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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class in Seattle with Dhaval Panchal

On December 8, agile42 coach Dhaval Panchal will facilitate a CSM class in Seattle leading to Scrum Alliance certification

We are happy to announce a Certified ScrumMaster course with Dhaval Panchal in beautiful Seattle on 8-9 December 2014. Just a few days left for Early Bird price valid until November 24th!

The Space Needle, Seattle

Dhaval is a senior consultant, enterprise Agile coach and trainer for agile42. He is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Innovation Games Facilitator. Dhaval has actively published at various online venues and a repository of his articles can be found on his blog and on this blog. He is also a sought after speaker who has presented at international Agile and Scrum ...

Scrumtisch November 2014

26. November 2014 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

the next Scrumtisch will have a special format. Since we have many great Agile Coaches in Berlin (Bent Myllerup, Andrea Tomasini, Peter Hundemark, Lasse Ziegler, Niels Verdonk, Gregory Keagan,  Gaetano Mazzanti and many more) we will change the format of the next Scrumtisch to something like:

Meet the Coach

Here's the schedule:

  • Date: 26th of November, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly known as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are ...

Invitation to the Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course

Join agile42 coaches to learn a more structured approach to coaching teams

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6 November 2014
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Training

agile42 friends who were present at the Scrum Gathering Berlin may have attended our workshop on Effectively Coaching Agile Teams: you can check the blog write-up which includes a short video highlighting the structure of the talk and all materials of the workshop.

The workshop was a very short digest of our years of experience, and from that agile42 is now introducing the Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course aimed at ScrumMasters, Team Coaches and others who wants to take their skills, knowledge and abilities for coaching and facilitating teams to a professional level beyond the basics.

The course is held ...

Trabi-Safari in Berlin!

You may have seen agile42 coaches driving around Berlin in oddly coloured old cars

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24 October 2014
In

Every year, all coaches and the complete staff of agile42 meets for a two-day International Coach Camp: this is pinnacle of our company alignment, with more frequent meetings for regional or national coach camps in the rest of year. As you can expect, bringing together all coaches leads to all sort of fun, good work and strange activities!

This year the International Coach Camp has been organised in our European HQ of Berlin to coincide with the Global Scrum Gathering that took place in the German capital a few days earlier, and had seen agile42 as a sponsor and Marion ...

Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”

On
20 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall organizations. In subsequent articles I explained Phase-Gates (part 2) and Large-batch handoffs (part 3). In this article I am diving deeper in to centralized control characteristics. Tendencies to centralize control of decisions stem from mis-understanding of complexity inherent in real world projects.

An expert plumber can understand how the pipes and systems in a building fit together and behave. A plumber can break a complicated plumbing system into parts and know how they will behave together. 

Behavior of ...

CROZ is agile42 partner for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia

On October 16 in Zagreb, CROZ has officially been confirmed as exclusive partner of agile42 for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia

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17 October 2014
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croz

Yesterday during a nice meeting in their headquarters in Zagreb we confirmed the exclusive partnership for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia with CROZ, the first under our new partner program. CROZ will provide services such as education, consulting and coaching and they have already started to negotiate with several potential clients in Croatia and the region.

We also presented agile42 solutions with a focus on the Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) that leads and supports an organization through the process of becoming more Agile.

You can read more on CROZ site and in the meantime welcome aboard to our new friends!

Krešimir Musa of CROZ

In ...

Meet us at Manage Agile 2014

Andrea Tomasini and Ralf Kruse will run special events at Manage Agile 2014 in Berlin on 27-30 October

On
16 October 2014
In
Events

We are very happy to be part of Manage Agile 2014, event devoted to Agile project management and requirements management in practice, and sponsored again this year by agile42.

Andrea Tomasini will lead the World Cafe on Agile Project Management on the first day of the conference. The free and lively discussion will be in the style of Scrumtisch Berlin, the Berlin Scrum User Group organised by agile42 and meeting regularly in the German capital.

Ralf Kruse will faciltate instead The Marshmallow Challenge: a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in ...

Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles - "Trapped in Wagile"

On
13 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates encounter agile transformation efforts. In this article I will dive into Large Batch handoffs.

Working in large batches is based on thinking that handling large batch sizes during each phase optimizes:

  • Resource (people) Utilization
  • Quality : By use of people’s primary skill set
  • Reduction in rework
  • Decisions : through a broad holistic perspective

Expected System Behavior:

Fractal Nature:

At portfolio or ...

Scrum Gathering Berlin - September 2014

Some info on the Scrum Gathering in Berlin which took place in September 2014

On
9 October 2014
In
Scrum Alliance, Scrum
Tags
scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch
Recently we had the amazing opportunity to sponsor the scrum gathering in Berlin. Since our company Headquarters are also in Berlin, this was of course an opportunity we couldn't pass up. Because we had the home advantage, many of us attended the Gathering (some who were there were not even in the picture, if can you guess who's missing, let us know in the comments.)

This year the Scrum Alliance got some amazing keynote speakers, from very different ...

Phase-Gates : Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

On
6 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

Recap

 Phases are are strictly linear sequence of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These activities are divided along process lines. Funding and progression to the next sequential phase is gated to ensure quality of deliverables handed-off between silos. Many decisions are concentrated at gating decision points. The Phase-gate approach provides an illusion of control, delaying feedback on product. 

For example:

 Requirements → Design → Implementation → Verification → Maintenance

Gates or gating criterion accompany typical phase-gates. Gates establish GO ...

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