The Need for Continuous Improvement in Agile

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Yesterday 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

Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

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retrospective exercises toolboxRetrospectives are a great way for teams to continuously improve their way of working. Getting actions out of a retrospective that are doable, and getting them done helps teams to learn and improve continuously.

Teams use retrospective exercises within agile frameworks like Scrum, Lean, SAFe, XP, DAD or Kanban to find the vital few improvement actions. Deploying suitable exercises helps teams to get … 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

Inschrijven voor Continu Verbeteren met Agile Workshop

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Workshop Continu Verbeteren met Agile Ben LindersEffectieve verbetering bereik je niet met een eenmalig verbetertraject. Het is een continu proces, in kleine stapjes op weg naar meer resultaten: kortere levertijden, hogere velocity of producten die beter voldoen aan de wensen van de gebruikers, met minder fouten. In de workshop Continu Verbeteren met Agile leer je hoe je het aan kunt pakken. Met praktische tips die zorgen voor tevreden klanten, stakeholders en medewerkers!

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Inschrijven voor Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives Workshop

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Workshop Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives Ben LindersRetrospectives helpen je om agile practices van b.v. XP, Scrum, Lean en Kanban effectief toe te passen en om continu te verbeteren in teams. De workshop Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives ondersteunt succesvolle agile transformaties op alle niveaus in organisaties.

Schrijf je nu in voor de workshop op 20 januari of 11 maart!

Wat leer je

  • Waarom en wat van Agile Retrospectives
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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