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My understanding of effective Agile Coaching

Effective Agile coaching is the process of supporting the client to improve by becoming Agile: it's guiding without prescribing

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15 April 2014
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agile
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agile coaching, coaching, consulting, scrummaster

Since years I work as external Agile Coach. From the beginning I searched for a good definition on what is agile coaching and was never satisfied on what I found. In this blog post I want to describe my understanding of our way of agile coaching and what is makes essential for our success at our client.

So many people call themselves agile coaches. My impression is that the impression on what agile coaching is is quite divergent.

One definition of coaching: “Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping people to learn ...

agile42 invites you to Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2014

agile42 is organising the Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2014 conference in Bologna on May 30th, an event endorsed by Lean-Kanban University

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10 April 2014
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Events, kanban
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lkse14

We are happy to welcome the Lean Kanban global conference series to Italy! The Lean Kanban Southern Europe conference brings together professionals who realize the value of Lean thinking. This is the event for technology managers, business leaders, and change agents who want to build quality, predictable delivery, and a culture of continuous improvement into their organizations.

Part of the Lean Kanban global conference series, it's been scheduled on a one-day format that will accommodate networking and participation from a diverse set of attendees.

The program is under development but already includes David J Anderson, Bjarte Bogsnes, Jabe Bloom ...

MHA2014 Sponsorship and Speakers

agile42 is proud to be Gold Sponsor of Mile High Agile 2014 and will have two senior coaches, Brad Swanson and Richard Dolman, speaking at the event

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8 April 2014
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Events
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mha2014

MHA2014 is Friday April 18th in Denver, CO.  This is the 4th year of this premier agile event attracting top speakers and practitioners from around the world.  http://milehighagile2014.agiledenver.org/program/ 

Brad Swanson will deliver 2 very interesting sessions this year that are sure to be crowd pleasers:    

Kanban Pizza Game: Maximize Profit by Managing Flow 

The Kanban Pizza game was developed and refined by agile42 coaches and has been played by dozens of groups at conferences around the world.  It is a hands-on simulation designed to teach the core elements of a Kanban system—visualize the workflow, limit ...

A Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™) Case Study

Guided by agile42, a company successfully implemented Scrum framework with SAFe to scale up to 150 people delivering software and server-side systems

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7 April 2014
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Transition
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etf, safe

You can download this case study as a white paper (PDF, 6.3 MB). A version also appears on VersionOne blog.

A leading Cable Television company faced long and challenging development cycles with quality problems. Guided by a small team of coaches*, they successfully implemented the Scrum framework with SAFe™ to scale up to 150 people delivering their set-top box/DVR software and server-side systems to support the DVRs. The following challenges drove the need for change:

  • 12+ month release cycle; unable to respond to a rapidly changing marketplace
  • Missed delivery dates; schedule slippage
  • Quality problems due to late integration ...

ETF and scaled Agile frameworks

How does agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ compare with other large size Agile approaches like SAFe or DAD?

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3 April 2014
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Transition
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dad, etf, safe

Following the heated discussions about SAFe (and our own bit of fun), it's worth checking how agile42 approach matches the expectation and solutions of large size Agile models that are being evaluated by corporations involved in transitioning their methodologies.

The agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) supports the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and other scaled agile frameworks. The ETF enables structured and strategic organizational change, and will help you deploy SAFe, DAD or any other framework.

We recognize that organizations are complex systems. We also know that in a complex system, no best ...

agile42 introduces Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™

agile42 introduces the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale

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1 April 2014
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Press
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april-fools

We see that many big enterprises want big enterprise agility. For this reason, agile42 is today introducing the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale.

The framework is based on stuff that worked a couple of years ago for a couple of large companies. These companies used continuous improvement techniques to develop the methods that we have now copied into the framework, and they have also evolved on from there. Unfortunately continuous improvement is old news and difficult to sell, so our framework carefully omits the underlying philosophy and jumps ...

Five books every ScrumMaster should read

agile42 coaches have selected a short list of titles that should be on the bookshelf of any ScrumMaster

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31 March 2014
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Scrum
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book, scrum, scrummaster

This is a new series by agile42 coaches to help you build your Agile library (bookshelf or virtual that is!) It follows up on the great success of last year's Summer Reading List that included an eclectic selection of titles ranging from business books to military history.

This first installation of Top Five Books is devoted to the key role in the Scrum process – the ScrumMaster. We have interviewed our colleagues and here's a (difficult) selection.

Books, photo by RLHyde

Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile Software Development

As a ScrumMaster you don't only need to know what Agile and Scrum are ...

Safe and unsafe words…

A look at online reviews and discussions about the Scaled Agile Framework®

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28 March 2014
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Transition
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etf, safe, scrum

The worldwide Agile community is debating these days mostly about one single thing, and this is the Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe™ as it's commonly known. We have studied extensively the subject both in the fields and as part of our Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF) approach which may include SAFe as a component according to the organization needs.

We will publish something very soon but as an end-of-week read we suggest you a selection of a few posts by popular leaders in the Agile and Lean community who have weighted on this Framework from their own points of view ...

Video for Agile Embedded Software Development Keynote

Video recording and slides of the Keynote by Andrea Tomasini and Bent Myllerup at the "Embedded meets Agile 2014" conference in Munich

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26 March 2014
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Events
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youtube

Here's the complete presentation of Agile Embedded Software Development, what's wrong with it? as recorded during the Embedded meets Agile conference in Munich on February 18th.

Andrea and Bent analyzed some example cases that included the “limitations” often attached to Agile methods and also gave some hints on how to solve them. Finally they also attacked the “culture” issue. This is especially important for companies which grew out of hardware development and do not have a solid culture that include software, and therefore are stuck with waterfall development process and a traditional view on professional barriers for their ...

Agilia and CSPO in Czech Republic

Participation to Agilia 2014 in Brno speaking about Agile in embedded development environment, and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training

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19 March 2014
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Events, Scrum, Training
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agilia2014, cspo

Next week I'm starting a trip to the beautiful Brno in Czech Republic that will include a talk at the Agilia conference on March 26th. I'll speak about "Will agile work in my embedded development environment?".

Brno - Cathedral of Saints Peter and PaulAgile approaches like Scrum is designed for software development, but will it also work when we add electronics development and mechanical construction to the practices? Come and get insights from the experiences of a Certified Scrum Trainer who actually did the work himself. You will learn about how to setup teams that have the combined skill-set of software, electronics and mechanical engineers ...

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