Stop the Minimum Viable Bullshit
Too big to fail – are you heading for disaster?
Ok, that’s it. I’ve had it. My patience is done and now its time to blow off some steam. Don’t get me wrong, many of the ideas in lean startup are very useful. But I wish everyone and their mother would stop using the term MVP so loosely. Everywhere I go, people are proud to […]
Is Scrum hurting your agility?
“Too big to fail” is a phrase used for large organisations for a few main reasons: If this organisation fails, the whole economy will ‘fail’. Think of large banks that had to be rescued by the government in various countries. If any initiative in this organisation fails, we can keep it afloat by burning up […]
10 Stakeholder Management Principles adapted for Agile Product Development
By Chris Lukassen & Sjoerd Kranendonk By now, most organisations are using Scrum, however, many of them feel like the agility of their organisation has degraded, and they might be right! Often, using Scrum starts out as a way to improve development efforts coordinated within an IT division or department, but that is not the […]
Stakeholder Management en ‘Nee’ zeggen
Stakeholder Management has since long been a hot topic in project, programme and other management circles. The fact that people exist with a stake in whatever goals you are trying to achieve even found its way into leadership coaching (Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching). In researching the topic of Stakeholder Management for a one-day training […]
Projects on your agile backlog; easy or hard? Your choice
Hoi, ik ben Sjoerd en ik heb een probleem. Ik vind het supermoeilijk om nee te zeggen. Ironisch genoeg geef ik trainingen waar Focus en keuzes maken centraal staan. Ik verzorg namelijk diverse Product Owner trainingen bij Prowareness. Één van die trainingen (waar ik ‘ja’ tegen heb gezegd) is Stakeholder Management in 1 dag. Waar […]
Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches, stop team coaching!
Below is just a simple example of 3 teams with backlogs that contain different projects to align with the ‘current’ project organization. This can easily occur when you start your agile transformation. Many real world examples are much more complex and thus even harder to plan. The choice is yours. Are you going to keep […]
Simplifying CapEx & OpEx in Scrum
Why do I think team coaching is a bad idea? Dont get me wrong, I believe team coaching can have a great amount of added value. It’s just that I often find that teams receive coaching while they actually should not even be a team.
Estimation matrix aka Fruit Game
A really simple approach to CapEx & OpEx financial accounting with Scrum. Why is this needed? The apparent mismatch between standard financial accounting practices and agile ways of working. Specifically CapEx and OpEx accounting, which is often a very important practice in (larger) organizations. This distinction seems to be at odds with having a more […]
Creating Valuable PI Objectives – A Kickstart PDF
This blog is intended to grow into an explanation of how to facilitate an Estimation Matrix for a colleborative estimation session. In this session Stakeholders and Scrum Team(s) collaborate to quickly estimate Backlog Items both in relative Value & Effort. Below is a dutch simplistic plan which could get you started already. The blog should […]
PI Objectives are a key element of SAFe and especially the PI Planning & Inspect & Adapt events. The concept may also be of use when you apply the practice of Big Room Planning for a longer timescale (collaborating on a rough plan for multiple Sprints with multiple teams). PI Objectives can help give Focus […]