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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 ...

agile42 Thought Leadership at Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015

Brad Swanson, Dhaval Panchal and Mike Caspar are happy to be presenting at Scrum Gathering 2015 in Phoenix. (#SGPHX). Come by and say hi.

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30 April 2015
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We're pleased that agile42 coaches are leading five sessions at the Scrum Gathering 2015 in Phoenix on May 4-6, 2015

  • Getting Your Team from Good to Great, by Brad Swanson (Tuesday May 5th, 9:00 - 10:30)
  • Better Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas by Mike Caspar and Brad Swanson (Tuesday May 5th, 10:45 - 11 ...

Innovation, Lean, Agile. Myths and Misconception

Gaetano Mazzanti presentation at Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2015 on how LeanKanban and Agile contribute to innovative product and service creation

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29 April 2015
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Lean Management
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Lean Kanban Southern Europe is a conference very close to our heart since we organized LKSE14 in Bologna last year. This time, LKSE15 has been organized with the usual passion by our Spanish friends in Madrid and I have been very happy to present a talk there focusing on the relationship between Innovation, Lean and Agile.

While LeanKanban and Agile introduced disruptive innovations in the “way of working” their main focus however was not on product innovation: the Agile Manifesto premise is that it is about “better ways” of developing software, Kanban first steps happened in a product maintenance context ...

The word from Finland, Agile development at Siemens

An article about Agile developments at Siemens appeared in Finnish magazine "Tekniika & Talous" with comments from agile42 Finland CEO Lasse Ziegler

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28 April 2015
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The Finnish magazine Tekniikka & Talous has published a great article by Tero Lehto on the agile advancements at the electronic giant Siemens. The article describes how agile development is becoming more common in the industrial equipment sector. It also tells about the benefits Siemens is reaping after investing into agility.

Siemens Motion Control deployed agile methods end-to-end from product management to developers. Through targeted pilots involving multiple teams, they grew and are now continuously improving their own just-in-time portfolio management system that fits and supports their strategy. Thanks to a much faster time to market, they have now cut the ...

Agile Reading Glasses at Lean DUS

Andrea Tomasini will present "Agile Reading Glasses" at the Lean DUS meeting in Düsseldorf on May 10, 2015, followed by a "Ask Me Anything" session

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27 April 2015
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I will happily present the "Agile Reading Glasses" talk at the Lean DUS meeting in Düsseldorf on Sunday, May 10th.

Blick auf den Düsseldorfer Rheinturm von der beleuchteten Brücke im Medienhafen

The talk provides a basic overview about Agile & Scrum and points out the differences between Empirical Process Control and Defined Process Control. We will also give a deeper insight into the effects of the implementation of a Pull System and Lean Thinking. You will learn how agile thinking has an impact on the collaboration within your company and team.

After that, a "Ask Me Anything" session where we can chat about anything Lean, Agile, Scrum or basically… anything!

The ...

What Is Agile?

  In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused ...

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20 April 2015
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, Training
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acceptance criteria, agile, agile for beginners, agile methods, scrum article, scrum training

 

In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused with being flexible and nimble methods that are light-weight at best, chaotic and undisciplined at worst, rather than disciplined iterative and incremental methods.

Today, over 80% of IT departments say they are using agile methods to deliver at least some IT projects, up from 49% just a few years earlier.

But ...

DevOps Metrics: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Gaetano Mazzanti presented a talk at IDI2015, the Italian DevOps day, about the need of metrics that are useful in an Agile and Lean way

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14 April 2015
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There are tons of metrics available for IT Operations. ITIL mandates/suggest a number of them. They can be related to Technology, Process, People, Service. But are they really needed? The good news: in general only a few. The bad news: every context is different and you will have to understand on your own which are relevant for you – and they should (better) change over time.

Metrics and KPIs may (do) foster bad behavior. It’s pretty easy to cheat and lie about numbers and statistics. As the say goes “tell me how you measure me and I will tell ...

Techniques for Breaking Down Technically Complex User Stories

What happens when the Product Owner can’t break down a story any further and it’s still too big to be manageable in a sprint? This post will explore some techniques that the Scrum team can use to break those stories down.

Breaking down user stories to fit into a few days of work and still deliver value is a vital component of Agile and Scrum. This is what allows the Scrum team to get fast feedback on the work they are doing to ensure it aligns with customer needs. 

So what happens when the Product Owner can’t break down a story any further and it’s still too big to be manageable in a sprint? This creates a very difficult problem that the Product Owner and Development Team must work together to solve. 

In this post, we’re going to ...

Backlog Refinement – The Rodney Dangerfield of Scrum Ceremonies

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect!

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8 April 2015
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Events, Scrum

 

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect! 

 

Seeing the Patterns

  • Have you ever been in a Sprint Planning session only to realize that the team doesn’t have enough understanding of the product backlog items (PBIs) or related requirements to properly plan the Sprint?

  • Does your team feel like they don’t have time to "waste" elaborating PBIs, learning about Acceptance Criteria, or collaboratively estimating as a team?

  • Has some manager decided that it’s “too expensive” or “inefficient” to bring the whole team together regularly and that just one or two ...

Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Changes in the cosmic energy change the future of your Scrum team too. Be adaptive and flexible and read the signs

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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 ...

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Growing Leaders

To grow into a modern leader you will likely need to unlearn what you were taught ...

 

agile42 Thought Leadership at Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015

Brad Swanson, Dhaval Panchal and Mike Caspar are happy to be presenting at Scrum Gathering 2015 ...

 

Innovation, Lean, Agile. Myths and Misconception

Gaetano Mazzanti presentation at Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2015 on how LeanKanban and Agile contribute to ...

 

The word from Finland, Agile development at Siemens

An article about Agile developments at Siemens appeared in Finnish magazine "Tekniika & Talous" with comments ...

 

Agile Reading Glasses at Lean DUS

Andrea Tomasini will present "Agile Reading Glasses" at the Lean DUS meeting in Düsseldorf on May ...