Traveller or Gardener: Agile Architecture at KPN

What is an Agile Architect? The role of architects in an Agile organisation has been a topic of debate for a long time now. What is 'Agile Architecture'? The Scrum Guide only provides information about the Scrum team itself. Different Agile Scaling mythologies offer...

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Bad (?) news: The Scrum Master role is not going away

There seems to be a big misunderstanding about the role of the Scrum Master going around in the Agile community. The phrasing people use differs a bit, but it always comes down to this: "When you start a Scrum team, you need a Scrum Master, but after the team becomes...

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The ‘Spotify model’ is not a model. Here is why.

The so-called Spotify model is usually mentioned together with SAFe and Less as a scaling model. It's not, actually. Let me explain. Since the Spotify Engineering culture video came out in 2014, it has been taking the Agile world by storm. And rightfully so! I know...

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28 tasks of an Agile Coach

I am a fan of Bernd Shiffer's "42 Tasks for a Scrum Masters job" and "37 Tasks for a Product Owners job". I do not necessarily agree with every item or think the lists are complete, but  I have found though that it can help understand just how broad these roles are if...

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Are you a Product Owner and interested in UX?

Are you a Product Owner and interested in User Experience? If so, Xebia is organising a conference on UX that might be interesting. UXNL brings you the latest trends in the industry with inspiring keynotes by our heroes and much more. Learn from the world’s best UX...

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To resize or not to resize. That is the question.

When working with a team as an Agile Coach or Scrum Master, I inevitably run into the  question what to do with stories that are 'left over' (not completed) when the sprint ends. Should they be re-estimated (also often referred to as resizing or re-Pokering)? And...

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Scrum vs kanban

A couple of years ago I gave a presentation at a conference on the difference between Scrum and Kanban. I used prezi, here is the presentation: Jasper Verdooren...

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