Retrospective Benefits: Power to the Team

  • August 13, 2013

The 2nd blog in the series "Retrospective Benefits" explains how team benefit from retrospectives by finding those improvement actions that matter to them, and help them to do their work better. Agile retrospectives give the power to the team, where it belongs!

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Getting to the Root Causes of Problems in a Retrospective: five times why exercise

  • August 9, 2013

When you have problems that keep coming back in your sprints, you can try the five times why technique. It helps you to get to the root causes of the problems, and to define effective actions that prevent them from happening in future sprints. This is one of the retrospective technique that will be included in the Pocket Book on Agile Retrospectives, your feedback can help us to improve it!

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Coming up: A Pocket Book on Agile Retrospectives

  • August 8, 2013

Together with Luis Gonçalves I am writing a pocket book about "Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives".We value your feedback, so please let us know what you think of our initiative, our previously published blogs and which topics you would like to have covered in the pocket book?

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Feelings Matter in Agile Retrospectives: one-word exercise

  • July 31, 2013

A 1 word retrospective is a technique that helps if a team is struggling with the way they collaborate, or if there are issues which are not dealt with. All team members state in 1 word how they feel about the sprint, and a discussion is facilitated. It is an effective way for the team to discuss what is hampering them, and agree on how to deal with it and get it out of the way.

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Volwassen of Capabel: Wat werkt nu echt?

  • July 23, 2013

Organisaties willen de volwassenheid van hun IT of R&D software ontwikkeling verbeteren, en doen dat b.v. met het CMMI. Maar een doel stellen, "we moeten CMMI niveau 3 worden", werkt vaak niet. Het CMMI continuous met CMMI Roadmaps maakt verbetering van vakmanschap mogelijk, door medewerkers te helpen om meer capabel te worden.

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Retrospective Benefits: Actions by the Team

  • July 5, 2013

Retrospectives bring benefits to Agile teams, they help them to improve and deliver value to their customers and the company. This first article in the series Retrospective Benefits explores how you can benefit from retrospectives, by getting improvement actions that will be done by the agile team.

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How I Started with Agile Retrospectives

  • June 4, 2013

At the start of the 21th century I did my first agile retrospectives. I started with retrospectives to help a project to improve along the way, so that we could reap the benefits during the project, and benefits. My aim then and now: To enable teams and the whole organization to improve continuously.

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The Economics of Software Quality

  • May 16, 2013

The book Economics of Software Quality provides solutions to quantify Software Quality and manage software development and maintenance. It contains data usable to build a business case to improve quality, and decide upon improvements in your organization.

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Do Soft Skills Really Matter in IT?

  • May 3, 2013

IT is viewed by many people as being something technical. They have a vision of managers with lot's of plans, documents and spreadsheets, and nerds that are sitting behind their computer doing the "real work". It may be out there, but I don't see it that often. What I see are people working together to deliver software solutions that work, which help their customers in their daily work, and deliver business value to the company. Communication and collaboration are essential to make people and teams successful. So for me, soft skills really matter in IT!

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En wat als het nou fout gaat?

  • April 26, 2013

Is het wel zo erg als er een keer iets fout gaat? Als het fout kan gaan, laat dat dan maar zo snel mogelijk gebeuren, want dan kun je er van leren. Creëer een cultuur waarin falen mag, samen op weg naar minder fouten!

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Have a Toolbox of Retrospective Techniques

  • April 8, 2013

Having a "toolbox" of retrospectives helps you as a retrospective facilitator to deliver value to a team. You can plan a retrospective meeting, and think about the technique that you want to use, but be open to change it on the spot when needed.

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