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Product Mastery by Geoff Watts

Our review of "Product Mastery" by Geoff Watts

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22 March 2017
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Product Owner

Cover of "Product Mastery"This book is dangerous. It’s got magic. You read it in the train, commuting to work, and the stations just pass by. You sit nodding, mumbling “so true” and “hadn’t thought of that” to yourself. Every day I read this book I have to hectically rush out of the train with open bag and book in hand. It’s dangerously captivating.

The length of 280+ pages is deceptive – the book is very readable and the pages just fly by. The text is clear and to the point, the ideas are well described and anchored in examples that are ...

Your opinion needed about the Canadian Regional Scrum Gathering

We are gathering information about the upcoming Regional Scrum Gathering® Canada 2018

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20 March 2017
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Scrum Alliance, Events
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sgcan

The Scrum Alliance has announced the first Canadian Regional Scrum Gathering.  It will be held in Toronto in the Spring of 2018.  Your friendly neighbourhood agile42 coaches are helping to organize and have a small favour to ask: please fill a survey to better understand if you're interested and your profile.

The more data we get the better we'll be able to make decisions for the event.  Thanks for taking the time.

HR people need to know and apply Agile practices

Agile has become a mainstream way of working in most companies. This is not only in tech departments, but also sales, marketing, and now HR

On
17 March 2017
In
agile

As agile coaches, we are meeting with HR people more and more often. Whether at companies, or seeing them at events, increasingly it is common to be drawn into conversations requesting a short introduction to agile. In this article I will share my thoughts and experiences around agile and HR departments, what they should know about becoming agile and how they can apply agile in their own work.

Why does HR need to know what it means to become Agile?

Agile generally first starts growing in the software development teams to enable short time to market delivery and enhancing the ...

Article in Leading Dutch Magazine Elsevier

An interview with agile42 on was published in a special edition of the Dutch weekly Elsevier on Business Agility

On
10 March 2017
In
Press
Tags
agility, business, magazine

Article Elsevier

Elsevier is a Dutch independent weekly news magazine. The magazine focuses primarily on higher educated readers and various segments within the market sector. In a special edition on Business Agility, they published an interview with Niels Verdonk and Garbrand van der Molen, two leading Agile Coaches of agile42 in the Netherlands.

In the interview they discuss various aspects of Agile in particular why it is that organisations often don't realize the full potential of Agile. 

Niels Verdonk: "In many organisations Agile is still seen as something which is something for the IT Department, without involvement of the rest of ...

How to Plan the “Perfect Retrospective” - a.k.a. Ditching a Good Plan

Planning too far ahead is a waste: it is best to stay flexible and decide as late as possible to make more informed decisions

“In preparing for a battle, I have found planning is indispensable, but plans are useless.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I love it when a plan comes together — but sometimes, you just have to let it go.

When coaching teams, you will soon find out that every team is different and even every meeting of every team is different. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike. The key is to be able to adapt your plan to the team’s needs, at every moment of time. Even the best plan is made based on the knowledge and assumptions of that current state ...

The Advanced Team Coaching Course comes to California

Invitation to the Advanced Team Coaching Course classes in Sunnyvale, Cal. starting April 24, 2017

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3 March 2017
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Coaching, Training
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aatc

As our world of Agile has expanded from single teams to larger concerns at organizational level, ScrumMasters and Agile change agents are in need for greater toolset of techniques to accelerate their organization’s Agile journey.

“Only now we have a structured framework and a toolset at hand that we can use on a daily basis"

Therefore we are really excited to announce public offering for our Advanced Team Coaching Course (ATCC) in Sunnyvale, CA starting April 24, 2017. This highly successful coaching skills development program is used by us in developing internal coaching competencies for our Agile transformation clients ...

Marius de Beer in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Join coach Marius de Beer for a "Breakfast of Champions" in Cape Town and Johannesburg to talk about Preventing Burnout in an Agile organization

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22 February 2017
In
Events

This year marks the tenth anniversary of our activities in South Africa and we want to start the celebrations in style. We are organizing a Breakfast of Champions, a thought-provoking event to discuss organisational agility.

Marius de BeerWe will discuss Preventing Burnout with agile42 coach Marius de Beer: many so-called “Agile” teams find themselves sprinting endlessly from one deadline to the next. Leaders are understandably frustrated at the missed promises of Agile. People are feeling unbearable pressure from the endlessly growing demands of modern life. No less a person than Adriana Huffington is these days focussing her energy on helping people to ...

Sponsoring ProductCamp Vancouver 2017

agile42 is a sponsor of Product Camp Vancouver, the unconference held at UBC Robson Square on Saturday February 18th

On
13 February 2017
In
Events

We are happy to sponsor once again ProductCamp Vancouver 2017, the premiere event in the British Columbia area for Product Management, Product Marketing, and Marketing professionals to teach to, learn from, and network with each other.

ProductCamp is an un-conference, meaning that participants can bring ideas, lead a session in their area of expertise, facilitate a round table discussion, network, or volunteer. This year's event will take place at UBC Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver, BC next Saturday, 18 February.

A couple of years ago I have been asked what I like about ProductCamp Vancouver in this short video:

Scrumtisch Berlin: February 8th, 2017

Report and photos from the February meeting of the Berlin Scrum User Group, facilitated by agile42 coaches Konrad Pogorzala and Javier Perez

On
10 February 2017
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Thanks to everybody who joined the Scrumtisch in Berlin on Wednesday and special thanks to Newstore for providing such great hosting facilities.

As usual we started collecting topics. The list according to your votes (in brackets) was as follows:

  • Encouraging self-organisation (23)
  • Team metrics and Management (17)
  • Visibility in distributed environment (15)
  • Scrum Master vs Agile Coach responsabilities (15)
  • Predictability (9)
  • Distributed teams in far locations. How to deal with them (7)
  • Product Owner and scaled environments (6)
  • How to become obsolete as Scrum Master (5)

Then, we split in five different groups and each group discussed one of the ...

Presenting resilience and anti-fragility at OOP 2017

Join agile42 at OOP 2017 in Munich for a talk about organization resilience and anti-fragility

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30 January 2017
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Events
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oop2017

OOP 2017We are happy to be again sponsors of OOP 2017 in Munich, the platform for both technical and business professionals to update their knowledge and share their wisdom.

I will present How to grow your organization resilience and anti-fragility tomorrow, January 31st, in the Agile Transition Management track.

In an ever changing market organizations needs to survive through the adoption of more light and flexible governance structures. Culture plays a fundamental role when it comes to allowing more autonomy and decentralization, both in terms of ownership and responsibility. Resilience is the capability of an organization to readapt very rapidly to ...

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Product Mastery by Geoff Watts

Our review of "Product Mastery" by Geoff Watts

 

Your opinion needed about the Canadian Regional Scrum Gathering

We are gathering information about the upcoming Regional Scrum Gathering® Canada 2018

 

HR people need to know and apply Agile practices

Agile has become a mainstream way of working in most companies. This is not only in ...

 

Article in Leading Dutch Magazine Elsevier

An interview with agile42 on was published in a special edition of the Dutch weekly Elsevier ...

 

How to Plan the “Perfect Retrospective” - a.k.a. Ditching a Good Plan

Planning too far ahead is a waste: it is best to stay flexible and decide as ...