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The promise of agile coaching: measuring team performance

Many companies use agile coaching to help teams to become effective at doing agile and scrum. Even though the idea of agile coaching is often described as beneficial, there is surprising little evidence for this effect. Evelien Krooshof has therefore measured the effect of coaching by the agile coach / scrummaster in her recently published master…

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Outsourcing development – working with Romania

More and more companies choose for outsourcing or ‘distributed software development’ where part of the team is in The Netherlands and another part of the team is in another country. The reason is often practical: It is hard to find experienced software developers in The Netherlands. In order to understand how distributed development works we regularly…

Stefan Leijnen

Agile and scrum for non-IT teams

Agile and scrum were invented for software development teams, but these methods are increasingly used by non-software teams. We get more and more coaching requests to help many other teams, and together with these teams we discovered that you can adjust agile and scrum to work for any team.

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DevOps explained : The Phoenix project

DevOps is an important IT concept that is often misunderstood. DevOps is not just a better collaboration between development and operations. It is a new way of working between marketing, product management, development, test, operations and IT security. One of the few books that explain this well is The Phoenix Project. In this article we…

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Using the agile principles in a scrum workshop or retrospective

Asking team members to rate themselves against the 12 agile principles it a very interesting and useful exercise during a scrum workshop or retrospective. With ICT Institute we are occasionally asked to lead a ‘scrum update’ workshop: a training for teams that already know wand do scrum, but like to do it better. Especially in these…

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