Quantifying Customer Value

  • Post published:January 10, 2017

Agile suggests that teams should continuously deliver value to their customers and stakeholders. But to do that teams need to know what value is for their customers, and how to quantify it.

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Workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean at Agile Greece Summit 2016

  • Post published:September 16, 2016

The practices in the workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean will help you to develop the right products for your business and customers, reduce your delivery time, increase the quality of your software, and create happy high performing teams.

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Delivering quality software with Agile

  • Post published:September 13, 2016

To deliver high-quality products to customers, Agile teams and product owners have to jointly ensure the quality of the requirements and manage them effectively. Agile quality practices have to be ingrained in the team’s daily work.

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Does the Agile Manifesto need an update?

  • Post published:September 6, 2016

Since the manifesto for agile software development hasn't changed since it's publication in 2001, the question arises if the Agile Manifesto needs an update. I think it should be updated to reflect what has been accomplished with agile and to state what the software industry needs now.

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Integreer Kwaliteit met Lean Software Ontwikkeling

  • Post published:August 24, 2016

Agile methoden zoals Scrum leggen de nadruk op functionaliteit. Klanten verwachten echter naast functionaliteit dat ook de kwaliteit van het product in orde is. Waar agile voornamelijk aandacht geeft aan het software team en de interactie met de omgeving, kijkt Lean naar de gehele keten: van klantbehoefte tot waarde voor de klant. Een van de aspecten van Lean Software Ontwikkeling is het integreren van kwaliteit.

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Agile and Scrum beyond Software Development

  • Post published:June 21, 2016

In one of my workshops I explored how to use agile and Scrum beyond software development, for example in marketing, sales, support and in management. I gave this workshop in-house for a client to an audience which was not directly involved in software development. Many good ideas came up when preparing and giving this workshop, in this post I'm sharing them with the agile community.

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Doelen en Agile: Hoe werkt dat?

  • Post published:March 2, 2016

Als een organisatie besluit om agile in te voeren dan wordt er vaak ook gesproken over doelen. Mijn ervaring is dat agile als doel stellen niet werkt, agile is een middel dat kan helpen om effectiever te worden en daarmee dichter bij je doel te komen. Goed omgaan met doelen speelt wel een belangrijke rol bij het behalen van succes en resultaten met agile. Doelen en agile, hoe werkt dat? Hier zijn mijn tips.

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Software Quality is Free

  • Post published:October 27, 2015

In 1980 Philip Crosby wrote the book Quality is Free. In the book he explained how investing time and energy in building the right products with good quality will save money and time. Many agile teams know how important software quality is, but they need to convince their managers and other stakeholders to get there. It will help them to self-organize and do their work in a good way. Let's explore how you can sell that "quality is free" and build a business case for quality.

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Delivering Training in an Agile Way

  • Post published:September 1, 2015

When a client asks for a training session, most often the full content of the training is discussed and defined up front. With one client that wanted a week of training I took a different approach. The client an I used a backlog to prioritize training sessions and workshops. We only planned the first days, and reflected and adjusted the training every day of the week. This is a story of how I collaborated with a client in an agile way to ensure that they would get the biggest possible benefit out of a training week that I delivered to them.

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Increasing Software Quality with Visual Management

  • Post published:August 25, 2015

One of the principles from agile and lean software development is transparency. Making things visible helps teams to decide what to do and to collaborate effectively with their stakeholders. It can also help to increase the quality of software. This post provides ideas how you can do that.

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