Author: Johan

1 October 2016 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Workshop with Christopher Avery!

Who? Recently we came to hear that Dr Christopher Avery would come around to present his new book. Without hesitation from within Co-Learning we took the opportunity to organize a workshop given by Christopher himself. I guess you might be wondering why I’m that enthousiast about a person coming over to Belgium. It’s all about The Responsibility Process®.   The What? A few years ago...

14 September 2016 / Agile & Scrum
A Backlog item Card Creator in Google Sheets

Why A few months ago I was on an assignment where there was a clear request to use physical cards for their stories.  It helped to give an overview by laying them on a large table. Always good to hear that people are thinking out of the box when searching for ways to visualize their work. Luckily I had this available in xls format, written in VB. It...

31 August 2016 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
The Winning Circle: The Making of

Elegant experiment In a previous article, I’ve talked about an elegant experiment from 1962 we’ve re-done. At the moment of writing this article, we’ve completed 2 dry runs:  One with a small group of students, and one bigger group of agile coaches, managers and scrum masters. We got plenty of feedback, and improvement is on its way. This article is about how we used Luke...

24 August 2016 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
The Winning Circle: The Game

Interesting Experiment Lately I discovered an interesting experiment described in a book about transparency by Warren Bennis.  It was not that much in detail, but the references -as in all good reads- were well mentioned. The experiment we’re talking about was done in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  So I tried to find out as much as I could about this experiment.  Because of its...

6 April 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Case Study: Enhancing Team Work Using Dojo’s

The issue: knowledge sharing & alignment It is frequently seen that even though people are working on the same delivery there still is misalignment on the way of working, with what degree of finish (D.O.D. interpretations), etc.  This especially happens with different skills and contexts that imply different perspectives on how to look at software. Either way you place it: knowledge sharing is lacking.  One of the...

23 March 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Surprise Surprise: Benefits of Cross-Functional Teams

Stage Backlog Refinement session.  Purpose  Our Product Owner came up with new stories to be estimated. 14 to be precise.  It required some preparation however.  We have 2 teams, and they do the Backlog Refinement together.  Around 20 people in one room, partly offshore, estimating together is quite a challenge! Meeting Progress The meeting was slowly progressing and at the same time the activity was...