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.

Agile performance reporting – part 2: Schedule control

This blog post is the second one of the Agile Performance Reporting series.  You can read the first one here. 2. Schedule control The second controlling process of PMBOK is schedule control, which goal is to assess the current status

Agile performance reporting – part 2: Schedule control

This blog post is the second one of the Agile Performance Reporting series.  You can read the first one here. 2. Schedule control The second controlling process of PMBOK is schedule control, which goal is to assess the current status

Agile performance reporting – part 1: Scope change control

Many people think that you can’t benefit from agile if the rest of the organization hasn’t changed.  That is only true to a small degree, much less than you would think. In essence, the only organizational change that is a

Agile performance reporting – part 1: Scope change control

Many people think that you can’t benefit from agile if the rest of the organization hasn’t changed.  That is only true to a small degree, much less than you would think. In essence, the only organizational change that is a

Vision based retrospectives – avoiding conflicting improvements

As most of you know, I’m quite fond of continuous improvement.  I guess it’s the whole idea of admitting that you can’t predict the future.  And therefore, if we wish to grow, we must learn and adjust instead of trying

Vision based retrospectives – avoiding conflicting improvements

As most of you know, I’m quite fond of continuous improvement.  I guess it’s the whole idea of admitting that you can’t predict the future.  And therefore, if we wish to grow, we must learn and adjust instead of trying

Software development is not manufacturing

I wrote about the 5 most common arguments against Kanban in my e-book Kanban for Skeptics. We lose our ability to plan It will take longer Things will get stuck — we can’t keep WIP limits Stakeholders don’t care about

Software development is not manufacturing

I wrote about the 5 most common arguments against Kanban in my e-book Kanban for Skeptics. We lose our ability to plan It will take longer Things will get stuck — we can’t keep WIP limits Stakeholders don’t care about

Software and BMW design

Creating a new software product typically feels very chaotic, from a management viewpoint.  Teams are designing new solutions, working on the edge of innovation, testing new concepts and changing accordingly.  Their world is full of uncertainty which makes work unpredictable

Software and BMW design

Creating a new software product typically feels very chaotic, from a management viewpoint.  Teams are designing new solutions, working on the edge of innovation, testing new concepts and changing accordingly.  Their world is full of uncertainty which makes work unpredictable

The schizophrenia of starting your own business

Starting your own business is a dream for many of us.  The prospect of being in charge and having to answer to no-one is very appealing.  Knowing that the profits of all your hard work is returning to your own

The schizophrenia of starting your own business

Starting your own business is a dream for many of us.  The prospect of being in charge and having to answer to no-one is very appealing.  Knowing that the profits of all your hard work is returning to your own

7 personal productivity tips

I’m addicted to personal productivity tips. How can I get more value out of my time that has become so scarce, during the last years? Here are 7 tips: 1.  Agree to a clear work-life balance and stick to it,

7 personal productivity tips

I’m addicted to personal productivity tips. How can I get more value out of my time that has become so scarce, during the last years? Here are 7 tips: 1.  Agree to a clear work-life balance and stick to it,

Viva Agile and Lean Europe 2012

From 29 to 31 August, the second edition of the ALE unconference will take place in Barcelona.  Because there seems to be a lot less buzz around the event, compared to last year, I thought I could contribute my bit.

Viva Agile and Lean Europe 2012

From 29 to 31 August, the second edition of the ALE unconference will take place in Barcelona.  Because there seems to be a lot less buzz around the event, compared to last year, I thought I could contribute my bit.