The retrospective: is not about you, dear facilitator!

This is the fourth article in a mini-retrospectives series. In the previous ones I wrote about how retrospectives should be done at regular intervals, but also in other occasions and how the retrospective could be done in different groups than just the team and that sometimes changes happen even without an action item being clearly … Weiterlesen …

Retrospectives: „Tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly“…

This is the third article in a mini-retrospectives series. In the previous ones I wrote about how retrospectives should be done at regular intervals, but also in other occasions and how the retrospective could be done in different groups than just the team. In this post I will continue to challenge the 12th principle of … Weiterlesen …

Retrospectives: “The Team reflects”… more or less?

This is the second article in a mini-retrospectives series. In the previous one I talked about how retrospectives should be done at regular intervals, but also in other occasions. In this post I will continue to challenge the 12th principle of the agile manifesto to explain other ways to spice up your retrospectives. The 12th … Weiterlesen …

Retrospectives: “At regular intervals”… or not?

This is the first in a series of posts about how to moderate retrospectives creatively. Traditionally the retrospective in agile software development is the reflection done at the end of the iteration. Principle twelve of the Agile Manifesto says “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts … Weiterlesen …

„Scaling“ the team – part two

In the previous post I introduced you to Solution Focused scales and how they can be used in a one-to-one scenario. Now we’ll extend this to a team context, but first, here are some tips… Tips on using scales A constructivistic approach is important also when using scales: whatever numbers the client chooses, it must … Weiterlesen …

„Scaling“ the team – part one

No, this post is not about increasing the size of your development team, but about how to establish some measurements in your team – typically during the retrospectives, but not only – to support continuous improvement: let’s talk about Solution Focused Scales. I already discussed this technique in my Solution Focus presentation, but listening to … Weiterlesen …

The best way to coach a team is…

…to coach its individuals one-to-one! Contradiction? Well, some time ago I thought so as well, but… Over the last years I had a few clients where, because of some constraints in the setting I was working with, I needed to „speed up“ with the coaching program and „deliver“ a high-performance team faster than I usually … Weiterlesen …

Agile mythology?

Last November I presented at the Deutsche Scrum the first version of my new presentation „Debunking Agile Myths“. The core message of the presentation was to show that many of the things we believe in the world of agile are based on… ehm… nothing, actually! Surprised? So was I when I started checking the scientific … Weiterlesen …

Change, Change, Change! – Workshop at XP Days Benelux

Here are the slides I presented today at XP Days Benelux in Mechelen together with Dirk Lässig (@djlaessig): Change, Change, Change! This time in a workshop version, where the participants learned to use these conditions to design change. For a detailed description of what this is about, please refer to my previous post. Change, change, … Weiterlesen …