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Yola & Co. and the Hackathon…

018 - Yola & Co and the Hackathon

As explained before in my blog Yola & Co. as SEAL Team… we need servant leadership to create highly skilled and highly motivated teams. One of the topics I discuss a lot with servant leaders I meet is how to deal with innovation within the company and whether there should be an innovation department.

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    Yola & Co. and Larman’s Law…

    017 - Yola & Co and the Larman's Law

    As said in my previous post, we need to change the way we deal with teams. Especially with precious high performing teams. Therefore servant leadership is very necessary for an Agile implementation to be successful. In order to become a servant leader as manager, one has to change behaviour. As an Agile coach it is not hard to convince the employees that change is needed and that this change involves a behavioural change as well. The same is true for convincing higher management. Nine out of ten times they do understand the need to change and the nature of those changes to become and/or remain a responsive enterprise in an ever changing market.

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      Yola & Co. as SEAL Team…

      *Possible meanings of ‘Hooyah’: Yes!, I understand, I’ll do it or F#@K You! or something else depending on the tone used. You know which one I mean here 😉

      In many discussions I’ve had in the past years as coach, scrum teams were compared to the famous elite teams from the military. Teams like SAS, Commando’s, SEAL-teams or Marine Corps. Especially when the discussion involves team autonomy for the development teams and the expectations of their management.

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        Yola & Co. failed to swarm…

        013 - Yola & Co failed to swarm (1000x456)

        Seriously…sometimes I’m more amazed than normally. And this time it was not only me who was caught by this surprise of the team….

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          Yola & Co. and The Phoenix Project Game…

           

          014 - Yola & Co and The Phoenix Project Game (1000x456)Along Agile, DevOps is really important right now when you take yourself seriously as an IT company. A lot of books are written on this topic but one of my favourites is The Phoenix Project written by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Stafford. And now the DevOps world becomes even better, with a Dutch company called GamingWorks creating a game based on this marvellous book. Fortunately my employer is one of the companies helping GamingWorks by running tryouts of the game and I was lucky enough to attend one of those tryouts/train-the-trainer sessions. How awesome is that? Learning about DevOps while being a part of Parts Unlimited!

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            Yola & Co. and the Viking Laws…

            012 - Yola & Co And the Viking Laws

            Sometimes you encounter situations or ideas that makes you wonder why this reflects perfectly on the Agile mindset.

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              Yola & Co. used to do this in the past…

              010 - Yola & Co used to do this in the past (1000x456)Once in a while I encounter senior engineers, architects, designers, etc. who started their carreer before the 90s, telling me Agile is what they did in the past. Before they practiced Prince2, RUP, ITIL, CMMi and the waterfall approach. But were they really?

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                Yola & Co got tickets for Agile Coach Camp Nederland 2016…

                011 - Yola & Co got tickets for ACCNL16 (1000x456)

                I really couldn’t wait before I could buy a ticket for the Agile Coach Camp Nederland 2016 edition. Last year was my first year I attended the conference and now I was waiting for the tickets to become available on Eventbrite.

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                  Yola & Co. and the pokering PO…

                  007 - Yola & Co and the pokering PO (1000x456)

                  Once in a while I encounter teams that do poker planning and that includes the Product Owner or even Scrum Master. But that is not how it supposed to be!

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                    Yola & Co. are Spotifying…(including checklist).

                    009 - Yola & Co are Spotifying (1000x456)Since the publication of the Spotify Engineering Culture movies on Spotify Labs companies try to follow the same ‘model‘. But what are they really doing….

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