Agile/Scrum blog

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.