Author: Erik Talboom

20 March 2019 / Agile & Scrum
How LEGO® can help you facilitate self-designing teams

Yes, you read that correctly: we’ll use LEGO® to support people in designing their own team structure(s). As Einstein once said: “Play is the highest form of research”. What you want people to do when designing their own teams is to research different possibilities, and decide on the best setup for them to accomplish their mission. Giving people the space to create their own team...

27 February 2019 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
How to come to an inviting Theme for your Open Space?

Open Space Agility (OSA) is a repeatable technique for getting a lasting agile adoption. By focusing on employee engagement, a leader can expect a genuine and lasting agile transformation with much higher employee engagement and more predictable, reliable and repeatable improvement overall. To initiate the OSA process, Open Space is the centerpiece. In this blog post I share how I recently facilitated a team defining...

21 February 2018 / Remote Collaboration
Remote legacy coderetreat

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to facilitate several in-company legacy coderetreats for one of our clients together with the software craftsperson exatraordinair Koen Metsu. I still believe this is an extremely powerful training format to help people to get into practising babystep refactoring and test automation. One of the sessions was with 18 people of which none were physically close to...

22 November 2017 / Software Craftsmanship
Taking personal responsibility in a technical role

After have participated in my 3rd workshop with Christopher Avery on Personal responsibility I started realising how powerful this could be if we could apply this way of looking at, and dealing with, technical problems more. In case you are not familiar with the process can you read about it or watch a short introduction video on it to get the basic gist of it....

4 May 2016 / Agile & Scrum
The zone of harmony: The Axen rose part 3

If you don't know yet what the axen rose is, please first take a quick look at part 1 and part 2 of this blog series. This way you already know the basics that I will elaborate on in this post. So next to the zone of conflict (hawk - capricorn) and the zone of removal (owl - turtle) we have a third zone out of which...

3 March 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Different communication styles: The Axen rose – part 2

If you don't know yet what the axen rose is, please first take a quick look at part 1 of this blog series. This way you already know the basics that I will elaborate on in this post. Given the horizontal and vertical zones that were explained in the previous post, we can start identifying the different areas in more detail. Something that was added...