Are you inadvertently sabotaging the Psychological Safety of your team?

Thanks to Amy C. Edmondson and Google’s project Aristotle many of us know that Psychological Safety is a key prerequisite for a high performing team. …


Without imposing or enforcing anything

According to the Scrum Guide, the Product Owner is accountable for maximizing the value of the product resulting from the work of the Scrum Team. The main mechanism that the Product Owner has to achieve this, is ordering the backlog.

If you are a Product…


and why you should try it.

Fancy a different kind of party, where the usual suspects don’t always steal the show? Try my Failure Party recipe and you’ll be amazed.

The purpose of a Failure Party is to reinforce the message that failures are okay and to spread the learning to a large group.

Ingredients

Serves 1…


Picture this: while doing an upgrade you accidentally deleted the database. The one all your customers use. You think to yourself “Oops, how can I get away with this?”. Then you realize that you don’t have to worry. The team has your back. They’ll help you get the database restored…


I’ve been looking back at all that 2019 has brought me. There is much to be grateful for. Small things, like my daily gratefulness practice. Big things, like the wonderful people I’ve been working with.

Kampina in 2019. Picture by me.

Highlights for me include the Liberating Structures Global Gathering; being part of the design team…


I’ve seen many teams struggle with refinement. Problems I often encounter include: doing too little, wasting a lot of time in unproductive meetings, not capturing important decisions, assuming each backlog item has to be a user story, not allowing any uncertainty in the backlog items, etc. …


My name is Robert. French pronunciation, with emphasis on the second syllable: Robèrt. Those of you that know me probably know me as Rob or Robert (English pronunciation). From now on please call me Robèrt. Let me explain why.

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

My parents named me Robert, pronounced the French way (Robèrt). Before…


I promised to experiment and share those experiments here. This time I want to share my experiences doing Biodanza.

Els (my wife) and I were looking to do some more things together. Dancing appealed, so we started looking into that. …


I promised to experiment and share those experiments here. I thought this past week would be easy: I had a nice experiment planned. Linda van Sinten and I would run a Silence workshop at Agile Open Holland. The workshop would be a try out of some exercises in silence.

Building a Pringles ring at Agile Open Holland

It…


I promised to experiment and share those experiments here.

In previous posts I would add “together with the inevitable failures”, but not anymore. I’m now convinced that whatever the outcome, each experiment is valuable to me in some way.

This time I want to share a valuable experiment called “Who…

Robert van Lieshout

Father, learner, coach & agilist. I'm passionate about nature and helping people become their best selves.

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