Author Archives: Nick Oostvogels

About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

1,5 years after Kanban for Skeptics

It’s been more than one and a half years now since I published my first e-book Kanban for Skeptics.  Time to look back. I remember well how it all started.  At the time I was preparing a public talk, called

1,5 years after Kanban for Skeptics

It’s been more than one and a half years now since I published my first e-book Kanban for Skeptics.  Time to look back. I remember well how it all started.  At the time I was preparing a public talk, called

Book review – The Retrospective Handbook

Last year, Pat Kua published his book called The Retrospective Handbook.  He released the book on leanpub, the popular self publishing platform on which I also published my e-book ‘Kanban for sceptics’. I have been following Pat online for some

Book review – The Retrospective Handbook

Last year, Pat Kua published his book called The Retrospective Handbook.  He released the book on leanpub, the popular self publishing platform on which I also published my e-book ‘Kanban for sceptics’. I have been following Pat online for some

Boring retrospectives 10 – Walk the board

It’s hard to come up with new retrospective exercises as a facilitator.  However, I believe keeping it fresh helps the team to boost their continuous improvement results. In my previous ‘boring retrospective’ posts I introduced a number of new retrospective

Boring retrospectives 10 – Walk the board

It’s hard to come up with new retrospective exercises as a facilitator.  However, I believe keeping it fresh helps the team to boost their continuous improvement results. In my previous ‘boring retrospective’ posts I introduced a number of new retrospective

Non-profit Agile conference in Brussels

After a great 1st edition last year, Agile Tour Brussels 2013 will take place on September, 27 in Belgium. Registration is open and the Program is available on the website http://www.atbru.be. At Agile Tour Brussels, there will be both local and

Non-profit Agile conference in Brussels

After a great 1st edition last year, Agile Tour Brussels 2013 will take place on September, 27 in Belgium. Registration is open and the Program is available on the website http://www.atbru.be. At Agile Tour Brussels, there will be both local and

The modern software architect

Working in software development means working with a lot of different technically skilled people. Those ‘IT geeks’ are still ranked by the same roles that were applied 20 years ago. Going from junior to senior developers, functional analysts, project managers,

The modern software architect

Working in software development means working with a lot of different technically skilled people. Those ‘IT geeks’ are still ranked by the same roles that were applied 20 years ago. Going from junior to senior developers, functional analysts, project managers,

Coffee rehab

My life as a consultant is pretty hectic.  There are weeks when I’m at a different client each day, often combined with a public training or a speaking engagement.  It was not until last year since my body started to

Coffee rehab

My life as a consultant is pretty hectic.  There are weeks when I’m at a different client each day, often combined with a public training or a speaking engagement.  It was not until last year since my body started to

Boring retrospectives – part 9 : Vision Poker

In one of my previous blog posts, I introduced the concept of vision based retrospectives.  By using a vision of the ideal state of your team/company/family/… it is easier to weigh improvement suggestions.  Which one get us closer to the

Boring retrospectives – part 9 : Vision Poker

In one of my previous blog posts, I introduced the concept of vision based retrospectives.  By using a vision of the ideal state of your team/company/family/… it is easier to weigh improvement suggestions.  Which one get us closer to the

Agile performance reporting – part 3: Cost control

This blog post is the third one of the Agile Performance Reporting series. 3. Cost control The third controlling process of PMBOK is cost control.  It’s goal is to control the changes that influence the cost baseline. There are 4

Agile performance reporting – part 3: Cost control

This blog post is the third one of the Agile Performance Reporting series. 3. Cost control The third controlling process of PMBOK is cost control.  It’s goal is to control the changes that influence the cost baseline. There are 4