An Advent Calendar is a special calendar that counts the days until a special event. The word advent originates from Latin and means something like “what comes”. It originates from the Christian believe where advents calendars are used to count down towards Christmas. According to the online research I have done people would mark the remaining days until Christmas with chalk on their front door. At the end of the 19th century, the mother of Gerhard Lang made her son an Advent Calendar by sticking 24 tiny sweets 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 advent calendars with little shuttered windows. Starting on the first of December, children can open one of the 24 shutters every day. 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 an 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 share tip number 2.

Tip 2: Be aware of “add-ons” that increase complexity and are masking deficiencies in the system.

The Agile Principles urge to maximize the amount of work not done. Agile likes to keep things simple. Still many teams are really creative in defining extra processes and solutions when encountering a problem. Recently I spoke with a manager that created a special bug fix team. The teams complained that their sprint goal was challenged by incidents. While in fact the organization was suffering a quality problem, they solved it by creating an extra team that would do all the bug-fixing. This way the other teams could continue with their sprint without too many disruptions. It may seem like an effective solution but makes the organization more complex without solving the root cause.


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 (, 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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