Category Archives: Continuous improvement

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,

Boring retrospectives – part 8 : fishbowl

During the Mini XP Days conference, Rini Van Solingen interviewed me on the fishbowl exercise.  This is a great exercise to use in retrospectives when your team is divided and needs to understand the different opinions without lapsing into hour-long

Boring retrospectives – part 8 : fishbowl

During the Mini XP Days conference, Rini Van Solingen interviewed me on the fishbowl exercise.  This is a great exercise to use in retrospectives when your team is divided and needs to understand the different opinions without lapsing into hour-long

Boring retrospectives – part 7 : Role swapping

People picture themselves doing your job, and I bet you do the same. If I were a tester on this project, I would do things differently. In many cases, you even have ideas to do the job better.  Whether or

Boring retrospectives – part 7 : Role swapping

People picture themselves doing your job, and I bet you do the same. If I were a tester on this project, I would do things differently. In many cases, you even have ideas to do the job better.  Whether or

Boring retrospectives – part 6 : Storming Group Facilitation

(Tuckman’s Group Development Model) Every new team goes through a storming phase. These are times when nerves are tight and you can feel the tension in the air.  As a retrospective facilitator, it is important to recognize this and plan

Boring retrospectives – part 6 : Storming Group Facilitation

(Tuckman’s Group Development Model) Every new team goes through a storming phase. These are times when nerves are tight and you can feel the tension in the air.  As a retrospective facilitator, it is important to recognize this and plan

Boring retrospectives – part 5 : Reverse Timeline

My next exercise in the series ‘Boring Retrospectives’ is the reverse timeline. It is a modification to the classic ‘Gathering Data’ exercise called ‘Timeline‘. This is an activity used to reconstruct what happened during the previous iteration.  I also use

Boring retrospectives – part 5 : Reverse Timeline

My next exercise in the series ‘Boring Retrospectives’ is the reverse timeline. It is a modification to the classic ‘Gathering Data’ exercise called ‘Timeline‘. This is an activity used to reconstruct what happened during the previous iteration.  I also use

Your management doesn’t care about speed!

That’s right, I’ve said it.  Your management doesn’t care about development speed. Wait a minute!  Didn’t they try to push our limits all these years?  Trying to get us to do more work in less time? True, but let’s take

Your management doesn’t care about speed!

That’s right, I’ve said it.  Your management doesn’t care about development speed. Wait a minute!  Didn’t they try to push our limits all these years?  Trying to get us to do more work in less time? True, but let’s take

A retrospective check-in exercise

I often use a check-in exercise at the beginning of a retrospective.  In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to jump immediately into the search for improvements.  No, we all need to warm up, clear our mind and prepare

A retrospective check-in exercise

I often use a check-in exercise at the beginning of a retrospective.  In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to jump immediately into the search for improvements.  No, we all need to warm up, clear our mind and prepare

Agile Retrospectives Anti-Patterns

During our XP2011 tutorial, Pat and me facilitated a fishbowl, followed by a brainwriting exercise. Because we needed a subject we could all relate to, we decided to discuss retrospective anti-patterns during the fishbowl. I recorded each anti-pattern that was

Agile Retrospectives Anti-Patterns

During our XP2011 tutorial, Pat and me facilitated a fishbowl, followed by a brainwriting exercise. Because we needed a subject we could all relate to, we decided to discuss retrospective anti-patterns during the fishbowl. I recorded each anti-pattern that was