Friday

 

 

de Visie

de Uitdaging

het Inzicht

de Interactie

het Vertrouwen

de Samenwerking

9:00

Welcome in de Samenwerking

9:30

 How to exceed customers expectations as a bank ? Go Agile!

Aline De Roeck
&
Julie Saffery

Max: 200 
 case: Reorganization of infrastructue @LCM

Jan De Baere
&
[email protected]

 From developer focus to a product-based mindset

Tim Van Lier
&
Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

 An Agile Transition at Adsdaq (Adlogix)

Gerbrand Colombier

 Organizational design with Spiral Dynamics (ALT3)

Ron Eringa

Max: 8 
 Open Space @XPDays

[email protected]

10:00

Option to Switch

10:15

 Simply Amaze

Saskia Vermeer
&
Barry Heins

 When 13 year old kids get entrepreneurial @ school… – a case study

[email protected]

 Dynamic Reteaming From The Trenches

Laïla Nouijeh
&
Laurens Bonnema

 Agile coaching and HR: a match made in heaven

Inge Gorgon
&
Kris Hapers

Organizational design with Spiral Dynamics (ALT3)

CONTINUED

Open Space @XPDays

CONTINUED

10:45

Coffee Break

11:15

 What the Agile world can learn from ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine

Paul Wijntjes

Max: 40 
 20 energizers, icebreakers and Recap activities in 75 minutes

Per Beining

Max: 40 
 Individuals play the game but teams beat the odds!!!

Roderick Göttgens

 How to get the best person on the right job

Jef Cumps
&
Bart Oste

Max: 50 
Organizational design with Spiral Dynamics (ALT3)

CONTINUED

Open Space @XPDays

CONTINUED

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Welcome in de Samenwerking

14:00

 LeSS simulation with LEGO®

Jurgen De Smet
&
Michael Bentein

Max: 60 
 Better source code through typography

Peter Hilton

 Tackling complexity with DevOps's 4 metrics & 24 capabilities

Olivier Costa
&
[email protected]

 How to build trust in your team

[email protected]

Max: 24 
 Change Management with Theory U (ALT4)

Jan De Baere

Max: 8 
Open Space @XPDays

CONTINUED

15:15

Coffee Break

15:45

LeSS simulation with LEGO®

CONTINUED

 Draw ubiquitous Software Architecture Diagrams

Marco Beelen

Max: 30 

Example of a C4 System Landscape Diagram related to the XP Days Benelux
Tackling complexity with DevOps's 4 metrics & 24 capabilities

CONTINUED

 Gamified Agility Experience – a case study

[email protected]
&
[email protected]

Change Management with Theory U (ALT4)

CONTINUED

Open Space @XPDays

CONTINUED

17:00

Closing

17:30

Liberating Drinks (sponsored by The Liberators)

Legend
Technology and Technique
Intro's and Cases
Team and Individual
Process and Improvement
Other

Session descriptions

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200

Laptop

How to exceed customers expectations as a bank ? Go Agile!

Agile @ ING behind the scenes: a humble view on the reality of the implementation

Aline De Roeck
& Julie Saffery

How is the traditional banking industry keeping up with today’s constantly changing technology landscape? Not very well it seems according the media.

The challenges faced by banks continue to escalate, so traditional banks need to constantly evaluate and improve their operations in order to keep up with the fast pace of change in the banking industry today.

Join us to learn more about 5 principles followed by ING to transform into an ‘agile’ organization with the ambition to become the bank that exceeds its customers’ expectations, and on the reality of the implementation.

Goal of the session: Discover and learn how a big financial institution is transforming and starts working Agile: successes, learnings challenges, pitfalls
Intended audience: anyone involved or planning to be involve in an agile transformation: developer, architect, IT manager, business representatives, agile coach…
Expected experience: basic knowledge of agile practices
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

Successes and learnings from the ING Belgium big bang approach to transform into an agile organisation: The dream, how we started, what works, what doesn't work, what we could have done differently and what we should probably do next.

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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case: Reorganization of infrastructue @LCM

How the geeks, management and the clients can reorganize a department together, gething rid of reorganisations all together

Jan De Baere
& [email protected]

The infrastructure department going agile? The director of infrastructure and the coach will bring their case of IFLOW>. It includes, among other things, a reorganization using Meddlers. Practically the teams, management and our clients worked together to discover the new organisation. Als the way of working changed. What are the outcomes and how did it go?

Disclaimer: As the reorganisation is still running at the moment of this writing we are not sure what the lessons learned will be.

Goal of the session: share our experience using meddlers as a tool for reorganisation
Intended audience: people interested is the process and outcome of a reorganisation.
Expected experience: /
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

Disclaimer: As the reorganisation is still running at this moment we are not sure what the lessons learned will be. That is the reason for giving ourselves an Xp factor of 8.

We used meddlers from Management 3.0 to reorganize the infrastructure department of LCM. A department of about 70 people.

After a series of interview sessions with people from the department and the clients of the department it became clear what the main pain points are. First objective was to change the current culture of manager/subordinate which proved to be painfull for all parties. A second point was to organise ourselves in a better way. It's the combination of both that made the exercise interesting.

The reorganisation is also a switch towards a dynamic organisation rather then a static one so further reorganisations will be less likely.

It's a joint session between Koen Crabbe, director of infrastructure en Jan De Baere, Agile coach.

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From developer focus to a product-based mindset

A honest story of how we tried to create one ‘happy' team, open to discovery

Tim Van Lier
& Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Show & tell of real-life experiences of product & feature “discovery” ("building the right product"). How to create flow in ‘product discovery’? How to validate what we are building/learning? Are we building the right stuff? How to engage a development team in this process? We share our challenges, what worked and didn’t work.

Goal of the session: Get insight in product discovery & delivery process, and how to organise teams
Expected experience: scrum, agile basics
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

A confession: creating value is challenging… because working with different profiles in a team is a challenge!

In Scrum, there’s often a clear distinction in accountabilities and therefore it is a continuously search for the right balance in a team. We will tell from our experiences how we try to integrate UX & product discovery in a software development team and the VRT NWS editors room at VRT (Vlaamse Radio & Televisie). You will learn what worked for us, and what didn’t work. We will touch on concepts of Lean UX, Upstream Kanban, Discovery Kanban, validated learning. Often product discovery activities (user research, problem/solution validation, …) are handled outside the (Scrum) development team and seen as the sole responsibility of the product owner, or the responsibility of people outside the product/software development team. This presented us with a number of problems… How to get more focus on value? How to change a team’s culture? How to change their habits? How to bridge the (traditional) gap between business & IT? We’ll illustrate with examples our approach, and how we involved the development team and editors in UX/user research/discovery activities. This is a real-life show & tell of our experiences.

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An Agile Transition at Adsdaq (Adlogix)

Gerbrand Colombier

Every great story starts with "Once upon a time, in a land not so far away", just like this one. During this session, we will encounter some brave knights that have different obstacles and challenges in their processes, each with their own evil demons or dragons.

Goal of the session: Seeing existing ideas of others working in a small organisation and inspire them to use/try them also
Intended audience: Jan, Marieke, Leo, Bram, Philippe, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Ellen, Hank
Expected experience: None
Session Type: 75 min short experience report (30 min)

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, Adlogix, a Brussels based company, was born in all its youthful glory. In the years since that fateful day, Adlogix has grown from a modest three, to a more mature, international team of 13 developers. Although ours may not be a story of princesses, witches or dragons, the last 10 years have nevertheless been full of triumphs and battles, successes and failures, and most importantly, well-learned lessons that have helped us to grow and mature in our working process.

The differences between working with or without Agile have notably marked some of our most important learning experiences, the most salient of which we would like to share with you.

As such, this session is designed to illustrate how we have integrated Agile at Adlogix in a way that has worked for us. It will cover the different steps we have taken (with their own metaphorical evil demons and brave knights, of course), the different tools and techniques (swords and magic wands) we have used along the way, and the ways we have successfully found to motivate our full team of developers (battle cry).

At the end, we ideally hope that from our story-telling, you will be able to bring some of our lessons back to your own company in order to improve the results along your own Agile adventure!

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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8

Organizational design with Spiral Dynamics (ALT3)

Agile Leadership Track – Part 3

Ron Eringa

This session is intended to create a Leadership workshop on organizational design. We will be using complex belief systems from Spiral Dynamics to develop an Agile Culture.

Participating in this workshop means that you will help in creating an actual workshop.

The target group for this workshop is anyone with a Leadership role (SM’s, PO’s, but especially middle management), responsible for creating an Agile culture in his organization.

Goal of the session: Create a minimal viable workshop

Expected Experience: Practical application of Spiral Dynamics or similar practices

Max: 8 participants

Expected experience: Practical application of Spiral Dynamics or similar practices

This session is intended to create a Leadership workshop on organizational design. We will be using complex belief systems from Spiral Dynamics to develop an Agile Culture.

Participating in this workshop means that you will help in creating an actual workshop.

The target group for this workshop is anyone with a Leadership role (SM’s, PO’s, but especially middle management), responsible for creating an Agile culture in his organization.

Goal of the session: Create a minimal viable workshop

Expected Experience: Practical application of Spiral Dynamics or similar practices

Max: 8 participants

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Open Space @XPDays

A full day Bring Your Own Session at XP Days

[email protected]

This year XP Days will dedicate a whole day and room to an Open Space. The theme will be announced later.

Timeslot for the room will follow the XP Days program schedule, but off-course you are free to gather at any time in any other available space. It's Open 🙂

This year XP Days will dedicate a whole day and room to an Open Space.

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Simply Amaze

Everything for a smile

Saskia Vermeer
& Barry Heins

Want to have a behind the scenes look at what it's like for two Agile Coaches working for a fast growing e-tailer like Coolblue? In this session we will share our challenges and successes through real stories. When you leave you will hopefully understand why we don't like the word 'transformation'.

Goal of the session: A behind the scenes look at Agile coaching at Coolblue.
Intended audience: Jan, Marieke, Bram, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Hank, Ellen, Leo, Joke, everyone
Expected experience: Everyone is welcome
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

In this talk we would like to take you on the journey that we have taken with Coolblue over the past year. At Coolblue we do anything for a smile, the basis of this lies within our 4 simple core values: unconventional, friends, flexible, and go for it.

It’s these four values that provide a fertile foundation for our teams to work with the Agile principles in mind. We strive to amaze customers by exceeding their expectations, we are not afraid of doing things differently and love going the extra mile.

We will share honest stories of our challenges and successes as Agile Coaches at Coolblue. We will give you some insight into how we tackle our challenges: by experimenting, measuring, validating and starting all over again. So that everyday we can be a little bit better and keep striving to simply amaze.

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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When 13 year old kids get entrepreneurial @ school… – a case study

Explore tension between knowledge transfer and kids collaborating to discover

[email protected]

You wonder how 12 and 13 year old kids can learn differently in a school context! Come and listen to our experience story about kids working together in order to solve real life problems in the school.

Goal of the session: We believe that by sharing this experience, people get inspired and influence the school system (of their kids)
Intended audience: Scholar parents and learning enthusiastics
Expected experience: None
Session Type: 30 min discovery session

The dominant teaching model in our education system is knowledge transfer to individual scholars.

During the school year 2016-2017 Virgajesse college in Hasselt thought what if we change this model. Let's get a group of scholars work together in group to discover knowledge about a real problem/opportunity in the school.

This adventure took off with an observation of the school as a whole and its inconveniences in its interaction with and between all the students, teachers and others. Let us share the experience and we tell you the story of a great year of learning!

From there on they took action within an entrepreneurial spirit and discovered how to solve the issue at hand.

We are happy to share with you the approach, the learnings and the continued track since its start.

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Dynamic Reteaming From The Trenches

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Doing a 180 on fixed team dogma.

Laïla Nouijeh
& Laurens Bonnema

If the solution to being bad at integrating software is continuous integration, and the way to stop sucking at delivering software is continuous delivery, isn't it only logical that the answer to taking a performance hit every time team composition changes is continuous reteaming?

In this presentation, we'll take you through our mind-shift about fixed teams, and the experiments we ran to figure out if we could become good at dynamic reteaming. After sharing what we've learned, we'll help you design your own experiments, and we'll share tips and tricks on how to get started.

Goal of the session: Learn about Dynamic Reteaming, and design your own experiments to get started with it.
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

One of the dogmas in Agile frameworks is the preference for fixed teams over teams that change a lot in composition. The reasoning seems sound: If it isn't broke, don't fix it! And if it is broke, make it whole first, before tinkering with it. In other words: Allow workgroups to become teams, and keep them together for as long as possible. If you don't, the team will take a performance hit every time its composition changes. At least, that's what Tuckman's model says.

Sadly, sometimes reality strikes hard: Not all organizations take Tuckman's model to heart. In those organizations, some Scrum Masters and other Agile Coaches can be found fighting the good fight for team stability.

Laila was one of those Scrum Masters.

Confronted with continuous changes to team composition, she was at her wits end in trying to combat this impediment to her Scrum Teams ever becoming high performing. So she reached out to her friendly neighborhood Agile Coach Laurens for some advice. And the tip he gave her was shocking: "Why don't you invest in becoming great at reteaming?"

Dynamic reteaming is a full 180 on fixed team dogma.

If the solution to being bad at integrating software is continuous integration, and the way to stop sucking at delivering software is continuous delivery, isn't it only logical that the answer to taking a performance hit every time team composition changes is continuous reteaming?

After some discussion, we thought it might be, and taking a page from Dajo Breddels' book on Contrarian Coaching we ran some experiments. And the results amazed us.

In this presentation, we'll take you through our mind-shift about fixed teams, and the experiments we ran to figure out if we could become good at dynamic reteaming. After sharing what we've learned, we'll help you design your own experiments, and we'll share tips and tricks on how to get started.

This presentation will be 100% slide-free, with Laurens and Laila taking turns at drawing flip-charts while the other is talking.

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Agile coaching and HR: a match made in heaven

Inge Gorgon
& Kris Hapers

An experience report on how agile coaches and HR collaborate at LCM to make the effect of the agile transformation sustainable. We hope our testimonial will help you involve HR more to the same effect.

Goal of the session: When going agile in a company it is good to find your allies. HR can certainly be one of them.
Intended audience: All
Expected experience: Agile is not new to you.
Session Type: 30 min short experience report (30 min)

At LCM we are now in the second year of the agile transformation. From the start agile coaches and HR found each other in their endeavour to change the culture in the company. In this session we will tell you about our journey, success stories and pitfalls.

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40

What the Agile world can learn from ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine

How eastern phylosophies can be found in Agile and what we can learn from it

Paul Wijntjes

In this session we will use old TCM principles and learn what keeps a person healthy also can help you to keep your organisation healthy. We will explore the relation between Flow and Pain, and being present and connected with the Here and Now.

As a Shiatsu Therapist I learned about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As an Agile coach I learned a lot about eastern Philosophy and what we can do with that. There are many similarities between what Shiatsu uses to improve a persons health and the good practices / principles we use in the Agile world. We can use those similarities to learn and grow.

Goal of the session: See the world in a different way and experience there is so much more to learn from.
Intended audience: Everyone
Expected experience: no
Session Type: 75 min discovery session

As a Shiatsu Therapist I learned about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As an Agile coach I learned a lot about eastern Philosophy and what we can do with that. There are many similarities between what Shiatsu uses to improve a persons health and the good practices / principles we use in the Agile world.

In this session we will look at those principles and practices and theories. Making people aware what Agile is really about and based on very old ways of thinking.

The participant will use those ancient insights to come up with solutions to todays problems.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is (TCM) is a style of traditional medicine built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice. It is also very much related to Japanese medicine. On the other side the Agile and Lean principles, we use every day, also have a very long history in these same cultures. There are many similarities. We can use those similarities to learn and grow.

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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40

20 energizers, icebreakers and Recap activities in 75 minutes

Are you ready to be recharged?

Per Beining

A highly interactive session – where we will try 20 energizers, icebreakers and Recap activities – all within one session…

You will get insight into different types of activities to bring up the energy in the room or ground the participants and wind down if that is what is needed inside your workshop.

If you like sitting down and listen – this session is probably not for you…

Goal of the session: Energized and able to go back to own team and energize them.
Expected experience: Everyone can participate
Session Type: 75 min experiential learning session

A highly interactive session – where we will try 20 energizers, icebreakers and Recap activities – all within one session…

You will get insight into different types of activities to bring up the energy in the room or ground the participants and wind down if that is what is needed inside your workshop.

If you like sitting down and listen – this session is probably not for you…

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Individuals play the game but teams beat the odds!!!

What (and how) the Agile world can learn from Special Forces

Roderick Göttgens

What do Navy SEAL's, a little boy and IT have in common? What do Mastery, Humility and having a Winners Mentality share? What does it mean to work in an ultimate High Performance Team, being ultimate Agile in every situation? How to forge highly agile, exceptionality flexible and unbeatable teams? What can and why should we learn from the most High Performance Teams in the world: the Special Forces.

Goal of the session: Understand how lessons learned from the most High Performance Teams in the world can be applied to any team in any organization.
Intended audience: Vincent, Georges, Ellen, Joke, Hank, Bram, Marieke
Session Type: 75 min discovery session

What do Navy SEAL's, a little boy and IT have in common? What do Mastery, Humility and having a Winners Mentality share? What does it mean to work in an ultimate High Performance Team, being ultimate Agile in every situation?

And one step further: how can we apply the Agility lessons of Special Forces to IT teams. To become the Ultimate High Performace Team, ready to exceed every challenge and dominate every (business & IT) battle field?

This presentation is about forging highly agile, exceptionality flexible and unbeatable teams. Teams that will go beyond IT alone. You'll be surprised what it takes to become such a team. It's not what you might think.

It's about individuals who play the game (YOU), but teams that beat the odds (TOGETHER WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES)!!

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

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

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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50

How to get the best person on the right job

Learn why to stop assigning people to roles or composing teams with volunteers!

Jef Cumps
& Bart Oste

This session will teach you a very practical alternative to assigning people or working with volunteers. By applying the sociocratic way of selecting people into roles or teams, you tap the collective intelligence and gain full buy-in and support for people. Join us to learn and practice these easy but powerful techniques!

Goal of the session: Insight in the sociocratic selection process and practical experience to start using it
Intended audience: Ellen, Vincent, and George will love this session, as they will be able to apply these techniques immediately, and combine them with their agile wisdom. Bram and Philippe will get into this session and be surprised. They'll run back to their teams to debrief and apply this sessions's learnings.
Expected experience: none
Session Type: 75 min experiential learning session

How do you make sure the right person is in the right place in your organisation? Are you or your boss assigning people? Or do you ask for volunteers?

Both of these approaches don't use the collective intelligence, nor do they create buy-in from the entire group. Therefore, we will teach you the sociocratic way of nominating and selecting people. By explaining and practicing the role selection and peer review patterns of Sociocracy 3.0 you will get a couple of very pragmatic tools in your toolkit. Techniques you can immediately apply yourself to make sure the right man or woman is doing the right job!

Sociocracy 3.0 (or S3) defines a free and modular set of practices, based on the sociocratic and agile principles. It enables teams and organisations to become more effective, agile and engaged. S3 is spreading fast an often combined with XP and Scrum to organically scale agility.

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

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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60

LeSS simulation with LEGO®

Experience how multi-team Scrum is working with the aid of Lego

Jurgen De Smet
& Michael Bentein

This session will provide a live experience of Multi-Team Scrum with a strong focus on team coordination and product budgeting practices.

Based on the LeSS principles and practices we guide the attendees in doing a team self-design session, work from a single Product Backlog and related Scrum Events. This way attendees will discover how it is to work in a multi-team environment.

Goal of the session: How does LeSS deal with team dependencies, planning, and reviews.
Intended audience: who wants to see LeSS in action with multiple areas
Expected experience: basic scrum knowledge
Session Type: 150 min experiential learning session

During a 2h workshop you will learn the basics of LeSS and how its applied in a LEGO® simulation of a travel agency that has multiple teams to create a common travel portfolio of initiatives that are linked together and need to create value in a quickly changing world and a product that needs to adapt to customers.

Some challenges in the workshop : Priorisation of a single backlog for multiple teams, Minimal viable product thinking in sprint goals, Adapting to change after going to market, dependencies between teams.

The exercise has a high focus on PO practices, team self-designing, team self-management and multi-team coordination practices.

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Better source code through typography

A retrospective on the one aspect of coding that we don’t change

Peter Hilton

Agile software developers embrace change, when it comes to the software development process, but remain stubbornly resistant to changing the idea that source code could be anything other than monospace unformatted text files. What if source code had typography?

Goal of the session: Think about and discuss new ways to format and present code, and what that might improve
Intended audience: Jan, Marieke, Leo, Hank, (maybe) Ellen
Expected experience: Mixed – ideally diverse kinds and amounts of experience
Session Type: 30 min discovery session

Agile methods taught us to embrace change in nearly all aspects of software development, but one remains unchanged. The way we visually present code today would do little to surprise the first owner of the 1955 IBM typewriter that introduced the Courier typeface. The last sixty years brought little more than new fonts and syntax highlighting, while the desktop publishing revolution thirty years ago brought the classical disciplines of layout and typography to every other kind of text we read.

The goals of this session are to consider why source code’s visual design is so resistant to change, and to show how we might better visualise code. Attendees will see fixed-width fixed-size code transformed into gaming, newspaper and corporate styles, which is only the first step to a new kind of code visibility. The discussion will also confront attendees with the boundaries of software developers’ willingness to change, which agile methods make it possible to address. Code is designed to be read, rather than merely written. Next to user stories and information radiators, we need Big Visible Code on the wall.

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

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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Tackling complexity with DevOps's 4 metrics & 24 capabilities

And yes it's much more than mere automation

Olivier Costa
& [email protected]

part one

  • 3 funny games with balls and robots and stuff
  • learning to recognize contexts where DevOps works

part two

  • assess the 4 metrics & 24 capabilities for your team/department/company in the 'guided tour'
  • the score-chart will help you guide your Continuous Learning and Improvement efforts
Goal of the session: Gain crucial insights to making agile / devops work for you
Intended audience: Marieke, Leo, Bram, Philippe, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Hank, Ellen
Expected experience: any experience level
Session Type: 150 min experiential learning session

So DevOps – everyone seems to be doing it these days. But not everyone seems able to make it work : Do you still have a separate department that keeps systems, built by other teams, in the air ? How often do you release ? How often does that result in end-users being so happy that they want more functionality, faster ?

Is it worth the (often serious) investments ? Does it apply in all situations ? Can I do some parts and already have some of the benefits ?

  • In part one of this session we will discover 3 specific contexts which require specific interactions & collaboration. We will discover how to recognize them using funny games. Then we can assess where DevOps fits as a collaboration model. And if it applies to your situation. You may want to google 'cynefin' if you want a head start 😉
  • In part two we will discover which specific 4 metrics help you keep an eye on your delivery performance and which 24 capabilities you need to make DevOps work. You'll receive a simple overview/score-chart which you will use to assess your own team/department/company on each of the metrics/capabilities. You may want to google 'ITRevolution Accelerate' if you want a head start 😉

At the end of this session, you will have a decent overview of where you are. Including a concrete direction to focus your learning/improvement efforts to attain a significantly better delivery performance.

All material will be freely available to (re)use and share.

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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24

How to build trust in your team

The essential role of vulnerability

[email protected]

Friction between team members is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, with the right tools, you can turn this friction into an advantage. In this workshop you will learn an easy and highly effective way to build trust among team members. You are going to experience firsthand what it is like to become a member of a strong team.

Be ready to truly open up and find out new things about your team and yourself.

Goal of the session: Trust is the fundament of a performing team. A Practical workshop, with direct impact, immediately applicable.
Intended audience: Jan, Marieke, Leo, Bram, Philippe, Georges, Vincent, Joke, Hank, Ellen.
Session Type: 75 min experiential learning session

The first thing a high performing team requires is trust. Without trust, there will be no constructive debates. Without constructive debates, there will be no commitment. Without commitment, people will not feel accountable and without accountability, the focus on collective outcome is not the main priority (based on Lencioni’s bestseller 'The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team'.)

When teams are not performing well, managers often consider this as a lack of responsibility. The manager's reaction is frequently to try and get more control over the team; hold them more accountable. Here, the steps of Lencioni’s triangle are ignored. The first thing the team needs, trust, is overlooked.

Teams need trust not only from management, but also among all team members. The question is; how do you trust colleagues you don't really know? This workshop, also known as journey lines, helps your team members show their current capabilities and share what formed them as a person. This openness creates the base to start relying on your team.

THE WORKSHOP

We start by making small teams and doing an intense check-in, after which your whole 'team' is really present and curious about the others.

Next, I will explain the underlying theory and how the workshop 'journey lines' works.

Let's start with journey lines. I will ask all participants to draw a journey line. The y-axis presents how you rate your life. The x-axis is time. You can start when you were born, or when you started your last job, anything you feel comfortable with.

Each participant then presents his/her own journey line for 2 minutes to his/her own team. We then ask the other team members to write down what they think this person can contribute to the team. Only positive feedback is allowed.

The workshop will bring 3 main results.

  • First, you know a bit more about what your team members have experienced in life, often a key to solving open or hidden irritations.
  • Second, you know what kind of people are in your team; what their strengths are and how you can make better use of each other’s strengths.
  • Third, you know what your team members appreciate about you, which can result in you feeling safer to bring in your expertise.

You are walking away with a clearer understanding of each other's abilities and personalities and can start relying on your team members.

Afterwards you can immediately use this workshop for your own team!

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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8

Change Management with Theory U (ALT4)

Agile Leadership Track – Part 4

Jan De Baere

This session is intended to create a Leadership workshop on organizational change management. We will be using Theory U to help Agile Leaders deal with the typical change challenges they face.

Participating in this workshop means that you will help in creating an actual workshop.

The target group for this workshop is anyone with a Leadership role (SM’s, PO’s, but especially middle management), responsible for managing Agile change in his organization.

Goal of the session: Create a minimal viable workshop

Expected Experience: Practical application of Theory U or similar practices

Max: 8 participants

Expected experience: Practical application of Theory U or similar practices

This session is intended to create a Leadership workshop on organizational change management. We will be using Theory U to help Agile Leaders deal with the typical change challenges they face.

Participating in this workshop means that you will help in creating an actual workshop.

The target group for this workshop is anyone with a Leadership role (SM’s, PO’s, but especially middle management), responsible for managing Agile change in his organization.

Goal of the session: Create a minimal viable workshop

Expected Experience: Practical application of Theory U or similar practices

Max: 8 participants

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30

Draw ubiquitous Software Architecture Diagrams

Learn to visualize your system in a way everybody understand

Marco Beelen

Visualize your Software Architecture using the C4 model.

Learn how to decompose your system into containers and components.

And enjoy how this mechanism allows you to discover the seams and boundaries for test isolation.

Goal of the session: Learn a low tech way to visualize your Software Architecture
Intended audience: Hank, Joke, Bram, Marieke, Jan
Expected experience: 2
Session Type: 75 min hands on coding/design/architecture session
Materials: Example of a C4 System Landscape Diagram related to the XP Days Benelux

Writing the right software requires the right vision on the system.

Teams can profit from having ubiquitous views on software systems along side using a ubiquitous language.

The diagrams of a system reveal it's complexity, making it clear to everybody how complex it it and the potential impact for new features.

During this session we will use the C4 model to break down an entire system into containers, component and classes and create diagrams for the various levels. By doing so you will discover the context of a system and its the complexity. This will be done in small groups (3-4 people) using a simple case-study.

Tests can be done on various levels: methods, classes, components, sub-systems or entire systems.

For each kind of test you need to figure out the dependencies of the part under test and replace those dependencies by mocks or stubs to get predictable behavior.

As a side benefit the created diagrams will reveal seams in our systems, which can be exploited for isolation testing.

  • Brief introduction into the C4 model.
  • Create diagrams from the C4-model using brown-paper, flip-over and index-cards.
  • Explore the created diagrams for boundaries / dependencies for testing.

For an example of a C4 model, check out the System Landscape Diagram related to the XP Days Benelux

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

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

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

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Gamified Agility Experience – a case study

And learning how work works

[email protected]
& [email protected]

Change is a bootstrapping problem because of “A divided mind – Intuitions first, reasoning second”

Learn, even experience, how this organisation solved this problem with simulation to engage the thinking by doing

Goal of the session: We believe that by sharing this real life experience we will give insight in the wicked problem of starting and sustaining change we know we are successful when we can conclude the talk with a debate
Intended audience: Anyone experienced the consequences of change
Expected experience: Have work experience
Session Type: 75 min experiential learning session

Agility is not only delivering potentially shippable products in sprints, it is about delivering business value in a continuous flow from idea to product.

How to experience flow thinking better then through a board game!

The case

Okaloa Flowlab simulations have been organized multiple times at Engie Marketing and Sales Belux and 100s of colleagues have been playing the “game” to experience agility.

From direction committees to nuclear to IT application teams, we have all enjoyed the immediate insights and all understand why we need to limit “Work In Progress” in our organization to guarantee flow.

Additionally we saw the re-enforcing power of flow collaboration and learning.

This session will give you a high-level idea what a Okaloa flowlab session looks like, how it can serve as a quick starter to start your team, your customer, your contractor, your management.

Let’s play…

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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Presenters

Aline De Roeck

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alinederoeck/

Twitter: @alinederoeck

After experiencing professional and personal changes in my life, I do believe that change will become our new norm. With a marketing and communication background, I started my career in the communication & event organization fields. I entered ING in 2010 as a communication consultant and became after some years strategic communication consultant for one of the ExCo members. I gained knowledge and certification in change management and helped ING in developing and implementing strategic and tactic plans to transform and adopt the agile way of working. I am strongly convinced that each individual has inner powers and my drive is to guide them to become a better version of themselves by unleashing their potential . By becoming an ICF certified coach, I now accompany and guide individuals, team and leader towards the change curve. I am currently operating as an Agile coach since the start of the Agile transformation at ING.



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Julie Saffery

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesaffery

Twitter: @julie_saffery

"I believe that for an organisation to acquire the trust of its customers, it first needs to invest in reshaping the trust their collaborators have for the company, as well as for themselves and their ability to have impact and deliver value."

With a background in sustainable simplification and operational excellence, today, as an agile coach, I guide ING from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ agile, making ING's journey to transform into an agile organisation a success. I accelerate business output by creating autonomous, self-organised and outperforming teams.

I deliver my services leveraging on my natural qualities such as drive for impact, sharing nature, energy, curiosity, commitment and personal investment.



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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 and organise in another way. The explosion of Social technology is the indication that there is a broad front supporting this change in the way we do things.

The bottom-up approach of agile is morphing into to cultural transformations where the whole company and all the aspects are changing. Coaching organisations starting this journey is what

I do. My specialisation is on enterprise/business agility and organisational structures.

Going from static to dynamic organisations



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[email protected]



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Tim Van Lier

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timvanlier/

Twitter: @vanlier

Tim is a UX RESEARCHER for the Digital Products Center (DPC) of the VRT. Tim has a background in user research and worked on several iMinds projects for iMinds-Smit. He then started for the VRT to put the theory into practice and worked on several digital products like Radio +, aha.radio2.be, VRT NWS and several other innovative projects. He tries to keep people upfront in the development process and always seeks to pursuit an innovative approach. Next to his professional live, he likes to dream with movies and sports. He is a loving father for his two kids.



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Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Website: http://value-first.be

Twitter: vfrederik

I'm on a personal mission to transform organizations and the workplace and bring them into the 21th century, using modern-day (new) ways of working and leadership. Honestly, I am on a continuous discovery & exploration how to create a happy, productive, creative workplace where everybody feels good!

If you want to know more about my background, studies, certifications, experiences, interests … connect with me on http://linkedin.com/in/frederikvannieuwenhuyse/

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. Frederik also likes to facilitate open space events and advice organizations on Lean Startup.



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Gerbrand Colombier

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerbrand-colombier-9a098b3/

Twitter: @gerbrandc

Gerbrand works now more then 10years for Adlogix/Adsdaq. Started as a PHP / C# developer but is now the Team Leader, Scrum Master and Product Owner for the last 5 years. He is the agile coach for the company and makes sure that all team members are feeling happy and motivated, which results in a productive team.

Each year he organises the Adsdaq Agile Game Day, in which he introduces new agile games to show the team members new processes we can use, while we have fun doing it.

When he isn't thinking about Agile, he enjoys live together with his wife and 2 sons. In the other free time, he is busy with music or Lego.



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Ron Eringa

Ron Eringa

Website: http://roneringa.com

Twitter: @roneringa

Ron is an Agile trainer\coach with a focus on developing people and organisations.

Besides loving to speak at conferences & events, his passions & strengths are:

  • Helping people & organisations to unleash their hidden potential
  • (re)Designing organisations, so they become an awesome place to work
  • Building high quality products that people care about

In his private life, Ron is a husband and father of 2 daughters. His hobbies are running, skiing, photography and reading.

Clients Ron worked with:

ASML, Philips, TomTom, Achmea, PinkRoccade, CCV, Beslist.nl, ANWB, Driessen HRM & Fokker.



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[email protected]



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Saskia Vermeer

Saskia Vermeer

Website: https://devblog.coolblue.nl/careers-at-coolblue/scrum-training-coolblue/

Twitter: @momatwork

Saskia Vermeer is the Agile Mom of Coolblue. She leads a team of six Agile Specialists and is the Agile conscience of the organisation. Saskia is a creative Agile Coach with a history as developer and a big heart for people in general.



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Barry Heins

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-heins-bb666833/

Twitter: @barry_heins

Barry Heins is Agile Coach at Coolblue and Owner of EPIC Coaching. At Coolblue Barry’s main focus is on Product Owners but also facilitates trainings and workshops all through the organisation.



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[email protected]



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Laïla Nouijeh

Laïla Nouijeh

Website: https://www.pggm.nl/

Twitter: @vendrignouijeh

Laïla is a Scrum Master with PGGM where she guides multiple IT teams. Her strong social skills, blistering honesty, and powerful drive enable her to motivate people and teams to max out their awesome. She is curious and inquisitive and continually looking for ways to improve herself and her teams.



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Laurens Bonnema

Laurens Bonnema

Website: https://xebia.com/agile-transformations

Twitter: @laurensbonnema

Agile Management Consultant and Graphic Facilitator. Mentor to managers creating Agile organizations. I make boring business notes fun!



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Inge Gorgon

Inge Gorgon

Website: http://www.cegeka.be; https://www.meetup.com/Gamestorming-Belgium/; https://www.linkedin.com/in/inge-gorgon-9189658/

Twitter: @IngeGorgon

Inge Gorgon is an Agile Coach with experience from the trenches as analist, tester and SCRUM master at Cegeka, Argenta, ICTRA, Telenet, ING and Constructiv. At present, she is assisting LCM in a transition to agile working. 4 times a year she organizes the Facilitation Game Labs with facility formats and games, open to any willing to try.



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Kris Hapers

Kris Hapers

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kris-hapers-0565981b/

Samen aan de slag met een team, in een groep om te zorgen voor performantere prestaties. Daar wil ik mijn steen toe bijdragen. Ik ben als het ware gebeten door het leven en leren in groepen… en hoe ermee op stap!

Vanuit verschillende uitzichten: jeugdwerk, projectwerk, administratieve diensten, ICT en consultancy deed ik boeiende ervaringen op met groepen en teams.

Met deze ervaringen wil ik verder op weg naar wat andere mensen aan het leren zet en hen mee 'in beweging' brengen..

Kriebelen is m'n passie… en het moet vooral ook plezant blijven! Daar wil ik voor gaan… daar wil ik naar zoeken.

Ik werk graag 'horizontaal' zodat ik kan fietsen door een organisatie. Door me mee te engageren om processen te optimaliseren.

In mijn eigen kracht komen en van daaruit doen waar ik goed in ben… Buckingham beet me in mijn bil… benieuwd naar mijn sterktes… geef gerust een gil!



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Paul Wijntjes

Paul Wijntjes

Website: http://www.agileadvies.nl

Paul Wijntjes is an experienced Agile Coach at Agile Advies.

Paul is specialized in coaching organizations to be truly Agile, instead of just doing Agile practices. He is used to follow his intuition and works from genuine contact with individuals on various levels in the organization.



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Per Beining

Per Beining

Twitter: @perbeining

Per is part of the team behind one of Denmarks leading company within the field of Agilily: Ugilic (www.ugilic.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 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 [email protected] or call +45 40 308 307.



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Roderick Göttgens

Roderick Göttgens

Website: http://www.teamforge.nl

Twitter: rgottgens

‘Ik train commando’s in de corporate wereld’, legt Roderick Göttgens uit als je hem vraagt wat hij doet. Zit hij dan in het leger? Nee, hij is zelf nooit een commando geweest. ‘Maar ik leid ze wel op’. En dan begint een boeiend gesprek over High Performance Organisaties, de kracht van High Performance Teams, zijn bovenmatige interesse in commando’s, Navy SEAL’s en elite teams. Als Team Performance Coach legt hij uit welke wijze lessen organisaties van deze teams kunnen leren.

Roderick combineert zijn bovenmatige interesse voor elite-teams, zijn jarenlange ervaring als interimmanager en zijn beoefening van (extreme) outdoorsporten en survival met inzichten op het gebied van teamwork, High Performance Organisaties en High Performance Teams. Hij wil organisaties en teams helpen hun potentieel maximaal te benutten. Zowel gericht op het individu, maar vooral ook in samenwerking met anderen. Roderick wil organisaties en teams laten inzien dat ze ongekende resultaten kunnen bereiken, als ze zichzelf durven te pushen, durven te challengen en buiten hun comfortzone durven te gaan. Dat ze hun doel kunnen bereiken als ze het aandurven alle talenten, capaciteiten, competenties en skills maximaal in te zetten, samen met anderen. En zich niet alleen te focussen op resultaat, maar ook (of juist) op de mens erachter. Hij laat zien dat “resultaat” een resultante is.

Met een enorme hoge dosis energie neemt Roderick zijn toehoorders mee naar een wereld waarin High Performance de enige optie is. In zijn inspirerende en interactieve presentaties vertelt Roderick wat het inhoudt om constant uitgedaagd te worden en het maximale uit jezelf te moeten halen. Hij vertelt over de lessen die hij zelf heeft geleerd, maar ook over de lessen die we van elite-teams kunnen leren.

Daarbij schuwt hij de confrontatie niet. Roderick observeert en spiegelt houding & gedrag. Dat haalt iedereen uit hun comfortzone en laat ze vervolgens toegroeien naar High Performance.



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Jef Cumps

Jef Cumps

Website: http://www.ilean.be

Twitter: @jcumps

Jef Cumps is a very experienced coach and trainer supporting multiple large organisations in their transition towards more agility. He is and has been leading enterprise changes covering all levels (individual, teams, management, organization).

As a trainer, Jef has gained a lot of experience in training various topics: Scrum, Lean, Agile, Kanban, S3, 'Teal', visual facilitation, communication, people management and coaching skills. Next to his knowledge and experience, his major asset is his coaching attitude getting the most out of people and organizations.

Jef is Certified Kanban Practitioner, Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum coach. Jef presented several sessions on XP Days and other conferences in the past.



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Bart Oste

Bart Oste

Website: http://www.ilean.be

Twitter: @bartoste

Bart Oste is an enthusiastic, motivating and communicative agilist with a constant drive to bring happiness in the workplaces around him.

After being Product Owner in a release train for 3 years, he now coaches organisations to get the best out of their teams, with the help of frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, LeSS,… but realizing in the end it's all about people, motivation, communication and the drive to build great product together.

Besides his coaching activities, Bart enjoys to be a trainer regularly and likes to facilitate Agile sessions.



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Jurgen De Smet

Jurgen De Smet

Website: http://www.co-learning.be

Twitter: @JurgenLACoach

Certified LeSS Trainer, Licensed Management 3.0 Trainer, Licensed Collaboration Superpowers Trainer, Innovation Games Qualified Instructor, Black Belt Collaboration Architect, game changer & loving father

I help leaders of large organizations deliver on their commitments to high performance.

Before, during and after an Agile adoption like LeSS, SAFe, Scrum at Scale, DAD or any kind of Lean transformation, large organizations often find that they need to de-scale and simplify organizational structures and processes. I function as an Executive-level guide for companies approaching their second growth phase. Industry leaders in banking, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, utilities, media and agriculture hire me to help remove obstacles in their path to innovation.

We address specific pain points in the system so upper-management can learn to enable emergent solutions. For example:

➸ Horizontal complexity- consolidating functions across the enterprise

➸ Vertical complexity – shedding obsolete roles, layers and reporting structures

➸ Spatial complexity – preparing distributed teams for success

My engagements with clients achieve greater organizational alignment with fewer dependencies left to manage. Transparency with access to good data ensures empirically-sound decision making. As a result, the system becomes leaner, more customer-centric and ready with each successive change wave to build its greatest products yet.

Do you want to unlock strengths inside your organization’s culture to navigate new markets and technologies so you come out ahead of competition? Commitment to high performance means removing whatever stands in the way. Reach out to me – I bring intense curiosity to learn about your context and circumstances.

For companies that endure, simplicity brings its own rewards.

I am a Certified LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) Trainer, Licensed Management 3.0 Trainer and ambassador at Startups.be, the group spearheading the entrepreneurial environment in Belgium. Inside I am still skateboarding, picking up new moves, adapting to ever-changing environments and freestyling with the best, wherever fresh design concepts for improving the world of work are emerging and being perfected.



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Michael Bentein

Michael Bentein

Website: http://co-learning.be

Agile coach / Scrummaster Helping organisations transition to Agile delivery streams of customer value. Specialised in fixing failed agile adoptions and finding the smells of Cargo Cult Agile or Zombie Scrum.

Coaching the creation of safe environments where people, from a traditional point of view, act in a highly unsafe way; speaking up, challenging, sharing, thinking, pausing, collaborating, deviating, creating, innovating.. to restore the creation of products that outmatch expectations.

Scrum/Kanban Team coaching and trainings

Coaching product owners in applying good Agile practices in combination with Lean Startup.

Coaching the creation of lean Portfolio's and Epics/Features/Stories planning.

Tools : Liberating Structures, Lean Change Management, Management 3.0, SAFe / LeSS , Group cohesion coaching, WSJF Priorisation ( Safe City Guide trainings), Evil Mastermind poker planning, Bug Fixing tournaments, Code Retreats, CI / Branching strategies and very specialised Retrospectives to find certain problems.. Mission Impossible / Muda / 3 Little pigs / Cntr ALt Del Reboot / Bumpy road /PO's nightmare



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Peter Hilton

Peter Hilton

Website: http://hilton.org.uk/

Twitter: @PeterHilton

Peter Hilton is a software developer, writer, speaker, trainer, and musician. Peter’s professional interests are business process management, web application development, functional design, software development methodology, agile methods, project management and software documentation. Peter currently consults for Signavio, working remotely from Rotterdam, and delivers the occasional lecture and training course. Peter has presented at many European developer conferences, including Agile Cambridge, Joy of Coding, GeeCON, ACCU, Scala eXchange, Devoxx, Øredev and Jfokus. Peter co-authored the book ‘Play for Scala’ (Manning Publications) and has taught the ‘Fast Track to Play with Scala’ training course.



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Olivier Costa

Olivier Costa

Website: http://www.aegisoft.be

Olivier Costa

has always been involved in the whole software development cycle. From (business) idea over development & testing until release, follow up (business satisfaction) and maintenance. While writing code primarily in C#, he became an Agile Coach (for very diverse teams and organisations writing in very diverse languages) in search of teams he wants to work in.

My favorite books are:

  • Code Complete (2nd edition) – Steven McConnell
  • Domain Driven Design – Eric Evans
  • Clean Architecture – Uncle Bob
  • DevOps Handbook – Gene Kim
  • Accelerate – Nicole Forsgren



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Marco Beelen

Marco Beelen

Twitter: @mcbeelen

Currently I am a Software Architect working at Ximedes.

My vision is to use low tech and simple mechanisms and techniques to get the job done.

I try to apply this in the software itself, in the development process and in the communication within a team.

I'm a firm believer in the usage of visualisations to improve communication between all involved parties: Developers, Business, Testers and Operation Engineers.

Just like a Agile Board is an information radiator about the progress and process I think that Software Architecture Diagrams should be information radiators about the Software Design.

Therefor they should be:

  • visible in the room
  • Easy to update
  • Be the place to goto for design discussions.



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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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