordt in veel talen vertaald. Vanaf vandaag kun je de Nederlandse uitgave downloaden via Leanpub. Continue reading

Agile Value Creation

Organizitions want to have insight in the values that Agile can bring to them. They want to know if and how Agile can help to satisfy customer needs more quickly, and what they can do to increase productivity and reduce development and operations costs. It is important to know the value that Agile can deliver and to be able to measure it. At the event Impact and Value of Agile, organized by the Agile Consortium, I presented the State of Affairs in Agile Value creation. Continue reading

Zelf-organiserende teams met Dienend Leiderschap

Binnen Agile en Lean software ontwikkeling speelt dienend leiderschap een belangrijke rol. Zelf-organiserende teams kennen een scrum master die als een dienend leider het team begeleidt en ondersteund. Vanuit deze achtergrond heb ik het boek Dienend Leiderschap van Henk Jan Kamsteeg gelezen. Het heeft mij enkele nieuwe inzichten gegeven en gestimuleerd om mij verder te verdiepen in het onderwerp. Continue reading

From 0 to 1000 in Five Months

In December 2013 we published Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: a pocket book full of Retrospective Exercises. More than 1000 readers have downloaded this book in the first five months after publication from Leanpub and many more have downloaded it from InfoQ: there are 5000++ readers worldwide of our book on Valuable Agile Retrospectives. A big thanks to all of our readers! Continue reading

Guest blog: Making Retrospectives Interesting

The key Scrum ceremony that helps the team reflect on its behaviour is the retrospective. In my view, this is not any new concept or jargon the team needs to master — but yes, in reality it sometimes becomes challenging to keep the momentum lively at all times! Let us look at the reasons why this happens and discuss a few ideas for making these meetings effective. Continue reading

Designing Valuable Agile Retrospectives

As a retrospective facilitator it’s important to have a toolbox of retrospective exercises which you can use to design a retrospective. Before having a retrospective meeting, you want to prepare yourself by considering which exercises would be most suitable. That depends on the team, the situation at hand, and on what the team would like to work on. Here are some tips for designing valuable agile retrospectives that help addressing specific situations. Continue reading

Gastblog: “Ze” doen niet wat de bedoeling is, wat nu?

Veranderingen zijn volop gaande in zowat elke organisatie, van kleine veranderingen in werkwijzen tot aan meer fundamentele verandering in houding en gedrag. Dergelijke veranderingen vragen om een lerende organisatie, waar wenbaarheid en aanpassing aan nieuwe omstandigheden centraal staat. In deze gastblog laat Eveline Jansen zien wat leidinggevenden kunnen doen om hun mensen makkelijker door verandering te loodsen, door slim gebruik te maken van de werking van het brein.

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