An Advent Calendar is a special calendar that counts the days until a special event. At the end of the 19th century, the mother of Gerhard Lang made her son an Advent Calendar by sticking 24 tiny sweets stuck onto a cardboard. Gerhard never forgot the excitement he felt when he was given his Advent calendar at the beginning of each December, and how it reminded him every day that the greatest celebration of the whole year was approaching ever nearer. When he was grown up, he started a printing office and made advents calendars with little shuttered windows. Each day, starting on the first of December, children can open one of the 24 shutters. To heighten their sense of expectation, they find a sweet, little piece of chocolate or another treat.  
With the end of the year approaching fast, I would like to countdown the days until Christmas with you together. I assembled 24 Practices that might benefit you as Agile coach, Scrum master or Agile practitioner. Join me in this online countdown. To heighten your sense of expectation we share one tip every day. Today we start with tip number 1:  
Tip 1: Have your Scrum roles clearly defined.   Many agile teams and organizations are struggling with executing the various roles in an appropriate way. Scrum Masters that book the meeting rooms but fail to challenge the team. IT managers that control the team rather than facilitating them. Product Owners that lack the power to really own their product and say no to demanding stakeholders. The examples are countless. Try to get the roles clear, it will oil the machine, trigger improvements and provides handhelds for personal coaching. You can use the table in the article I wrote as a starting point for dialogue, see role agreement in scaled multiple team organizations.
Who is this Squerister?

Derk-Jan de Grood

Derk-Jan de Grood works as an Agile transition coach for Squerist. As a consultant, he helps organizations with their Agile transformation and embedding quality. He’s an experienced trainer and he wrote several successful books. He published “Agile in the real world – Starting with Scrum”. On his blog (https://djdegrood.wordpress.com), he shares his knowledge and experience for everyone to benefit.

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Wie is deze Squerister?

Derk-Jan de Grood

Derk-Jan heeft in zijn carrière uiteenlopende opdrachten uitgevoerd en organisaties geholpen op het gebied van Agile. Bij zijn werk stimuleert en faciliteert hij medewerkers en opdrachtgevers om ons vakgebied zo goed mogelijk toe te passen.

Met zijn oog voor zowel de techniek als de mens brengt Derk-Jan organisaties verder.

Naast zijn werk bij onze opdrachtgevers is Derk-Jan regelmatig namens Squerist te vinden als spreker op nationale & internationale conferenties, heeft hij een eigen blog en heeft hij diverse boeken en artikelen gepubliceerd.

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