Merry Christmas.

I know it’s not considered politically correct to wish anyone a merry Christmas these days, but I just can’t get used to saying “Happy Holidays”. Although, having said said, I suppose I am always happy about holidays, so perhaps it’s not so bad after all…

Today I am busy getting ready for the aforementioned holiday, making sure everything that needs to be tied up, is tied up. Anything that needs to get done, is done. And everybody who may need me over the next week, knows that it probably ain’t gonna happen. 🙂 …unless of course there happens to be an agile emergency, in which case of course I will move mountains for the team!

Keeping the spirit of this post light, I wanted to share a little Christmas fun I found the other day: Top Ten Gifts For the ScrumMaster In Your Life  by Mike Cohn at Mountain Goat

I’ll be away the next couple of weeks, spending some quality time with my family – I hope you get the chance to do the same!

Have a good one and see you in 2014!


A Man’s thoughts on Commitment.

Since I have been monopolizing ladies in agile last week, let’s start this week with a male voice – funnily enough talking about commitment, which if you ever watched a romantic comedy, is supposedly the last thing on their minds. 😉

Just one thing… by Eric Willeke

Hope you like it!

Sharing is Caring.

Starting out as a product owner in an organisation that has only recently switched to agile scrum and where pretty much all fellow product owners and scrum masters are also new to the agile game has been challenging at times. While it is nice to discover new ground together and not feel like the new kid in school all the time, sometimes it would be nice to have someone more seasoned and experienced to bounce ideas of and get inspiration on how to do things better. This lack of agile guidance within the team has often prompted me to go in search of knowledge in other places, mostly on the internet and often in the form of other agile blogs.

Since agile is primarily used for software development, naturally there are many others out there who talk about it on the web. Interestingly, I have mostly come across blogs written by men. I wonder why this seems to be such a male domain? Of course perhaps it’s just a coincidence that my online research has almost exclusively uncovered content by men, but then again even in discussion forums and agile communities, there don’t seem to be many other women who are engaged in the conversation. I am not a feminist by any means, nor do I think that there needs to be an equal amount of men and women in every profession, I am merely curious as to whether there are less women or whether they are just less vocal?

I was very pleasantly surprised when one of the women in agile found my blog the other day! Ladies, glad you are out there! 🙂

Rather excited to find another female voice, I went and took a look at her stuff myself. Cindy, thank you for introducing me to your lovely blog, beautifully designed and cleverly written. I particularly love your clever use of post it notes – inspired! I look forward to following you along and reading more about your experiences in the world of agile and I am very happy to be able to share your blog – a new favourite:

After all, sharing is caring.