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My thoughts on Lean, Agile, psychology, creating businesses excellence & making people happy.

Comments are welcome (again!)

It seems I have to apologize. I've invited you all to share your thoughts and opinions on my blog, but it seems that comments are disabled the last couple of months. Comments are enabled again, so please don't hesitate to ask questions, to discuss what you...

When to trust your gut…. and when not

When to trust your gut…. and when not

IT is thought to be a rational world. A world of facts and logic, of analysis and methods. Yet in my experience IT is far from rational. We all believe we are rational people where in fact, in my opinion, we often are rationalizing our beliefs: 'a process of...

Business & IT anti-patterns

Business & IT anti-patterns

I've seen it again and again, the same business & IT anti-patterns in organisations with an internal IT department. According to Wiki, an anti-pattern 'is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem, but is ineffective and/or counterproductive in...

Cool Videos (and informative too!)

Jeff Sutherland brought this video about intrinsic motivation to my attention. (Thanks Jeff!). It's not only a very cool video, it's also very true. I've noticed that newbies from universities have lots of up to date knowledge, but haven't got a clue what's really...

Two project killers (ome-b.nl)

My colleague Douwe Pieter van den Bos really was impressed by my last presentation and couldn't wait to share his thoughts on his blog. 😉 If you can't wait on my English translation please have a look at his post. There's lots more interesting stuff too 🙂

De twee grootste projectkillers

Yesterday I gave a presentation (in Dutch) on what I believe are the two most common reasons for projectfailure. I published the presentation on Slideshare. I'll try to post an English version the next few weeks. Twee projectkillers     View more...

Optimizing change processes with Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping is useful for optimizing processes, but not usually applied to change processes itself. There is a hidden opportunity here because determining and discussing the change process VSM also helps optimizing the change process. It helps determining what the change is all about (the value that should be created) and helps determining what parts of the change process create value and what parts don’t.

Whitebook: PRINCE2 combined with Scrum

Whitebook: PRINCE2 combined with Scrum

Last year I published a Whitebook in Dutch about the combination of PRINCE2 and Scrum. I also promised an English translation. It is long overdue, sorry about that, but finally here it is. Why combining PRINCE2 with Scrum? I think Scrum is great and we all should use...

Where Gemba is found in projects

Three words: Gemba, Kaikaku, Kaizen. Gemba means 'the place truth can be found'. Kaikaku means 'radical improvement'. Kaizen means 'gradual improvement'. Projects are all about change. Usually we're talking about a large change (Kaikaku). That's why it's a project: a...