Be the Change you want to see

Yay, I’ll go back to work in January. I’ll return to my ex-ex-employer and it feels like going home. I’m looking forward to being part of a team again. I’m also a bit frightened, because I’ll be a web developer once again. Something I haven’t done full-time for 10+ years. It’s not going to be …

Join the Wall-Skills.com Advent Calendar!

Have you ever heard of “Testing on the Toilet“? I hadn’t until Roland presented it at the Düsseldorf Agile Meetup: Some Google testers wanted to improve the (automated) testing done across the company. That’s why they started to hang up tips for testing in the toilets for people to read in their “leisure” time. They exchange …

XP Days 2013 was a blast!

The last three days have been packed with fun, interesting sessions and nice people. I attended part of the XP Days in Karlsruhe and it was great! Some observations: Although there’s “XP” in the name, there’s a lot of Scrum content 🙁 BUT, the ratio of developers to coaches and scrummasters was much healthier than …

Achievement Unlocked: Figure out what to do (Sabbatical #2)

Having time in abundance is a funny thing. It made me come clean with a lot of illusions I cherished about myself. Instead of “put your money where your mouth is” it’s “put your time where your mouth is”. Moment of truth: I invested my time differently from how I thought I would. And I didn’t …

Fruit of 2 Weeks Sabbatical: Board Avatars

Two weeks ago I left my job for a 6-month Sabbatical to work on whatever the fuck I want – A big experiment on myself: What will I do when left to my own devices? Actually do stuff or slouch on the couch, eating pralines? I’m happy to report that I did in fact accomplish …

My Facilitation Kit

About two years ago, I toyed around with the idea of a “Scrum Master Emergency Kit“. Today I’d like to show you the kit tray I really use. I hope it’s useful for people new to facilitating retrospectives (or meetings in general): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpH9PIXY1xA] My tray contains (ordered by frequency of use): Whiteboard markers (no Flipchart …

“Verständlich Schreiben” – Workshop am 13. April in Düsseldorf

[English Summary: On April 13th, I’m giving a workshop on writing that follows the tips in this article.] Wir alle freuen uns über gute Doku, wenn wir etwas Neues lernen. Doch wie sieht es mit der Doku für unsere eigenen Projekte aus? Ist sie a) vorhanden und b) verständlich geschrieben? Gut zu schreiben kann man …

Agile Stammtische in Düsseldorf und Umgebung

[English Summary: A list of meetups on Agile or Lean topics in Düsseldorf – where I live – and its surrounding cities.] Heute habe ich zum zweiten Mal eine Liste aller agil angehauchten Stammtische in meiner Umgebung zusammengestellt. Sobald ich etwas zwei Mal mache, wittere ich ein Pattern. Vielleicht ist die Liste ja für noch …