Archive for December, 2012

 

For the 6 year in a row, I created a new year video with our last years pictures.

Last year, uploaded the video on the 20 december. Funny enough, the most important event of the year still had to happen. On 25 december, Els asked me after 15,5 years to marry her.

Although I

  • followed 3 kids in different stages of their life
  • helped a distributed team to publish 5 websites in 4 different countries
  • inspired 13 online collaboration projects with 146 people
  • spoke at multiple conferences
  • published our book: who is agile
  • launched an agile book bundle to sell 10 agile books for 50 dollar.

    our marriage was clearly the family event this year.

  • The song is a 10 year old dialect song. We selected it, because it’s related to our marriage in multiple ways. A lot of it is hard to translate in English and I would like to thank my FB friends: Jan Van Hecke, Frank Louwers, Jurgen De Smet, Hans Warie, Hannah Verbeke, Johan Tré, Peter Verheyen, Thomas Bouve, Robrecht Demurie for helping out.
     
    Happy New year and I hope we meet again next year.

    Let’s all have a playful 2013

      Yves

    Lv Yi was suggested by Bas. Here is what Bas has to say about Lv Yi. It has been more than 10 years since I first met Lv Yi. We worked together on the same product in Nokia Networks (now Nokia Siemens Networks) and we both had a drive for improving software quality. I cannot count the number of discussions I’ve had over the years and it is the discussions that always left me impressed with his ability to think and ask the right questions. When Lv Yi asks questions, the questions sometimes seem naive, but if you think about his questions, they are often extremely well thought and to the point. They often frustrate me at first and almost always lead me to new insights. Over the last 10 years we’ve often gone different ways, kept contact and then started working closer together again. I always enjoy working with and talking to Lv Yi.

    What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

    I was always one of the best students in school until I went to high school. In high school, I found that I was not good at all. I started to fail exams in many subjects, while many classmates did very well. I was losing my confidence, and questioning my intellectual ability, and the ability to improve. Fortunately, with the encouragement and support from the teacher of one subject, I gradually did better on that subject, which helped me see the possibility to improve also in other subjects. I realized that the effort would pay off once you believed in it. That influenced me to treat the “failure” better ever since.

    If you had not been in IT, what would have become of you?

    I don’t know. I think more about what I may do in the future 🙂

    What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?

    My biggest challenge is to balance family and work. I love work, but as a coach and trainer, I travel a lot; and I love spending time with my family, especially my 3+ year old daughter. It is not a good thing per se, but there is also a positive side. It helps me focus. It helps me learn how to balance. It helps me learn new skills on customer development in my town. It also helps me appreciate more about family.

    What drives you?

    Being helpful to people around me. The experience of changing for the better and influencing others to live a better life.

    What is your biggest achievement?

    We made an Agile transformation in a big product line. I grew myself a lot, and helped lots of people grow in the course.

    What is the last book you have read?

    Mindset from Carol Dweck

    What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?

    What would you like to do in the future? I’d like to apply experiential learning for kids. I’d like to work with my daughter on this first. If it works out well, I may create a startup to pursue this.

    Whom do you think I should ask next?

    August 2012

    Hangzhou, China

    Yves asked Andrea to provide the introduction to Gustavo

    I have not met Gustavo personally, but I feel I would really have some interesting discussions with him. I discovered this because Gustavo maintains an extensive list of books on his Linkedin page, as I do. Reading through his book list, I soon realized that we have read or want to read almost the same list of books. Whatever the reason is for that coincidence, I hope to meet him some day in person!

     

    What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

    That would be the fact that I have loved playing drums since I was about 15. I’ve never done it professionally or anything like that, but I’ve had my share of playing with various musician friends for more than 16 years now. I think that this has taught me a lot about how good teams communicate, collaborate and innovate together. The best bands I have been in involved developing a sense of understanding that goes beyond words. I love when I encounter that same level of understanding in a business setting.

    One more thing that comes to mind is the fact that I was very shy when I was a kid and a teenager. That helped me to develop good listening and observation skills, which come in pretty handy as a coach, mentor or team lead. It has become second nature to me to always seek first to understand, then to be understood just like Stephen Covey used to say.

    If you had not been in IT, what would have become of you?

    When I was a kid, instead of dreaming of becoming an astronaut, I wanted to grow up to design space shuttles. Then, after watching shows like Matlock and L.A. Law I was sure I wanted to be a lawyer. But my all-time dream job since I was about 14 years old is to work as a radio DJ or to have my own record store (just like John Cusack in High Fidelity). I love music, and I very much enjoy playing the music that I love in front of people who haven’t heard it before and seeing that it touches them in some way or they just like it too. If I hadn’t got hooked on software development, I think I would definitely have pursued that path.

    What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?

    My biggest challenge right now is to stay focused on my day to day activities when it’s so clear to me that too many things are wrong and unsustainable in the world. Sometimes I just get a bit overwhelmed and wonder if what I’m doing is enough or even the right thing to do given the state of things on our planet. But, at the same time I know that this feeling leads me to strive to work on things that contribute to improving people’s lives. So, i guess it’s like a paradox but it also yields a healthy tension that ultimately makes me go forward.

    What drives you ?

    Basically two things.

    The first is the urge to not stay in the same place (or do the same thing) for so long that it stops being cost effective (not in terms of money, but mostly in terms of fun, engagement and happiness). More than one time in my life I’ve been in that situation, when I knew that I just had to get out and do something different. That feeling led me to discover wonderful things (such as Agile) and take on great but rewarding risks, like starting my own company.

    The second thing is explaining and showing other people things that I have discovered and that I’m convinced they will like and benefit from.

    I guess these two things have led me to constantly be learning and discovering new things, since I get tired of showing and teaching the same thing over and over again 🙂

    What is your biggest achievement?

    That would be co-founding and working to grow the Peruvian Agile community. It has been an immensely rewarding experience to watch it grow from a handful of people to events gathering more than 700 people and to see those events spread throughout the country.

    What is the last book you have read?

    The last two books I read cover to cover were:

    I also have a bunch of other books that are in progress (bad habit) or that are sitting idle on my desk. You can check them all out in my Reading List on my LinkedIn profile.

    What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?

    What is your top ten list of favorite artists of all time? They are (in no particular order):

    Whom do you think I should ask next?

    I’d love to see more people from the Latin American Agile community. These are some great folks that I have worked with in the past and that I’m convinced have many interesting things to say:

    July 2012

    Lima, Peru

    Looking for people from parts of the world I did not know to put in the book, I came across the Agile manifesto translation project, and I had a feeling that was best expressed by Ward Cunningham: “I think our translators and the communities they reach out to for each translation are true heroes of the agile movement.” Among the people who translated the Agile Manifesto and agile books, I found Renatohttps://twitter.com/rwilli. Renato organized the translation of the manifesto and Scrum & XP From the Trenches to Portugese (Brazilian).

    What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

    I’m a terrible programmer.

    If you had not been in IT, what would have become of you?

    A Writer, or a psychologist.

    What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?

    Dealing with people. It gets me interested in them.

    What drives you ?

    Being an inspiration for people.

    What is your biggest achievement?

    I think it’s still yet to come, but related to work is the co-creation of an open event about agile methodologies, the “Maré de Agilidade”

    What is the last book you have read?

    Musashi

    What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?
    Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in life?

    A: One of the best things in the world is traveling.

    Whom do you think I should ask next?

    July 2012

    If you like these answers: check out our book: who is agile

    At Xp2010 I missed the my agile suitcase presentation. I heard it was one of the best sessions at the conference. So when Martin & Ole proposed it for XPDays Benelux I voted for it. To my surprise they asked me to be part of it.
    I created the talk on the train on my way to Agile Tour Strasbourg. I looked for pictures on my way back. I have annotated the presentation, so you can understand it without me doing the talking.