A quick recap of this week’s posts

Welcome to the end of 2019 week 46.
Here is a quick summary of what happened.


πŸ“… Monday: 5 things that will make you a better leader

There are 5 things that if you start doing today your path to leadership will be much better.

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πŸ“… Tuesday: 3 top traits to be the best servant leader

Scrum Masters are thought to be servant leaders. But what does that mean exactly?

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πŸ“… Wednesday: 7 Lean wastes that you need to avoid at all cost

Working hours and hours worked are 2 different concepts

We need to avoid them at all cost if we want to become more productive.

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πŸ“… Thursday: Certified or not certified, that is the question.

Are years of experience more important? Or proven experience?

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πŸ“… Friday: 4 steps your team must walk to reach high performance

Every team needs to walk this road, some reach the end, some stay along the way.

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πŸ’‘ Saturday: Another week has passed, time to look back.

A retrospective of the week that passed and what I’ve learned from it.

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A quick summary of what I posted this past week

Welcome to the end of 2019 week 45. This week we continued with the focus on time wasters, mainly the lean wastes. Things that we do everyday without even noticing that take our time away from other more important tasks.
Here is a quick summary of what happened.

πŸ“… Monday: Why you need to eliminate hand-offs to be more effective

LEAN WASTE #4 : Hand-Offs are just a waste of time

I need you to create a functional document, then I will read it, create my technical document and give it to someone else. Sounds familiar?

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πŸ“… Tuesday: The most important metric you need to track

LEAN WASTE #5 : Delays are killing your productivity

For today, the focus is Delays. This is the most important metric you should be tracking because it impacts everything else.

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πŸ“… Wednesday: Why you need to stop obsessing about working hours

Working hours and hours worked are 2 different concepts

It feels a bit strange that in 2019 we are still talking about working hours and how different they are from hours worked

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πŸ“… Thursday: These are the 3 ways bugs are destroying your output

LEAN WASTE #6 : Bugs / Defects

Bugs are part of life and part of any code, but they cost time to resolve. They cause extra work on the part of the development team, usually at bad times, causing unnecessary stress.

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πŸ“… Friday: Relearning might look like a good thing, but it’s not

LEAN WASTE #7 : Relearning. Learning is good, relearning is bad

If learning is good, why is re-learning a waste?

How much did civilization lose, when the great library of Alexandria burned to the ground?

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πŸ’‘ Saturday: A couple of “learnings” from this past week

A retrospective of the week that passed and what I’ve learned from it.

This past week was an intense one at work, but also a lot of fun. I had a couple of agile friends visiting from Poland, a workshop to facilitate for more than 50 people. Loads of fun, loads of work, happy that it is done πŸ˜„

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All you need to know about this week’s posts.

Welcome to the end of 2019 week 44. This week’s focus was on time wasters. Things that we do everyday without even noticing that take our time away from other more important tasks.
Here is a quick summary of what happened.

πŸ“… Monday: An inexpensive way to gain more time.

LEAN WASTE #1 : Task-switching and context-switching are costing us time.

We humans believe that we are great at multitasking, even though it has been proven time and time again that we are really really bad.
Intrinsically we know this. We even get angry when someone interrupts us …

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πŸ“… Tuesday: Want to get more time? Do that hard task now.

Procrastination towards hard tasks keeps us hooked on task-switching between what we like and what we dislike.

Unlike some productivity gurus, I am a firm believer that we should do what we don’t like before. Get it out of the way, and then we can properly focus and enjoy the things we like to do.

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πŸ“… Wednesday: How to unlock the value of a definition of ready.

Not using it as a gate, but as a communication tool towards your product team.

This is an on-going battle for the agile community. Should we have or not a definition of ready?

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πŸ“… Thursday: Parallelization is a hoax, do one thing at a time.

LEAN WASTE #2 : We need to finish what we start before picking up something new. Partially done work provides zero value and keeps us task-switching.

Partially Done work. Some say this is self-explanatory, but I believe it is a bit more complex.

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πŸ“… Friday: How to do less work and skyrocket your productivity?

LEAN WASTE #3 : Spend time figuring out what matters instead of doing more stuff.

This is a clear case of effectiveness vs efficiency. We have the best code ever. 100% test coverage. A dream pipeline that delivers everything to production without a single bug. If no one is going to use it after, we just wasted our time.

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πŸ’‘ Saturday: This is what I’ve learned this week.

A retrospective of the week that passed and what I’ve learned from it.

Hello everyone, one more week gone and another about to start.
So far a good start of the weekend. I am writing this post with a sunny day, something that is not very common in the Netherlands at this time of the year.

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Cheers,

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Summary 2019-W43

If you missed any of the posts this week or want to read them again, here is a quick summary.

Monday: How old is your backlog?

I coached a #team that had more than 50% of their stories created more than a year ago. Stories, not Epics.
If stories have been in your backlog for that long, were they ever a priority?

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Tuesday: How detailed is your backlog?

The fallacy is that if we have everything refined and ready to work, then we can do long term estimation. I say fallacy because it is impossible to predict the future.

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Wednesday: Clean Backlog Policy

Why don’t we also have a clean #backlog policy?
All items have priority. No lingering items. Proper item identification. Hierarchy of items

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Thursday: Backlog Prioritization

An American friend of mine told me this quote when we talked about prioritization, and it resonated with me. Think about it.

“You cannot eat a whole pie. You can only do one slice at a time.”

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Friday: Who owns your backlog?

If you do Scrum, the answer should be obvious. Product Owner. But what if you don’t o Scrum?

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Saturday: Saturday Reflection

Another full week is coming to an end, hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me.

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Summary 2019-W42

If you missed any of the posts this week or want to read them again, here is a quick summary.

Monday: Agile outside of Software Development

When we talk about agile, most of us are referencing the manifesto of 2001. The thing is, after 18 years it has grown a bit more than that.

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Tuesday: How will this help the customer

How will this help the customer?
How many times do you ask this question?

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Wednesday: A retrospective story

Ok, OK. Not that impressive. Why are you writing about it?
This one was an office retrospective.

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Thursday: Radical Transparency

I am a firm believer that transparency is the best approach a company can take to improve its culture.

We are used to hearing about the “Need to know basis”. What if we change this?
What if instead we use “Cannot know basis”.

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Friday: Is there room for Project Managers in agile

This is a super interesting discussion that I have seen over and over again. To be very honest my answer is “YES”, and I will explain to you why.

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Saturday: Saturday Reflection

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Summary 2019-W41

If you missed any of the posts this week or want to read them again, here is a quick summary.

Monday: The product backlog

Oh, the dreaded product backlog. What is this artifact of scrum that keeps being mentioned over and over, usually like “put it in the backlog”.

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Tuesday: The Sprint Backlog

Whenever you start a new sprint, you start with a sprint backlog.
In one sentence, the sprint backlog is the sum of all the backlog items the team can fit in a sprint. Simple, right? If only …

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Wednesday: Scrum – The framework

“Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts, and rules are immutable and although implementing only parts of Scrum is possible, the result is not Scrum.” – scrumguides.org

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Thursday: The Increment

In one sentence. The sum of all DONE work in the sprint that is usable, testable and releasable.

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Friday: Definition of Done

Our work is never done. Unless it matches the definition of done.
What does it mean to be Done? What about Done Done?
Some even go as far as having Done Done Done…

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Saturday: Saturday Reflection

Another full week is coming to an end, hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me.

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Cheers,

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