Kanban for a Recruitment Agency

At Qualogy, where I work, we have a team that acts as a recruitment agency for freelancers towards our customers, so that we can help our customers fill open positions even when we don’t have a suitable internal candidate. This team’s main goal is to find suitable candidates as quickly as possible, offer them to … Continue reading Kanban for a Recruitment Agency

Scrum vs. Kanban? Not really…

Peter Stevens, over at  Scrum Breakfast has an interview up with Mary Poppendieck on Lean, Scrum, Kanban and Leadership. The part of the interview that caught my attention was a question on the relationship between Scrum, Kanban, and Lean in general. I like Mary's response a lot, where she basically states that Scrum and Kanban each … Continue reading Scrum vs. Kanban? Not really…

Learning is key

An old article I just came across, posits that learning is the thing of value in software development: When we present this hypothetical situation to students – many of them with 20+ years experience in building software – they typically respond with anywhere between 20% to 70% of the original time.  That is, rebuilding a … Continue reading Learning is key

Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 2 – Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck: What's this thing called "Pull" Mary Poppendieck had the second talk of the first day of the conference. She talked about "The power of pull". She started the presentation with a story on her introduction to pull at the video tape factory where she worked when video tape was still current. I didn't … Continue reading Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 2 – Mary Poppendieck

Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 1

I attended the Lean and Kanban Europe conference last week, and I thought I'd do a little write-up to share my impressions. As an Agile Coach and Scrum Master, I was going to this conference to find what parts of Lean and Kanban (in that order) could be of use for me when helping clients … Continue reading Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 1

Wave goodbye!

The retirement of Google Wave is pretty big news. There's a lot of discussion on how Google failed. Failed because they misjudged the acceptance, failed because they overhyped, and failed because they waited too long before finding out whether users would actually like it. And all those things did happen, and some of them were … Continue reading Wave goodbye!

The Role of the Manager in Scrum

Pete Deemer has written an article on InfoQ, Manager 2.0: The Role of the Manager in Scrum which disucusses the role of the manager in an Agile organisation. The situation sketches that he gives are all too familiar, and anyone working on a transition to Scrum (or any other Agile practice) would be well advised to … Continue reading The Role of the Manager in Scrum

EA Survey: talk the talk!

Scott Ambler is in the habit of doing some very interesting surveys. One that caught my attention this morning was on Enterprise Architecture. The interesting part is the tables on success and failure factors. The highest rated success factors are about involvement and communication with both business, management and the development teams. The highest rated … Continue reading EA Survey: talk the talk!

Is Agile always effective?

Ron Jeffries has a nice new article on whether agile implies effectiveness, and vice versa. The way he describes this is that an agile approach gives more opportinity for effectiveness, but if you can't follow the agile approach you can use non-agile measures to still reach a certain point of effectiveness. I think this resonates … Continue reading Is Agile always effective?

Adrenalin rush, it’s not just for parachutists anymore

In A Successful Manager But Never A Successful Project? Bruce Benson writes about a rather thought provoking idea: People might actually like being in firefighting mode! The next time I'm in a situation where I'm having trouble understanding why management is not encouraging improvement, but completely focused on dealing with the craze of the day, I'm … Continue reading Adrenalin rush, it’s not just for parachutists anymore