500 Leanpub Readers of Valuable Agile Retrospectives!

  • Post published:March 3, 2014

Our book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives has reached 500 readers on Leanpub. There are also many more readers that have downloaded our book from InfoQ. Readers have rated our book 4.6 out of 5 on Goodreads. A big THANKS to all of our readers from Leanpub and from InfoQ: having so many readers interested in doing Valuable Agile Retrospectives makes use very happy!

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Self-assessing How Agile You Are

  • Post published:February 11, 2014

Do your teams want to know how agile they are? And what could be the possible next steps for them to become more agile and lean? In an open space session about Agile Self-Assessments organized by nlScrum we discussed why self-assessments matter and how teams can self-assess their agility to become better in what they do.

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Continu Verbeteren met Kanban en Retrospectives

  • Post published:February 6, 2014

Veel van mijn artikelen gaan over verbeteringen om sneller de juiste producten en diensten met goede kwaliteit aan klanten te leveren. Verbeteren doe je niet door een doel te stellen. Een CMMI niveau is geen effectief verbeterdoel. Wat wel werkt is regelmatig reflecteren en met de feedback continu verbeteren in kleine stapjes. Kanban en Retrospectives zijn effectieve manieren om dat te doen.

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Success Factors for Root Cause Analysis in Software Development

  • Post published:January 28, 2014

Root Cause Analysis can be used in software development to build a shared understanding of a problem to determine the first or “root” causes. Knowing these causes helps to identify effective improvement actions to prevent similar problems in the future. You can also do Root Cause Analysis in agile to stop problems that have been bugging your team for too long.

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Agile Veranderen door sterktes te gebruiken

  • Post published:January 20, 2014

De trend die ik in 2013 heb gezien van kleinere en snellere verbeteringen in organisaties zal zich doorzetten in 2014. Een Agile manier van veranderen, mbv Scrum, maakt het mogelijk om samen te verbeteren: medewerkers en managers. Het stimuleert zelf-organisatie en benut de kracht van de medewerkers om organisatiedoelen te bereiken. We gaan het gewoon doen in 2014: Sterktes gebruiken om op een Agile manier te veranderen!

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Getting Feedback with the Perfection Game

  • Post published:January 14, 2014

The Perfection Game can be used to get feedback on a product or service that has been provided. It is also a retrospective exercise usable to discover strengths and define effective improvement actions. The perfection game gives power to the teams and helps them to self organize and become more agile.

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2013: Een jaar met mooie resultaten

  • Post published:December 31, 2013

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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Book about Valuable Agile Retrospectives

  • Post published:December 19, 2013

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

  • Post published:December 4, 2013

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

  • Post published:November 22, 2013

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

  • Post published:October 16, 2013

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!

  • Post published:October 10, 2013

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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