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Serge Beaumont

Serge's career was always a mix of Agile and Software Development (JEE/XP/Scrum) until 2007 when he was asked for his first full Agile Consultancy assignment. He is now a full-time Agile Coach. Serge is a CSP and trains Certified Scrum Master courses with Jeff Sutherland and Certified Scrum Product Owner courses with Arlen Bankston. Through his assignments, Serge's expertise is in large corporate agile adoptions and Product Ownership. He has coached organizations like Albumprinter, Ericsson, bol.com, Albert Heijn and Triodos Bank. Serge combines enthusiasm and deep knowledge of software engineering, agile processes and human nature with a pragmatic approach that allows him to tailor agile to a wide array of situations and organizations.
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Remote Big Room Planning Part 2 – A Practical Guide

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Mar 27, 2020 12:26:39 PM

In part 1 we explained what the toolkit required, and what you need to make your remote Big Room Planning a success. Today we will dive into more detail as we will guide you step by step through the organization of such an event, using the tools and applying the concepts we explained in part 1.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Remote Big Room Planning Part 1 – What do you need?

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Mar 25, 2020 4:51:03 PM

One of the main reasons to hold Big Room Planning sessions is that you can discuss all work with everyone present and collaborate towards a plan supported by all those present. In these days of remote work that has become a lot more difficult. With a little bit of preparation and some clear agreements you can still achieve the same outcome with the same group.  

This article is written by Serge Beaumont and Roel Trienekens, both Senior Business Agility Consultants.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

The Quantifiable Added Value of Scrum

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Oct 24, 2019 9:40:48 AM

An Interview with Jeff Sutherland by Serge Beaumont

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Create the right Engineering Culture with the right environment

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 28, 2019 9:45:37 AM

In the previous articles (part I and part II) we discussed the forces that lead to a need for more engineering talent, and the engineer’s mindset. In this article we will discuss a number of measures you need to take to create an environment where engineers will be able to excel, and will want to stay.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Cultivating a Culture for Engineers with Agile

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 12, 2019 3:13:37 PM

Today’s digital age is buzzing with “transformations” and “accelerations” that are driving organizations to new levels of competition and increasing their reliance on IT. Information technology is no longer a secondary, supporting resource; IT has become a primary business USP. In turn, the increasing demand for capable, seasoned engineers has sparked a virtual “war for talent.” The only way to attract and retain the best of the best is to cultivate a culture specifically designed for engineers. Agile can help you do that.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is a new magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. It challenges you to think differently and improve yourself, your team, and company a little more each day. 

Digital Drivers 
There are four critical ramifications of today’s digital age fueling the war for talent and the increasing demand for engineers: 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Understand the engineering mindset to create a good engineering culture

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Jun 18, 2018 2:59:39 PM

In the previous post I stated that there is more need for engineering talent, and that there is a war on talent going on which will only increase. However, we see many organisations that have trouble hiring engineers, and even then there is a high chance that these new hires leave within a year - sometimes even within a month. The reason is that those organisations do not provide the right environment - they do not understand the engineer’s mindset. In this part of this series we will talk about what the engineering mindset is.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

A good engineering culture is crucial to compete in the digital age

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Apr 23, 2018 3:52:49 PM
In the digital age, all organizations need to become IT companies because it has become a driving force for value. This has lead to a much higher demand for good IT engineers. The other challenge is that many organizations have not considered themselves to be an IT company and have no experience with IT. How do they attract and retain top engineering talent and give them the ecosystem to excel? This series of three posts discusses why we need a good engineering culture, what engineers personally want and need, how to set up a good engineering ecosystem and how to scale it.

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Topics: Agile Software Development