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08:30
09:00 Plenary Session
09:30  The well-balanced Product Owner

Robert van Lieshout

 Colorful birds – that is all you need to build connected people!

Marie Jacqmin
&
Jurgen Maus

Max: 28 
 Giving and Receiving Feedback isn’t rocket science!

Philippe Vandessel
&
Geneviève Loriaux

10:30 Coffee Break
11:00  Develop a Growth mindset in the Growth Sprint

Johan Decoster & Claire Deconinck

 Test yourself at the TCR workout machine!

Philippe Bourgau
&
Ahmad Atwi

Computer
Max: 40 

Public Repo and slides

 When working harder does not solve the problem anymore

Jan De Baere

12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Plenary Session
14:00  Ethics for Agile Coaching

Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

 How to start up a distributed team online with gamification

Ben Linders

Computer
Max: 20
 Find your Energy

Per Beining

Max: 30 
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30  Happy Imposter

Remi-Armand Collaris
&
Dionne Oomen

Max: 24 

Miro board used in the session

 Build-Run-Improve-Repeat

Koen Vastmans
&
Jord Rengerve

Computer
Max: 14 
 Serious; LSP it’s not a game.

Peter Latten
&
René Marquenie

Max: 32 
17:00 Closing plenary
17:30 Drinks and Talks
Legend
Technology and Technique
Team and Individual
Process and Improvement
Other

Session descriptions

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The well-balanced Product Owner

How to avoid becoming a feature-factory

Robert van Lieshout

Are you a Product Owner struggling to find the balance between stakeholder demands and developer requests? Or a developer trying to convince your P.O. to make some room for Technical Debt?

Let me get you started with a very simple yet effective backlog management technique: backlog quadrants. And as a bonus I’ll show you how to write good product backlog items for each different quadrant (hint: user stories are only good for 1 of those quadrants).

Goal of the session: insights and useful techniques for backlog management
Intended audience: Joke, Hank, Ellen
Expected experience: Beginner
Session Type: 60 min experiential learning session
Are you a Product Owner struggling to find the balance between stakeholder demands and developer requests? Or a developer trying to convince your P.O. to make some room for Technical Debt?

Let me get you started with a very simple yet effective backlog management technique: backlog quadrants. And as a bonus I’ll show you how to write good product backlog items for each different quadrant (hint: user stories are only good for 1 of those quadrants).

Joke is a product manager for a succesful product company. Joke finds it hard to talk to the development team, to make them understand what she needs in the product. Joke hopes to meet some developers and other product managers who can help her and give her some tips.
Joke
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Colorful birds – that is all you need to build connected people!

Marie Jacqmin
& Jurgen Maus

The most awesome products are build by a group of intrinsic motivated people that share the same dream and that have learned to become the best possible team using their personal strengths.

Sounds nice? But how can we connect with people that seems to have completley other values?

In this session you will explore different personality styles, their strengths and weaknessess.

You will learn how to improve your collaboration with others and build stronger relationships.

Goal of the session: Although diversity makes teams stronger it is not always easy to work together. This session gives some insights on the behaviour of different people. How not understand and get empathy for each other. And how to make each other stronger.
Intended audience: Jan, Marieke, Leo, Bram, Philippe, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Hanke, Ellen
Expected experience: None
Session Type: 60 min experiential learning session
4 birds with some specific characteristics.

Eagle:”A disaster has happend, we will not make it in time, investigate this, do that, when will it be done, do you not see how urgent it is” No, no, no questions, I need to go…”

Owl:”We will give you a perfect analysis, we will start if we have everything under control, we will take all the time to be 100% sure, first the plan”

Parrots:”fantastic, such a big opportunity, lets go for it, I have a new idea, waauuw this is even a bigger opportunity, if we would do this and that it will be awesome, and we could also do this”

Pigeon:”……, don’t like them fighting, lets not change to much, they probably do not feel good about that, I should say something about it but then we will have more discussions, lets keep the peace, how can we help them”

Recognizable? How can they ever work together?

Still they have all potential to become the perfect team by using the strengths of all of them.

In this session you will learn the different personality styles, their strengths and weaknessess.

How to improve on you collaboration with others and build stronger relationships.

Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Marieke is part of a team that delivers product software on a regular basis and has started to use some agile techniques. She feels it doesn't really work in her situation. She hopes she can hear from real people in real teams how they have been practicing these things, and which problems occurred in their situation, and what kind of consequences that had for them.
Marieke
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. He wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it's an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.
Leo
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Philippe comes to XP Days because his boss told him to go. He doesn't really care, because going to this conference means that he will be away from the hectic chaos in the office for 2 days.
Philippe
Georges is a stressed project manager. He's heard that agile projects are more effective, more fun and rewarding. He doubts if everything he's heard is true. But what if it is...?
Georges
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. He comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what "agile" can offer him.
Vincent
Joke is a product manager for a succesful product company. Joke finds it hard to talk to the development team, to make them understand what she needs in the product. Joke hopes to meet some developers and other product managers who can help her and give her some tips.
Joke
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Giving and Receiving Feedback isn’t rocket science!

Lead by example and learn how to give and receive feedback

Philippe Vandessel
& Geneviève Loriaux

You know what? Feedback is not something awkward. It’s a present! Join our session if you want to foster a culture of team growth based on feedback.
Goal of the session: Discover what powerful feedback can do for you and your team.
Intended audience: everyone
Expected experience: No experience needed
Session Type: 60 min discovery session
Feedback is all around us, every day, in every aspect of our lives. You could say we should be well-trained in giving and receiving feedback, especially when working in agile teams were we’re suppose to learn and adapt from feedback. But, no, generatively spoken, we suck at feedback!

Did you ever had a co-worker, team member, friend,… who was annoying the crap out of you and you didn’t know how to give that feedback in a healthy manner? Or are you uncomfortable with telling someone he’s doing a great job? Did you ever think that the receiver of your feedback didn’t get your message and doesn’t take up the massive advise you’re giving?

The common factor is you! Are you man enough to lead by example in personal leadership and learn how to give and receive feedback to people around you?

In this session:

– What is feedback all about? – INTENTION

– What does feedback say about me? – REFLECTION

– How to give feedback? – STRUCTURE

Btw, we love dialogue! This session will be interactive. You will be invited to share and challenge our thoughts and ideas.

Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Marieke is part of a team that delivers product software on a regular basis and has started to use some agile techniques. She feels it doesn't really work in her situation. She hopes she can hear from real people in real teams how they have been practicing these things, and which problems occurred in their situation, and what kind of consequences that had for them.
Marieke
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. He wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it's an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.
Leo
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Philippe comes to XP Days because his boss told him to go. He doesn't really care, because going to this conference means that he will be away from the hectic chaos in the office for 2 days.
Philippe
Georges is a stressed project manager. He's heard that agile projects are more effective, more fun and rewarding. He doubts if everything he's heard is true. But what if it is...?
Georges
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. He comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what "agile" can offer him.
Vincent
Joke is a product manager for a succesful product company. Joke finds it hard to talk to the development team, to make them understand what she needs in the product. Joke hopes to meet some developers and other product managers who can help her and give her some tips.
Joke
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Develop a Growth mindset in the Growth Sprint

Make real progress on your most important improvement goal through developing your mindset.

Johan Decoster & Claire Deconinck

Start creating your own “Immunity to Change” Map – raise your self-awareness about what’s in your way to make progress on what is really important to you in your life right now.

Get a taste of mindset development in action.

Intended audience: all
Expected experience: no
Session Type: 90 min experiential learning session
If there was ONE thing that you could get better at, and that would make a significant improvement in your work, what would that be?

This is the central question that you work on during the Growth Sprint. An 8-week transformative peer-coaching program where you discover and start overturning your limiting assumptions. People join the program with goals they truly want but haven’t been able to achieve yet. Like: I want to get better at delegating work, I want to get better at saying no to requests, I want to be more focused on what is important, … You know the techniques to do so but something is holding you back? Then this session is for you!

This is your chance to get a taste of how it feels to develop your way of thinking together with peers.

What you will do in this session:

– Understand what adult development theory is about (5′)

– What is the importance of it in change programs and a VUCA world (10′)

– Start building your first Immunity to Change Map – see why you are struggling to achieve your personal goal.(45′-60′)

– Leave the session with a real next steps

This program is based on adult development theory and the Immunity to Change method developed by Harvard psychologists R.Kegan and L.Lahey. GrowthLab21 is the only trained provider of this program in Belgium.

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Test yourself at the TCR workout machine!

What do you do when a workout becomes too easy? You add weights! But how do you do that with programming katas? Add TCR and start learning incremental design!

Philippe Bourgau
& Ahmad Atwi

What do you do when a workout becomes too easy? You add weights! But how do you do that with programming katas?

How do you teach coding in baby steps to experienced programmers who manage (mostly) to go through our katas in big steps?

TCR (Test && Commit || Revert) is the baby-step workout machine that you can add to your kata sessions!

Join this session, see TCR in action, and start coaching incremental design in your team NOW!

Goal of the session: Discover the benefits of TCR and learn how to use it to improve your coding dojos.
Intended audience: Jan, Leo, Hank, Bram
Session Type: 90 min hands on coding/design/architecture session
Materials: Public Repo and slides
What do you do when a workout becomes too easy? You add weights! But how do you do that with programming katas?

Incremental design is about stopping thinking of design as something set in stone, but instead starting thinking of it as a never-ending stream of small baby steps. Mastering coding in baby steps is the key to mastering incremental design. How do you teach coding in baby steps to experienced programmers who manage (mostly) to go through our katas in big steps?

TCR (Test && Commit || Revert) is the baby-step workout machine that you can add to your kata sessions! On top of teaching baby steps:

– It’s like a second coach, that constantly reminds participants to take baby steps

– It’s only a script, so it’s not as annoying as a human coach 😉

– Being an obvious ‘practice exercise’, it’s easier to sell than TDD katas!

– People say they enjoy the dash of ‘gamification’ it adds

– It teaches you how big a step you can take safely, this learning is actually easier to apply than TDD in legacy code!

– We’ve got a script, and it’s remote-friendly

Join this session, see and experiment TCR, and start coaching incremental design in your team NOW!

ℹ️ IMPORTANT PREPARATION NOTE:

To maximize practice time during the workshop, please prepare your development environment before joining. You can find the instructions in the repo’s README under the section “Running the kata using TCR”.

Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. He wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it's an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.
Leo
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank

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When working harder does not solve the problem anymore

working with knowledge workers in a complex environment

Jan De Baere

Knowledge work in the context of ever increasing complexity and speed of change. Organizations report me that they experience an ever increasing pressure to deliver, that the priorities keep changing and that people feel undervalued. They run around the whole day to move things and at the end of the day they are exhausted and realize that they still have to start doing the stuff they planned for that day. In our new context of increasing complexity just working harder is only going to make things worse. This talk is a visual simulation of work. You will see what causes this symptoms and above all what you can do about it. Work smarter not harder.

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Ethics for Agile Coaching

Agile Coaches are expected to act ethically, but what does that mean in practice?

Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Agile Coaching is an evolving profession and comprehends multiple disciplines. Agile Coaches are expected to act ethically, but what does that mean in practice?

In this session, we will explore the draft of the Code of Ethics for Agile Coaching, as published under the Agile Alliance. This Code intends to provide a single evolving source of ethical guidance for agile coaching across the broad range of constituent disciplines.

We will look at example scenarios to help identify the types of dilemmas agile coaches may face and discuss the appropriateness of ethical behavior in different contexts.

You can read beforehand the proposal of the Code of Ethics on the website of Agile Alliance https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-coaching-ethics/

Goal of the session: Learn about the Ethics Code for Agile Coaching
Expected experience: some experience as agile coach
Session Type: 60 min discovery session
Agile Coaching is an evolving profession and comprehends multiple disciplines. Agile Coaches are expected to act ethically, but what does that mean in practice?

In this session, we will explore the Code of Ethics for Agile Coaching draft, as published under the Agile Alliance. This Code intends to provide a single evolving source of ethical guidance for agile coaching across the broad range of constituent disciplines.

We will look at example scenarios to help identify the types of dilemmas agile coaches may face and discuss the appropriateness of ethical behavior in different contexts.

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How to start up a distributed team online with gamification

Ben Linders

Remote first is becoming the norm for new teams, new distributed team have to be working online together from day one. Let’s explore tools and playing formats that can be used to start up distributed teams and foster further team development.
Goal of the session: Ideas for building stronger distributed teams
Session Type: 60 min experiential learning session
Remote first is becoming the norm, and this is also true for new teams. Where you would previously organize one or more onsite kick-off sessions to start a new team, a new distributed team would have to be working online together from day 1.

Techniques used for team chartering might still be useful, but they would need a different approach for online working. Gamification, incentifying people’s engagement by using game-style principles and practices, can help you to build strong teams.

In this session, we’ll look at several tools and playing formats that can be used to start up distributed teams and foster further development.

We’ll do the exercises in teams, and as we will be experimenting with both in-person and online exercises it’s good to bring your laptop or tablet too.

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Find your Energy

– Boost your quality of life

Per Beining

Is your life filled with an abundance of Energy? Always feeling your best? Always having energy through out the day, week and year, and never feeling down? Never wondering how others are keeping and replenishing their to-the-moon energy levels?

…if so – this session is probably not for you.

If you on the other side could use inspiration and a peek into my treasure chest of the Mindset, Tangible tools and Ninja tricks on the subject of Energy Management, I welcome your inside.

Expected experience: Knowledge of Miro would be nice….
Session Type: 90 min discovery session
Is your life filled with an abundance of Energy? Always feeling your best? Always having energy through out the day, week and year, and never feeling down? Never wondering how others are keeping and replenishing their to-the-moon energy levels?

…if so – this session is probably not for you.

If you on the other side could use inspiration and a peek into my treasure chest of the Mindset, Tangible tools and Ninja tricks on the subject of Energy Management, I welcome your inside.As highlighted in Chris Baileys keynote from Agile 2019 on “How to manage your attention in a world of distraction”: Productivity can be divided into 3 main areas: Time management, Energy management and managing your attention – or Focus management – as I think of it.

This session is a walk through of the Mindset, Tangible tools and Ninja tricks – I’ve come across, picked up, used, refined and guided others to take into consideration – in the area of Energy Management.

My hope for learning outcomes is that you leave the session inspired in regards to Energy Management. Perhaps even with a tiny shift in your mindset towards Energy Management. And – who knows – you could also have acquired a tool or two to add to your productivity treasure chest.

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Happy Imposter

How to use your imposter syndrome to become a better team coach

Remi-Armand Collaris
& Dionne Oomen

Perhaps you recognize this: You are in a job interview or coaching a team or hosting a workshop and a little voice in your head says things like:

  • why should they listen to me
  • what do I have to offer that others don’t
  • what if they find out I am not the expert they expect

If so, we just found out you are not that different from a lot of us. Now, how can you turn these ‘imposter’ feelings into an advantage in your daily work as a team member, coach, or leader? How can you reduce the pressure of having to know all the answers and at the same time be more inspirational? Well, come to our session and find out 🙂

Goal of the session: Learn how to use your own imposter feelings to make a difference
Intended audience: Everyone, not afraid to self-investigate
Expected experience: No special experience needed
Session Type: 60 min experiential learning session
Materials: Miro board used in the session
In this workshop, you learn how to use your imposter feelings to create more impact in your environment. We will share what the Imposter Syndrome entails. You will experience how common it is and find out some (positive and negative) consequences of the Imposter Syndrome.

We use the central part of the workshop to look at your imposter feelings from a different angle, to discover how you are, in a way, fooling yourself. After that, we investigate our own ability to empower teams, not despite, but perhaps even because of our Imposter Syndrome.

You will gather practical ideas on how to turn your imposter feelings into an advantage in your organization tomorrow.

Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Marieke is part of a team that delivers product software on a regular basis and has started to use some agile techniques. She feels it doesn't really work in her situation. She hopes she can hear from real people in real teams how they have been practicing these things, and which problems occurred in their situation, and what kind of consequences that had for them.
Marieke
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. He wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it's an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.
Leo
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Philippe comes to XP Days because his boss told him to go. He doesn't really care, because going to this conference means that he will be away from the hectic chaos in the office for 2 days.
Philippe
Georges is a stressed project manager. He's heard that agile projects are more effective, more fun and rewarding. He doubts if everything he's heard is true. But what if it is...?
Georges
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. He comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what "agile" can offer him.
Vincent
Joke is a product manager for a succesful product company. Joke finds it hard to talk to the development team, to make them understand what she needs in the product. Joke hopes to meet some developers and other product managers who can help her and give her some tips.
Joke
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Build-Run-Improve-Repeat

A game about implementing and improving your DevOps cycle

Koen Vastmans
& Jord Rengerve

Imagine an organization working agile, but time to market is still too long. Management thinks DevOps can help, though. A CI/CD pipeline is what this organization needs, right? Can they really afford to do the wrong investments? Or should they prefer the safe environment of a simulation instead?

Build-Run-Improve-Repeat does exactly that: make you experience the impact of your investments and improvements on all the stages of the DevOps cycle, from plan, over test to monitor and back.

Intended audience: Jan Leo Bram Georges Vincent Hank Ellen
Session Type: 90 min experiential learning session
When talking about technical aspects of agile, DevOps is the next thing to focus on, bridging the gap between development and operations. Big tech companies wouldn’t be big tech companies without applying DevOps principles and practices. So what works for big tech companies, could also work for your organization, right? Which includes an automated CI/CD pipeline for faster delivery, right? If this is the direction your organization is going, that might not be the right choice to start with… But how do you avoid taking the wrong decisions? How can you experience the impact of your decisions in a safe environment? Well, then Build-Run-Improve-Repeat can help you. Build-Run-Improve-Repeat is a board game (only online for now) that revolves around the different stages of the DevOps cycle and their corresponding activities. It makes you decide how to invest in improving your way of working on all these stages and experience what happens if something goes wrong. And some things can really go wrong: what about bugs, security breaches, excessive load, performance issues, or system outages? And what can happen if your technical debt piles up because the teams absolutely need to deliver new features?

During this 90 minutes hands-on session you will get to know the gameplay of Build-Run-Improve-Repeat, experience what the impact of your decisions is and learn how you can get started yourself with this game in your own organization.

Not convinced yet? Then check out this video: https://youtu.be/cudbgA-hbnU

This is a hands-on session that lets you experience the game through the online platform Tabletopia.com. Participating will require a (free) account on Tabletopia.

Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. He wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it's an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.
Leo
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Georges is a stressed project manager. He's heard that agile projects are more effective, more fun and rewarding. He doubts if everything he's heard is true. But what if it is...?
Georges
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. He comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what "agile" can offer him.
Vincent
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. He comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.
Hank
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Serious; LSP it’s not a game.

An introduction into Lego Serious Play

Peter Latten
& René Marquenie

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) Method is not new anymore and it is already being used in several companies and teams for some years. But after sitting home for 2 years let’s sit together again. Get a refresh, some lessons learned. Let’s grab our bricks and start building and discussing some topics.
Goal of the session: Introduction to LSP and some building around corona
Intended audience: Jan,Ellen,Vincent,Georges,Bram
Expected experience: No experience needed
Session Type: 90 min experiential learning session
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) Method is not new anymore and it is already being used in several companies and teams for some years. But after sitting home for 2 years let’s sit together again. Get a refresh, some lessons learned. Let’s grab our bricks and start building and discussing some topics.
Jan is an experienced programmer. He comes to XP Days to get tips and tricks from experts and to learn about the latest trends in continuous integration and automated testing.
Jan
Bram has never missed an XP Days. Bram likes the XP Days because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.
Bram
Georges is a stressed project manager. He's heard that agile projects are more effective, more fun and rewarding. He doubts if everything he's heard is true. But what if it is...?
Georges
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. He comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what "agile" can offer him.
Vincent
Ellen is an agile coach. She wants to learn and share new ideas and experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Ellen

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Presenters

Robert van Lieshout

Robert van Lieshout

Website: https://www.pragmaticall.nl

Twitter: @robertvl

Robert is a compassionate agilist, coach and facilitator. With over 30 years of experience, he still has a lot to learn. His love for happy people and high standards have led him in many directions. As a result you can find him coaching individuals and teams, facilitating groups, as well as promoting BDD, TDD and pair programming.

A good way to get Robert started is to offer him a beer or a board game.


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Marie Jacqmin

Marie Jacqmin

Website: http://www.adjugo.com

Hello, my name is Marie,

I had been working for a while in agility and using scrum without naming it… when I was introduced to the movement by Chris and Karen @ Adjugo.

Got totally taken by the virus and had the chance to follow various amazing trainings, now looking forward to sharing visions and experiences on the matter. For me it’s about having fun and finding the right flow in your work, make ‘priority’ sound funky, getting things done the right way, everybody feeling at the right place.

On the side, I’m also taking care of the drawings for our sessions, that’s fun!


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Jurgen Maus

Jurgen Maus

Website: https://www.barco.com/

I’m proud to say I’m still growing as Scrum master & Agile coach.

8 years ago I was reborn as a servant person.

Dreaming of energized teams that are able to grow to their potential.

8 years of growing myself, removing the boundaries I put on the teams, giving them the environment to grow.

Growing towards organisational coaching. Growing towards trainer.

Keeping the fundaments of caring, positivism, autonomy, connection.


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Philippe Vandessel

Philippe Vandessel

Website: http://www.ilean.be

In 2015 Philippe participated in a Scrum team. This way of working was such a revelation and in the same time also a coming home. Finally all the pieces of the puzzle fell together. From that point on scrum and anything agile was the only way forward for Philippe.

Since that time, Philippe has helped several teams in adopting Scrum step by step by facilitating a culture founded on collaboration, trust and continuous improvement.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philippe-vandessel-9643882/


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Geneviève Loriaux

Website: http://www.ilean.be

Geneviève first got in contact with agile thinking when her husband started to create DevOp teams at his company some years ago. While working as a PM in the construction industry, she always has been looking for ways to improve collaboration in a very old-fashioned environment (<– big judgement here). In the journey to attempt to comprehend why the environment wasn’t receptive for these ‘ideal’ change opportunities, she learned more about Agile, Coaching and Non Violent Communication and it changed her life. It was time to quit the construction industry and master the Agile Methodologies and build an expertise in the things she became passionate about.

Genevièves’ higher purpose is to support others to be able to shine and thrive. She found that agile ways of working and open feedback can make a big difference for the teams she has been working with. For the teams she’s leading, she tries to be the leader she once needed.

www.linkedin.com/in/genevieveloriaux


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Johan Decoster & Claire Deconinck

Website: http://www.growthlab21.com


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Philippe Bourgau

Philippe Bourgau

Website: http://philippe.bourgau.net

Twitter: @pbourgau

Continuous Refactoring Coach

Life is too short for boring stuff! I help software engineers to reach a productive and sustainable pace through continuous refactoring of their code and organization.


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Ahmad Atwi


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Jan De Baere

Jan De Baere

In order to deal with and even thrive on the ever increasing speed and complexity we need to collaborate, organize and think in another way. Acknowledging that hand labor and knowledge work behaves fundamentally different.

The bottom-up approach of agile is morphing into to cultural transformations where the whole company and all the aspects are changing. Coaching organization’s on this journey is what I do.

My specialization is on enterprise/business agility, portfolio and organizational structures.

Going from static to dynamic organizations.


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Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Website: http://value-first.be

Twitter: vfrederik

Coach, facilitator, educator

I work at iLean: http://www.ilean.be

If you want to know more about my background, studies, certifications, experiences, interests … connect with me on http://linkedin.com/in/frederikvannieuwenhuyse/ and my professional activities, check https://value-first.be/

Happy to listen to you and reflect! How can I help you today?

Frederik is also XP Days Benelux co-organizer and event organizer at the Agile Belgium meetup.


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Ben Linders

Ben Linders

Website: https://www.benlinders.com

Twitter: @BenLinders

Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, What Drives Quality, The Agile Self-assessment Game and Continuous Improvement. Creator of the Agile Self-assessment Game.

As an adviser, coach, and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.

Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Culture and Methods at InfoQ and as an expert in communities like Computable, Quora, DZone, and TechTarget. Follow him on Twitter: @BenLinders.


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Per Beining

Per Beining

Twitter: @perbeining

Per is a well experienced freelancer within the field of Agilily. Currently in his own company called XPand (www.xpand.dk).

Per’s key skills are Agile project leadership and mentoring in IT environments. Working together with developers, business sponsors and management, he helps organizations implement Agile while considering existing culture, processes and governance (including PMO), and the organization’s Agile maturity.

Educating and training people and organisations in how to apply Agile and Scrum is also close to his heart. And how to create and work with requirements is one of his current main focus areas.

Per is a DSDM Certified APL Practitioner and Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. He has many years experience using traditional approaches to project management and systems development, and is a Certified Prince2 Practitioner, Certified IPMA Level C project leader, and Certified ITIL Foundation Level practitioner.

Per is a trained coach within ORSC – Organisational Relationship Systems coaching, Co-Active coaching and a Lifebook leader.

Per started his career as a software developer (perl, java and HTML). He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Copenhagen Business School, and has solid experience in telecommunications, media, transportation & logistics, finance/banking, and the military.

Write to Per at per@xpand.dk or call +45 40 308 307.


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Remi-Armand Collaris

Remi-Armand Collaris

Website: https://oconnectivepartners.pro

Twitter: @racollaris

I believe an organization’s success is closely linked to the space employees experience to develop their talents and make a real collaborative difference. Using Agile, Scrum, and Lean thinking and practices, I design and discover new and better ways to get people to collaborate more effectively.

My experience is that it takes just a few days a month to really get a team going in taking ownership of improving their way of working as part of their job. This kind of autonomy makes for more fun and engagement in the workplace (and more astonishing results as a by-product).


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Dionne Oomen

Dionne Oomen

Website: linkedin

Jaren geleden werd ik als developer gegrepen door het agile gedachtegoed en de grote impact die het had op mijn werkplezier en onze teamresultaten. Elke week probeerden we nog iets meer voor de klant te realiseren en dat gaf een kick. In alle rollen (scrum master, agile transformatie coach, product owner) die ik daarna in organisaties heb vervuld is mijn doel geweest om die energie in teams te ontlokken. ‘Ontlokken’, want ik ben ervan overtuigd dat die energie in de mens zit en alleen de juiste randvoorwaarden nodig zijn om teams te laten vliegen: Verantwoordelijkheid, vertrouwen en visie. Ik heb ervaren dat door het stellen van de juiste vragen, medewerkers en leidinggevenden vanuit zichzelf een verandering doormaken. In mijn optiek is dat de enige manier om mensen en teams duurzaam te laten groeien.


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Koen Vastmans

Koen Vastmans

Website: https://www.simu-learn.net

Twitter: @Koen_V

I’ve been working in IT for 25+ years. After many years of development, I moved to agile coaching and training which I did for about 6 years. But wanting to be more involved in technical stuff again, I switched to DevOps processes. Even though I am no full time coach anymore, I still share my experiences often in workshops and trainings. Once agile coach, always agile coach?

My passion for learning new things and sharing what I learnt is my main driver.


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Jord Rengerve

Jord Rengerve

Website: http://peopleblendit.com

Twitter: @JorddeRengerve

Jord Rengerve is a freelancer Agile Coach. He worked as IT developer for 10 years and as Program manager for another 10 years. He worked in large international companies (Syntegra, Amadeus) and in public administration (currently as a consultant in European commission). As a coach, he promotes a best of breed approach of traditional project management and Agile. He trusts that no organisation can exist without both. He is a big fan of board games and values the benefits of serious games to deliver knowledge in a fun way during workshops he organises on Meetup and for his customers.


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Peter Latten

Peter Latten

Website: https://improveqs.nl/

Twitter: @peterlatten

Since my first introduction to agile in 2006, I love to coach people, teams and organizations in their Agile learning process. My approach is often supported by the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and TeamPitfalls® methods to think about solutions in a different enthusiastic way.


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René Marquenie

René Marquenie

Website: https://www.ordina.nl/diensten/agile-transformation-design/

Twitter: @marquenie

I am an experienced and passionate scrum master and coach with a technical business background.

As a Coach/Scrum master, I guide your teams from a start-up phase to self-management.

As a trainer, I provide your people with the right insights and skills to apply Scrum.

As a consultant, I help you to roll out Agile Scrum within your organization and continuously looks for possible adjustments to achieve better results.

Within these roles, I am using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® METHOD as a tool to gain insight in team dynamics, creating visions, DOD, etc.


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Participants

Jan
Jan
Jan has been working as a programmer for 5 years now. Jan loves to program. He knows a lot of languages, and a lot of tools. At work, he he is not always happy because the circumstances often force him to deliver the quality he knows he can reach. Jan explores new technologies and trends on the internet and in books and magazines. At night Jan contributes to an open source project together with 10 other guys, from all over the world. That’s where he heard about agile methodologies. In the open source group, he is used to work with unit tests, but he hopes to get some real in-depth tips and tricks from experts at the XP Days conference. He is also interested to learn about the latest trends for continuous intergration tools and test automation.

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Marieke
Marieke
Marieke is part of a team that delivers product software on a regular basis. Several months ago, her team had an introductory training on extreme programming and scrum. Some of the ideas she learned about seemed interesting enough, but she is not sure if this methodology is applicable in their particular situation. After the course, some of her colleagues started to write unit tests, but there still are only a few, and they are not run very often, as far as Marieke can see. They also started to do a daily standup meeting, because according to the trainers that is a tool to enhance communication within the team. But these meetings are rather boring, and they tend to take 1/2 hour, every day. Team members are grumbling about wasting their time.

Marieke started to think all this agile stuff is only an unusable hype. But then she heard about XP Days, and she thought “well, let’s give it another chance, if 150 people go to this conference, for 11 years in a row now, maybe there is more to it”. She hopes she can hear from real people in real teams how they have applied these techniques, which problems occurred in their situation, and what kind of consequences that had for them.

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Leo
Leo
Leo has been around forever. He has seen everything, done everything. Over the years, Leo has been working as a developer, as a project lead, as a tester, as an analyst, as a manager, and as a consultant. He knows from experience that everything comes back, if you only wait a few years. He has learned that the same problems and the same solutions have been invented and re-invented a hundred times in computer science. He has lived through the rise and fall of uncountable new technologies and methodogies. All of them brand new, all of them the one and only forever best way to make software. Leo wants to go to XP Days because he thinks it’s an excellent opportunity to meet with a lot of young, smart and enthusiastic people.

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Bram
Bram
Bram has never missed an XP Days. He has been to several other conferences in Europe, and also attended quite a few bigger agile and other conferences. Bram likes the XP Days, because of the friendly and informal atmosphere. Every year he goes back to work from XP Days full of energy, with a bag full of new ideas and techniques.

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Philippe
Philippe
Philippe comes to XP Days because his boss told him to go. He has never heard about this agile stuff. He doesn’t know what it is, or what it can be used for. He guesses it is something his boss wants to buy. He doesn’t really care, because going to this conference means that he will be away from the hectic chaos in the office for 2 days.

mmm I think maybe it is not very useful for Philippe to come to the XP Days? -Vera

Why not? Let Philippe come, let him relax and have a beer and dinner with agile people. He might even attend some presentations. And, once he’s relaxed, who knows what could happen? –Pascal

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Georges
Georges
Georges is a project manager. His life is filled with stress, deadlines, difficult programmers, unhappy customers and demanding bosses. Sometimes he wonders if he’s chosen the right career.

Lately, Georges has been hearing more and more about agile methods. Some of his ex-colleagues have converted from project management to agile coaching. They tell him tales of vibrant, exciting, fun projects where customers and developers live in perfect harmony. That can’t be true. They must be exaggerating. Or are they….?

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Vincent
Vincent
Vincent is the IT manager of a large company. His teams don’t do too badly. Some projects are allright; some don’t fully satisfy their users. The CEO has asked him to propose a plan to increase the efficiency of his department by 10% in the next two years. So, Vincent looks around for solutions that might help him to create and implement the plan. He has looked at a lot of things: processes, tools, consultants… He’s heard that some other companies (even some reputable companies) have had success with “agile” methods, so he comes to the XP Days to get a taste of what “agile” can offer him. He doesn’t know what to expect. Hippy surfer dudes? 18 year old wizz kids with piercings? Greybearded hackers? Oh well… What does he have to lose?

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Joke
Joke
Joke is a product manager for a succesful product company. Joke understands her customers needs, she has lots of ideas for new features that would enhance the product. She knows that this product really enhances its user’s lives. That’s one of the reasons her company is so succesful. But they have trouble keeping up with customer demand. Joke finds it hard to talk to the development team, to make them understand what she needs in the product. If only she and the development team could work together more efficiently, they could make this product make more of a difference. Maybe this “agile” stuff can help? How does product management work in agile projects? Joke hopes to meet some developers and other product managers who can help her and give her some tips.

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Hank
Hank
Hank is a motivated and experienced software engineer cum system architect who spends his days knee deep in the quagmires of enterprise automation. Appalled and bemused by the shocking waste of time, money, and people, he does his best to bring the joy back in the life of those around him by introducing agile methodologies wherever he sees the opportunity. Hank comes to the XP Days to share with and learn from like-minded colleagues.

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Ellen
Ellen
Ellen is an agile coach. She’s been using agile methods for a few years now. XP, SCRUM, Lean… it doesn’t matter much to her. She’s more interested in doing things that matter to deliver value for her customers. She wants to work with a happy team, doing meaningful work.

Ellen wants to learn new ideas and share experience of techniques that work. She comes to XP Days because of its friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

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