Meet Up: Book promotion, Sep 1 Nieuwegein

The Agile Holland Meet Up of September the first will feature presentations from authors Ben Linders (Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives) and Sander Hoogendoorn (This is Agile: Beyond the basics). It starts at 18:00 hours with a buffet graciously sponsored by our location host Ordina. Presentations start around 19:00.

Link to the registration form: http://www.meetup.com/agileholland/events/154715932/

Please note: due to the availability of the speakers this meet up is scheduled on Monday instead of the regular Tuesday.

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

The book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives by Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves provides many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

An agile team consisting of highly motivated and professional volunteers has made a Dutch translation titled Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives. The foreword of this 1e Dutch book on Agile Retrospectives has been written by Arie van Bennekum. Arie is elect chair of the Agile Consortium International and he is the only Dutch author who has contributed to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Ben Linders takes you on a journey about writing and self-publicing books. He wil talk about how the book started, explain how he works remotely with his co-author Luis Gonçalves and how the book has been translated to Dutch by a self-organized agile team of volunteers.

This is Agile: Beyond the basics

Sander Hoogendoorn does not shy away from the complexity of how real work gets done in an enterprise, yet he addresses these complexities with breathtaking simplicity, speaking with the off-hand authority and confidence of someone who has spent many years with his sleeves rolled up, elbow-deep in the day-to-day world of enterprise agile.

Here you won’t find ivory-tower musings on the virtues of any one methodology. Hoogendoorn is no agile evangelist—he is too salty and experienced to have stars in his eyes over methods and frameworks. His approach is to detail every possible situation an enterprise might encounter during an agile project and apply the fix, technique or bit of reasoning that is best suited to solving the problem at hand, regardless of whether it belongs to any particular school of thought. Hoogendoorn can do this, because there aren’t any problems he hasn’t encountered—not once, but ten times over. He approaches agility with the attitude of a veteran field medic who has seen it all and knows exactly what will get the job done every time.

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