The Need for Continuous Improvement in Agile

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I gave a well received keynote at the QCon Beijing conference, in which I explained why continuous improvement is essential to deliver value with agile. QCon Beijing was the largest QCon conference so far with over 1600 attendants. Continue reading

What if we fail?

Danger Making Mistakes

People are often afraid to make mistakes. They do things to prevent that something might go wrong and avoid doing things that might fail. And if it does go wrong then they don’t talk about it. Is it really bad if once in a while something goes wrong? If something can go wrong, let arrange for it to happen as soon as possible, because then you can quickly learn from it. Create a culture where failure is allowed so that we can all learn from it and find ways to make fewer mistakes! Continue reading

A Retrospective of 2014 and Futurespective of 2015

2014 was a great year for me. I’ve helped organization to effectively deploy Agile and Lean and improve their ways of working, my first book became a bestseller and I’ve inspired professionals all around the world by sharing useful knowledge and experience on my blog and via InfoQ. Let’s reflect on what 2014 has brought and do a futurespective to visualize the opportunities of 2015. Continue reading

Guest blog: Classifying Retrospectives to get the best of it

Retrospective is a special time dedicated to analyse the strength and weakness of the teamwork process. There is already some well known tools used to animate this meeting and we tend to use often the same kind of exercise, which can lead to demotivation among the team members and to the feeling of not being able to improve anything anymore. We need to go back to the initial goal of the retrospective : getting better together, by using the collective intelligence and by ensuring the involvement of every team member as much in the creative process as in its application. Continue reading

Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in their situation and came up with actions to deal with problems and improve their performance. Continue reading

Guest blog: Retrospectives with Wordles

There is a danger with retrospectives that teams will end up just going through the motions and not use the valuable material to identify whether the actions agreed at the end of the retrospective are actually making an impact on the team’s capability to improve. Furthermore, the chances are that in a multi-team environment, there are common themes raised that if highlighted early, can aid a new team when starting up – learn from others misfortune! Following the Agile philosophy of transparency, here at the UK Ministry of Justice we have been using Wordles to really get the key messages across in a clear manner. Continue reading

Retrospective Exercise: Vital Few Actions

The aim of an agile retrospective is to define actions for the next iteration that will improve the way of working and help teams to deliver more value to their customers. This retrospective exercise can be used within agile frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, XP or Kanban to have teams agree upon the vital few improvement actions that they will do. Continue reading

Waarom Agile?

Agile werken kan je helpen om organisatiedoelen te bereiken. Agile tot een doel verheffen werkt meestal niet, het doel is om resultaten te bereiken, niet om agile te worden. Het is belangrijk om goed te weten waarom je de agility van je organisatie wilt vergroten en wat je met een agile werkwijze verwacht te bereiken. Continue reading

Waarde leveren met Agile

Op 1 september organiseren Agile Holland en het Agile Consortium de meetup Real Agile Delivers Real Value . Tijdens dit event worden twee boeken gepresenteerd: This is Agile door auteur Sander Hoogendoorn en Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives door auteur Ben Linders. Het 1e Nederlandstalige boek over Agile Retrospectives kun je nu met korting kopen! Continue reading

A Management 3.0 Workout Summary in 15 Tweets

The book Management 3.0 workout by Jurgen Appelo provides many practices, games and tools that enable organizations to improve the way they manage themselves and how they treat and support their employees. Where Management 3.0 already provides the backgrounds and insights on better management, this new book gives concrete examples on how to implement it. Continue reading