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Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Software development is a complex­-responsive system, changes in the constellation will surely help estimates for a Scrum team

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1 April 2015
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Scrum

It is with sadness that we have followed the discussions on predictability in software development, as well as the raging Twitter debates on #NoEstimates. On one hand, Scrum practitioners are much aware of the difficulties inherent in estimating and predicting, but on the other hand we are all drawn towards the perceived certainty in a well-defined plan.

However, since software development is a complex-responsive system, it is clear to any thinking and knowledgeable individual that changes in the constellations will for sure affect the events happening to a Scrum team*. The experienced coaches and trainers from agile42 have gazed into ...

There is no Planning in Agile. Right?

No Planning in Agile?

Several times over the past few weeks, I've been told by people that there is no planning in Agile.

I believe the source of this misconception comes from the Agile Manifesto's statement "Responding to change over following a plan".

It does not say ‘instead of following a plan'.

I’d like to simply share a short and partial list of just a few examples of how and where planning may happen in an agile context.

In the hopes that a partial list will change this myth….

Mike Cohn, Agile Estimating and Planning -
http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/books/agile-estimating-and-planning ...

Keynote at "Embedded meets Agile" 2015

agile42 is a sponsor of Embedded meets Agile 2015 and Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "Large Scale Agile System Engineering"

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22 March 2015
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Events
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embeddedagile

We are very happy to participate again at the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich this week. Agile software development as well as agile management approaches have been established also in the embedded industry by now. They benefit from the methods and practices both in software- and hardware development.

Embedded Meets AgileThis year agile42 is a sponsor and I will deliver a keynote on Wednesday 25 March 2015 on the topic of Large Scale Agile System Engineering.

More and more companies are adopting Agile and Lean approaches to product development in the context of System Engineering. This includes both software and hardware ...

agile42 sponsors Agile Testing Days Netherlands

The Agile Testing Day NL are held on the 19th of March in Hotel Houten near Utrecht

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18 March 2015
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Events
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scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch

ATD NL Logo 2015

We are excited to announce that agile42, like last year, is sponsoring the Agile Testing Day in the Netherlands on the 19th of March.

There are keynotes from Rachel Davies and old friends of agile42 Olaf Lewiz and Mike Sutton. Go check out the program and looking forward to meet you there.

Mile High Agile 2015 Sponsorship and Speakers

We are excited to be a sponsor, as well to have 3 of our coaches presenting, at Mile High Agile 2015 conference in Denver, Colorado on April 3, 2015

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18 March 2015
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Events
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mha15

This year, in addition to sponsoring the Executive Panel Talk: Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization, agile42 coaches Brad Swanson, Richard Dolman and Daniel Lynn will each be speaking at the event.

Brad Swanson will be presenting at 9:45-10:45am:

STATIK: Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban

Kanban is a seemingly simple method, but implementing change of any kind is deceptively challenging. STATIK is a 7-step framework for implementing Kanban in organization, based on systems thinking principles and the evolutionary approach to change. I will introduce the framework and the subtle but critical considerations I have learned for making ...

Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!

Full video, slides and transcript of the closing keynote of Scan Agile 2015 in Helsinki

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13 March 2015
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Events, Transition
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etf, scanagile, slides, youtube

Companies of all sizes need to grow their own agile way of working, becoming more agile is a journey, not a destination, it is not about implementing a model or another…

What to scale?

Asking the question triggers the most diverse answers. It nearly seems people don’t know what they want to scale, they just know then “need” to… it feels like someone presented scaling as the ultimate solution to solve every problem… and now everybody wants to buy it, it really feels like an old story. Way to often the focus about scaling agile lands on the delivery ...

2015 Scrum Survey by the Scrum Alliance

The SCRUM ALLIANCE® "State of Scrum" Survey 2015 is now open

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12 March 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Scrum
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scrum, scrum alliance

The SCRUM ALLIANCE® has announced the opening of its biennial State of Scrum Survey, which gives the Scrum community deeper insight into the progress and adoption of Agile and Scrum processes.

“We published the first State of Scrum report in 2013, and it’s a very popular benchmark report. Those interested in Scrum simply want unbiased data about who is using Scrum, why, and how, and that’s what we deliver in this report,” explains Scrum Alliance Managing Director Carol McEwan.
 
The purpose of the State of Scrum report is to track trends in Scrum related to who is currently ...

Scrumtisch Berlin April

Dear Scrumtisch'ler, here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in 2015 in Berlin : Date: 14th of April, 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 ...

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11 March 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear Scrumtisch'ler,

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

  • Date: 14th of April, 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 see you there :-)

Marion

 

Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!

Andrea Tomasini will present the keynote at Scan Agile Conference 2015 in Helsinki on 11th March

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6 March 2015
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Events, Transition

I'm very happy to present the closing keynote at Scan Agile 2015 in Helsinki, in the conference day of March 11th. Scandinavian Agile is a conference for everyone involved, as they say, "in the magical act of creating software". This year they want to push the boundaries further and even break them in order to become better in what we do.

Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is ...

What makes a good Agile game?

Just playing a game for learning isn’t working and in this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game in the Agile environment

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3 March 2015
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In my previous blog post Why we play, I focused on the value of agile games in our training. They build a safe-to-fail environment and let participants get a first hand experience of new concepts. One the one hand, playing games for learning is especially helpful for concepts, which can be easily misunderstood because they are different from existing ways of working. While on the other side, just playing a game for learning isn’t working. In this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game.

Clear Learning Objectives

A good game is oriented towards clear learning ...

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Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Software development is a complex­-responsive system, changes in the constellation will surely help estimates for a ...

 

There is no Planning in Agile. Right?

No Planning in Agile?

 

Keynote at "Embedded meets Agile" 2015

agile42 is a sponsor of Embedded meets Agile 2015 and Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote ...

 

agile42 sponsors Agile Testing Days Netherlands

The Agile Testing Day NL are held on the 19th of March in Hotel Houten near ...

 

Mile High Agile 2015 Sponsorship and Speakers

We are excited to be a sponsor, as well to have 3 of our coaches presenting, ...