PSD (Java) Train the Trainer

From Jan 20th until 28th the first PSD (Java) Train the Trainer gathering took place. It was held in Sao Paulo/Brazil. The idea behind train the trainer is to horizontally scale up our effort to teach good and emergent coding practices to developers. With more trainers there is more exposure....

Dreyfus Model and Communication

It is amazing, you can talk to someone, use words that make perfect sense to both parties and still, they don’t communicate at all. I had this experience last week. The Scrum Teams I have been coaching for some time now were scheduled for a meeting with a manager. It...

SID (Scrum In Depth) First Run

As mentioned in my earlier blog entry, I gave my first SID training in Bern, Switzerland on June 5th/6th.The two days were exciting in many aspects. The audience compiled of ten managers, programmers and analysts from different domains was already well on its way to become agile. This meant that...

Mobile Me iDisk and rsync

I’ve been using Mobile Me since 2002. (Then it was called .Mac). One of the features I really like is the iDisk. This is really convenient when you have to transfer large files. Also, I use it to keep a set of files I need again and again for my...

Productive Meetings

Don't know what your experience is like, but for me it is the following. Meetings are much more productive when someone is standing at a white board and writes down ideas, risks, problems and what have you. I am sure every single human being who has attended enough meetings has...

Pomodoro Technique

About one and a half years I made a huge mistake. A mistake which cost me lots of productivity. One and a half years ago I read about the Pomodoro Technique and was excited about its approach. I even printed out the free PDF. My mistake was to totally forget...

Agile is about Deliverables

I just came back from a wedding which took place in a small remote place in northern Bavaria, Germany. What does a wedding have to do with agile software development? Nothing at all, but quite a bit.The bride and the groom are both living in Paris, France. She is from...