|Door:||Stephan van Rooden, 10-03-2014|
|Onderwerp:||agile Scrum Retrospectives Groups|
This is the second post in a series of blogs on groups and Scrum. In the first post we defined what a group is, why people join groups and what it takes to make them a team. Establishing the stage of being a team, or nowadays in most organizations, being a Scrum team comes with some challenges. How to get this team constantly improving themselves? The Scrum Framework believes it is that important to continually improve that there is even an entire event devoted to this.
|Door:||Stephan van Rooden, 01-03-2014|
|Onderwerp:||Scrum Retrospectives Scrum Teams Groups|
This is the first post in a series of blogs on groups and Scrum. This first blog will look into what a group is and into what makes a group into a team. In future posts I will explain more on why we do retrospectives, knowledge sharing in a group and much more. Let’s start with the definition of what a group is.
What is a group?
Take a look at these two pictures below:
Which one of these two do you consider to be a group? Most likely you chose the photo on the left over the photo on the right. But why? Because implicitly, you already accept a definition of the term group close to the ones adopted by social psychologists:
|Door:||Wouter van der Meer, 25-02-2014|
|Onderwerp:||High Performing Teams|
|Door:||Rini van Solingen, 24-02-2014|
This week I encountered a usage of Scrum that appeared quite awkward to me. As a matter of fact, to me it seems as if this a Scrum stretch that violates almost everything Scrum stands for. What it was? It was an organization I visited that is using Scrum already for years but they encounter many challenges they said. In fact they had the feeling Scrum made things worse, so they asked me to come by.
Doctor Scrum pays you a visit, as such. I met a collection of very engaged people that were working in a strong plan-driven and long cyclic environment. They have organized themselves in Scrum teams, but used terms as: ‘Design Sprint’, ‘Development Sprints’ and ‘Test Sprints’. Poking a bit and questioning them, it appeared they have broken up their traditional process in two week time-slots that all focus on a stage in the waterfall. Such a two week period they call: a Sprint.
These Sprints help them a lot! They plan their work together, have short term focus, work as a team, have daily Scrums to align progress and help each other out, they reflect on their way of working in retrospectives, and more. Employee satisfaction went up, but they have problems with predictable releasing. In fact, they hardly deliver on time and always need several additional stabilization and rework sprints to produce a shippable product.
|Door:||Paul Weghorst, 19-02-2014|
|Door:||Peter Koning, 13-02-2014|
|Onderwerp:||Validated value agile Product Owner|
Bureaucracy, adhocracy, democracy or holacracy? What is the best way to improve the value delivered to your customers? How can you get feedback so you can improve on it? I’ve searched for a long time for a proper way to lead an organization to improve the value really delivered to their customers. Everybody knows that a higher value increases revenue and sustainability of organizations. Valuecracy is of course not an official word (yet) but it sets the focus of an organization externally, it sets the mindset towards the customers. I’ll explain it in more detail below. Let’s brainstorm together on the best way to lead an organization! Give me feedback (by email, by leaving remarks, by hitting the twitter buttons) and I will improve this article with your valuable feedback! If this happens, it’s a proof that Valuecracy works!
|Door:||Rini van Solingen, 07-02-2014|
Vandaag vertrekken wij uit Gouda. Prowareness doet de deur dicht in Gouda en opent morgen de deur in ons nieuwe pand in Delft.
Een bijzonder moment. Ten eerste omdat we ‘uit huis’ gaan. Na de afgelopen jaren samen met onze zusteronderneming iSense een pand te hebben gedeeld gaan we nu op eigen benen staan. Ten tweede omdat het voelt als een nieuwe start. Een nieuwe start om Prowareness nog verder uit te bouwen langs de ingezette lijn. En als je dan kijkt hoe het allemaal begonnen is en waar we nu staan, dan is dat allemaal ontzettend gaaf.