Explain, Explore

[This post is one of many inspired by Agile 2015.] Here’s a game for newly-formed teams that you could play during a liftoff: “Explain, Explore”. It’s from Luke Lackrone‘s engaging session “#awkward – Coaching a new team“. All you need is a piece of paper and pen per person. It’s probably more fun with more …

Product Owner Value Game

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Dajo Breddels and Paul Kuijten brought their crafty PO Value Game to Agile 2015. I was lucky enough to get a spot to play and with a really advanced group, too! To me, the game has 2 valuable lessons to teach: It invites you to focus …

Thank God it’s Open Friday – FAQ

In my current talk “Thank God it’s Open Friday” I describe our experiences at sipgate with holding an Open Space every other week. If you’ve missed it, you can watch a recording (55 minutes) or read the paper. There are also slides, but they are not self-explanatory. So far, I’ve given it at Agile and …

What is Coaching anyway?

[This post is one of many inspired by Agile 2015] [Update: After reading Johanna Rothman’s comment, a better title for this post would have been “What is Reflective Coaching anyway”.] The other day I found out that my husband’s definition of what it means “to coach someone” was very different from mine. His was a …

Coaching Canvas

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Have you noticed how many canvases are around these days? Business Model Canvas. Lean Canvas. Value Proposition Canvas… Can’t we think of any other approach anymore? That’s why I was a little hesitant when Olaf Lewitz and Martin Alaimo opened up their “Great Coaching Conversations …

Sketchnotes from Agile 2015

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Note taking helps me to stay focused on a presentation or meeting. I used to produce loads of  densely scribbled sheets that I never looked at again, because I couldn’t find the pertinent points anyway. For Agile 2015 I decided to go the extra mile …

Thank God it’s Open Friday – Agile 2015

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Oh wow, back from Agile 2015. My first Agile. What a ride, so full of impressions and met so many interesting people! I feel about a gazillion blog posts coming on 🙂 But for starters, here’s the paper for my talk “Thank God it’s Open …

Rules are made up

Do you sometimes observe something awesome at work which makes you realize how much everybody’s mindset has already shifted towards lean and agile thinking? Lately I have a lot of these moments. I always savour them, because in every day routine it’s easy to see only problems and forget all the things that are already …