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 4.


Tip 4: Be clear about what behavior you expect, but also about the behavior you do not want to see anymore.

When you are in a change process it is important to explain what you expect from your colleagues. It is very straight forward to explain them what you want them to do. However things get more clearly when you also address behavior that you no longer want to see. The impact of the change will be better understood and although this may lead to some resistance, it will help you to get people into the change mode. E.g. You suggest that we make quality a collective team responsibility. You probably get positive nods when proposing to collaborate on the testing. But you will get a more sincere reaction when you explain that you no longer want developers to pick up new items when there are undone stories on the board that need testing.


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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