2013: Een jaar met mooie resultaten

Reflecteren, leren en verbeteren is iets wat ik continu doe. Het einde van het jaar blijft toch een speciaal moment. Vandaar deze terugblik op 2013: Een productief jaar met mooie resultaten voor mijn klanten. Met een hoogtepunt in december: publicatie van mijn 1e boek over Agile Retrospectives.

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The Way I Develop my Agile Coaching Skills

Good coaching addresses the challenges many organizations face when adopting Agile ways of working, including Scrum implementation. Let's explore why you would need coaching and what it can accomplish, and what you can do to develop agile coaching in your organization. As an example, I will share how I have developed my coaching skills during the years.

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Book about Valuable Agile Retrospectives

I'm pleased to announce the publication of our book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises! With plenty of exercises for your personal retrospective toolbox, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives and to get more out of them.

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Working in a Sustainable Pace

Agile promotes that teams work in a sustainable pace, delivering value for their customers. When teams are working under too much pressure, technical debt will increase and velocity of teams will go down. Agile retrospectives can help you to discover the causes of pressure, and to take actions to reach a sustainable pace with your teams.

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Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives

Buy-in from professionals is crucial to make changes succeed in organizations. Many improvement programs fail when professionals are insufficiently involved during the changes. Agile retrospectives can be used to do continuous and lasting improvements in organizations.

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How to Adopt Agile Retrospectives

Adopting retrospectives is an organizational change where professionals adapt their way of working, their behavior. It won't just happen, and if not properly supported it may take much time, or even fail. You have to make clear what the purpose of retrospectives, and set up a team of capable retrospective facilitators. Then start doing them with your agile teams, and reflect on how they are going. This will get retrospectives introduced and accepted by your teams, leading to continuous improvement!

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Continu Verbeteren: Benut je Sterktes!

Agile projecten gebruiken vaak retrospectives, waarin ze vragen stellen zoals: 'wat gaat er goed', en 'wat kan beter'? Met het eerste gebeurd vaak niet zoveel. 'Leuk om te horen' is de reactie. Een gemiste kans! Want weten wat er goed gaat en begrijpen waarom, de onderliggende sterktes, kan je helpen om dingen te verbeteren die (nog) niet goed gaan.

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Becoming Agile, in an Agile Way

Software development organizations need to become more agile and lean, to deliver products that satisfy the needs of their customers. An agile approach where you change your way of working in small directed steps is often the most effective way to implement agile. Are you ready to go on an Agile trip?

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Hoe Haal Je Waarde Uit Kennisdeling?

We moeten onze kennis beter gaan delen, vaker leren van elkaar hoe je dingen kunt doen, hoe het beter kan. Kennis delen en toepassen, wielen (her)gebruiken om ermee te gaan rijden. Ben je benieuwd hoe je dat kunt doen?

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Asking why?

Another technique for Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives is "Asking Why?". "Why" is one of the most valuable question that I use in retrospectives. It gives insight in peoples behavior and their feelings and motives that drive them, helps to find root causes of problems, and reveal the strengths that people have. And helps teams to see common goals, and find ways to collaboratively reach them.

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Peopleware Summary in 15 Tweets

The book Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister has been released in a 3rd edition, and the topics addressed in it are still very important. Software development is about people: when, how and where they can work together. If you truly are concerned with people, and looking for ways to improve how you collaboratively develop and deliver software, then this book is a must read.

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