Agile Tour Marseille

Agile Tour @ Marseille

On Thursday October 2010, I will be speaker at Agile Tour in Marseille France.

My presentation is “How can Star Wars can help you to improve your Agile Team Management”.

Session Objectives.

You can be manager, scrum master, coach, team member etc… There will always be a moment when someone will give you a task or ask you a status. We will have to communicate.

Here comes the leadership styles (or management styles). We will see each one of them, and we will see how they can help us in our team spirit. We will see which style to use in which situation.

Agile Coaching & Training (and more…)

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September is the time for Scrum & Agile in Belgium to come back !

Maybe you have notice that this Blog woke up end of august after some months of inactivities. Here we go again, i have some posts almost ready to publish.

Some brand news also regarding…me. I relaunch my coaching and training activities. You will find a brand new page on this subject here: Coaching & Training. This topic will give you more concrete on my services. I’ve also updated my Contact page. If you want to work with me, well i’m available.

Project Scoping using Visual Management

How to quickly have a first draft of your project Scope ?
How to quickly have a first draft of your project Scope ?

You’re facing a problem ? Having some (many) constraints ? Good for you ! You have the opportunity to be creative. Before that there is for sure a mandatory step. Grumble a little bit, Curse the whole world asking him ‘Why me” and “Shoot twice in the garbage” .:-) Ok now, calm down and let’s go further with this problem.

On my actual project I’m in the “Scope Definition” step. My difficulties are: I have a lot of stakeholders and a lot of input documents. And neither my documents, neither my stakeholders speak the same “language”. I mean vocabulary is always different.

Agile France Conference 2010 (ex XP Days France)

I will be speaker at Agile France 2010

On May 31th and June 1st, the  French Agile Conference will take place in Paris. This Conference is formerly known as XP Days France.

I will be honoured to give a keynote named “Agile and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) The eyes, ears and feelings…

A few words about this keynote: NLP is a new and “young” branch of psychology. NLP became famous because some Tv Series like CSI or The Mentalist speaks of it.

Far of the myths within those episodes, NLP is really a box of tools which will help you to succeed in your (Agile) Projects.

Feedback Agile Conference in Toulouse France (+Video)

This conference was for me the opportunity to meet the IceScrum team

March 19, I was in Toulouse France for the Agile SigmaT13 conference. Goal of SigmaT is to develop an Agile community in the “South-West” part of France. To do so, they make different actions, promotion meetings and conferences.

This conference was indeed a very nice experience for me.

14.30 I arrived at the university of Toulouse. My mission find my contact Claude Aubry. Claude was there, show me the place and invite me to meet the IceScrum Team.


Feedback 1st birthday evening of the French SUG (Scrum User Group) @ Microsoft France

Campus Microsoft Paris
Campus Microsoft Paris

In a previous post I told you had a plan to give a presentation in Paris, march 30th. It was for the first birthday of the French Scrum User Group. Here’s my feedback on this event.

I arrived in Paris around 4 p.m to avoid traffic jam, I was warmly welcomed by Xavier Warzee from Microsoft France. Microsoft was the sponsor of the evening and the event took place in their main offices in Paris. Xavier let me visit the place, all the offices, Tech-Rooms and let me “play” with the “Table-Surface”.

Scrum and Agile are taught at school !

Scrum in class
Scrum in class

A few months ago, via a comment on our Scrum Video, i met Jim. He is teacher in University (North Carolina – USA) and asked me if we had a “copyright free” version of our Scrum Video. Indeed Red Hot Chili Peppers, music on our Scrum Video is blocked by youtube, for a copyright issue. After some emails, i learned that Jim was teaching Agile and Scrum courses at University in collaboration with one of IBM’s leaders for their use of Agile.

Personally i was very happy to learn that future consultants, project managers, developers,… can be so soon in touch with Agile techniques.

Scrum 2.0

Follow the leader
Follow the leader

First of all I would like to apologize… I’m really sorry… for such a “buzz title” in this post ;-) Okay but, let’s see what’s beyond this “Scrum 2.0” expression.

In the project we worked 6 months using Scrum, the release was done and we had one month off. After the one month off, we were supposed to continue working on the same project with a second release in the next 6 months. Before starting, we took the opportunity for a lessons learned about our 6 first-months of work. One point was about the way we work in Scrum mode. Should we do exactly the same during the next 6 months ?

1/5: Team is “multi-tasks” (Five keys to succeed in your Agile/Scrum projects)

Team is "multi-tasks"
Team is "multi-tasks"

When i initiate a project, i regularly have this question from a team member. “Look, what specifically will be my role on this project ?”. And i always answer… “i don’t know”.

To make your project a success first point to consider is that the team (and so do you) must be “multi-tasks”. Indeed, on a Agile or Scrum project , do not expect to have a “job description” with the different actors (developer, analyst ,…) and the various tasks associated with these roles (the developer is responsible for code ,…). No, on a Scrum / Agile project we can summarize pragmatism by: “Project comes first”. If the project success requires you go and buy colourful post-it notes in a shop, then you do.