Posts Tagged: Teams

Boring retrospectives – part 13 : Helping Hands

Working together is one of the most important success factors in an agile team.   Individual work will not be enough to deliver all the user stories before the sprint is finished.  Daily standups help to foster this communication, but it

Boring retrospectives – part 13 : Helping Hands

Working together is one of the most important success factors in an agile team.   Individual work will not be enough to deliver all the user stories before the sprint is finished.  Daily standups help to foster this communication, but it

Offering unlimited vacation days to your employees

When I read Atlassian offered their employees unlimited vacations days since January, it thought it made perfect sense in their case! A traditional manager would think this is the worse idea ever.  Nobody would show up to work anymore.  Why

Offering unlimited vacation days to your employees

When I read Atlassian offered their employees unlimited vacations days since January, it thought it made perfect sense in their case! A traditional manager would think this is the worse idea ever.  Nobody would show up to work anymore.  Why

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

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,

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

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

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