Archive for September, 2009

It all started with this tweet from J.B. Rainsberger:

imagejbrains I consider never using the phrase "best practice" a best practice. #wcr09



I RT this, just like many other people.

I like to think I immediately understood what JB ment to say.
For me it what it means is that, from the moment people start to call something a Best Practice, it blocks them. And worse, it blocks other people.

What Best Practice really means is: this is the Best practice at this moment and under these circumstances.
How people use Best practice is: You have to do it like this, and don’t change anything. It is a proven technique, don’t change it, we know better then your situation.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Best practices, as long as they don’t limit me to work in a better way.

And then a few hours later, I realized that my slides for my AgileEE talk had ton’s of Best Practices slides.
Mmm, if I really don’t want my audience to take my idea’s and use what ever they want and adapt them, I should find a better word then BEST Practice.

It took me a few iterations of my slides. At this moment I ended up with great practices instead of BEST Practices.
So I’m actually proposing we stop using the word BEST practice and we start talking about great practices.

What do you think, it is a better idea then the use of BEST practice?


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Agile Coaching is the book I wish I had read when I started coaching my first team. While agile is spreading fast, a lot of people take on coaching roles, these people finally have a book to find the answer for their questions.
The book Rachel & Liz wrote is not only good for people new to coaching, as a seasoned coach, I found some new idea’s (Standup Checkov), it refreshed rusted idea’s (ping pong programming), and challenged some other (no comments). This is one of the books I know I will at least skim (probably read) once a year. Liz and Rachel assembled an enormous amount of tips to help you coach (agile) teams.
If you read one book about coaching it should be this one. If you want to read more, you will find in the book the necessary info on where to find more detail about a topic. (Although they have found a way to explain most idea’s at least as good as the original author.) On top of all this, while reading the book, it was as if Rachel and Liz where right beside me to help me with all their experience.
This was a book I was waiting for.

Buy it at the pragmatic programmers site or ( for my French readers)

Update: You can even by a digital version to upload on your kindle if you want.

Esther Derby gave a great presentation @ Agile 2009 called Performance without Appraisals: what to do about performance reviews.

In this TED talk, Daniel Pink quote’s some research that proves why appraisals don’t work for Information Workers.

Vera Peters and myself gave a workshop in London on the same topic. You can find the (very nice) slides here.