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Hi,

We wish you a empathic 2017.
This is the 11 year in a row we created a video version of our life.

2016 was a rollercoaster year. After we realized that the technical debt of our current home was too big, we decided to build a new one in our garden. We started building that house in 2016. To limit the projects in progress, Yves put most community work in the freezer. We took similar hard decisions on family “duties”. The building of the house goes slower then when we would have been in our twenties, yet we managed to keep our family life rather sane.

This was our life in 2016, we are very interested in yours.
Will you share with us what gave rise to the highest emotions in 2016?
yes, we are serious. Let’s turns this blog post into a nice dialog.

Yves, Els, Joppe, Bent, Geike
Hanoulle – Ryssen

PS After ten years we have a small number of families and teams inspired by our video’s. Will you join us?

Hi,

We wish you an exceptional 2016. Just like the last 9 years we want to do this using a self made video about our life in 2015.

During our (Yves & Els) life, our group of friends grew and spread over the whole world.
Although we can’t send a personal mail to each and all of you. We do want to bring a personal message.
Newyear is a moment to make personal connections stronger.  For some that is with family, for some with physical close friends. For us it does not matter if you live in our village or in Australia.

2015 was a moving year, for the world and for our little family. Yves tried to fuse his life and work even more. (He does not believe in worklife balance, he loves work life fusion. ) so he took Joppe with him to talk in Kiev, Sofia and even Antwerp.
Joppe exceded everyones expectations.
All three kids continued to go to CoderDojo and gradually took more friends with them.

We finished 2015 by launching our own android game (www.anguis.be)
Anguis started as a summer parent pair programming project from Joppe and Yves. Programming one hour every day during our summer holiday. And it grew into a full blown family project. Bent and Geike turned out to be real good testers. (I wonder if bringing Lisa Crispin and Johanna Rothman to our house a few years ago had anything to do with it 😉 )
And grand father Ignace came up with a new algorithm to generate our own letter frequency.
And just yesterday Joppe’s Godfather Wim had an idea that made the ergonomics and UI a lot better.

Does this give you a desire to anguis? (yes in our family it already became a verb) we hope so.
www.anguis.be to download the game. (The game itself won’t bug you fro a rating, we hate that just like anyone else, yet we do hope you will give us a rating when you like the game.)
Unfortunately we don’t support English yet. Yes it was designed as a real MVP. In a full lean-startup way we will first add more features gradually grow our audience and once we are happy with the game, we will create a version that lets you choose English words.

Meanwhile Yves has his walking desk for 3 years. He already made 15 million steps since December 2012.
All while he works from home on projects like:
– CoderDojo GENT
– CoachRetreat
– Retroflection
Agile conference calendars
he co-published 3 books

Joppe limited the hobbies in progress and gave up his music lessons in favour of his basket.
Bent switch from circus to Rugby.
Geike took the musical aspirations from her brother over.
And is Els keeping this family together.

That was our life. We are also interested in yours.

Please share with us, what are you most proud of from your life in 2015?

Yves, Els, Joppe, Bent, Geike
Hanoulle – Ryssen

PS: Every year more people join us in making a video. Will you join us this year?
PPS: The kids might not see all the mails we get as answer, they do regularly look at the videos. so if you want to leave them a message, give it a like or a comment. Thank you

We found out the video is not working on a tablet or phone. Probably due to copyright and the fact that Youtube only wants to show video’s if it can show ads before.
(The video was created with IPhoto on a mac. If you have an idea, how we can solve this please let us know.)
If you can see the video and you like it, will you like it on youtube, that is something my children see also.

 

Let’s look back at what the year that 2014 brought us…

  • Just like in 2013 we have published on Retroflection one tweet every day to make people think. Started on the 1ste of Januari 2010. In 2014, we added 15 people.
    A big thanks to our 73 people Retroflection team. (That said we always look for people who can bring new questions and statements …)
  • After the strong CoachRetreats year in 2013, Oana and me slowed down a little. That resulted in only 6 CoachRetreats in 2014. The good part for me, is that these happened without any support of me. Self-organisation at it’s best. Now it’s time to find more people to organize CoachRetreats in other cities/countries. A big thank you to Oana and all local organizers for all their work in 2014.
  • This year thoughtJockey.org  did not get much attention, although the trust experience still proves to be OK. And again, I can still stand behind what is written.
  • Who is agile in Australia (and New Zealand) was published.
  • I made sure that I don’t receive any royalties from the current local country versions of who is agile as the current books are also really self-organizing teams.
  • I failed in publishing my books on amazon. Shame on me.
  • As always I keep investing in myself, I spend 26 days learning new skills at conferences and training.
  • A big thanks to all the conferences that invited me to speak. Thank you for your trust. I had a wonderful time at each and every event I was. I was most impressed by a bunch of highschool kids that are using scrum to learn chemistry. (I learned about DOF from them.)
  • As you can see in this years video, I did a presentation with my 12 year old son at Failing.Forward. it was a real nice experiment, especially as he did not yet have English at school and the conference was in English. The standing ovation he received at the end, told us it was a successful experiment. You can read about it (in Dutch) here
  • I have stepped 4.730.443 steps this year. That is 5.795 km, or 601 km less than last year, probably due to the fact I did not run this year.  I also had two pair of shoes that completely broke down on me. Even when I was living of wellfare, I never had that. I guess the quality of cheap shoes has gone down dramatically… (Sorry Guido, I’m one of these men, who don’t like to spend money on quality shoes..) Or maybe that is because I did 5795 floors, which was 661 more then last year.
  • This year I found a developer helping me out to relaunch the PairCoaching community site. He has trouble setting up a wiki for the PairCoaching domain. Is there anyone who has experience with a setting up an open wiki, who wants to help out? The PairCoaching community will love you for it.
  • I started coaching CoderDojo and even took on the role of LeadCoach. My three children joined and two of them have brought in their own friends.
  • For my hometown Gent, this was a sad year, we have lost quite a few people that felt part of our town. I’m personally most shaken by the loss of Luc De Vos, an artists that I knew before he even made his first record, and that has inspired me in many many ways. It was also one of his songs that inspired us in 2007 to create our first New Years video. We do pray ourself lucky we saw his last concert at the Gentse Feesten. To remember him we also played one of his songs during a x-mas party with my son and sister. 

On a personal level, we now have 2 children with a double digit number.

  • Geike at age 7 already knowing very well what she wants and does not want to do.
  • Bent going alone to school by bike. Sometimes coming home alone and already studying before we come home.
  • Joppe going to a bigger school, 7 kilometers by bike with a bunch of friends. What made me most proud was he stayed with a friend who fell on the way to school, risking to be late for a test. Life is all about priorities. He has his priorities right.

 The plans for our new home got accepted and although we did lose a lot of time for multiple reasons. We did make a progress and looking forward to see the new house grow this year.

Yves

 

 

What a year 2013 has been.

At it’s start, I thought this was going to be a slow year.

 It started with a client who had financial troubles. As any coach will tell you, it does not make any sense to help people working better together, when they worry if they can keep their job.

And yet I had faith for my business, although that could have been inspired by visiting the holy wall in Israel before delivering a personal agility workshop 😉

And what a year it became…

  • We have published on Retroflection one tweet every day to make people think. Started on the 1ste of Januari 2010 and still going strong.
    A big thanks to our 58 people big Retroflection team. (That said I always look for people who can bring new questions and statements …)
  • We had 9 CoachRetreats organized in 6 countries. A HUGE thank you to Oana Juncu who is the driving force behind this.
    Another big thanks (just a little bit smaller then the one for Oana) for all the local organizers.
    As already 4 CoachRetreat’s are planned for the start of 2014, CoachRetreat seems to take off. My personal goal for 2014, is to train as many women CoachRetreat facilitators as men.
  • ThoughtJockey.org was launched as a trust experience and so far, I can still stand behing what is written.
  • Thanks to some more help, 3 more books were published with my name on it.
  •  A client where I did a small assignment to help a team split in two, turned into a big assignment. We started a re-organization of a 150 people company. I have now trained 4 feature teams and started a traject with the executive committee. A big thank you to Hans Vranken (CEO) & Nathalie Servranckx (CIO) for trusting me. An even bigger thanks to the teams doing all the hard work, in ever changing circumstances.
  • We put the PragAuthor.com project in the freezer. I hope to unfreeze it as an open-source project, when my WIP is lower.
  • I helped out my friends of co-learning with 2 Budget Games: one in Aalbeke and one in Heule
    Thank you Jurgen De Smet, Erik Talboom, Luke Hohman ,  all co-facilitators. A big applause for the first time facilitators of the city of Kortrijk. Wow.
    If you like BudgetGames/Innovation games, please contact Luke or me, as we are looking for 1000, yes thousand people for BG in San Jose at the end of Januari 2014)
  • For my personal training, I wanted to learn about Tribes and squads from the sources and I worked a week at Spotify
    A thank you to Henrik Kniberg for bringing me in contact with Spotify. A bigger thank you to Joakim Sunden, Christian Vikström, Jimmy Janlén for letting me around your Spotify teams and learn at the heart of your tribes and squads.
  • Problem Solving Leadership: one of these trainings that has a huge impact, for years to come. Thank you Jerry Weinberg, Johanna Rothman, Esther Derby for such a wonderful experience. Thank you my co-participants for a wonderful week
  • All the conferences that invited me. Thank you for your trust. I had a wonderful time at each and every event I was.
  • Dear smaller clients, I did no have much time for you, yet each of you gave me so much energy and idea’s. Thank you.
  • Personal Coaching session, I’m probably most proud of this work:
    • A person who returned to his previous job after figuring out, that was better suited.
    • A few persons who changed jobs
    • One person moved to another country
    • One person contacted after every coaching session, the next day. He had already done what he had promised to do by the next session and in most cases, had already gone a few steps further.
    • Even better are the people, who found a better work-life-balance and because of that, became more productive.
  • Thanks to my own investment in a walkingdesk, I have stepped + 4.000 KM this year, most of these while working at home.  For those who wonder that is +5.500.000 steps. (This also means I worked to much 🙁 )
  • I tried to give away the PairCoaching.net domain, I failed to create a community around it.
  • I sponsored ALE2013 to make publicity for the PairCoaching concept 
  • I was blown away by three great books. ( I read more but these three are amazing books)
  • Three great projects I supported this year:
    • RobotTurtles to teach young children (from 3 year old till 10) the basics of programming
    • Programming For kids: a book to teach children (as young as 8 year old) how to programming in Ruby
    • Rethoric: a game to teach people (children + adults) a better way of talking in public

And this is just (yes one of the few places where just is the correct word) the professional side.

On a personal level, we now have 3 children in school.

  • Geike learning how to read and write.
  • Bent working really hard and great at reminding me to slow down.
  • Joppe finding his way in life, enjoying friendship and gradually receiving more freedom.

If I wanted signs that my children will turn out ok, I have now all I need: at the latest family party, they all started dancing and enjoyed it very much. As a parent that is all I want!

As for the relationship with my wife, we did not take that much relational time as we should have. Yet after 17 years I still love my wife. Els let’s go dancing more in 2014.

We will be building a new home in 2014. I hope your life wil be as constructive.

Yves

 

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

    Hello,

    We wish you a great X-MAS and an energetic 2012.

    (The picture below is a video click it too launch it)

    5 years ago we had lots of trouble selecting a picture that we would use as a X-MAS card. Selecting one picture out of a few thousand was impossible for us.
    We decided to turn this problem into a solution and our first video was born.

    This year, we have taken 3.500 pictures. Out of these we selected 221. From these only 65 survived the making of the video. For us, 65 pictures is nothing to summarize our year.

    For you, we hope it gives a small impression of our live in 2011.
    Update: As we released this video on the 22 December, we missed an important event of our year.

    Yves would like to send some special thanks to everyone who helped with the different projects he started over the years.

    A special thanks to Lisa Crispin who has supported all my initiatives.

    With this video, I hope you now know where my energy comes from.

    Also a thanks to the people who indirectly helped creating this video:

    PS: all of these project would love to welcome new volunteers

    Update: With risk to spoil some of the magic, we selected this song because Bent school selected this song to sing at his first communion. (Which happened this year)
    See here a link that inspired our school

     

    As we did the last 3 years, here is our new years video card for the year 2011.

    In 2010 I went to work 10 months in Bordeaux. My family (read my wife) agreed to join me for 6 months. This video contains mostly pictures taken in Bordeaux.

    I hope you enjoy looking at the video as much as I had making it.

    (This year, I made the video during my lonely evenings in Bordeaux.)

    Yves, Els, Joppe, Bent, Geike

    Ps Click here for the complete list of our New Years video’s

    At the end of 2007 and 2008 we made videos about these years as a kind of new years card.
    This is last years video.
    Click here for the high quality version on YouTube

    It took a little longer as I started the Agile Retrospection of the Year.

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    Click here to see last years New Years video in English or onze 2008 nieuwjaars wensen in het nederlands

    Click here to go to YouTube and click on the “Watch in high quality” link below the video to watch the video in high quality.

    If you like it, please leave a message on YouTube and Rate the video.

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