The #1 Characteristic of Agile DNA

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  07-02-2016

Last week I attended a workshop provided by Patrick Verheij, who is a board member of the Agile Consortium. Patrick explained the foundation of Agile and shared a characteristic of "Agile DNA" within organizations:

The amount of spontaneous experiments and learning initiatives that take place throughout the organization

I can only wholeheartedly agree with this statement, I find this even the #1 characteristic of Agile DNA. These kind of organizations try to create an environment in which everyone feels safe to collaborate and to share experiences in order to harness the power of collective knowledge. It's about creating an atmosphere that fosters learning and nudges employees to start their own exploration. This matches the concepts of Exploration Days and Learning 3.0, which is all about emergent learning. If you want to learn, you have to share.

In this blog post I'll share some of the experiments and learning initiatives that occur within these organizations.

My 35 Lessons Learned as a Trainer

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  25-01-2016

Previous year I wrote a blog post about my lessons learned as an Agile Coach. Because of the amount of trainings I've given this year, I'll focus my lessons learned on my role as a trainer. On behalf of Prowareness I've provided trainings like the Professional Scrum Master, Scrum Master Advanced, Scrum Foundation and several custom made in-house courses.

Initially I thought this blog post would have 10 lessons learned, I ended up with 35...

If you are a trainer as well, these lessons learned might offer you some inspiration, and I'd love to hear any other personal experiences! If you attend trainings (who doesn't?), these insights might help you give your next trainer some constructive feedback :)

The Prowareness Study Trip to Silicon Valley

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  19-01-2016
Onderwerp: Responsive Enterprise  Prowareness Study Trip to Silicon Valley  
What do companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, GitHub, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Spotify, Netflix, Tesla and Uber have in common? They are Responsive Enterprises, built on ‘sense and respond’ instead of ‘plan and predict’.

These lean and mean learning machines leverage technology to power the next revolution of the digital age. Traditional organizations have a structure of management with a strong focus on procedures and control. In this fast changing world this is a model bound to fail. We are moving to a paradigm where you succeed by being responsive.

14 Tips & Tricks Every Facilitator Should Know

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  18-01-2016

Recently I attended a great workshop hosted by Jenni & Ole Jepsen about Xtreme facilitation. It was part of the XP Days Benelux 2015. The goal of the session was to learn why and how to step up your facilitation game. During the session they shared "Facilitation Nerd Alerts" (FNA's) and other tips & tricks for hard core facilitators. Being a passionate facilitator myself I highly enjoyed them!

In this blog post I'll share the tips & tricks brought up by Jenni & Ole Jepsen, hereby taking the opportunity to add some of my own as well.

So What is Agile Really About?

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  08-12-2015

A couple of months ago I wrote the blogpost "What is Agile?". Although the term “Agile” in the context of software development is quite well known, the definitions vary. Therefore I shared the most common descriptions of Agile, for example:

  • Agile is a set of values and principles (Agile Manifesto)
  • Agile is a way of developing software that reminds us that although computers run the code, it’s people who create and maintain it (The Agile Samurai).
  • Agile is the courage to be honest enough to admit that building software is complex and it can’t be perfectly planned since requirements change.

Although these definitions offer some clarity, I still received some requests to explain what Agile really means in daily practice.

15 Lessons in Leadership

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  06-12-2015

A few weeks ago I read an intriguing article about one of the most beautiful sports moments of 2015. It's the moment Sonny Bill Williams gave his winners medal to a young child after he was tackled by a steward when he ran onto the pitch to greet his heroes after the Rugby world cup in 2015. The article mentioned James Kerr book 'Legacy' which contains a comprehensive description off the All Blacks (the New Zealand men's rugby team) culture. After reading the book I have to say: this is one of the best books I've ever read about leadership! So much wisdom in one book. I was able to translate the lessons learned directly into my own organizational (business) environment. Every team, and basically every individual, should take these lessons into account when aiming to become the best, and leave a legacy.

In this blog post I'll share the 15 lessons in leadership including my top 3 of favourite quotes. Please read the book for the full context, it's for sure worth reading.

Team Trust Canvas

Stephan van Rooden Door: Stephan van Rooden,  16-11-2015
Onderwerp: Team  Management  

When starting a team you run into a variety of challenges. In an earlier blog series I stated that a group of people doesn’t make them a team. How do you create a team? Where do you start and do the same practices apply for a new management team? In this blog I will share with you an alternative to the often used Team Manifesto. Using this technique will get even a management team into a better, more clear and positive collaborative state.

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