Agile

Automating manual work, such as deploying your application or running tests, can be a daunting task. Most teams agree that automation is important. But not knowing where to start with this 'huge and important thing', they keep pushing it into the future. In this post I offer a practical approach to get started with automation tomorrow. Automation is one of the cornerstones of Agile software development. The idea is that manual work is tedious, error-prone and therefore something you're likely to do as infrequently as possible. This includes tasks such as testing your application and releasing a new version of…

We (Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem) wrote this post collaboratively to share our insights and lessons learned by applying Lean Change Management in practice. A couple of weeks ago Barry Overeem, Hans van der Burgh and I facilitated a workshop for an organization in the Dutch energy market. The workshop focused on two themes: Moving from “doing agile” towards “being agile” Improving the alignment and collaboration between business and IT We proposed to facilitate a one-day workshop to jointly explore the challenge and extract a handful of concrete experiments for the upcoming weeks. As the foundation for this workshop we…

As a Scrum Master, I love trying out new and different Retrospectives. It prevent the monotony of always doing the same thing (like a regular ‘plus/delta’). And it offers a team a new and different perspective to evaluate the process and learn from it. The ‘Team Radar’ is one of my favorites. It strikes a nice balance between reflection as a team and as an individual. It’s also one of the best methods to make transparent where a team agrees and where it doesn’t, automatically prioritizing what needs attention. Setting up Create a large Team Radar on…

Yes, you can generalize Scrum to non-IT work, such as marketing- and content-generation. And it actually yields similar benefits; more work gets done, increased transparency, sharing of knowledge and increased motivation due to clear shared goals. In 2015 I had the opportunity to help two marketing- & content-teams at Kaarten Carrousel get started with Scrum. The teams have now broken through the 20th sprint-marker and moved into a larger, more spacious building, so this is a good opportunity to share how this came to be, what worked and what didn't. About Kaarten Carrousel If you live in the Netherlands, and…

Johannes & Christiaan, on the run from Scrum Zombies (by Maarten Brugman) We got out by the skin of our teeth, I tell you! Crawling through vents, hiding behind Scrum Boards and pelleting them with post-its and whiteboard markers. But we got out in time, and we’re here to warn you. Because they are here, and their number is growing rapidly. Mindless, drooling herds of developers, testers, designers and others moaning ‘chaaaange’ and shambling around the building to all sorts of brainless Scrum-activities. We (Johannes Schartau and Christiaan Verwijs) took it upon ourselves to write down what we have…