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Bridging the Unknown

In an Agile transformation small steps and reassuring inspections of the path ahead are not random practices, they are necessary for everyone

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22 June 2017
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Cover of AgileVox issue 3This article has been previously published in the Coaches’ Corner section of issue 3 (Spring 2017) of AgileVox, the magazine published by the Scrum Alliance.

In the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones follows three clues that lead him to the Holy Grail. One of those cluse implores him to “leap from the lion‘s head.” Faced with a deep, wide chasm – with a lion’s head on one side and empty space ahead – he must step into the unknown. In leaping from the lion’s head he suddendly finds himself standing on an invisible bridge ...

Article on Agile Leadership in Swiss magazine Computerworld

New article published in the issue 6/2017 of Swiss Computerworld

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6 June 2017
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On the May issue of Swiss magazine Computerworld we discussed how many companies need to become more agile, but in order for this to happen, it also requires a new understanding of the roles of all involved parties. The article (in German) is titled Das Team ist der Chef, which translates as "The team is the boss".

Computerworld

The article is available in the newstand edition and also as a downloadable purchase from the Computer world site.

SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

Regina Martins will present at the first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

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1 June 2017
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I am very happy to participate at the very first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria, South Africa, on the 3 of June 2017.

The purpose of the Coaching Day is to provide an opportunity to learn new tools and get practical skills in your role as coach to teams or organizations. Participants will learn and be given the chance to practice coaching skills in a safe space.

Regina Martins

I will talk on how to facilitate and foster Collaboration within teams and across teams; with special focus on traditional non-agile teams such as Internal Audit, Governance and Compliance.

If you are interested ...

Managing Work Without Resource Managers

Moving to self-organized teams causes a manager’s role to change focusing on creating a safe-to-fail environment, a learning path and collaboration

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26 May 2017
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Recently, my daughter passed her driving test. She’s now legally able to drive on her own on the roads of British Columbia. Experts have ruled that she has the necessary skills; she is able to control a ton or more of steel in a fluid environment filled with other drivers at the wheel of their own ton or more of steel. Mum and dad aren’t so sure. Well, let’s be fair. We are confident in the skills of our daughter. She’s an excellent driver. But letting her drive unsupervised on the roads of BC fills us ...

Growing Agile at Keep Austin Agile 2017

agile42 sponsors Keep Austin Agile 2017, with sessions by Dhaval Panchal and Dave Sharrock

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24 May 2017
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Events

Change is hard; in their attempt to transform, organizations frequently ignore the impact of organizational culture. To evolve, we need to make our culture explicit and then design together in a shared direction. Organizational leaders need courage to accept the current state of their organizational culture, appreciate aspects that are in alignment with their strategy, and prepare to make cultural shift where needed. 

Leaders that ignore prevalent organizational culture and try to install popular frameworks run into pitfalls and are unable to create environment of continuous improvement, which is at the heart of being agile. Patience with organizational change cycle ...

Sponsorship of Mile High Agile 2017 in Denver

agile42 sponsoring MHA17 in Denver, 22-23 May 2017 featuring a talk by Richard Dolman and Dhaval Panchal

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16 May 2017
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agile42 is happy to be again a sponsor for the 2017 Mile High Agile Conference “Elevating the Agile Organization”. The event, organized annually by non-profit Agile Denver, will take place May 22 and May 23 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado.

This year, they are introducing a new, 2-day format to give participants more opportunities to expand their Agile skills. On Monday, May 22nd, the conference will consist of the kick off keynote with Joshua Kerievsky and a full day of sessions. On Tuesday, May 23rd, participants will contribute to what we discuss and learn together through an innovative ...

The Agile Pubcast from SGMUN with Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini was a guest episode 13 of the Agile Pubcast podcast to discuss the coaching clinic at Global Scrum Gathering in Munich

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10 May 2017
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A few months ago, on the way back from the Global Scrum Gathering in Munich, agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann and senior coach Andrea Tomasini have been guests of Geoff Watts for a special episode of The Agile Pubcast, a great podcast he co-hosts with Paul Goddard.

In the pubcast usually Geoff and Paul share their musings over an informal drink, but for this segment the conversation happened in a taxi so it was more of a… taxicast. The main topic discussed was the coaching clinic that Andrea coordinated at the gathering, and general views about what it means to be ...

Selected Notes from Global Scrum Gathering 2017: San Diego

A report from SGCAL that took place in San Diego 10-12 April 2017

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5 May 2017
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I recently had the pleasure of attending the Global Scrum Gathering in San Diego. The event had over 1000 attendees, 9 simultaneous tracks and a day of open sessions. The keynote speakers were Jeff Sutherland and Joel Neeb. I thought I’d write something up from some of the sessions I attended and share.

If you must go to a conference, there are worse places to go

 

Keynote: Jeff Sutherland: The Shu Ha Ri of Scrum @ Scale

Jeff Sutherland spoke at length about Scrum at scale, adding his voice to a common topic in the industry. The point he hammered ...

Meet the Coach: Marius de Beer

Interview with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver

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27 April 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver, Canada.

How did you "discover" Agile?
By accident :-)  In 2002, during an interview, the hiring manager asked me if I do eXtreme Programming.  I had no idea what he was talking about, and obviously did not get the job.  I immediately ordered Kent Beck's book and my life changed in an instant when it arrived 4 weeks later.  For years I felt there was something wrong with the way my teams and I worked, but I could never put my finger ...

Epic Budgeting, or how Agile teams meet deadlines

Slides from Dave Sharrock based on a discussion of Epic Budgeting at this year's ProductCamp Vancouver 2017

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26 April 2017
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According to this year's State of Agile survey, the most common success measure for agile initiatives, at 53%, is on-time delivery. But if agile teams can choose how much work they take into a sprint, how can teams be sure of delivering pre-committed scope on time and on budget? There is more to agile delivery than product owners ordering a backlog of work for teams to work on.

From Dave Sharrock presentation

Recently at ProductCamp Vancouver 2017 I ran a workshop where I introduced Epic Budgeting, a practice that allows the product owner to steer a product across the line, delivering the expected ...

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Bridging the Unknown

In an Agile transformation small steps and reassuring inspections of the path ahead are not random ...

 

Article on Agile Leadership in Swiss magazine Computerworld

New article published in the issue 6/2017 of Swiss Computerworld

 

SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

Regina Martins will present at the first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

 

Managing Work Without Resource Managers

Moving to self-organized teams causes a manager’s role to change focusing on creating a safe-to-fail environment, ...

 

Growing Agile at Keep Austin Agile 2017

agile42 sponsors Keep Austin Agile 2017, with sessions by Dhaval Panchal and Dave Sharrock