Don’t leave broken windows unfixed

The Broken Windows theory was developed in 1982 in the US in the area of crime prevention. The theory describes norm-setting effects of urban disorder. Simply put, it means that if the windows of a building are broken the likelihood of further broken windows increases. This is a metaphor to stress that environmental and . . . → Read More: Don’t leave broken windows unfixed

Decision-making Poster

Agile teams work in a widely self-organized way. This raises the question who actually takes descisions in such a context. Depending on several factors such as corporate culture the way decisions are taken can differ. To build trust and support for descisions amongst the team it can be helpful to understand the way a decisions . . . → Read More: Decision-making Poster

JAX 2017 Sessions Download

The slide deck from my JAX 2017 sessions can be downloaded here.

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Bank11 Success Story

In 2016 PLEUS Consulting supported Bank11 in the development of their brand new sales financing system VICTOR 3.0.

Bank11 is a credit institution that specializes in sales financing. In 2016 the bank decided to replace their existing software with something new. To be able to meet the challenging requirements in terms of quality, customer satisfaction . . . → Read More: Bank11 Success Story

JAX Sessions about Agile and Architecture

Between the 8th and 12th May 2017 JAX will be taking place at Rheingold Halle in Mainz.

On the 8th I am going to give a presentation about Agile trends, myths and best practices. . In this talk I will show why Agile is the way to go and what it actually means to . . . → Read More: JAX Sessions about Agile and Architecture

Agile Animals

Agile is successful, efficient and (often) fun. That’s why many companies are trying to be more agile these days. Basically it seems to be easy to apply agile practices and frameworks such as Scrum, Lean Startup or Design Thinking to get started with Agile.

However in reality many, especially larger companies are having problems doing . . . → Read More: Agile Animals

Product Owner CRACK

When staffing your next agile project make sure you have the right Product Owner on board. In their book Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed Barry Boehm and Richard Turner coined the acronym CRACK which describes the properties of a good Product Owner.

Collaborative: Works well with development team and stakeholders. Is . . . → Read More: Product Owner CRACK

Turn contracts into documentation

In part one I’ve shown how to turn contracts into code. In this part I am going to show how to turn contracts into documentation.

Using the contract as a model for both code generation and documentation can save a lot of time. That is because the contract represents a single source of truth, which . . . → Read More: Turn contracts into documentation

Capacity Based Velocity Calculation for Dynamic Agile Teams

Traditionally the velocity (V) of agile teams is calculated as number of story points (SP) delivered per sprint. If our team is static, that means, it consists of the same or at least the same amount of people in each sprint we can get a velocity that really reflects the team performance. Although highly desireable, . . . → Read More: Capacity Based Velocity Calculation for Dynamic Agile Teams

Understand your Team with SCARF

If you are a Scrum Master or coach you might sometimes wonder why people act and react the way they do. The SCARF model can help you to understand which factors are driving peoples reactions. The model lists factors that cause a reaction of either approach or avoid. The factors are:

Status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness . . . → Read More: Understand your Team with SCARF