More and more organizations are adapting to scrum. Managers responsible for ‘managing’ resources get new challenges In general traditional resource management is on defining a new team for a new project and ramping down the team when the project ends. During escalations the best resources are pulled out of the team to fix […]

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In a previous article I wrote on 12 best practices for scaling teams and managing dependencies. I used the insights from SAFe, LeSS, NEXUS and Spotify. In this article I will focus on ownership, visualisation and cross team and external dependencies.

Ownership of dependencies

The topic of ownership is an interesting topic. Talking with […]

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Scaling and dependencies are inevitable and pose an interesting challenge for a Release Train Engineer on a train with 15 teams. During multiple PI’s teams learned to improve in this area but I still felt we could do better. In a small analyses I investigated the data and looked for best practices from […]

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The term ‘Collaborative Cyber Security’ has been borrowed from Richard Hackman’s book Collaborative intelligence. In this book he describes the lessons learned from researching the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. The CIA wanted to solve hard problems with teams instead of individual Analysts. Hackman present strategies for creating an environment that supports the success of a […]

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This Friday (September 30th) Mike and I finished a succesfull Program Increment Planning Event with 14 teams in India and the Netherlands. This event symbolizes a 8 month journey creating a Agile Release Train consisting 4 teams creating common components to 14 teams creating a platform. It was also the event in which I handed my role […]

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On October 31th 2014 I attended the Agile Tour Brussel 2014 (#ATBRU) conference for the first time. One of the sessions was on Scrum in Industry (Scrum beyond Software series). Xavier Quesada Allue and his college shared their experience in implementing scrum at a supplier of Volvo. This supplier produces parts for the Volvo plant […]

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This weekend the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 started in Alicante Spain. Seven teams will compete for a year in the Mount Everest of sailing competitions. This year the setup has significantly changed. All teams use the same boat and sails. All boats are maintained by the same company.  In earlier editions the team with the […]

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On Wednesday 4th of December 2013 Wouter Kolenbrander will talk on the route to become an Agile BI Organization. Wouter works for the Network Information Management System (NIS) department within Rijkswaterstaat. Rijkswaterstaat is an agency within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, […]

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In this post I will discuss the does size really matter game to find out your project is in trouble. This game can be done from the moment the project initiative document (PID) is discussed in the project board. In a way this is an early early warning sign. In this post project size is […]

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After my first post on Troubled Project I got some nice reactions:

Damien Braeckman • I like the “complexity game” (good name by the way) and often add an additional dimension to it. After having the solution explained to my by the team, I rephrase the solution and explain it in my own words to […]

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