The pitfalls of Scrum as Agile Marketing approach

Rosanne Bal Door: Rosanne Bal,  26-03-2017
Onderwerp: Agile Marketing  

Scrum and marketing can be very strong allies. Especially for plannable work, Scrum can help you to work more effectively, create focus and learn more often. In the end, these aspects lead to more successful marketing campaigns, maximized value and continuous surprises for your customers. This promise makes Scrum a good framework to start your Agile journey with.

However, be aware of the pitfalls. This blog outlines the most common pitfalls of Scrum in Agile Marketing and gives some practical tips on how to prevent them.

5 things every agilist could learn from Bob Ross

Teun Menting Door: Teun Menting,  21-03-2017
Onderwerp: Agile  
--Yes, Bob Ross!

Even though Bob Ross failed his ultimate goal, to get me to pick up a brush and enjoy painting, he has never failed to relax me. I will probably never pick up a palette or hang any Bob Ross inspired artwork on my walls, still his soothing voice and repetitive brushstrokes calm me down after a busy day. Recently some of the things Bob says to help explain how he paints stuck with me and I noticed that they are directly applicable to any agile way of working. So, if you are like me and you won’t let Bob Ross teach you how to make (very cliché) artwork, at least let him teach you these five things to keep in mind.

Modern programming languages - bloated or powerful?

Harm Pauw Door: Harm Pauw,  17-03-2017
Onderwerp: Code quality  

On March 7, 2017, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2017 and with that support for the seventh version of the C# programming language. C# 7.0 adds support all kinds of new features including Value Tuples, Pattern Matching and Nested Local Functions. With each new version, the language keeps growing with new features. Since it's conception 16 years ago features were added for functional programming, parallelism, asynchronous programming and more.

C# of course isn’t the only language that offers a broad range of functionality to developers. Most modern languages used today offer developers a lot of functionality. One could argue that, while these new features provide value, it becomes harder and harder to know, understand and apply the full potential of a programming language. You also often don’t need all functionality. Therefore, one could say the languages are bloated and it might be better to keep a language simple and concise. 

Distributed Agile Teams KickON

Cleo Kampschuur Door: Cleo Kampschuur,  10-03-2017
Onderwerp: Distributed Agile Teams  
Twee werelden die enorm van elkaar verschillen, maar tegelijkertijd ook zo goed bij elkaar passen.

India: het land van kleur, familie, godsdienst, lekker eten en ‘ja-knikkers’.
Nederland: het land van molens, fietsen, gelijkheid, nuchterheid en botheid.

"Dont Roll-Back, but Fail Forward"​

Willem Vermaak Door: Willem Vermaak,  10-03-2017
Onderwerp: Software Release  Continuous Delivery  
Let me start by admitting that the quote is not mine. I wish I was able to come up with this. The credits to this remark go to a software engineer I worked with during my time at AutoTrack.nl.

Why I Don’t Like Chief Product Owners - The Not SAFe For Work Version

Wilbert Seele Door: Wilbert Seele,  06-03-2017
Onderwerp:
About two weeks ago I published an article about why I didn’t like Chief Product Owners. This article was written from a SAFe perspective, which as you all know has several roles dealing with scope. In that article I argued strongly against the title Chief Product Owner, and explained why it was a terrible idea.

My first 100 hours as a consultant at Prowareness

Bas Flapper Door: Bas Flapper,  06-03-2017
Onderwerp: Consultancy  
The first of February I started as a consultant, a week later I was coaching teams for my first client. These 100 hours were scary, frightening, overwhelming but most of all warm, joyful and fun.