Author: Erik Talboom

20 March 2014 / Agile & Scrum
Work = Play: Activating fun through work

I have received quite some questions and remarks about the theme for this year's Work = Play conference. The theme is activating fun through work and a lot of people ask me: "Shouldn't it be the other way around, Activating work through fun?" And this is exactly what we want to counter with this year's conference. I have seen quite a few organisations where they...

28 February 2014 / Agile & Scrum
Want to co-create the program of #Wisp14?

In the first few weeks after announcing our Work is Play (#wisp14) conference, we already had a lot of positive input from partners, participants and facilitators. This is why we would like to ask you to join us to help build the program for that day. Because who is better suited to choose the workshops you would like to attend than you, yes you! On Monday...

12 February 2014 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
First gamestorming retreat in our own training room

In case I didn't talk to you before now: Happy new year. I hope 2014 may bring you much learning and collaboration. During our first gamestorming retreat of 2014 we experimented with several different gamestorming techniques:  How-Now-Wow matrix A different version of Dot Voting to try to avoid the influencing (more about that later) Code of conduct Job or joy 20/20 vision (Innovation games®) The anti...

9 July 2013 / Less is More
Software craftsmanship round table v1

Just in time before the second round table, I will share with you a brief overview of how the evening went. We first started off visualizing all the different topics we wanted to talk about. We did a simple post up gamestorming technique followed by a silent sorting to cluster the topics. When everyone had a good overview of the different topics / questions at...

10 June 2013 / Less is More
Software craftsmanship vNext

Last week, on 30 and 31 May, I attended the I T.A.K.E. unconference in Bucharest, Romania. I was asked to facilitate a workshop there and chose to combine two of my personal favorite coderetreat sessions into one even more challenging session: TDD as if the baby meant it. I will write about this session and some of the feedback I got on this soon, so...

6 May 2013 / Agile & Scrum
Most common mistakes in scrum ceremonies 7/7: general scrum pitfalls

With great power comes great responsibility You can’t expect a team that is used to working in a command and control environment to suddenly make the switch to becoming a self-organized team without any guidance. All self-organization in nature happens within boundaries. Just like in nature, we will need to set boundaries when we help teams in becoming self-organizing. We need to show them ways...