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Meet the Coach: Niels Verdonk

A discussion with agile42 coach and manager of agile42 Netherlands Niels Verdonk

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31 March 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Niels Verdonk, agile42 coach and founder of agile42 Netherlands.

What is your background and how you became involved with Agile and agile42?

I started working as a Developer in 1996 and in 1999 I came across the book Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change. At the time I worked in an organisation which prided themselves in the fact the were the best in delivering fixed time fixed price projects. A colleague and I were trying to spread the gospel but back then it was unthinkable we would sell an eXtreme Programming ...

Scrumtisch April 2017

Scrumtisch Berlin April 2017

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin :

  • Date: 10th of April, 2017
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceRestaurant Euphoria, Grünberger Str. 60, 10245 Berlin

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you and seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

Agile Decision Making in a Flat Structure

Full video of the talk Marius de Beer presented at the SUGSA monthly meetup event in Cape Town on 23rd February 2017

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28 March 2017
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Events
Tags
sugsa, youtube

Coach Marius de Beer presented a talk Agile Decision Making in a Flat Structure at the SUGSA (Scrum User Group of South Africa) meeting in Cape Town on 23 February 2017.

The objective of this talk was to give teams practical techniques for decision making in a flat structure. Most Agile frameworks are geared towards delivering software through self-managing, self-organizing, cross-functional teams, where all team members have "equal say."  Holarchy (completely flat structure) is also becoming more popular in the technology world. In both situations, teams frequently waste considerable time when a decision is needed and there is no clear ...

Product Mastery by Geoff Watts

Our review of "Product Mastery" by Geoff Watts

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22 March 2017
In
Product Owner

Cover of "Product Mastery"This book is dangerous. It’s got magic. You read it in the train, commuting to work, and the stations just pass by. You sit nodding, mumbling “so true” and “hadn’t thought of that” to yourself. Every day I read this book I have to hectically rush out of the train with open bag and book in hand. It’s dangerously captivating.

The length of 280+ pages is deceptive – the book is very readable and the pages just fly by. The text is clear and to the point, the ideas are well described and anchored in examples that are ...

HR people need to know and apply Agile practices

Agile has become a mainstream way of working in most companies. This is not only in tech departments, but also sales, marketing, and now HR

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17 March 2017
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agile

As agile coaches, we are meeting with HR people more and more often. Whether at companies, or seeing them at events, increasingly it is common to be drawn into conversations requesting a short introduction to agile. In this article I will share my thoughts and experiences around agile and HR departments, what they should know about becoming agile and how they can apply agile in their own work.

Why does HR need to know what it means to become Agile?

Agile generally first starts growing in the software development teams to enable short time to market delivery and enhancing the ...

Article in Leading Dutch Magazine Elsevier

An interview with agile42 on was published in a special edition of the Dutch weekly Elsevier on Business Agility

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10 March 2017
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Press
Tags
agility, business, magazine

Article Elsevier

Elsevier is a Dutch independent weekly news magazine. The magazine focuses primarily on higher educated readers and various segments within the market sector. In a special edition on Business Agility, they published an interview with Niels Verdonk and Garbrand van der Molen, two leading Agile Coaches of agile42 in the Netherlands.

In the interview they discuss various aspects of Agile in particular why it is that organisations often don't realize the full potential of Agile. 

Niels Verdonk: "In many organisations Agile is still seen as something which is something for the IT Department, without involvement of the rest of ...

How to Plan the “Perfect Retrospective” - a.k.a. Ditching a Good Plan

Planning too far ahead is a waste: it is best to stay flexible and decide as late as possible to make more informed decisions

“In preparing for a battle, I have found planning is indispensable, but plans are useless.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I love it when a plan comes together — but sometimes, you just have to let it go.

When coaching teams, you will soon find out that every team is different and even every meeting of every team is different. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike. The key is to be able to adapt your plan to the team’s needs, at every moment of time. Even the best plan is made based on the knowledge and assumptions of that current state ...

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