Author: Jurgen De Smet

2 October 2019 / Agile & Scrum
LeSS No More Majors Story at SFPD – Webinar Recording

We are proud to share the story of the No More Majors Community at the governmental institute of pensions in Belgium (SFPD) which was initiated as part of their LeSS adoption preparations and strategy. This recording was made on August 28th when Tom Jans & Thierry de Pauw did a pre-run of their Munich LeSS Conference talk. Short introduction: SFPD was applying Scrum for many years...

4 September 2019 / Agile & Scrum
How to run multi-site Scrum events without tooling?

Today I am frequently working with larger organisations and continually have to deal with people in different locations across the country or globe. This kind of context brings its own challenges and many people hope to find solutions in tooling and so did I, but hey, did I think wrong! Before going into running multi-site events, a bit of context on team setup and the need for...

21 December 2018 / Agile & Scrum
20 New Year’s Resolutions for Scrum in Your Organization

The end of the year is nearby, time for some New Year’s resolutions! Last year we provided some help to get started for Change Agents, the year before we got the Scrum Masters started and long time ago the busy Scrum Product Owners, this year we want to support your entire organization to adopt Scrum as it was intended to. Here are 20 new year’s...

15 February 2017 / Agile & Scrum
Case Study: Large-Scale Scrum at BASE Company

Base Company was the third Mobile Operator in Belgium and stayed within the top 3 market leaders, even today now the organisation has gone through a new change. Their IT was part of the technology department that was also responsible for the mobile network, from design to operations. Within the IT organization were a couple of hundred people, a mix of people on the payroll together with...

25 January 2017 / Agile & Scrum
The Shocking Truth about Firefighting in I.T. Organizations!

Why are there so many IT people out there who have the feeling they're actually a firefighter? Why do they have the feeling to be jumping from one burning house to another? Why do they have the feeling work is driven by fire alarms? Why is it that the loudest voice in the office, the biggest fire, gets things done? A bunch of questions I...

12 January 2017 / Agile & Scrum
How to fix Scrum teams that are terrible at estimating and forecasting?

First of all, we should ask ourselves: "Why do we estimate?". In a lot of cases it's because of the wrong reasons, but let us assume we are in a context where estimates are needed.  What would that context look like? A Large-Scale setting where a Rolling Wave Plan is used by other parts in the organization (sales, marketing, heck even customers), increasing the complexity IT teams are...