Destroy your company!

Door: Willem Vermaak, Wilbert Seele,  24-08-2016
Onderwerp:
What?! What kind of a clickbait title is this?! Why on earth would anyone want directions on how to “destroy your company”? You’re probably already thinking of clicking away. But give us a moment of your time to explain.

In our Agile courses we often talk about something called “the speed of change”. We illustrate that where it took almost 75 years to get 50 million people on the very first version of a telephone, it took Rovio just over 2 years to reach the same amount of people with Angry Birds. Everything happens much, much faster these days.

De slager die zijn eigen vlees keurt

Door: Willem Vermaak,  24-08-2016
Onderwerp:
Op de Haarlemmerstraat in Leiden zit Slagerij van der Zon. Voor de Leidenaren (en ook voor vele buiten Leiden) is deze slagerij een waar begrip. Sinds 1945 levert deze slagerij top kwaliteit vlees en dat is dan ook waar ze om bekend staan. Hoe komt het dat ze zo succesvol zijn in het leveren van zulk goed vlees?

Scrum causes more change for developers than you might think!

Harm Pauw Door: Harm Pauw,  11-07-2016
Onderwerp: Development Team  Craftsmanship  
When starting to use Scrum as a framework, often a lot of attention is given to the Product Owner and Scrum Master roles. This makes sense, since these are roles that didn’t exist before and play a key part in the Scrum framework. The development team of course also gets attention: developers need to learn the new way of working, know the events, roles and artifacts of Scrum. But besides that, there’s also a lot that stays the same for developers. They still develop features using the same programming language, they still have to test their software and release it once in a while, so that all stays sort of the same right?

Building the right thing - The outcome of high performance teams

Door: Dianne Elsinga,  21-06-2016
Onderwerp: high performance teams  

Reliable high quality software delivery is essential to be successful as a business in today’s fast changing world. But in Europe it’s hard to find qualified passionate techies, who can develop the software you need to realize your business ambitions. In countries like India technical people are readily available. That’s not new of course. What is new though is that the Agile mind-set is becoming more popular in India also. Many developers don’t feel like working in small cubicles anymore. They don’t want to be told what to do by somebody higher in the hierarchy. And they don’t want to be an invisible radar in a company with 50.000 anonymous others.

Needs of High Performing Teams

Alex van der Star Door: Alex van der Star,  20-05-2016
Onderwerp: Agile Management   agile  Agile Coaches  Agile Coach  Agile Teams  Culture  Development Team  High Performing Teams  Scrum  Scrum Teams  Team Happiness  Team morale  What motivates people  zelfsturende teams  

The needs that High Performing Teams have

In my previous blogpost, I wrote about the characteristics of High Performing Teams. To come to these characteristics I did a small literature review. For this part, I will establish the needs that need to be filled in in order to enable teams to become high performing.

Remember, I am still talking about a team of knowledge workers developing and maintaining a software product.

The Prowareness Culture - Commitment

Door: Barry Overeem, Marten Meij, Stephan Vlieland,  19-05-2016
Onderwerp: Cultuur  
Prowareness is a coaching & consultancy firm with distributed Agile teams located in India. We help organizations transform into software-driven responsive enterprises. In the past few years Prowareness has been growing rapidly. To enable and harness this growth Prowareness uses the “cell philosophy”. When a team (cell) reaches a certain size, it’s divided into two. This ensures the separate teams preserve a maintainable size and further growth is stimulated.

Prowareness has formed its culture along the way and it appears to be a culture with lots of differences compared to traditional organizations. People that enter our office feel this culture right away and are sometimes surprised and intrigued by our approach.

The Prowareness culture is based on 7 values:
·        Teamwork
·        Continuous learning
·        Energy & craziness
·        Commitment
·        Ambition
·        Openness and transparency
·        Integrity

Undoubtedly, Prowareness is the most Agile company in the Netherlands. Yes, this is a bold statement. A statement that asks for a more detailed description. Therefore we will write a series of blog posts about our culture. Hereby culture is considered a result of the present mindset, behavior and skills. The areas by which a culture can be influenced are symbols, power structures, organizational structure, control systems, rituals and stories. We will describe the supporting activities and practices Prowareness uses to foster the values.

This blog post will be about the cultural value ‘Commitment’.

The Prowareness Culture - Continuous Learning

Door: Barry Overeem, Marten Meij, Stephan Vlieland,  19-05-2016
Onderwerp: cultuur  
Prowareness is a coaching & consultancy firm with distributed Agile teams located in India. We help organizations transform into software-driven responsive enterprises. In the past few years Prowareness has been growing rapidly. To enable and harness this growth Prowareness uses the “cell philosophy”. When a team (cell) reaches a certain size, it’s divided into two. This ensures the separate teams preserve a maintainable size and further growth is stimulated.

Prowareness has formed its culture along the way and it appears to be a culture with lots of differences compared to traditional organizations. People that enter our office feel this culture right away and are sometimes surprised and intrigued by our approach.

The Prowareness culture is based on 7 values:
·        Teamwork
·        Continuous learning
·        Energy & craziness
·        Commitment
·        Ambition
·        Openness and transparency
·        Integrity

Undoubtedly, Prowareness is the most Agile company in the Netherlands. Yes, this is a bold statement. A statement that asks for a more detailed description. Therefore we will write a series of blog posts about our culture. Hereby culture is considered a result of the present mindset, behavior and skills. The areas by which a culture can be influenced are symbols, power structures, organizational structure, control systems, rituals and stories. We will describe the supporting activities and practices Prowareness uses to foster the values.

This second blog post will be about the cultural value ‘Continuous learning’.

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