You might think: “This is almost the same as the title of an essay by Tobias Mayer.”

And you are absolutely right.

I came across the term in February of 2020 when I read his wonderful book The People’s Scrum for the first time.

Working in continual improvement for over 15 years, it’s been relatively easy to explain what I do. But it was a lot more difficult to explain the why of it and how I feel about it.

Just before I became a freelance consultant I read Steve Jobs’ biograpy and was bitten by the famous Think Different…

My garden on a cloudy day this weekend.

To be honest with you, I’m not much of a gardener. I like our garden, but don’t like to put in too much maintenance work. So we decided to keep things simple. Some bushes, some hedges and grass. My partner takes care of the flowers (in pots). Together we do the necessary to take care of the rest. Even though our is garden simple, it still requires us to maintain it. Without gardening the grass would grow too high, the hedges would explode and the weeds would start to take over all the rest, if not everything.

While looking out…

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To say Agile has grown over the past 20 years is quite an understatement. In the software development world, working in an Agile way is mostly the standard today. Apart from the framework or methodology you are using. Even beyond software development, Agile is beginning to claim its place. Some marketing organizations and teams have started to adopt it and especially in Europe a whole new Agile HR movement has started to grow. Hooray for that!

When looking at (IT) Service Management however, the progress remains small. To be brief, there’s not much around in terms of Agile Service Management…

Drawing by Marco Polenta (I want this as a poster!)

“Forty-two!” yelled Loonqawl. “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”

“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”

As the drawing above might have slightly given away already, this excerpt was taken from the wonderful and very funny book “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” by Douglas Adams. …

This morning I got out of bed way earlier then I normally do. Since this suddenly gave me quite some extra hours for my day, I decided to pick up Gunther Verheyen’s little book Scrum — A Smart Travel Companion again and finish it.

I catogorize the book as a “professional”, but reading it brought me more joy than most non-professional books I’ve read.

Even more than Gunther’s Scrum trainings, the book breathes and creates deep understanding of what Scrum is really about. …

Book review: Sociocracy 3.0 by Jef Cumps

When I started an online book club two weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect. How many people will join? What book are we going to read? How often will we meet? How do we do the reviews? It turned out everything happened quite naturally. Five people joined. We agreed to experiment to see what would work well and what wouldn’t. And the first book we chose to read was the novel Sociocracy 3.0 by Jef Cumps. So we started. Good enough for now, and safe enough to try.

Jef Cumps takes…

The lower part of my cupboard

The past two weeks have challenged me a lot into getting the most out of my non-billable time. One of the things that I believe I haven’t done enough is read. I will pick up pace eventually, so I don’t worry about it too much.

For those who haven’t figured out what to do with all the extra time they have now or just don’t know where to begin, here are a couple of professional books I strongly recommend. Enjoy!

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

First “professional” book I read somewhere in 2014. Great story on Pixar and its journey. Inspired my company’s name (WeCandor).

Drive by Daniel Pink

Serge Huybrechts

I consider myself an Agile explorer. Always seeking ways to make work and life better by — together with others — challenging the status quo.

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