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Thoughts On Scrum From A Newbie

Scrum isn't something only rugby players do. I had no idea, for example, that Scrum is the most popular approach to agile software development.

Here’s what I understood before attending CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) training earlier this month (a week after I joined agile42):  Scrum is something boys in short shorts do on the rugby field and women do when they’re fighting over a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s on sale.  I went in, suitably garbed in boots and leggings (just in case I had to break out into a sprint) and was surprised to find techy-types in long pants and shirts.  They seemed to me, woefully unprepared.

Training started with Dave separating the class into groups of people who had ‘lots of ...

Swarming

Dhaval Panchal did a presentation talk at ALNHouston.org on the topic of Swarming, and what can nature teach us (humans) about organization

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23 February 2015
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Last week I did a presentation talk at the monthly meeting of Agile Leadership Network Houston on the topic of Swarming.

You’ve heard it before, “You are Agile now, go self-organize” and yet exactly how to do it remains a mystery. Beyond giving permission to “go Agile” what else can managers do to help teams capitalize on the power of self-organization? Who’s the real sucker here? Perhaps the question should be, “What can nature teach us about self-organization?” How can we – as managers -use the lessons nature provides to our advantage? Swarming is a dynamic act of being ...

Why we train!

We call ourself “the agile coaching company”. Our focus on interactive training is in line with our approach to coaching. We see training as an essential success factor to support our coaching and enable the client. This is why we train!

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20 February 2015
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Learning the underlying concepts

First of all training delivers the underlying concepts and enables us to work with the client on another level. For many people the concepts are different to their current way of working. 

Reading books and articles with the wrong mindset often leads to more confusion, as opposed to a better understanding of the concepts. Sometimes it feels like people read books using their “glasses of the past”. 

It’s too easy to say “We already do this more or less and this is something, which is impossible for us”. Many underlying concepts can’t be taught ...

Building & Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization: an Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015

"Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization" is the topic for the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015, sponsored by agile42

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16 February 2015
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We are excited to announce that agile42 is sponsoring the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 on April 3 in Denver.  We have a world-class line-up of Executives who will speak about Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization. These executives represent a diverse set of large organizations who are well into their Lean & Agile journeys as organizations, and have hard-won lessons to share. Our panel members include:

Product Camp Vancouver

agile42 is happy to sponsor ProductCamp Vancouver 2015 on February 28th

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12 February 2015
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I’ve been participating in ProductCamp Vancouver since moving to Vancouver nearly five years ago, and I’m proud to announce that, for the third year running, agile42 is a sponsor of Product Camp Vancouver 2015 taking place on Saturday February 28th.

ProductCamp Vancouver

At agile42, we love the ProductCamps. A free event with a focus on innovative and thought-provoking practices in the world of product development. After sponsoring ProductCamp Vancouver over the past couple of years, we also sponsored ProductCamp Berlin in September 2014, This year, we’re proud to come back to our roots and sponsor ProductCamp Vancouver in February ...

Notes from the February Scrumtisch

A quick snapshot at the topics discussed during the Scrumtisch Berlin meeting of February 2015

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5 February 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Yesterday in the traditional gathering point of the American Diner Berlin in Friedrichshain took place the Scrumtisch (Scrum User Group) Berlin meeting. Facilitated by our friend Stefan the house discussed a few topics ranging from team structure to how to calculate Business Value in Scrum. Here's snapshots of the board pre- and post-discussions (click for full size).

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agile42 coaches Niels Verdonk and Andrea Tomasini took part in the Q&A at the end of the Scrumtisch. See you at the next event!

Niels Verdonk and Andrea Tomasini at Scrumtisch Berlin February 2015

agile42 sponsoring Agile Open Northwest 2015

The 9th annual Open Space conference exploring agile practices, techniques, realities and visions will be in Portland, Oregon 11-13 February 2015

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2 February 2015
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Agile Open NorthwestAgile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents the ninth annual Open Space conference exploring agile practices, techniques, realities, and visions. agile42 is extremely proud to sponsor AONW 2015 and to attend the event!

The theme for this year Open Space, held at the Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon, is “Agile Vision”. We are happy to bring fresh empirical evidence driven Agile transition services jointly working with client to develop future Agile workspace.

Hope to see you at Agile Open Northwest 2015, 11-13 February 2013.

Meet the Coach: Bent Myllerup

A short interview with agile42 coach, and Scrum Alliance CSC and CST, Bent Myllerup on his background and coaching experience

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30 January 2015
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Coaching

We have started a new feature on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter titled “Meet the Coach”, and we asked some questions to one of our leading coaches and trainer, Bent Myllerup from Denmark. Bent writes frequently about professional coaching techniques and in 2015 will feature in our new Advanced Team Coaching Course.

What is your background and how you started coaching?

I am originally educated as an electronics engineer and I have been working with software and embedded development for more than two decades. I wrote my first line of code in 1983, in gymnasium, and I first time got payed ...

Let them know

Consider letting people know when you are changing your approach, some might appreciate knowing that you intend on doing so

An Agile Transition can be a difficult thing for those that have previously been responsible for direction or closely monitoring people’s activities. Often, new techniques and approaches need to be learned and practiced.

Even with the most co-operative person trying to make this change can be difficult. I often hear talk of uncooperative managers or middle managers and wonder if they have been given a fair chance to succeed in the new approach.

This is just one example, but you’ll see the same could apply to many situations.

I describe the situation as “Let them Know”.

Here’s ...

Scrumtisch February 2015

04. February 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the first Scrumtisch in 2015 in Berlin :

  • Date: 4th of February, 2015
  • 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 looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

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Thoughts On Scrum From A Newbie

Scrum isn't something only rugby players do. I had no idea, for example, that Scrum is ...

 

Swarming

Dhaval Panchal did a presentation talk at ALNHouston.org on the topic of Swarming, and what can ...

 

Why we train!

We call ourself “the agile coaching company”. Our focus on interactive training is in line with ...

 

Building & Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization: an Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015

"Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization" is the topic for the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile ...

 

Product Camp Vancouver

agile42 is happy to sponsor ProductCamp Vancouver 2015 on February 28th