Beware the ever-looming ghost of Taylorism

Beware the ever-looming ghost of Taylorism

Avid readers of my blog (and attendants of my Scrum lectures) may recognize this topic, which is very close to my heart. Scrum and Taylorism represent two distinct paradigms. While Scrum is an emblematic representation of Agile, emphasizing team collaboration, flexibility, and a relentless focus on delivering genuine value, Taylorism stands as a methodology deeply … Read more

Unlocking innovation with Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures, explained

Imagine you work for a company that wants to improve its processes. Despite numerous brainstorming sessions and team meetings, transformative ideas are unattainable. How could this be resolved? By implementing Liberating Structures! Liberating Structures provides a set of dynamic methods that revitalize conventional thinking, generating new ideas and solutions to complex problems. These methods promote … Read more

Help, my Scrum Teams have become self-managing

Help, my Scrum Teams have become self-managing

As a diligent and incisive Scrum Master, your hard work in fostering self-managing Scrum Teams has finally paid off! These teams, thriving in autonomy, show a high level of engagement which correlates with improved productivity and innovative solutions. They are responsible for their work, make crucial decisions, and resolve challenges independently. However, you may now … Read more

Applying an empirical mindset to your daily life

empirical mindset

As an agile coach, my role is steeped in empiricism. It’s a principle on which Agile and the Scrum framework rest, allowing us to adapt in complex projects with unpredictable aspects. Empiricism, at its core, involves making decisions based on observed and tested phenomena. It’s about learning from experience, adjusting our actions based on what … Read more

What does servant leadership mean?

Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is an innovative approach that contrasts traditional leadership styles. It emphasizes empathy, listening, and placing others’ needs before one’s own. We see the importance of servant leadership, especially in Agile and the Scrum framework. In this article, I explore how managers can apply servant leadership and why it’s a vital tool in today’s … Read more

Making Metrics Matter: what can we measure in a Scrum Team?

Metrics

In the world of (agile) development, metrics hold a key role. They provide insight into team performance and guide improvement. However, focusing on the wrong ones can lead to undesired results. This article aims to shed light on crucial metrics, beneficial for both individuals and teams in a Scrum setting, while taking into consideration the … Read more

Agile Kata, explained

Agile Kata, explained

One night, while going down a reading-rabbit hole, I came across an unfamiliar term: ‘Agile Kata’. My thoughts strayed, and I found myself transported back to 2002, to the film “Equilibrium.” Equilibrium (directed by Kurt Wimmer) is a dystopian action film, starring Christian Bale. The film contains some fantastic action moments, but it was sadly … Read more

The Spotify model, explained

The Spotify model, explained

As someone who uses Spotify on a regular basis to listen to music and podcasts, I like the platform’s user-friendly design and vast library. Although I’ve just recently became aware of the ‘Spotify model’ as a framework for scaling agile development processes, I’m not familiar with its distinguishing features or how it compares to other … Read more

The Scrum schism: a house divided

A house divided: the Scrum schism

During a recent Scrum training I enquired about the different Scrum certificates. I have attained a lot of certificates through Scrum.org, but I know that the Scrum Alliance also gives out their own certificates. The response of my (Scrum.org licenced) trainer was a little more dramatic than I initially expected. They shared their insights on … Read more

The shadow and the mask

The shadow and the mask

In my quest for personal growth, I have found that true growth comes from embracing all of my facets. These days, self-discovery has a starring role in my adult life. The older I become, the closer I feel to becoming a complete person. Life experiences have coloured what used to feel like a blank slate. … Read more

Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis

“Know thyself”, the age-old saying reminds us. It beckons us to explore our desires, motives, strengths, and even our deepest vulnerabilities. I recently took a short break, during which I penned a few articles. One titled “The State of Discomfort” examines how discomfort can catalyze positive personal and professional transformation. These writings flow from me … Read more

Shades of identity

Shades of identity

I have often heard the term ‘white-passing’ used to describe me. People look at my build and complexion, and they see a European, perhaps with a touch of Mediterranean. Yet, I have always identified as someone of mixed heritage. Upon closer inspection, there’s a hint of something else. A round face that tans a bit … Read more