Xebia KnowledgeCast Episode 6: Lodewijk Bogaards on Stackstate and TypeScript

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The Xebia KnowledgeCast is a podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data.

In this 6th episode, we switch to a new format! So, no fun with stickies this time. It’s one interview. And we dive in deeper than ever before.

Lodewijk Bogaards is co-founder and CTO at Stackstate. Stackstate is an enterprise application that provides real time insight in the run-time status of all business processes, applications, services and infrastructure components, their dependencies and states.

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Xebia KnowledgeCast Episode 5: Madhur Kathuria and Scrum Day Europe 2014

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The Xebia KnowledgeCast is a bi-weekly podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data. Also, we’ll have some fun with stickies!

In this 5th episode, we share key insights of Madhur Kathuria, Xebia India’s Director of Agile Consulting and Transformation, as well as some impressions of our Knowledge Exchange and Scrum Day Europe 2014. And of course, Serge Beaumont will have Fun With Stickies!

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Dazzle Your Audience By Doodling

When we were kids, we loved to doodle. Most of us did anyway. I doodled all the time, everywhere, and, to the dismay of my mother, on everything. I still love to doodle. In fact, I believe doodling is essential.

The tragedy of the doodle lies in its definition: “A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied.” That’s why most of us have been taught not to doodle. Seems logical, right? Teacher sees you doodling, that is not paying attention in class, thus not learning as much as you should, so he puts a stop to it. Trouble is though, it’s wrong. And it’s not just a little bit wrong, it’s totally and utterly wrong. Exactly how wrong was shown in a case study by Jackie Andrade. She discovered that doodlers have 29% better recall. So, if you don’t doodle, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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Xebia KnowledgeCast Episode 4: Scrum Day Europe 2013, OpenSpace Knowledge Exchange, and Fun With Stickies!

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The Xebia KnowledgeCast is a bi-weekly podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data. Also, we’ll have some fun with stickies!

In this fourth episode, we share some impressions of Scrum Day Europe 2013 and Xebia’s OpenSpace Knowledge Exchange. And of course, Serge Beaumont will have Fun With Stickies! First, we interview Frank Bakker and Evelien Roos at Scrum Day Europe 2013. Then, Adriaan de Jonge and Jeroen Leenarts talk about continuous delivery and iOS development at the OpenSpace XKE. And in between, Serge Beaumont has Fun With Stickies!

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Xebia KnowledgeCast Episode 3

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The Xebia KnowledgeCast is a bi-weekly podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data. Also, we’ll have some fun with stickies!

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we get a bit more technical with me interviewing some of the most excellent programmers in the known universe: Age Mooy and Barend Garvelink. Then, I talk education and Smurfs with Femke Bender. Also, I toot my own horn a bit by providing you with a summary of my PMI Netherlands Summit session on Building Your Parachute On The Way Down. And of course, Serge will have Fun With Stickies!

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Xebia KnowledgeCast Episode 2

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The Xebia KnowledgeCast is a bi-weekly podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data. Also, we’ll have some fun with stickies!

In this second episode, Agile Clinic Doctor Kristian Spek talks about one of his patients at XebiCon 2013.

Then, Jan Jouke van der Zee from CJIB takes us through his key takeaways of XebiCon 2013.

Third up is our regular section in the Xebia KnowledgeCast: Fun With Stickies by Serge Beaumont. In this episode, Serge talks about the dotting trick and the blocked waiting-for column.

Finally, we try something new on the podcast with a Skype interview. Nicole Belilos explains the gist of her popular XebiCon 2013 session on Dealing With People You Can’t Stand and tells the audience which book to read.

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The Truth About Agile Management, And How It Can Help You

The truth about agile management is that there's too little of it. So little in fact, that there are those who believe it does not exist. Or worse, that it should not exist.

Many companies are switching to an agile approach. As a result, wave upon wave of agile transformations strike at the heart of classic reductionism. Some are absorbed, others just dissipated or reflected.

When an organization absorbs agile, it truly groks the concept of continuous improvement. Of striving for perfection in order to find ways to improve ever more. For these companies, the question is never “how agile are we?” They ask themselves “what's next?” They structure and restructure themselves accordingly. Depending on the experiment at hand, they adopt a set of practices to maximize the chance of a positive outcome. Sometimes this requires less management, sometimes more.

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Constructing Your Parachute On The Way Down, Overcoming Organizational Gravity For Smarties

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, while in flight, without a parachute is generally not recommended. Strangely, it’s exactly what happens in a lot of corporate lean/agile transformations. People jump enthusiastically, enjoying the rush of sudden speed and the exhilaration of getting things done as a team, only to discover organizational gravity when they hit rock bottom.

If only we knew how to fly. In his acclaimed survival manual “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,” Douglas Adams points out that there is an art, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

To be able to do that, you need power. And for that, you need to know a little bit about how to get it. You need to know about politics.Read more →

Xebia KnowledgeCast Reboot

Podcasts are a passion of mine. I love to listen to them, and I love to create them. But, not unlike writing, what I love even more is thinking about creating podcasts. I’m a natural born procrastinator, but I’m recovering. That is why I’ve volunteered to reboot the Xebia Podcast by Serge Beaumont and Robert van Loghem.

The Xebia KnowledgeCast will be a bi-weekly podcast about software architecture, software development, lean/agile, continuous delivery, and big data. Also, we’ll have some fun with stickies!

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In this first episode, Guido Schoonheim explains why he has high hopes for the Xebia KnowledgeCast Reboot, before sending me off in search of content.

Then, Jacqueline Evers shares her views on work-life balance. For some reason, a lot of lean/agile coaches seem to suffer from a lack of it. Why is that? And what can you do about it?

Third up is our first regular section in the Xebia KnowledgeCast: Fun With Stickies by Serge Beaumont. In this episode, Serge talks about the ISAS acronym he uses when coaching lean/agile teams. The acronym stands for Identity, Stability, Autonomy, and Scientific.

Then, DevOps guru Mark van Holsteijn explains the gist of his session on On Demand Infrastructures For Continuous Delivery. According to Mark, we need those infrastructures for something like DevOps to really succeed.Read more →

Toyota Kata by Mike Rother

Toyota Kata by Mike RotherTwo days ago, I read the book Toyota Kata by Mike Rother. Like most management books, the central message is hammered home by repetition. Some people, like me, may find that a bit annoying. That does not make this book any less a must read though. If you’re interested in making Lean/Agile really work in your organization without running the risk of organizational gravity eroding all your hard efforts over time, this book has the answer on how to do that. I’ll be incorporating the concepts of the Toyota Kata in my consulting from now on. Empower yourself. Read this book now! Or at least check out my summary of it.