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Off to a great team start with Tuckman, Lencioni and Ofman!

10/01/2015 Comments off

When you start as Scrum Master on a new team, they are usually just a collection of individuals that together have the skill set necessary to fulfil the goal of the team. In order for that group to become high-performing, you have to let them turn into a team. Yes, you read it right, you cannot turn them into a team, they have to do that themselves. The only thing you can do about it to facilitate the process they need, so it can speed up a bit. Read more…

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Power to the Developers?

30/12/2014 Comments off

POwer to the people symbolWhen you start with creating your software using the Scrum framework, you notice a shift in power from the Project Manager to the team members. This might be a scary thought. Even more, there is no Project Manager anymore!  Read more…

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Refactoring or restructuring

19/12/2014 Comments off

Clean Code logoPassionate developers love to write clean code and make it more beautiful all the time. They call this Refactoring. In my experience refactoring is often misunderstood and is sometimes even used as an excuse to spend lots of time on improving the code structure. It is very tempting to learn more about how to make that particular piece of code even more readable, maintainable and elegantly. This then results in less developing of new features. How could we handle this?
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Book review and Summary: Switch

Have you ever tried to change something? In (part of) an organisation, or maybe in yourself? How successful was it? How did you accomplish this feat?

According to this great little book called Switch, you most probably have addressed three significant areas: the rationale, the emotion, and the environment. The authors Dan and Chip Heath call these: the Rider, the Elephant, and the Path.

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Adding an alt-text to an image in Liferay 6.1

03/09/2012 1 comment

In Liferay, images in the Documents and Media library have a Description field. Using this field to fill the alt-property of an img-tag is not so trivial as we would hope. This post describes how you can do it.

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Mini XPDay 2012 – a full and interesting day

On April 23rd, the Mini XPDay 2012 was held in conference center Kapellerput, in Heeze (NL). I went there to (re)connect with some people, and learn more about Agility and myself. It was a good day with interesting sessions in a lot of different areas.

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Impediments or Tasks?

I recently had the opportunity to do a short experiment with self-organisation. I was a replacement Scrum Master for a team and did not have a lot of time for them, so I decided for myself not to accept any impediments, but to put them on the board as tasks.
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