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About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014

Surf the “Waves of Agile” and get on the same wavelength

For the IPMA I recorded a podcast with Lieke Sluis-Hoogerwerf. Lieke is an expert in methodologies for high-quality collaboration on complex issues. In this podcast we discuss what is needed for successful agile transformations and how to get on the … Continue reading

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InflectraCon 2020 – Get inspired about what’s on the horizon for technology in 2022 and beyond!

The program of the InflectraCON™ 2022 is announced. And I am proud to be part of it! Set in the heart of the US’ s capital, InflectraCON 2022, is a two-day multi-track conference celebrates all aspects of Software Development, Testing, … Continue reading

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Agile Advent Calendar

It’s December again. Suddenly I remembered the advents calendar that I published last year. We had online countdown to Christmas. Every day, starting 1 December onwards I shared a tip. Practices that benefit you as Agile coach, Scrum master or … Continue reading

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Vincent Verloop describes his work as Agile Coach

For this video I asked Vincent Verloop to tell me about his work. He invited me in his living-room and told me what he liked about Squerist, the company we both work for. Vincent enjoys his client assignment from which … Continue reading

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You got an issue? Check-it!”

I met Daniel Maslyn at the Agile Testings Days, held in Potsdam Germany. Together we settled down in the (empty) pub of the hotel, and I asked him for his opinion. Daniel is a Passionate and Creative test professional. He … Continue reading

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Product ownership – beyond saying no

For many years, I regarded that the ability to say no as one of the most important skills of a good product owner. Do you recognise that? Product owners that take ownership of their backlog will have to say no … Continue reading

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Keeping the Customer Satisfied

This week I gave a presentation at the Agile Testing Days which was held in beautiful Potsdam (Germany). In this presentation I introduce 6 things that customers want. These can be used to promote the new items that need to … Continue reading

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Workshop on Built-in Quality at the Agile Testing Days

This week Jan Jaap Cannegieter and I gave our brand-new tutorial on Built-in Quality. I this tutorial attendees get hands-on experience in defining those practices that have a quality impact for their organization. We made an inventory of the SDLC … Continue reading

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Talking Automation at the Australian, New Zealand DevOps & TA Conference

19 November 12GWS will host the DevOps and Test Automation conference in Australia and New Zealand. Themes that will be discussed are Cloud, Data, and programming language , The Latest in Devops, Agile Testing and DevQAOps. I will be sharing … Continue reading

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The reality I’ve been in for years

This month I am visiting readers of my book “The waves of Agile”. Last week I visited Nienke Alma at her office in Amsterdam. It has a nice view on the Amsterdam Arena. While trains and subway passed outside the … Continue reading

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Agile DevOps East – Talking refinement

On 17 November I will be hosting a session on the Agile DevOps Conference that is organised by TechWell. My presentation will be about refinement and I will zoom in on the importance of good refinement, the anti-patterns I see … Continue reading

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It’s a recognition bonanza

In this video I have a conversation with a very open and enthusiastic Wendy Bruin. We talk about my book “The waves of Agile”. “I read quite a lot about agile and encounter a lot of agile practises but, this … Continue reading

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Agile Tour London

On 22 October I gave a presentation on the Agile Tour London. I talked about the value of refinement and stated that refinement should focus on divining a good solution. So rather than updating the workflow tool, like Jira. And … Continue reading

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Next week …Agile Tour London

Looking foreward to breaking silos on the Agile Tour London. I see some nice familiar faces in the line-up. Will be great!

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Communication on the moon

After binge-watching the series “for all mankind” I got inspired. I recognized three take-aways that will assist with agile collaboration and communication. To effectively collaborate we need to take care of technique, consider language barriers, and try to read others’ … Continue reading

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