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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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Agile Coach Camp Netherlands 2012

04/06/2012 2 comments

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.
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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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What is TDD anyway?

04/12/2011 4 comments

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…

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GOTO conference Amsterdam – report of day 1

24/10/2011 1 comment
After the GOTO conference in Aarhus, Denmark, there is now also a GOTO conference in the Netherlands. GOTO is the first software development conference which is not language- or platform-specific, and attracts a different kind of speakers. I’ve been to this conference, and I want to share what I took with me from that conference.
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