Sometime at the end of January I heard about Agile Coach Camp where coaches would teach coaches. So I inquired if wannabe coaches would be welcome too. The response was positive, and thus I registered. I found out that Mary Beijleveld (who was one of the organizers) lives in the same town I do, and asked her if we could travel together. The price I had to pay for that was helping to get the conference location ready for all the participants, but I had already planned to spend the entire Friday on the conference anyway. So on Friday morning Mary came to pick me up and we drove to Vierhouten together.
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.
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.
Over the past few months I noticed that many people who state that TDD does not work for them, seem to think TDD is something different than it really is. I can see why their version of TDD doesn’t work for them, and like to give them an overview of what TDD really is.
So what is TDD? Read more…
I have made some observations on issues you can encounter with small scrum teams. Scrum adds some overhead to a project and developers might have some trouble with seeing the use of this overhead. This increases the lure from disciplined software building back to uncontrolled hacking. The challenges I have seen are:
- “Storypoints estimation is too much overhead.”
- “Extra work for the customer? Why register it, it’s just five minutes of work!”
- “Standups are not really useful when you are alone.”
Ten years after the creation of the Agile Manifesto in Snowbird resort, Utah (USA), a number of the original signees and a bigger number of other Agile big shots came together at the same spot to celebrate the successes, reflect on the results, and look at the future.
I wasn’t there (no invitation for me, alas), but I’d like to summarise the things I read about this gathering.