Several years ago I worked with a management team that wanted to implement Scrum in their organization. At the time I was a trainer and coach for scrum teams. The plan was to implement Scrum for the software, electronics, and mechatronics engineering teams. Because of leading by example I started with the management team. It … Continue reading Why cherry picking agile practices before experiencing them is a mistake
Once every few weeks I go to one of my favorite restaurants with a friend to philosophize about life and work (and to eat and drink of course). He is currently in the middle of (yet) another 'agile transformation.' Last time he told me how his coworkers get stuck in translating the current way of … Continue reading Do you wonder why people resist change and what you can do about it?
In this video, Joshua Kerievsky talks about how he stress tested organisational safety. According to the management of this organisation, their culture was safe. Joshua's test was to red flag something that was ok. The managers came raining down on the team. That's not a sign of a culture of safety. Joshua's story is not … Continue reading How to contribute to a safe work culture
You search the internet and find hundreds of sites providing different explanations about what Scrum is, and this confuses you. Some call it a process, and others call it a methodology and yet others call it a framework. So, which one is it? Let’s have a look at some definitions from dictionaries to see if … Continue reading Do you wonder if scrum is a process, a methodology, a framework?
There are many companies these days providing Scrum training. The training is mostly standardized and typically two or three days. Companies consider switching to Scrum and send a few people to a Scrum Master training. Next, the trained folks become the "evangelists" and are expected to start "doing" Scrum. Sometimes with help from a coach, … Continue reading Do you wonder whether a two day Scrum Master training prepares you to implement Scrum?
I see them all the time. Defect tracking systems with hundreds or thousands of defects. With a rising trend. Non-blocking defects end up in the defect tracker. “We’ll fix that later”, the team says. It is delayed work.Every defect contributes to technical debt. Not paying off technical debt works like debt in a bank account. … Continue reading You don’t need a bug tracking system
The idea is great. With proper User Stories and Acceptance Tests there should be no surprises during the Sprint Demo. The Product can be released to the User after a successful Sprint Demo. Reality can be that after a successful Sprint Demo there are still several issues found in production. These issues can be related … Continue reading Sprint Demos can be a Scam
When Kent Beck published his book on XP his message was clear. Refactor mercilessly. Refactoring is a form of rework and in lean that is considered waste. So was Kent mistaken about this? Is there any proof that refactoring and Evolutionary Design (ED) are better than Big Upfront Design (BUD)? Agilist seem to have a strong … Continue reading Refactoring = waste
Today’s office space is for many people not more than an interuption factory. When you ask people when they come in early or leave late, a common answer is that these early or late hours are the only hours they get some real work done. Meetings are the word kind of all interruptions. I am … Continue reading Meetings are toxic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukF3kUH1kxM I made this video some time ago. It shows about 9 minutes how you can setup your Eclipse environment to use Google Test. Enjoy!