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I wanted to have a place where I could group: my presentations, my blog, my twitter, My question of the day,  my pictures, the books I read, etc…

Thanks to Ine, I now have this place

Thanks for  growing this blog with me.


What is a good social network site for kids …

I have accepted a coaching position outside Belgium.
This means we will move for a few months with our family.

We want our kids to give an option to keep connected with their friends in their current school.
As we have young kids, we will select a social network that we set the privacy rules.

Instead of sending out messages to the whole wide world as I’m doing on Twitter or facebook, we want to make sure what they write is limited to a very select number of people.

What do you think is the best Social network for this?

I  am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can reach me at blog at my training company .net or follow me on Twitter

Acceptance Criteria for coaching position

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10 Agile books

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Happy New Year 2010 Video


What I learned from burning down my house

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PairProgramming is like SEX

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How to make your retrospective the heart of your agile process

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The Storming phase of the (agile) IT world

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I finished reading the Agile coaching book

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Rally Chalk Talk: The daily meeting

My three questions:

1 What have I finished yesterday.

2 What do I commit to finish today

3 Where do I need help?

==>So these are a little bit different as the ones from Jean.

I don’t make the link between what I promised yesterday and what I have done yesterday. Because it might be that I have done something totally different. If it is there is a smell. I could answer her question and not talk about other stuff I have done. (Difficult to know Jean’s idea in a 4 minute video).
My question also does not tackle the smell directly. It does offer the team to react if what is said yesterday and today is not in sync.

With 2, I completely agree with Jean. It’s about commitment, not just about what will I try to do. I’ m only interested in what you want to finish today.

My 3 is bigger then Jean’s. I don’t need to be stuck to need help. Actually I want team members to ask quicker for help. Before they actually get stuck.

Also it avoids the difficult definition of ‘stuck’. (Some people only see them selfs stuck when they don’t find a solution for a week…)

Next to that I agree completely with Jean. If you want more advice like that, read her great book about facilitating an agile team:

Collaboration Explained

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can mail me: blog at my training company  .net

Redesigning Agility


I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can mail me: blog at my training company  .net

Fit on YouTube


The word of today is cyberella: IT women. I never heard of the word, but I like it.


Happy X-mas

I love this song, I love this band, I’m still looking for the DasPop all star band version. Anyway Happy X-mas to you

Slides of our Team Compensation Session @ Xp Day London


I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project Coach and you can reach me @ Yves at my agile training company .net

XP Day London in Retrospect

As I wrote earlier this week I was looking forward to go to London.XPDay London was in my knowledge the first XPDay in Europe and I had good memories about it.
This year was a special year as they tried out a new format. A lot more open space and only a few programmed sessions.
I like the Belgium BarCamp’s a lot. I have been planning to go to Agile open for a long time, and I ‘m ready to participate in The Open Core somewhere in 2009.
That was also a reason for me to see how this would go for XP Days London.

I don’t know what other people felt about it, but I really enjoyed it.

As always at a conference I missed more sessions as I did follow. Luckily for me I was now able to follow the Joseph’s session about self-organisation.

Since Agile 2008 I knew he did not like the Form-Storm-Norm-Perform model.

Now I finally now why. Not only that, he had some great other models as a replacement. We did not have time to discuss Tuckman model, but I loved the new model’s Joseph gave us. I can see where I can use them to understand my current team.

It also explained very nicely why we Belgium’s agilist’s prefer to teach people by exiting games and not by boring lectures.

I already uploaded my pictures about Xpday London to Flickr

If you have been to this XPday or any other, and are a member of Linkedin feel free to join the xp day group at linkedin:

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project Coach and you can reach me @ Yves at my agile training company .net










This year I did not connect so much with the English crew as what I had planned to.

XP Days Benelux 2008

Already five years XPDays Benelux is my favorite event of the year.

Content over Commerce
People over process
small over big
local over international
first time presenters over famous people

This year was the best edition ever.

Dave already explained that the organizers walk their talk [Although I'm on the organisers list, I say they as I did not contribute that much.]
I’m a big fan of the perfection game, as you can see herehere and here (Sexual contect).

As our session had less feedback this year, I’m not sure the perfection worked that well this year.
Because of my second year of GTO training I was limited in time for this years XP Day Benelux.


I only went to Nicole’s and Dave’s sessions. (Not following my rule about PairCoaching session. ) I will publish my perfections on these later.The same for my experience with my own session.

I want to focus now on the event.
I have used persona’s before in my work and they really add value to how you design the software. Using them for designing a conference and conference sessions was new to me, but it really helped.
On top of that I loved the Persona’s game . It’s really a fun way to get to know new people. By the way, I was an Ellen. I could have been just as well a Bram. but I choose to be an Ellen.

The Games night was also new. I have send a lot of people to the games night, but ended up not going myself. Mmm, that’s a feedback a lot of coaches and trainers get…

I was surprised by the Kanban board, I hope a lot of events take this approach.

the Oomps after all these years I still find them one of the most fun parts of the conference, except for maybe the pomp  (participants one minute presentations at the end of the day)

The closing of the first day by Aikido. During the GTO we start a lot of times the day by exercises that open up energy in my body (There it is typically Bio Energetics.) The start of the aikido felt the same. More of these, but I prefer at the start of the day.

The Visu Wall, I loved. (You can find pictures of it on my XpDay Benelux flick set )

This year I did not meet that many new people, I hardly had time to talk to my old friends.

I hope you liked the event.

If you want to stay in touch, feel free to connect on the XP-be and xp-nl mailing lists or on the Linkedin XPDay group

Conference month

As predicted in august, since my new job as Agile project manager at the Belgium post I hardly have time to write blog post.

This month is conference month:
Tomorrow I will present the Agile game at XP Day Benelux. It’s a game that wants to learn people some basics about how working in a agile team works. That will be the fourth year in a row I am doing a game together with my father at this XP conference.
Unfortunately I have to leave the conference friday to follow part of my GTO course. Bummer.

On 8 december I will present the famous agile Loops at Devoxx (Formely known as JavaPolis)

On 12 December Vera Peeters and I will deliver a workshop on Team compensation at XP Days London

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project Coach and you can reach me @ Yves at my agile training company .net

MBA in one day

Last year I went to MBA in one day. I was not so sure what to think about it before, but I really love it.

It was an event like it should be. OK it was lot’s of marketing, it was a big show, but also lot’s on interesting info.

This year Kursaal Oostende organizes it again.

If you were not one of the 1300 people that where there last year. Open your calendar on 25 November and add this.

Last year I got a set of 10 CD’s I still listen to regularly. That alone is worth the seminar price. (Although you can buy the CD sets on Proxis.)

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Update:today I received a mail from Kursaal, because I was there last year and I liked it, I got an offer from them.
If you use MGM /YvesHanoulle to subscribe you get an IPod Nano. (Disclaimer: And so do I)

I’m a little puzzled I already had this post on my blog before I got the mail about the nano. I’m did not create this to get something. I really like the seminar last year. I decided to keep it on and to add he info.


I  am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can reach me at blog at my training company  .net


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