Johan Cruijff's Agile Mindset

I wrote a LinkedIn article after being inspired by Joost Icke's original piece. Johan Cruijff had some amusing sayings but also had a very deep understanding of team performance as a system.

From Workaholic to Value Ninja

A not-so-recent post by user story god Mike Cohn drifted into my timeline today. I had just finished a user story mapping session at a client.  We ended our user story mapping session with three user stories as candidates for top-of-backlog that would clearly bring huge value to our client and a whole wall full of user stories that ranged from pretty cool to utterly pointless. In the evening I also received a bunch of time-sheets telling me how each team member had spent their hours. How are these two related? Being a workaholic Hi, I'm Dennis and I'm a recovering workaholic. I've had some pretty bad binges. I once worked so hard that I forgot when I had last eaten. My wife had to tell me that it had probably been more than 36 hours as I had left for the office the day before without breakfast and I hadn't left the office except for a quick cat-nap in between. I had a headache and was a bit dizzy but she had to point out to me that that probably had to …

Questions for interviewing Scrum Masters

I contributed to a blog post on Luis Goncalves' Blog. Check it out: Scrum Master Interview Questions.

Luis Gonçalves is an Organisational Transformation Coach and he loves to write about Agile RetrospectivesScrum, the role Scrum Master, and Agile in general.

Luis has created a Scrum Master Training for the agile community. If you are interested in knowing more or even working with him you can find him here: Agile Coach München.

Agile Transition Path Whitepaper

How do you transition your company to something that you would want to call 'agile'?  Spoiler: there isn't a way, at least not a single one.  I wrote this whitepaper for my employer Mirabeau, for managers and directors to consider:
Whether you need to improve your agilityHow that worksHow to manage/govern/control thisThe associated costs, risks, resources and re-organisationRead More >>

Yet Another Guest Post - Obeya, the Big Room Practice - an Example for Scrum

I seem to be posting on other people's blogs more than my own these days.  This time I have prepared a piece for Luis Goncalves' blog about using the Lean Manufacturing practice of a 'big room' or 'war room'.  This tool can be used to house a number of other visual and thinking aids like metaphorical maps, value stream maps and A3s to help stakeholders, Product Owner(s) and Developers to work together to synchronize their efforts.

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Inner Source

I gave a lecture about this subject and posted it on Impala Studios' blog. It is also on YouTube:

Agile View of Human Nature - Learning

The second part of my series on the Agile View of Human Nature is a guest post about Learning for Luis Goncalves. In my experience as a coach and trainer for self-managing teams, I have found there are assumptions I make about people that I need for successfully getting to self-management.  They are often a point of contention and even conflict for people in the organisation that is going through change so it can help to be aware of them beforehand.
One of these things is 'learning is productive'.

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