A Cookbook is not Enough…

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Conference | No Comments

I held a talk at XP2011 just before lunch today, about aligning the information infrastructure of an enterprise to agile projects. This is the prezi I used: A Cookbook Is Not Enough on Prezi I’ll post a write-up of my findings and my current state of opinion on that topic in a later post..

Still No Silver Bullets

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Conference | No Comments

On the first main conference day of XP2011, Esther Derby is speaking in the first keynote about the downsides of Agile transitions. She has these amazing hand-written slides… In fact, last night on the way to my room, I passed a person sitting in the lobby working on her slides. In the lift, I thought, […]

Coding Dojo with Emily Bache at XP2011

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Programming | No Comments

I’m at XP2011 in Madrid, enjoying a coding dojo session with Emily Bache. We’re tackling a Minesweeper kata, and as long as it’s not yet my turn to code, I’ll summarise her introduction to TDD which I liked a lot. (Thanks to Markus Gärtner for the inspiration) Emily started with a story of a developer […]

What does an Architect do?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Common | 4 Comments

I’ve been working with numerous software organisations for years, occasionally where the software is intended to be embedded in hardware… I regularly meet people with the role “Architect”. But I don’t really have a clue what real architects do—they design buildings, basically… I’ve seen a lot of bad effects caused by inadequate metaphors in software […]

How to be an Explorer of the World

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Book review, Linchpin | No Comments

Recently got a book in my hands which contains simple, yet amazing tips on how to treat the world like an artist and reflect on what you experience in your world: Write down ten things about the place you’re sitting which you did not recognise when you sat down. Use your senses. Do it quickly. […]


Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Programming | One Comment

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ALE Network – first ideas from AgileStammtisch Düsseldorf

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Community | 3 Comments

It seems like yesterday that Jurgen Appelo started the Agile Lean Europe group on LinkedIn. I noticed it because I follow Jurgen on Twitter, and because I knew him from the XPDays Benelux last year. I didn’t really care at the time (I think it might have been early February) as I thought, “not another discussion […]

Dan Pink on Motivation

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Book review, Linchpin | No Comments

Watch this awesome TED talk by Daniel Pink on Motivation: I’ve read his books, A Whole New Mind and Drive, last year, and they changed the way I think about management. Reviews will follow….

Play4Agile Closing Session

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Community, StrategicPlay | No Comments

Dieter Bertsch filmed the four Retrospective Session acts at Play4Agile. Awesome! A writeup of my impressions from that awesome event will follow. Enjoy… Lego Art Mind Map Role Play .

April 1st

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Community, Linchpin | No Comments

An awesome day. Several things I need to tell you… Some of which might be true. I decided to start blogging every day. We’ll see how that goes. I got a book, highly recommended my my friend Michael Sahota, started reading the first 5 pages, and have been sucked in. Review coming up… The ScrumAlliance […]