As soon as I settled down in Colombia in 2016, I started to work for a commercial business that sells materials for architectural projects. Furthermore there is a foam factory for the production of customized mattresses and furniture. As soon as I understood the big picture I recognized the huge potential. In this blog post I want to tell you about some interesting checkpoints of this project! Read how and why we initiated a Lean Change Process to get this Company ready for the next decade!
In a fast-moving business world even big organizations feel the pressure to innovate and quickly produce valuable solutions. If they take too long in bringing a product to the customer they can be overtaken by a faster moving competitor. One powerful way for companies to compete is to establish a team-based learning culture – teams that are able to learn and act effectively. This blog post should provide you some powerful details on why it is important to learn together and 10 tips on how you can support this process of working in your agile team. Continue Reading →
After I moved to South America in 2016 I wanted to know how agile approaches could work in a foam factory. I started from the scratch by chatting with many people in the organization and recognized that they react very different when I speak about agile values. The meaning of the term was unclear for them and the teams weren’t sure how it would affect their daily work. This gave me the motivation to point out the importance of agile values and why they bring so much positive impact to a team, even when it’s in the context of production. Continue Reading →
In this blog post I would like to raise awareness about Impact Mapping – a game-changing method I learned last week on a training with Jef Cumps. This method can significantly improve the way many teams and organisations build products. This blog post describes the way how to use this technique. Continue Reading →
Hi guys, in this post I want to share a nice technique that I applied several months ago with one of my teams. I want to explain the value of User Story Mapping. Learn why it is important and how you can run this powerful method on your own. Continue Reading →
Hey everybody. I want to write my blog posts as authentic as possible. Therefore every single article is based on real-life experiences from my daily work as a Coach. This time I want to tell you something about bad team setups. In my time as a Coach I often faced the situation to join a team whose members were mixed up randomly by the company. The resulted constellation can be super frustrating because team members weren’t selected according to their skills and context. In this blog post I will explain you the hard consequences of building teams without a plan. Read about the 3 main characters that are absolutely mandatory for a highly innovative and creative team. No Theory! No Fluff! Just Real Life Facts! Continue Reading →
Dominic here, with a quick update on what I’ve been up to here in South America. Over the last few months, I’ve expanded my Blog’s mission to bring you tools to help you accomplish one critical thing:
Finding useful and applicable techniques, tips and tricks that help you to succeed with Agile in your daily work.
Most of you are searching for a way to get ahead in Agile and theory just doesn’t cut it anymore for those who want real success in their business.
If you’ve noticed, you might see that I’m a big fan of experiments, testing different things and adjusting the path based on the results. It seems most people are too lazy to do this, and I’d say it’s the number one factor for success. Continue Reading →
Know what’s harder than running great Coaching Sessions?
Making them unforgettable!
That’s exactly what’s needed if you’re serious about Quality Coaching and Teaching! In this blog post I want to answer a very simple question:
What quick and applicable Secrets can help you instantly of moving your next Training from average to unforgettable?
Therefore I asked some Scrum Masters and Coaches in my network to share the coolest and fastest ways to increase the quality of any kind of instruction. I’ve assembled a very small list of the best ideas that you can apply in different occassions like Retrospectives, Workshops or Plannings. Below you’ll find 3 refreshingly original ways that help you run an unforgettable Coaching Session. Let’s jump in! Continue Reading →
Ugh, it happened again.
It’s Monday morning, and I’m sitting down with my first cup of coffee. I send my first Tweet about #NoEstimates and I got challenged by some people who did not fully internalize the idea behind the #NoEstimates movement.
It seems to be a never-ending battle: Should we run Estimates or #NoEstimates in Agile?
Discussions tend to go extremely deep. All too often they go into the wrong direction and result in a “do-or-die” fight. Little space for a constructive chat, don’t you think?
It can be highly annoying, especially on Twitter when people start writing tons of messages separated in various Tweets. Twitter is just the wrong platform to have detailed debates.
In this article I want to point out my personal statement why we got rid of Estimation Meetings, and why you should consider it too!
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Hands up if you’ve ever failed as a moderator in an Agile Retrospective! My guess is that you have!
Even if you do work your ass off on preparing a great Retrospective, the team remains bored, extremely unmotivated and there is only a low-level engagement what makes it impossible for you to make the Retrospective valuable.
BUT, What’s really going on here?
First … Don’t worry, that happens to almost all Coaches who moderate an Agile Retrospective! I experienced this as well.
So what if I told you that you can add a squad of tools to your toolbox that will eliminate a ton of time spent on terrible Retrospectives? In this Blog Post I want to share with you some Hard-Won Lessons about moderating a valuable Retrospective that will hit the mark! Continue Reading →