Submit a session to XP Days Benelux

I have submitted several talks and workshops to the XP Days Benelux 2016 conference. This conference, which will be held November 24 – 25 in Heeze, the Netherlands, is looking for presenters that want to facilitate highly interactive sessions where everyone participates and learns from each other.

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Ontdek de Kwaliteiten van je Team met een Agile Retrospective

In Agile retrospectives gebruik je oefeningen waarmee je als team kunt verbeteren. Het boek Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives bevat 13 oefeningen die je in retrospectives kunt toepassen. Deze blog post beschrijft een nieuwe retrospective oefening die gebruikt kan worden om de kwaliteiten van (Scrum) teams zichtbaar te maken, ze te bespreken en vervolgens te kijken hoe je ze kunt benutten.

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Workshop Increasing Organizational Agility with Retrospectives in Melbourne, Australia

In this workshop you will learn how to scale agile retrospectives, doing them with multiple teams from a project, product or organization, practice facilitation skills with different retrospective exercises, and learn how you can introduce and improve retrospectives. You will also learn to do agile self-assessments and readiness checks and to design and facilitate retrospectives that help organizations to increase their agility.

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Handling Impediments: Effective Solutions

In the previous posts in the series on handling impediments I explored why agile teams need to be able to deal with impediments, how you can recognize problems and what you can do to get a shared understanding of a problem in the team. This post will explain how you can find effective solution for solving impediments.

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Handling impediments: Understanding Problems

In this third post in the series on handling impediments I'll explore what you can do to understand the impediment and underlying the problems that the team is trying to deal with. Previous posts explained why impediments matter and how you can recognize the problem.

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Cruciale Dialogen als sleutel voor Continue Verbetering

Via twitter kwam in contact met Johan Roels. In zijn boek Cruciale Dialogen herken ik veel dingen vanuit mijn ervaring met continue verbetering in organisaties. Het vlindermodel wat Johan heeft gedefinieerd in zijn boek verbindt communicatie met waardering om oplossingen voor problemen te zoeken en die vervolgens effectief te implementeren.

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Going Down Under: Workshops in Melbourne, Australia

In February 2016 I will be giving three workshops in Melbourne Australia, one on continuous improvement and two on agile retrospectives. The workshop are organized by Elabor8 who invited me to come to Australia: We are extremely excited to have Ben Linders over from Europe for a series of workshops in February. Ben is the co-author of "Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives"and is a regular keynote conference speaker (including Agile Greece Summit 2015 and QCon Beijing 2015). I will give the following workshops: Getting More out of Agile and Lean on Tuesday February 16 Valuable Agile Retrospectives (beginners) on Thursday February 18 Valuable Agile Retrospectives (advanced) on Friday February 19 The workshops are held in the Elabor8 offices at 455 Bourke Street. Level 7 , Melbourne, VIC 3000 AU, Australia. Ticket sale has started, you can register yourself at the Elabor8 Eventbrite events page.  

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Learning from Things that Go Well

We can learn from failures, from our mistakes; that is something we all know. But we can also learn from things that go well. Here's an example of a team that explored how they succeeded in delivering their project on time against their expectation and used their learnings to improve, and a couple of techniques and exercises that you can use in retrospectives to learn from things that go well.

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Using Strength-based Questions in Retrospectives

Agile retrospectives help teams to learn from how they are doing and find ways to improve themselves. In stead of learning from what went wrong, from problems, mistakes or failures, teams can also learn from things that went well, by asking strength-based questions in their retrospectives. Such questions will help them to use their existing skills and experience to become great in doing things that they are already good at.

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Exploring Strengths with Core Qualities

Teams can improve their way of working by exploring their strengths using a core qualities exercise in their agile retrospectives. The exercise described in this blog post, which is based on ideas from positive psychology and Solution Focused, helps team to become even better in things that they are great at. It enables them to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.

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Bottom up je agility verhogen

Agile verandertrajecten worden veelal top down uitgevoerd in organisaties. Zulke trajecten kosten veel tijd en energie van het management en de medewerkers, duren lang, en leveren vaak niet de verwachte voordelen op: de organisatie wordt er niet echt agile van. Een bottom up aanpak, gedreven vanuit de medewerkers, kan ervoor zorgen dat een organisatie sneller en blijvend hun agility verhoogt.

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