Posts: Agile Thinking

The decline of Open Space

Apr 16, 2019

When Chris Chapman, a friend and colleague, referred to an article on LinkedIn to explain his growing disinterest in Open Space conferences, I started writing a quick reply. The quick reply soon outgrew the limitations for a LinkedIn response and therefore ended up as this blog post.

First of all: I love Open Spaces, absolutely love them. Second, it’s a shame there’s not more real ones…

Open Space

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Assessing maturity of a technology department

Apr 4, 2019

Our ultimate objective is to help our customers be successful. We have strong opinions on what successful companies look like and what is important for an organizational culture to support sustainable success, but that is a topic for another time. For the technology organizations or departments we work with, our objective loosely translates to

help our customers get the biggest return of their IT investment.

Many organizations put their faith in Agile and DevOps practices to achieve this, but fail to get the results they are hoping for.

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The Queen's Hyperloop Design Team: a lesson in Systems Thinking

Mar 7, 2019

Last year I was invited to help the Queen’s Hyperloop Design Team improve their chances in the SpaceX competition. They had just been informed that they did not make it into the last round of the competition, so we focused on setting up the team for success going forward.

Queen's Hyperloop Design Team workshop

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Understanding DevOps

Jan 18, 2019

When it comes down to defining DevOps, the industry itself is guilty of muddying the waters, grabbing every opportunity to turn the newest hot term into a lucrative service offering, regardless of how that term is understood. This has lead to as many definitions as there are opinions with DevOps being described among other things as automation practices, a CI/CD pipeline, a philosophy related to maintaining IT infrastructure and even a job title. However, when Patrick Debois back in 2009 embarked on a mission to bring the Agile mindset to the world of IT operations by choosing Ghent, Belgium as the location to organize the first DevOpsDays conference, my understanding of his intent was:

to decrease time to value supported by solid partnerships and automation practices.

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Observations from the (track and) field

Jan 9, 2019

In 1968 a little-known high jumper, Dick Fosbury, won Olympic gold by breaking with convention.
Traditionally, high jumpers would scissor kick over the bar, and Fosbury encountered much skepticism as he took a new approach - jumping with his back to the bar. While the other competitors focused on optimizing their existing step by step techniques, Dick Fosbury experimented, and by trial and error perfected a successful new approach - the Fosbury Flop. The Flop became the go-to practice, and within a decade, no high jumper using any other techniques has won since.

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Build powerful roadmaps

Dec 4, 2018

Many teams claim to follow agile and lean practices, yet are still challenged to deliver valuable software on a regular basis. Often, agile practices increase the transparency and visibility of the delivery process and, in turn, the intrinsic quality of the produced results. This creates the perception of an agile delivery model from within the system but rarely is the outside perception aligned with that view.

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