About Better software sooner
Most methods, frameworks and technologies promise, some more implicitly than others, that they are the way to create products faster. Or better. Or both. Well, there is good and there is bad news. The bad news is that there is no magic all-containing one-size-fits-all solution that you can buy which results in better software faster. The good news is that there are numerous tools, patterns and techniques that all can contribute in creating better software faster. This is where my expertise lies. More on Better software sooner
Agile Project Leader
As project leader I primarily focus on finding and working with the right people, techniques, tooling, allies and doing whatever we need to do to fulfill the business demands. I believe quality is non-negotiable and that we aren’t finished until the job is done. The job is always to reach shared (business) goals together.
I love to work with people. I love diverse teams. I love to fix stuff. I love to set up new stuff.
I feel very comfortable when there are organisational challenges that need to be fixed. I thrive when there is still much to improve. I focus on reducing technical debt, removing complexity and creating a culture where the simplest working solution should be the first version of things. Building teams with a strong engineering culture without compromising business goals and time to market.
Me, I didn’t start my study of Information Technology until the age of 27. Before deciding to go back to school I did many other things including a poorly chosen study and a lot of production and cleaning jobs…. read more
Years of experience in consultancy and training resulted in a couple extensive and highly configurable trainings which I easily can tailor according to your needs. Besides these trainings I also give regular agile, scrum, scrum master and product owner trainings. Click here to see the whole trainingsportfolio.
For me the most important thing is finding ways to help companies in creating the best possible products and services. In this quest there are numerous tools, ways of working, environments, trends and frameworks that can help us in doing this secure, fast and reliable. Whether it is agile portfolio management or continuous delivery, Devops transitions or product visions, I always look for optimization the whole. For me this is the flow from strategic goals to customer feedback.
Agile method and technology framework agnostic getting things done....
Fullfilling business demands through DevOps, creating engineering culture, reducing tech debt, simplify IT architecture and connecting with the whole organisation....
Productising in enterprises, business strategy, product vision, impact mapping, story mapping, product canvas, refinement, data driven development...
Business goal validation, experiment driven development, backlog validation...
Most methods, frameworks and technologies promise, some more implicitly than others, that they are the way to create products faster. Or better. Or both. Well, there is good and there is bad news. The bad news is that there is no magic all-containing one-size-fits-all solution that you can buy which results in better software faster. Read more about Better software sooner[…]
From Spotify to Scrum and DevOps The agile community, as any community, has an strong tendency for standardisation or fixed patterns. The widely used and discussed combo Spotify model and SAFe is a great example in my opinion. I believe that the gain for Spotify wasn’t the picture of their model but the journey they Read more about The myth of the perfect DevOps team[…]
In regards to agile stakeholder management there are two important patterns I often see: – Product Owners in general are really busy managing the “the business” or “the stakeholders” but no inventorisation and classification of these groups is being done. – While the business or stakeholders are not mapped, we pretend to exactly know what Read more about There is no such thing as “the business”[…]
I think that product ownership is one of the toughest, but at the same time best jobs I could ever think of. The thing is that a lot of product owners tend to be drawn to, or pulled in, the operational activities instead of proper product development. The true value and essence of product ownership Read more about The only 4 activities of a Product Owner.[…]
Wanted: BusDevUXSecTestSalesOps senior software craftsman with passion for Scrum, expert on COBOL, Unikernels and ReactiveX “All Things are Difficult Before they are Easy” – Thomas Fuller. Well, in regards to all that’s expected from software developers nowadays, we are certainly doing a proper job in creating expectations that are difficult to fulfil. If we would Read more about Wanted: BusDevUXSec TestSalesOps[…]
Since my first projects when I started experimenting with extreme programming and Scrum I was intrigued by the importance of the Product Owner role and the lack of support to be found. So I started to search for tools and techniques which could support PO’s in their work so we all would benefit and start Read more about The perfect Product Owners flow[…]
There is always a reason for making software. Let’s rephrase that: there should always be a reason, at least from a business perspective. How else could our products have any impact? Whether we want to make an app that that seamlessly connects riders to drivers or build a community where you can hire and rent apartments while Read more about Impact mapping and continuous validation[…]
I had a talk once with a developer who complained about the status of their codebase. He showed me a piece of code and after we had a shared “Ooh THAT is crappy code” moment, he closed the file and continued his work. business as usual. “Erm, yeah but…did you just…why don’t you….what?…” It’s like Read more about Crap on the carpet[…]
“Hello Doctor, I have epicondylitis lateralis and I think we can fix that with Shockwave therapy. Shockwave is a brand new treatment that is faster, cheaper and better than all the other methods. Everyone I know does it. Don’t bother looking that up for I’ve done some research on the internet. It’s the best there is. Read more about A man went to the doctor…[…]
Don’t worry: I am not going to jump on the “agile is dead and a failure” bandwagon. I do not want you to stop working with Scrum. I just want you to stop starting with it. A lot of companies realize something’s got to change in order to survive. Especially software development departments feel the Read more about Stop starting with Scrum[…]