On Discipline, Feedback and Management

Change is hard. If we know that about 80% of organisational change programs fail, then it's easy to appreciate just how hard. Why is that? And, more importantly, what can we do to make it easier? Recently, I saw a tweet come by from Alan Shalloway. He wrote that, back in the days, people were saying: … Continue reading On Discipline, Feedback and Management

Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 3

The third day of the London Scrum Gathering (day 1, day 2) was reserved for an Open Space session led by Rachel Davies and a closing keynote by James Grenning. We started with the Open Space. I'd done Open Spaces before, but this one was definitely on a much larger scale than what I'd seen … Continue reading Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 3

Article on Oracle and Agile posted (Dutch)

My article on using Agile on projects using Oracle technology was published in this months Optimize magazine, and the full text (in Dutch!) is now available on the Qualogy website. The article is mainly meant as an introduction to agile principles and practices for Oracle developers that are new to them. It focused on explaining short feedback … Continue reading Article on Oracle and Agile posted (Dutch)

Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 2

First day report here. Steve Denning on Radical Management (slides are here) The second day of the London Scrum Gathering started with a Keynote by Steve Denning. Where yesterday's workshop had been about his storytelling work, today he was full-on about Radical Management. He quickly sketched the main points of his book (which everyone got … Continue reading Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 2

Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 1

I've been having an interesting couple of weeks. Last week I attended the Lean and Kanban Benelux conference in Antwerp, and then had a wonderful three days with Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson when they came over at Qualogy to teach me and my collaeques in the ways of Agile development skills. This week, I'm … Continue reading Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 1

A Cucumber Experiment

Having used the GildedRose recently as the subject of a coding dojo, I thought it would also make an interesting subject for some experimentation with Cucumber. Cucumber is a tool that allows you to use natural language to specify executable Acceptance Tests. The GildedRose exercise, originally created by Bobby Johnson, can be found on github, … Continue reading A Cucumber Experiment

Adventures in Rework

I came across this post by Martin Fowler, on the Strangler Application pattern, and its accompanying paper. This brought back memories of some of my own adventures in rework, some fond, others not so much. In all cases, though, I think they were very valuable lessons on what to do and not to do when … Continue reading Adventures in Rework

Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile

Last year, I posted an overview of some books every programmer should read. Those still stand, and I find more and more examples where I would like to re-iterate the advice to read those books. This post is about other books, though. Books related to Agile and Lean principles and practices. There are many books … Continue reading Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile

Performance Reviews

One of the things that makes my commute to work enjoyable (next to the BBC Friday night comedy hour) is the LeanBlog podcast. In it Mark Graban talks to different people about Lean. The people he talks to have varying backgrounds, and the general quality of the podcast is very high. One of the podcasts … Continue reading Performance Reviews

Agile is Rock ‘n’ Roll

[EDIT: Thanks to Hubert Iwaniuk, there's now a playlist to accompany your reading of this post!] [EDIT: There's now also an XP version of this: XP Is Classic Rock] I've had a number of occasions where people, usually working in a very strict, waterfall, environment, have voiced the opinion that 'all that agile stuff' is … Continue reading Agile is Rock ‘n’ Roll