In 2004, I first came into contact with Agile. I heard a lot of it and I got the opportunity to visit a Scrum tutorial with Joseph Pelrine.
I was very interested in Scrum but I quickly realized that the organization I worked for didn’t have had the maturity for starting with Scrum. So I kept on working in a traditional environment, but also kept on being interested in Agile.
In 2010, Scrum came back to me. We started to build a completely new product version where I was the line manager of the development team.
In 2011, I attended a CSM training with Simon Robert.
Again in 2011, while starting my new position at 1&1, Agile became my primary focus.
Today, I find myself highly motivated to help teams, either in setting up agile or in becoming better. I love to share my knowledge and experience and to pass a bit of my enthusiasm and passion to the teams and individuals I’m working together.
For my department, as a kind of inventory, I started to conduct an agile survey. This was the ideal way to come into touch with all agile teams. In my first survey, I interviewed 23 team, assessing which agile elements they are using and to what extent. Now, in 2013, we conducted this survey for the third time - once a year.
The main benefits are:
It became clear to me that in my organization, we have some really bright and motivated colleagues, but they don’t communicate much. This is one important part of my work: linking people.
Internal Conference “Project Management Days”
First planned as an event only for the project managers, team leads, ScrumMasters in my department, we are now having twice a year an internal conference with up to 110 registrants. Amazing, what we can achieve by mobilizing our experts sharing their knowledge and experience with all others!
We now change the name of the conference to Project/Agile/Scrum/Kanban to better address the audience: Project managers, ScrumMasters, Team Leads, Managers, Product Owners, agile teams,...
Trainings & Workshops
In the mean time, I can offer a vast set of trainings and workshops. Due to the size of my organization, every effort I spent on preparing them, results in multiple events:
Kanban Team Workshop:
Kanban for Dummies in 45 min:
Estimating in an agile environment:
Slack is the ultimate weapon: