Why cherry picking agile practices before experiencing them is a mistake


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

Do you wonder why people resist change and what you can do about it?


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?

How to contribute to a safe work culture


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

Do you wonder if scrum is a process, a methodology, a framework?


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?

Do you wonder whether a two day Scrum Master training prepares you to implement Scrum?


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?

You don’t need a bug tracking system


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