Helping tech companies scale sustainably • consultant and coach at @VeryBjien • agile and lean • co-organiser @DataOpsGhent • improviser • he/him

Ghent, Belgium
Joined October 2013
Dietrich Moerman retweeted
"We have a great team! Look how busy each person is! We have four or five active branches each. We don't have time for meetings and discussions because we're so busy. This is a GREAT TEAM." Umm... respectfully, no. This is all torque, no traction.
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A couple of years ago I had a similar feeling with an employer, where I absolutely wanted to work for/with. (That was before I was fully independent.) I got through until the last stage, then was rejected for lack of a trait that they could have known/asked from the start.
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It did not feel good, not just for the weeks of work wasted, but especially for the reason they rejected and that I was not given the opportunity to grow. Years later I see how I'd no longer fit there, how one can grow and move away from the things we once wanted.
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What I mean to say is that things were not always what they seem, plus everything is also in constant evolution. A rejection at a lead/workplace can feel like a major hit but turn out a gift later on. But it takes time. I hope this helps.
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Have you ever feared being exposed as a fraud at your job? That you were recruited for a role or started working with a client thinking: “Will I be able to carry these responsibilities? Am I the right person? I fear I’m not, and my boss or client will soon unmask me!” 1/6
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Even when objectively seen, you have plenty of skills and experience for the task. Well, I did, and sometimes still do. And it turns out this feeling is pretty common with people in our industry. 2/6
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A couple of days ago, I was in a workshop around impostor syndrome. Yup, it has a name. And it’s good to meet and learn from people having the same feelings from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you have been in the industry for 5, 15 or 25 years. 3/6
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You may think: “I still know next to nothing on this subject, and there are twenty books that I should read first.” Or you’re still impressed by that one capable *and* particularly very confident person that you unconsciously compare yourself with. 4/6
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Sometimes it’s natural and human to feel anxious, but we shouldn’t let our anxiety define who we are and limit us too much in our jobs. Put unfortunate events in perspective, forget about judgemental people, and believe in yourself. 5/6
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Adele, the famous British pop singer who won several awards, suffers from impostor syndrome. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath and say: “I’m capable, and I can do this!” 6/6 #mentalhealth #resilience #impostorsyndrome
Don’t be fooled by the cargo cult around Agile and the popular frameworks. This is agility. Doing what works to build and keep on building great products while caring for your people.
Replying to @kocienda
Do you know what worked? A clear vision. Design-led development. Weekly demos to deciders who always made the call on what to do next. Clear communication between cross functional teams. Honest feedback. Managing risk as a function of the rate of actual progress toward goals.
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Today is another learning day. I'm present at Mini #XPdays2022, learning more about agile, lean and XP practices in and outside of software engineering.
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Agree. And sometimes it's a valid way forward. With a team we inherited a large legacy codebase, with close to no tests in the legacy parts. Then UI tests are one of the possibilities to at least have some test coverage albeit in the broad sense. 1/x
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Many people hated it, and it was brittle for sure. But it was often the only way to make sure (untouched) units didn't break like crazy because we touched something else. That is, if we didn't realise there was invisible coupling and didn't have other automated tests.
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Wat op zich dan weer voor stijgende gezondheidskosten zorgt, die wij en de overheid gaan moeten dragen. Ergo, naast verbruik beperken is het de taak van overheden deze prijzen trachten in te dijken. En uiteraard op LT naar duurzame energie overschakelen.
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Replying to @patrickdebois
"Management transformation", if you will. Moving away from traditional management practices to empowerment and trust. Because companies learn that (digital) tools don't fix people issues or dysfunctional processes.
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Why the interest in ADHD, you ask? Eight years ago, I got diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yes, pretty late. And yes, you wouldn’t tell from the outside. 😅 2/3
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This talk fits right in the recent attention to #autism, #ADHD, and #neurodiversity in Belgium. Anyway, I’m planning more try-outs soonish, likely closer to Ghent. Stay tuned. 😉 Also, contact me if you are interested in a (private) presentation for your team or company. 3/3
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That said, do follow @20angles, @Magali_DeReu and @EliseCordaro for more insights on neurodiversity, autism/ASD and ADHD in and outside of work.
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