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Back to the essence (of PRINCE2 and Agile/Scrum)

I sometimes notice that people get confused implementing PRINCE2 and/or Scrum. Especially PRINCE2 is notorious for the amount of processes and artifacts. Scrum is much more free format, but also with Scrum people seem to lose track over what's really important. So...

New cool video on leadership: Greatness

Today I found a new cool video on the leadership subject. Inno-Versity created an Inno-Mation based on the book by former US submarine captain David Marquet in which he explains how he turned his submarine from the worst to the best performing vessel in the US Navy....

Excel template for agile projectplanning with Scrum

Excel template for agile projectplanning with Scrum

Due to great demand I'd like to share my Excel template for agile project planning with you. Though each project has it's own needs, I'll usually take the following into account when planning agile projects: Velocity Past team performance, expressed in number of Story...

New cool video: The Marshmallow Challenge

Recently I found another cool video. Again on TED. This video is about an exercise called "The Marshmallow Challenge". In eighteen minutes, teams of four must build the tallest freestanding structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape,...

Tips for lowering the agile adoption threshold

Yesterday I participated in a Dutch Agile Government Open Space meeting. The theme of this session was 'Agile & ICT Policy'. One of the speakers was Brigitte van den Burg. She is one of our Lower House representatives and within her party responsible for the Dutch...

Managing the control/progress balance

Managing the control/progress balance

One of the more difficult aspects of managing projects is to find the right balance between spending time on accountability, reporting and control or spending time on getting things done (progress). Spending time on planning and reporting activities means that you and...

Gantt Chart template for Excel 2007 or 2010

It has been a while since my last post. I've been very busy managing a demanding project. The good news is that I finally managed to create a decent Gantt Chart in Excel 2007. With that I do mean a Chart object in Excel, not just some manual tinkering with Excel...