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Meet the Coach: Roberto Bettazzoni

A short interview with agile42 coach, DevOps expert and community organizer Roberto Bettazzoni on his background and what lies ahead

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28 May 2015
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Coaching

Following up on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter feature titled “Meet the Coach”, we asked some questions to one of our coaches from Italy, Roberto Bettazzoni. Thanks to his solid programming background Roberto often coaches development teams starting with Agile or DevOps techniques. He is one of the leading figures in the Italian DevOps community, and he recently co-organized IDI 2015, a one-day event sponsored by agile42.

What is your background and how you started with Agile techniques?

I have a technical background: I started programming in high school, I wrote my first commercial program when I was a freshman at ...

Looking for the perfect recipe

Everyone can use recipes… but a good chef knows both chemistry and the ingredients. Naturally, the same applies to organizations

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26 May 2015
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agile42 has a tradition of visiting Vito’s for our company dinners (that’s Vineria Fraschetta in Friedrichshain in Berlin, for those not in the know). We of course enjoy the cozy atmosphere and interesting discussions over some bottles of Sangiovese. Then again these ingredients can be found in any restaurant. We come back to Vito's every time, because he is an excellent chef — a formidable wizard when it comes to italian food.

Each culture has its own recipes. There are Italian recipes, French recipes, Indian recipes and so on. But there is no perfect recipe, as each culture ...

Executive Panel Discussion at MHA2015

Full recording of the MHA2015 Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 in Denver, sponsored by agile42 and moderated by Brad Swanson

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21 May 2015
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Events
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mha2015

agile42 has sponsored the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 on April 3 in Denver. Thanks to the organizers, the video of the panel is now available in its entirety.

The theme was Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization, the five panelists are: Brian Warden, IT Director at Nelnet, Rick Newman, VP of Engineering at ReadyTalk, Mark Curry, VP at Oppenheimer Funds, Eric Kihn, Director at NOAA - National Geophysical Data Center and Susan Courtney, Senior VP at Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska. The panel is moderated by Brad Swanson.

Scrum certification trainings in the Netherlands

English language CSM and CSPO classes with Scrum Alliance certified trainers in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

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18 May 2015
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Training

agile42 is bringing its Scrum and Agile trainings to more and more locations in order to be as close as possible to our teams! This year, we are organizing a combination of English language Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) classes in the heart of the Netherlands, easily reachable by multiple countries.

In the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn we invite you for CSM class on June 29-30 and CSPO on September 9-10. Please pass along to colleagues and friends who are looking for a full immersion Scrum training in a pleasant and relaxing setting.

agile42 ...

Talking about Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas at PMI in Buffalo, NY

Projects are too often prioritized based on opinions and politics. Use the Lean Canvas, a one-page business plan, and the Business Value Game for rigorous prioritization.

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11 May 2015
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Events, Product Owner
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lean canvas, portfolio, prioritization

I am happy to be presenting Better Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas at the PMI Buffalo dinner on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015.

PMI Buffalo 

 

If you're in the Buffalo area on Tuesday evening and want to learn more, check out the PMI Buffalo site for more information.

They accept both members and non-members.

Injecting advanced questions

An Agile coach can help a Scrum ceremony by injecting advanced questions, to help the team and the ScrumMaster make better use of the time

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11 May 2015
In
Scrum

One of the great problems with Scrum is that the ceremonies become repetitive. The ScrumMaster runs all meetings using the same agenda, and small omissions never get rectified. This means that even with the best intentions, after six months or a year, you may be routinely missing out on something.

For example, the daily standup can become a repetitive meeting where you just rehash the three basic questions. People think that the daily standup is just a reporting meeting, and forget the opportunities to improve flow and reduce risks.

Photo "Scrum standup seriousness" by vishpool

One way that an external coach can help is by injecting ...

Talking about Agile Transformations at Keep Austin Agile 2015

Dhaval Panchal presentation "Measuring What Matters in Your Agile Transformation" at Keep Austin Agile 2015, focusing on the Agile Strategy Map™

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8 May 2015
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Events, Transition
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kaa2015

I am happy to present at Keep Austin Agile 2015 today, organized by Agile Austin. The title of my talk is "Measuring What Matters in Your Agile Transformation" and we will discuss together how can you clearly articulate the business goals of your agile transformation, and how can you effectively measure your progress and success.

We will show how to use the Agile Strategy Map™ to define your Agile transformation strategy, and give real-world examples of strategies used successfully by many organizations. Participants will get practice using the Strategy Map and identifying some metrics that matter.

Agile Strategy Map™

Before starting the journey ...

Get ready for Towel Day with agile42

Get ready for Towel Day with an exclusive "Don't Panic" agile42 collectible item

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.

"agile42 "Don't Panic" collectible towelThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have."

 And since our company is named after a very important concept explained by Douglas Adams we cannot but participate to the celebrations in our own style: by producing Don't ...

Scrumtisch May 2015

28. May 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

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5 May 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin :

  • Date: 28th of May, 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

 

Growing Leaders

To grow into a modern leader you will likely need to unlearn what you were taught at business school and by traditional managers who mentored you

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4 May 2015
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In the 21st century organisation where digital knowledge work replaces physical manufacturing work, the role of leaders and leadership has become a core need of organisations.

In fact the need for leadership and the role of leaders has been long discussed and understood by management experts. Amongst the most forward-thinking of these were Edwards Deming with his Fourteen Points for Management and Peter Drucker who practically invented modern management.

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership includes a strong focus on leadership development. Jeffrey Liker and Gary Convis have documented that Toyota invests 25 years to grow a leader. This contrasts ...

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Meet the Coach: Roberto Bettazzoni

A short interview with agile42 coach, DevOps expert and community organizer Roberto Bettazzoni on his background ...

 

Looking for the perfect recipe

Everyone can use recipes… but a good chef knows both chemistry and the ingredients. Naturally, the ...

 

Executive Panel Discussion at MHA2015

Full recording of the MHA2015 Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 in Denver, sponsored ...

 

Scrum certification trainings in the Netherlands

English language CSM and CSPO classes with Scrum Alliance certified trainers in Alphen aan den Rijn, ...

 

Talking about Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas at PMI in Buffalo, NY

Projects are too often prioritized based on opinions and politics. Use the Lean Canvas, a one-page ...