Using Solution Focused in a Strengths Based Retrospective

  • Post published:August 15, 2013

How can you become an excellent team that is able to deliver and exceed customer expectations? By continuously becoming better in the things that you are doing great, using a strengths based retrospective. This technique helps teams to improve themselves by focusing on their personal and team strengths.

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Retrospective Benefits: Power to the Team

  • Post published: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

  • Post published: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

  • Post published: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

  • Post published: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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Retrospective Benefits: Actions by the Team

  • Post published: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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The Clean Coder: A Book on Professionalism and Attitude

  • Post published:June 27, 2013

The book The Clean Coder by Robert C. Martin is about attitude and discipline in software development. Robert explores how soft skills matter in IT, how people communicate and collaborate and develop their skills to become a professional programmer.

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How I Started with Agile Retrospectives

  • Post published: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

  • Post published: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?

  • Post published: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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Have a Toolbox of Retrospective Techniques

  • Post published: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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