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Agile - sharing experience

The idea with the blog is to share experience about Agile in practice, I have been facilitating CoP (Community of Practice) with Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Team members etc. since 2010 with the purpose of sharing learnings from team to team...

“Learn from the mistakes of others-you can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” quote from John Luther

Maintenance using Kanban

Agile in practice Posted on Sat, March 29, 2014 16:53:17

I will have a short (12 min) presentation at LeanTribe in Malmö May 6 2014 with the topic “Maintenance using Kanban”, the presentation is very close to the one I wrote about in post13 – I added a few things and made it a PDF file…
I added a comment to Valdims presentation here


Management Posted on Wed, March 05, 2014 19:50:15

I found a very nice blog post about the penalty of multi-tasking here:

It is really hard to convience people about the penalty of multi-tasking and it is also a bad idea to isolate people, as teams works much better than individuals, but only if they can utilize their time without interrupting each other too much.

At one hand, you want everyone to know what others work on, you want them to discuss the architecture and get inspiration from each other, and at the same time you want them to avoid interruption and multi-tasking.
I found that if you place the team in a horse shoe shape back to back, it encourage them to interact much more – which is good, however it is also important that they don’t break too often.
A good way of working could be :
* morning meetings,
* if the team or part of the team want to continue to discuss a topic, they should use the time
* work until lunch and avoid interruptions
* after lunch you might have things part of the team need to talk about, and since lunch already interrupted the team, it is natural to put such a meeting after lunch
This is more or less what Scrum suggest, but it is really hard to stick to and I believe the team need help to stick to this, i.e. a team lead can highlight this to the team (write down observations and present it either at the morning meeting or at retrospective).
Cooperation is super important and gives a lot of value in complex projects, but it is always a trade-off, it is important to have the discipline both as a team and as an individual.

At the same time, I recomend people to use Pomodoro (I use to call it one-man Scrum), to get breaks into their work, again it is important that people don’t start something else, the best way for me to have a 5 min break is to go down the stairs (3 floors), outside the building and walk a short walk around the parking area and then back in, the risk is that you get into new interesting discussions if you go to the coffee machine etc…

Input to EASE – helping teams

Agile in practice Posted on Thu, February 13, 2014 10:13:48

I gave a short presentation today at our EASE workshop – I presented page 1 and 2, the rest should be read as input to the Executive summary…


Links Posted on Wed, February 05, 2014 07:30:44

I have scanned Crisp’s blog (mostly Swedish) and found it super interesting, it will be the next thing I read to get additional inspiration… 🙂

Creative week 2 of 2

Management Posted on Sun, October 13, 2013 21:43:26

This is the second and last description of our Creative week.

Agile and Innovation

Management Posted on Wed, September 18, 2013 21:15:53

Attached is the power point presentation that I did at LTH Thursday September 19, in this power point you will “only” find my “notes”. I changed the presentation slightly.
Attached (September 22 2013) is also a pdf-file, this is a description of what I said or tried to say at the presentation, I have included a few more things than the presentation.
I would be happy to receive comments on the pdf-file – either on this blog or on mail (

Creative week 1 of 2

Management Posted on Sat, September 14, 2013 13:12:05

I wrote a short article about our preparations for the coming creative week, I will write another when we have finished our creative week.


Management Posted on Sat, September 14, 2013 11:35:22

I was
searching the Internet for a picture to my description of a creative week that
we will have soon, I found a nice picture and was as usual looking at the page
behind and found this stunning article Huang really managed to nail down the
things – missing one thing though (as I see it), his example from Nokia not
going for the touch screen (and later the Dual SIM) was partly because of the
company culture at that time (I use to work at Nokia), Mark Parker (CEO at Nike,
one of the most successfully innovative companies today) says “Companies fall apart when their model
is so successful that it stifles thinking that challenges it….” (full story) – I believe that this is a
constant problem for big companies who do not allow the slack and new ideas to

And the picture that I found was this one:

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