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Full name

Ben Linders

Job Independent Consultant on Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement
email benlinders [at] gmail [dot] com
Skypeid BenLinders
Phone number +31629013863
Company Ben Linders Consulting
City (Country) Tilburg
Time 45'
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

A story on two guys writing an agile retrospectives book ... remotely


Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives & What Drives Quality. As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers. Ben is an active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English) and as an editor for Agile at InfoQ. You can find him on twitter: @BenLinders.


Writing a book by two people who never met each other face 2 face when they wrote, published and promoted the book is an amazing experience! Having it translated by self organized agile teams all around the world makes it awesome!!! Come and hear how we did this and what made it work, and learn how you can effectively work with people all around the world. In 2013 Luis Gonçalves and I wrote the book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives. We did this by working together fully remote. We self-published it in December 2013 and gained many readers worldwide. We never met each other in person until April 2014, and are still collaborating to promote the book and helping teams worldwide to get more value out of doing agile retrospectives. In 2014 we started with teams of volunteers all around the world to translate our book. Working remotely with people that you don't know, from different cultures, with their own ways of working, and on different continents is certainly challenging, but it turned out to be an effective and fun way to do it!



Benefits for the attendees

Join this session to learn: - how you can get to know people and work together remote, i.e. without meeting face 2 face; - which tools you can use to collaborate and communicate when working remote together; - how you can translate a book with self organized distributed agile teams of volunteers; - and how value, trust and respect can make it all possible.


Coming up - session will be given for the first time at XP Days Benelux 2014


This is an earlier interview from Lisette Sutherland with us about the book: http://www.collaborationsuperpowers.com/interview-with-ben-linders-and-luis-goncalves/

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