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Cynefin Lego Game

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework

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25 December 2011
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Training, Lean Management
Tags
cynefin, game, leadership, management

Context

The Cynefin Lego Game is part of agile42’s management training for the Agile Management Framework. 

It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

What It Is

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework.

Cynefin Framework

Using Lego, you go through four exercises where the problem to solve and the context you work in is designed to create a simple, complicated, complex and chaotic system. While it does not introduce you to the full potential of the sense-making framework, it is well suited to get a ...

A journey of friends

As 2011 draws to a close is with considerable sadness that I bid farewell to both Carlo and Marius, who ...

On
11 December 2011
In
Scrum Sense

As 2011 draws to a close is with considerable sadness that I bid farewell to both Carlo and Marius, who have both chosen to pursue new opportunities.

Marius has taken a big leap, deciding to settle in Vancouver. Here is his story in his own words.

Over the past two years I have had the privilege of working closely with Peter and Carlo, two of the world's best coaches.  Now, at the close of 2011, I have decided to pursue a future outside of Scrum Sense.  This was an insanely difficult decision, especially since our work as Scrum Sense ...

Agile@University  - 4th Lesson: From building a great vision to building a good backlog

The focus of the 4th lesson was on the product owner side. The preparation and organization of the work on the product is crucial for the success of product development. In small groups the students walked trough the whole process of creating a good vision and preparing & organizing the product backlog.

On
5 December 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, haw-hamburg, requirements, university, user stories, vision

We started by building a product box to foster the ideas. It brought creativity and fun into this exercise and allowed to establish the foundation for a great vision. Here are some impressions of the product box exercise to build the vision:

From the vision we moved on by highlighting those requirements that represent our product differentiators.

The students then, starting from those requiremetns, created user stories and placed them into the Product Backlog. To structure it we used requirements and Minimal Marketable Features (MMFs). The MMFs are used to build minimal sets of functionality (by grouping together user stories ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

Embrace to fail fast! Product Owner @riskmanagement Most people are afraid to fail. Shame, is the core of the fear of failure, as psychology research (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED) concluded, which is quite intuitively understandable. Fearing failure is helping you to fail, it does nothing else than that. In ...

Embrace failing fast!

Product Owner @riskmanagement

Most people are afraid to fail. Shame is at the core of the fear of failure, psychologists say (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED). The problem with fearing failure, though, is that it does nothing but help you fail.

In our western culture, shame is a driver to get others to do things. By using shame and guilt as tools, we do not only burden us with an emotional baggage that is wearing us down emotionally, but we also create a lot of dysfunctions as we hide mistakes in order not to be blamed.

Transparency ...

Agile@University - 2nd Lesson: How to reach a common goal?

In the second lesson I built awareness among the students that a common goal, good communication and teamwork is crucial for the success of a project. Therefore we played the agile42 Scrum Lego City Game.

On
23 November 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, lego, scrum, team, university

We formed three teams, who worked together to build a Scrum Lego City.

In fixed timeboxes and with a clear vision, the teams made 3 sprints in order to build the city. They made a Sprint Planning and an estimation but the first sprint was a disaster. A lot of half done User Stories, there where no real integrated results and a lot of wrong assumptions about what was expected.

Why? Because they only worked together as individuals but not together as a team. Everybody was doing what he thought would be best. No right communication and no common understanding ...

Notes from the Scrumtisch 2011

Again our famous Scrumtisch took place on November 10th, 2011 at the Cafe Hundertwasser in Friedrichshain.The Scrumtisch is interesting for everybody who wants to discuss Scrum, share problems and find solutions.

Andrea Tomasini started the meeting with his impressions of the Scrum Gathering in London and as usual topics were chosen by the group.  The following issues which were discussed:


  • 3 teams but how many backlogs
  • My teams do not like cross-functional
  • Team changing at every sprint, what to do? Scrum is empowerment...
  • How to trace dependencies between stories in the product backlog
  • Planning meeting is too long, estimation is hard 

3 teams but how many backlogs?

  • stable and performing
  • people shuffling every sprint
  • The management decide how to sort things: sometimes the team has 2 to 3 members
  • 20+20 ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

How long is your backlog? Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this. A newbie Product ...

How long is your backlog?

Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this.

A newbie Product Owner is often frightened about his backlog being too short. Having 15-20 User Stories ready for the next Sprint Planning is often hard for a beginner. After a while, it turns into an obsession, as a long Product Backlog gives a feeling of safety.

Guys, and the few Gals out ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Ralf Kruse

We honour Ralf Kruse as Awesome Coach of the Week 44, 2011!

On
3 November 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

My first pair-coaching endeavour with Ralf was arguably the toughest setting I’ve ever been in for an agile transition. We started training teams who had basically been told by their management that all the specialisation they had accumulated over decades would be unneeded in their bright future, using Scrum... And this was an engineering company producing mechanically and electronically complex and innovative goods for a challenging small market. The setup couldn’t have been worse, and within a few days Ralf and I developed this image of standing back to back, shielding each other from the mud we were ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginning Product Owner

Envision a vision for a better PO I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature ...

Envision a vision for a better PO

I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature as something that is a prerequisite.

In my experience, most companies lack a vision for their products. On rare occasions,  there existed a product vision, but it led a gloomy existance in a dusty drawer.

A good product vision is short, concise, broad, understandable and most important - engaging! With a ...

Awesome Coach of the week: Marius de Beer

Having moved to Vancouver, Canada to share the magic that is agile42, I was surprised to meet another foreign agile coach in Vancouver. Marius de Beer, from South Africa, had also identified with the beauty of Vancouver (his wife liked the city) and decided to settle down here (his wife ...

On
25 October 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week

Having moved to Vancouver, Canada to share the magic that is agile42, I was surprised to meet another foreign agile coach in Vancouver. Marius de Beer, from South Africa, had also identified with the beauty of Vancouver (his wife liked the city) and decided to settle down here (his wife really liked the city). Over the intervening months, I've had the pleasure of working more closely with Marius, and see something very special in him. Therefore, this week Marius is our Awesome Coach of the Week.

Marius has worked with agile for nearly a decade, and has been coaching ...

Agile@University - 1st Lesson: How to handle complex project situations

Software is getting more and more complex and a lot of projects fail. The students experienced this problem simple exercise: The marshmallow challenge. The students had to build a tower out of spaghettis, cover-tape, a string and with a marshmallow on top in a fixed timebox of 18 minutes.

On
24 October 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, hamburg, haw-hamburg, lego, marshmallow, scrum, university

Best Team or Last Tower standing ;-)

Well, the exercise worked out as expected. Three of four teams had no tower at the end. Pretty comparable to real software projects  :-)

What happend?:

I gave them a complex environment with fixed circumstances and rules. Instead of trying and failing fast and often, they discussed nearly until the timebox was over or they added the marshmallow in the last second and the tower broke under the weight.

After also some other interactive sessions like the well known ball point game the students got the message and learned:

  • Assumptions lead to wrong results - proof them fast and often
  • Build your ...

Agil zu werden ist nicht schwer, agil zu sein dagegen sehr ...

The article „Agil zu werden ist nicht schwer, agil zu sein dagegen sehr...“ (in engl. "Becoming agile is not so difficult but staying agile can be...") by Marion Eickmann was published in the magazine www.objektspektrum.de on October 20th, 2011.

Becoming agile is not so difficult, but staying agile can be. The introduction of agile practices such as Scrum and Kanban may seem simple at first glance, but is not trivial. The reason for this is that the transition to agile methods are not only changing processes within the company but also the "mindset" of all participants. Teams have more responsibility, management style will change from "Command and Control" to "Agile Leadership" and also the strategic management has to support "Agile Change" with the right communication strategy. But how is it possible to introduce all these changes successfully? The answer ...

Agile@University

When I studied „Computer Science“, I did not learn much about agile software development, although, according to my curriculum I should have.Now, being an Agile Coach, I like to go back to the roots, helping “Agility” to become a part of the universities topics. My old university, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), gives me the chance to do so.

On
17 October 2011
In
agile@university, Scrum, agile
Tags
agile, hamburg, haw-hamburg, lego, marshmallow, scrum, universitywesome

As we all know a lot of projects failed in the past for various reason. Agile methods like Scrum seems to help solving that issue and therefore more and more companies start moving in the agile direction. My goal is to give the students an understanding of agile beyond the pure mechanics, so that they are learning the theory as well as real ways to work agile in order to prepare them for the real work environments. 
In the lecture we will see and experience well known agile approaches like Scrum and Kanban, get an understanding of their background (Lean ...

Agile Strategy Map - Mapping at ACCUS

At the AgileCoachCamp US in Columbus, OH, I facilitated an open space session on Agile Strategy Mapping

On
14 October 2011
In
Scrum, agile, Lean Management
Tags
agile strategy map, leadership, transition

Two weeks ago, Olaf and I had the pleasure of participating in the AgileCoachCamp US (#accus). We played our brand new Kanban Pizza Challenge on the Games Day, and hosted multiple open space sessions. One of my sessions got exceptionally good feedback, so I decided to provide a little more information on the agile42 Agile Strategy Map...

Dave in Full Flow

The opening question was how to effectively manage the work of the leadership or transition teams in large enterprise agile adoptions. The group quickly identified two scenarios: one in which the traditional backlog and task board approach worked extremely well; and one in ...

Scrumtisch November 2011

Hello All, I am happy to announce the next Scrumtisch in Berlin, an I hope many of you will come. Andrea will tell you a bit about the last Scrum Gathering which is happening right now in London, and about some news regarding the Scrum Certifications. The other topics we ...

On
13 October 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

I am happy to announce the next Scrumtisch in Berlin, an I hope many of you will come.

Andrea will tell you a bit about the last Scrum Gathering which is happening right now in London, and about some news regarding the Scrum Certifications. The other topics we will found on the "fly" :-)

 

  • Date: 10. November 2011
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

 

We are looking forward to meet you there.

Marion

Awesome Coach of the Week: Andrea Tomasini

I'm pleased to put forward Andrea Tomasini as our Awesome Coach of the Week!I've been fortunate to know and work with Andrea for over three years. First, we brought Andrea into our company as a consultant, having bought into his vision for how we could turn our product development team ...

On
10 October 2011
In
agile, Awesome Coach of the Week, Lean Management

I'm pleased to put forward Andrea Tomasini as our Awesome Coach of the Week!

I've been fortunate to know and work with Andrea for over three years. First, we brought Andrea into our company as a consultant, having bought into his vision for how we could turn our product development team around. Andrea is a a passionate advocate for agile, and an intoxicating communicator. The workshops, training and coaching sessions often attract observers and impromptu visitors. People just have to find out what is going on? Why is everyone moving around, building lego cities, running back to their ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginning Product Owner

Only one Face to a team! It is simple as that. There should be only one Person talking to the development team about priority and things to do and that is the Product Owner. In literature, you will likely find the happy scenario, where the Product Owner and team are ...

Only one Face to a team!

It is simple as that. There should be only one Person talking to the development team about priority and things to do and that is the Product Owner.

In literature, you will likely find the happy scenario, where the Product Owner and team are working together without the hassles of real life. The Product Owner runs the Sprint Planning meeting and asks the team to commit to certain stories. After the Sprint, the Team will present what they have achieved at the Sprint Review.

So far, so good. But what if you have more ...

agile42 consulting ltd’s Dave Sharrock to speak at Much Ado About Agile VI

agile42 consulting ltd's Dave Sharrock to speak at Much Ado About Agile VI Extreme Lego Scrum Game Tutorial and Leading Agile Change Seminar (VANCOUVER, Canada, October 24 & 25, 2011)  agile42 consulting ltd. announced today that Dave Sharrock, VP Professional Services for Canada, will be speaking at Agile Vancouver’s 6th ...

agile42 consulting ltd's Dave Sharrock to speak at Much Ado About Agile VI

Extreme Lego Scrum Game Tutorial and Leading Agile Change Seminar

(VANCOUVER, Canada, October 24 & 25, 2011)  agile42 consulting ltd. announced today that Dave Sharrock, VP Professional Services for Canada, will be speaking at Agile Vancouver’s 6th annual conference, Much Ado About Agile.  Dave will be running a tutorial “Extreme Lego Scrum Game” where attendees will experience hands-on Scrum practitioning and uncover the principles of Scrum from real need, learning why the artifacts are there and how they naturally fit together to improve flow, and come ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Dave Sharrock

Confidence, patience, leadership and experience: these are a few of Dave Sharrock's key attributes as coach

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26 September 2011
In
Scrum, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week

Confidence, patience, leadership and experience: these are a few of Dave Sharrock's key attributes as coach. Dave is an expert at growing and leading high-performing organizations. As an executive at one of Europe's largest and fastest-growing internet companies, Dave embraced the lean principles of continuous improvement and creating knowledge as he built and managed the organization. Yes, he faced many of the challenges other organizations face: intense market competition, fast growth, and globally distributed teams. Through his agile leadership and ability to execute on agile practices, Dave accomplished great success where others struggled or failed.



I was fortunate ...

Kanban Pizza Game

The Kanban Pizza Game our new Game to experience principles behind Kanban

On
23 September 2011
In
agile, kanban
Tags
game, kanban, kanbanpizzagame, tamperegoesagile

Most effective trainings are interactive! Therefore we invented the Kanban Pizza Game(TM) for our Kanban Training. We put it under the Creative Commons License, so you can use it for free just mention agile42 :-)

Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

From the existing process to a Kanban System

While common Kanban games are usually focussing only on the flow in an existing Kanban system, our new Kanban Pizza Game shows in addition how to get from an existing process to a Kanban system.

Based on Paper and Pizza

Like with our agile42 Scrum Lego City Game we ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Stephen Parry

We honor Stephen Parry as Awesome Coach of the Week 36, 2011!

On
10 September 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week, Lean Management
Tags
coaching

Stephen LeanVoices Parry is an unusual addition to our list, as he is not an agile coach. Stephen is a management coach working on the same goal as we are: business transformation. What I like about his approach is that he recognises the similarity and relationship of Lean and Agile. When he submitted his talk on “Creating an Integrated ICT Value Stream Using Lean and Agile Thinking” for ALE2011 which took place this week in Berlin, I was delighted to have such an experienced Lean expert at the conference, but at the same time... Wondered why he wanted to come ...

Awesome Coach of the week: Brad Swanson

We honor Brad Swanson as Awesome Coach of the Week 35, 2011!

On
31 August 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

You've got to love Brad. He's one of those all-round Agile coaches that excel at both sides of the art. He's naturally good at talking to people and tear down culture barriers, so you might be forgiven for thinking he's coming from management. Then, as soon as the conversation gets technical, you realize that Brad is actually an alpha geek, just as comfortable learning the latest programming language as he is managing corporate politics. If there were a "two for the price of one" sale for Agile coaches, this guy's face would be on the ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, September 2011 with Mary Poppendieck

Hello All, as promised here comes the information about the next Scrumtisch mit Mary Poppendieck. The Scrumtisch is hosted this time at Immobilienscout 42. 26th September 2011, 19:00 ScoutLounge, ImmobilienScout24, Andreasstraße 10. 10243 Berlin We have only 40 seats for the Scrumtisch, so be fast ;-) Cheers Marion   Mary ...

On
26 August 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

as promised here comes the information about the next Scrumtisch mit Mary Poppendieck. The Scrumtisch is hosted this time at Immobilienscout 42.

  • 26th September 2011,
  • 19:00 ScoutLounge, ImmobilienScout24,
  • Andreasstraße 10. 10243 Berlin

We have only 40 seats for the Scrumtisch, so be fast and let me know if you want to join ;-)

Cheers

Marion

 

Mary will talk about „Design Thinking“

What does the US Military have in common with Apple? They both deal with increasing complexity by emphasizing design thinking. At Apple, design thinking starts by deciding, first of all, what NOT to do. In the ...

Awesome Coach of the week: Martin Kearns

We honor Martin Kearns as Awesome Coach of the Week 34, 2011

On
25 August 2011
In
Scrum, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I was very lucky to be present at a management coaching session where two very well known Scrum Coaches were performing: Andrea Tomasini and Martin Kearns. With this weekly post, we want to honor Martin Kearns.

Martin Kearns, the man

 His vitae is impressive. - He is one of the first three CSC in the world and was also one of the first CST, he is breathing and sweating Agile. He is an irish guy living in Australia with his wife and six children (a family of the size of a Scrum Team). How he can manage to be a Scrum ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Bob Sarni

We honor Bob Sarni as Awesome Coach of the Week 33, 2011

On
19 August 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I had the opportunity to work closely with Bob on a large enterprise transition. Bob has a great way to deal with people. He used to be an excellent contributor to the success of a project we did together. - During these four months in Greece, I learned a lot from him.


Leading people

I can’t remember that Bob ever used a phrase like “you do this”. He has a great way of leading by questions and from the back of the room. One special case where he impressed me a lot was during a planning meeting. There was nothing ...

Notes from the Berlin Scrumtisch (August 2011)

Another great Scrumtisch in Berlin Friedrichshain in a new location - 100Wasser. Various peoples from different companies and backgrounds interested in participating in discussions on Scrum came together. The hottest topic was the merging of Scrum with Kanban, but we also talked about the Sprint to Zero Problem and How ...

On
16 August 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
kanban, scrum, scrumtisch

Another great Scrumtisch in Berlin Friedrichshain in a new location - 100Wasser. Various peoples from different companies and backgrounds interested in participating in discussions on Scrum came together. The hottest topic was the merging of Scrum with Kanban, but we also talked about the Sprint to Zero Problem and How to fight Bad Scrum.

As usual we started collecting topics (timeboxed to five minutes). The list according to your votes (in brackets) was as follows:

  • Experiences with Scrum and Kanban (14)
  • Sprint to Zero (12)
  • How to Fight Bad Scrum (11)
  • Stories and Epics - How far to plan ahead (10)
  • Distributed ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Chris Matts

We honour Chris Matts as awesome coach of the week 32, 2011!

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10 August 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

Chris Matts is one of the most inventive, creative and illustrative guys I have the pleasure to know. We collaborated on a few half-fun, half-serious projects, only one of which made it to being published—LeanProcrastionation. Chris and Olav Maassen contributed important ideas regarding the identification of the Last Responsible Moment, which lead to a game being created that’s going to be played at the Agile2011 in Salt Lake City tomorrow… Unfortunately, without me.

Chris at XP2010 

I only once met Chris in person so far, on my first night in Trondheim where we attended the XP2010 conference. We had much fun ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Andreas Leidig

We honour Andreas Leidig as awesome coach of the week 31, 2011!

On
1 August 2011
In
Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I first met Andreas @leiderleider Leidig at last year’s AgileCoachCamp. Since then, we met at a few other (un)conferences, collaborated in organising a new one, helped the ALE network grow… In short, we became much more than colleagues. Having met Andreas at the Deutsche Scrum in Stuttgart the week before my holidays, I was reminded of a compliment by Sebastian Schürmann that I wrote about before…

Will Disobey Anyone If Required

Andreas takes this mindset to another level. If there was a word for “dogmatic about being undogmatic”, I’d use it for him:–)
Andreas at Play4Agile
Let me give ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, August 2011

Hello All, the next Scrumtisch in Berlin will happen on the 15th of Agust. Andrea Tomasini will make an interactive session about 2 topics which will be chosen by the audience :-) So come with all your questions and let have an interesting session! Date & Time Date: 15th August ...

On
22 July 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

the next Scrumtisch in Berlin will happen on the 15th of August.

Andrea Tomasini will make an interactive session about 2 topics which will be chosen by the audience :-)

So come with all your questions and let us have an interesting session!

Date & Time

Date: 15th August 2011
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach Str. 39 / Ecke Krossener Str. (Im Restaurant Treppe hoch)

CU there and please let me know (as usual) who is joining: scrumtisch@agile42.com

Awesome Coach of the Week: Michael Sahota

We honour Michael Sahota as Awesome Coach of the Week 27, 2011!

On
5 July 2011
In
StrategicPlay, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I first met Michael Sahota at the XPDays Benelux 2010. I had heard his name before, but not much about him… A funny connection was our first topic of conversation: A colleague of mine from Berlin had moved to Toronto in the Summer, and had been looking for a job as a ScrumMaster there. Tuesday before the XPDays we chatted on Skype, and she told me she had just signed a contract: “And do you know what’s really funny? You’ll meet my boss in two days!” That was not Michael, but a friend of him in Toronto, and ...

Agile Practices in a Nutshell

Have you ever wondered how companies like Facebook or Google can develop new working features at such a crazy pace, while others take forever to release shaky software?Answer: they’re using an Agile approach that includes state-of-the-art technical practices. Here you can find the major agile practices in a short but ...

On
4 July 2011
In
Scrum, Scrum & XP, agile

Have you ever wondered how companies like Facebook or Google can develop new working features at such a crazy pace, while others take forever to release shaky software?
Answer: they’re using an Agile approach that includes state-of-the-art technical practices. Here you can find the major agile practices in a short but detailed overview.

Agile Practices in a Nutshell

Awesome Coach of the Week: Sebastian Schürmann

We honour Sebastian Schürmann as awesome coach of the week 26, 2011!

On
1 July 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I first met Sebastian Schürmann at the ScrumGathering 2009 in Munich. We’ve been in touch on Twitter since and met again at Play4Agile in February and the AgileCoachCamp two weeks ago. This week, I’ve been at his company and could gain first-hand experience of his awesome achievements…

(Non-)Violent Communication

Sebastian is a man of strong opinion and blunt communication. To phrase it differently, he’s a natural talent of violent communication—which can be quite effective…

Sebs Smiling

At the ACCDE11, we both attended a session on non-violent communication. We talked a lot about that technique during the ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: J. B. @JBRains Rainsberger

We honour J. B. Rainsberger as awesome coach of the week 25, 2011!

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24 June 2011
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I met J. B. Rainsberger at the XP2011 conference in Madrid, only a few weeks ago. We’ve been connected on Twitter since and I must say we resonate in a way as it seldom happens to me… So, what's special and awesome about @JBRains?

Wisdom for Life

JBrains retired at the age of 34. Not because he was so rich. He calculated the units of lifetime he invested per dollar earned and didn’t like the result. He evaluated his and his wife’s actual needs and discovered they differed a lot from those surmised previously. They didn ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Yves Hanoulle

We honour Yves Hanoulle as Awesome Coach of the Week 24, 2011!

On
17 June 2011
In
General, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

Yves Hanoulle has been one of the first people I met whom I identified as an agile coach. From the many amazing people I met at the AgileCoachCamp Germany, he was one of the few where I noticed they asked questions rather than gave answers… And he’s been a role model for me in the way he intensively connects to the international community.

PairCoaching

One of the hardest challenges for a coach is how to replenish your energy, and, more important, where from. Coaching in pairs and working in a team of coaches is the most efficient way to ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Marc Löffler

We honour Marc Scrumphony Löffler as Awesome Coach of the Week 23, 2011!

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11 June 2011
In
Agilo, agile
Tags
coaching

Marc ‘Scrumphony’ Löffler is one of the most prominent members of the German Agile Coaching community, and the one I reckon to be the most internationally active. He’s frequently speaking at international agile (un)conferences and gatherings and well connected on Twitter. I’ve first met Marc at last year’s AgileCoachCamp Germany and immediately fell in love with his mad humour, which he applies to quite serious topics. A quite sensible approach to life, I think.

Food for Thought

A few weeks ago Marc started a series of blog posts called “Food for Thought”. I loved the ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Jens Hoffmann

We honour Jens Hoffmann as Awesome Coach of the Week 22, 2011!

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31 May 2011
In
Scrum, StrategicPlay, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

Jens Hoffmann is an “integrative thinker, complexity wrangler, service designer, project team whisperer and team coach.”
(taken from his Twitter profile)
I first met him in 2009 at a boring conference where he facilitated a get-to-know session with 100 people—using LEGO®!

15 Years of Experience in Scrum

We started to talk in the break, continued in the next break (my talk about PRINCE2™ and Scrum was in between so I had to interrupt) and then through the rest of the day... Did I mention it was a boring conference?
Jens is the coach with the longest experience of using ...

Scrumtisch June 2011

Virtual Tour of an Embedded Agile Team

On
25 May 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello together :-)

The Scrumtisch Berlin proudly presents Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic of the Scrumtisch

Virtual Tour of an Embedded Agile Team

Embedded systems development holds challenges that include software tightly coupled to evolving hardware, an end customer who usually cannot interact with you, and a long period of infrastructure building before any business-value features are built. These challenges have convinced many embedded developers that Agile is not for them. This presentation takes you on a virtual tour of an actual Agile team developing software and firmware for a safety-critical embedded system. We follow their first iteration. We’ll look at ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Liz Keogh

We honour Liz Keogh as Awesome Coach of the Week 21, 2011!

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23 May 2011
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agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

Liz Keogh is a passionate lean and agile coach and trainer and one of the most prominent UK members of the agile and lean community. She's become famous for her work on BDD, which in my opinion is driven by her amazing language skills: Liz is a wordsmith in the true sense of the word...

Words

We first met Liz at the 2009 ScrumGathering in Munich. She was teaching a group of geeks how to write Haiku. We had not done this before and it was great fun; as well as a good way to think about how we ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Ken Power

We honour Ken Power as Awesome Coach of the Week 20, 2011!

On
17 May 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

Ken Power is a passionate agile coach from Ireland. We worked together in the ideation phase of the ALE network, played games at Play4Agile and met at the AgileCoachCamp Norway and two XP conferences.

Active Listening

Ken
This is Ken, with emphasis on the intensity of his eyes. Even in this picture where you see him intentionally diverting your attention from them his eyes still dominate the image.
I first met Ken in a world cafe about agile coaching at the XP2010 conference in Trondheim, Norway, and he impressed me with his listening skills. I hadn't heard of Active Listening ...

Life Lessons With A Marshmallow?

One marshmallow, 20 pieces of spaghetti, a bit of string and some tape. How can children learn agile leadership and life skills with those items you ask? Welcome to the Marshmallow Challenge!

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12 May 2011
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General, Scrum, agile
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agile42, dave sharrock, marshmallow

(Upper Lynn Elementary, North Vancouver, May 11, 2011) The challenge was on today for Mrs Horner’s Grade 3 class to learn a few life lessons and have fun while doing it! The students were asked to build the tallest, freestanding structure with a marshmallow on the top made only using spaghetti, string and tape. Who would have thought a marshmallow weighed so much? And so the learning begins.

Active parents Dave Sharrock, agile42 Coach and Doug Jaremchuk who consult in Lean and Agile methods felt that the Marshmallow Challenge was not only beneficial for corporate executives, but also a ...

It works better with your own checklist, right?

In many cases checklists help; but other people feel patronized by too detailed checklists. People stop thinking about what is the intent behind them and ask “why does it make sense to do it in this way?”

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11 May 2011
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Scrum, agile
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agile, checklist, scrum

If people have to find their own actions based on the expectations and requirements, they really own their solution. Checklists they create are seen as a tool that helps them to do their work instead of being patronized by others. If people have a clear understanding of the expectations and are empowered to take the right actions, they can adjust their solutions to the current situation and needs more easily.

Checklist example

For instance, if a team has to use a strict template for a certain type of document, to provide information for maintenance for support, they will always deliver it in ...

TDD / ATDD in practice

Follow up to the last Scrumtisch

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10 May 2011
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, atdd, scrum, scrumtisch, tdd

Hello everybody,

the last Scrumtisch was about TDD and ATDD. I got a lot of Feedback, that it would be nice to have a practical session on that topic too.

Andrea Tomasini and Richard Lawrence agreed on having such a session next week:

Date: 19. May 2011
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Place. Klosterstr. 71, Berlin (at Hypoport)

NOTE: Please bring your laptop!!

Please let me know if you are coming
Cheers

Marion

Agile and Systemic Coaching

In this article, we discuss the commonalities and differences between Agile coaching (as it is commonly performed) and professional coaching

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9 May 2011
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Coaching

This article by Siegfried Kaltenecker and Bent Myllerup has been originally published on ScrumAlliance.org on May 1st, 2011. You can download a PDF version ready to be printed.

Over the last few years coaching has become a prominent issue in the agile world. There is a growing number of agile practitioners who call themselves agile coaches - and the Scrum Alliance even has a certification program for Scrum coaches. But are they really practicing coaching as it is defined by diverse professional coaching organizations? Or does their practice tend towards advising and mentoring? In this article, we discuss the commonalities ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Marc Bless

We honour Marc Bless as Awesome Coach of the Week 18, 2011!

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6 May 2011
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Scrum, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

Marc Bless is a passionate agile coach and one of the most prominent German members of the agile community. We met at and organised conferences and coach camps together, created games and funny business.

Agile Principles Analyser

Marc has been coaching teams in a company developing medical devices for a few years now. With this experience, he analysed the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto and published his findings in a series of 12 blog posts, starting here. We find this work concise and intriguing.
This is how Marc reacts if you do not understand the agile principles:
Marc

Agile in ...

Ask the Team!

There are some questions asked by Product Owners and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

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5 May 2011
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Scrum, agile
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burn down, product owner, team, user story

There are some questions asked by Product Owners

... and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

Story good enough for the Sprint

When a PO ask: “Is the user story good enough, that it can be taken in the sprint?” or “Does this user story have enough acceptance criteria?”

The answer to this question is “Ask the team!”

The team will work with the story, so the story has to be good enough that the team can work with it. For a story to be good enough for the sprint it has to be small (6 to 10 stories ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Mike Sutton

We honour Mike Sutton as Awesome Coach of the Week 17, 2011!

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2 May 2011
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Scrum, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

Mike Sutton is currently working with us on a project, which gave us a first-hand impression of his awesomeness... I first met Mike at the ScrumGathering in Munich in 2009, where we discovered our mutual interest in the topic of diversity. That lead to a joint session at XP2010 in Trondheim, a CoachCamp we both participated in and lots of nights on Skype... Mike

Open Space

Mike is an experienced Open Space facilitator. His commitment to the community is such that he even offers free Open Space facilitation to community events. I experienced his awesome facilitation skills at the AgileCoachCamp Germany ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta

We honour Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta as Awesome Coach of the Week 16, 2011!

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20 April 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

Paolo came to mind as the second coach who earns the Awesome Coach of the Week award by writing the awesome comment about our first laureate, Richard Lawrence.

Nusco

Ruby

As with Richard, one contribution of Nusco is very obvious when you read his blog: He's a Ruby guy. I've read a bunch of books about programming, heard about many more, but I have to think hard to come up with any one title that I've seen recommended as often as Metaprogramming Ruby. Thinking in Java comes to mind, but I think that's from another century... I ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Richard Lawrence

We’ve known Richard Lawrence for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

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15 April 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

We’ve known Richard for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

Richard

ATDD

Richard’s most obvious contribution to the Agile world has been to the methods and tools of ATDD. He contributed to Cucumber and is the creator of Cuke4Nuke.

An Agile Family

Richard and his wife use a lot of ...

The Breakfast of (Agile) Champions  

Meet agile42 at the Scrum Gathering in Seattle. Dave Sharrock, VP agile42 North America will talk about: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day.

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7 April 2011
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General, Scrum, agile
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agile, dave sharrock, scrum gathering

Breakfast - the most important meal of the day. Certainly, if you miss breakfast around mid-morning you can find yourself lacking the energy and motivation to keep on working; Missing out on a good breakfast can doom you to an ineffectual and frustrating day. The kick-off of a major transition has a similar impact on the success of the transition.

But how can we increase the chance of success on a large transition? What is a 'good breakfast' when starting a large transition? What should be avoided? Drawing from our own experience of many successful transitions, and learning from the experiences ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, April 2011 with Andrea Tomasini and Richard Lawrence

You wanna know more about TDD and ATDD?

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22 March 2011
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile42, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch

Hello everybody,

we have 2 of the best technical Scrum Coaches in the world joining our next Scrumtisch in Berlin :-)

Andrea Tomasini and Richard Lawrence will be at the Scrumtisch in April to talk about TDD (Test Driven Development) and ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development)

As far as I know them, they might do a real session and developing some test together with you.

Date: Monday 11th April 2011
Time: 18:30
Place: Klosterstr. 71, Berlin (at Hypoport)
After we go for Dinner and Drinks somewhere :-)

Please let me know as usuall if you like to join the Scrumtisch Berlin ...

New documentation landing page

we're always working hard to make it as easy as possible for all of you to use Agilo - and to that end we've created a new documentation landing page that brings all the documentation on Agilo together in one spot.

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25 February 2011
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Agilo
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agilo

Here's our documentation landing page

Enjoy and please send us feedback on our google group.

Scrumtisch with Lyssa Adkins 2011

Meeting Minutes by Isabel Drost... Thanks for it Isa :-) The February Scrumtisch Berlin featured a talk by Lyssa ...

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18 February 2011
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Meeting Minutes by Isabel Drost... Thanks for it Isa :-)

The February Scrumtisch Berlin featured a talk by Lyssa Adkins, famously known for her publications on Coaching Agile teams. A mixture of fifty developers, scrum masters, coaches and product owner as well as one project manager followed Marion Eickmann's invitation. Thanks for organising the event, as well as thank you to Hypoport, Berlin for providing the venue.

In her one-hour presentation she mainly focussed on two core topics: On the roles agile coaches have to fullfill as well as on the skill set needed by agile coaches. Being an agile ...

Public Training Courses

Good news...We're excited to let you know our public training course prices have been permanently reduced: We've lowered our public ...

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5 February 2011
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Scrum Sense



Good news...

We're excited to let you know our public training course prices have been permanently reduced:




  • We've lowered our public course training prices to R9900 (2-day CSM) and R13900 (3-day CSPO), excluding VAT.

  • We've reduced the requirement to qualify for a 10% volume discount from 3 to 2 participants. You now need only one friend to accompany you to class!

  • We've introduced an additional 10% discount for our loyal consulting clients. This is cumulative, so consulting clients sending two (or more) participants qualify for 20% off.

  • Bona fide private participants now get 30% off the ...

From the Product Vision to a Running Software... and back again

Andrea Tomasini - Keynote at the ReConf 2011

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3 February 2011
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Scrum, agile
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agile, agile42, andrea tomasini, requirements, scrum

Hi everybody :)

Andrea Tomasini is having a keynote on the ReConf in March which is the most famous conference for Requirement Engineering in Europe. (March 14.-17. 2011)

Andrea's Keynote will be on Wednesday, March 16th - 09:00-10:00 a.m.

Abstract

From the Product Vision to a Running Software... and back again, an agile coach story by Andrea Tomasini Eliciting Requirements and breaking them down into actionable tasks is a challenge that requires both creativity and a systematic and analytical approach. Applying agility to Requirement Engineering, means much more than focusing on full bandwidth communication instead of documentation ...

UAT on a Scrum Team (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous blog post on this topic we covered the principles relevant to incorporating User Acceptance testers into ...

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3 February 2011
In
Scrum Sense

In the previous blog post on this topic we covered the principles relevant to incorporating User Acceptance testers into the Scrum team. This is a complex and potentially difficult impediment at the organisational level. Assuming you’ve managed to get the testers incorporated into the team, the next impediment is sure to raise its head.

Dealing with the impediment at the team level

This manifests during the sprint as follows. During the early part of the sprint, the testers in the team may be idle or prepping test cases and documentation. Perhaps they will test a few smaller stories that ...

UAT on a Scrum team (Part 1 of 2)

As a coach a common question I encounter, particularly during the early phase of a Scrum implementation is how to ...

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3 February 2011
In
Scrum Sense

As a coach a common question I encounter, particularly during the early phase of a Scrum implementation is how to deal with the “bottleneck” that develops in User Acceptance Testing (UAT) at the end of the sprint. In most organisations UAT comes about as a result of a need to validate that new software functionality performs as expected. Users of the software (distinct from the team that developed it) usually execute this form of testing.

When I started writing about this I quickly began to realise that this is a complex impediment with two distinct layers; the organisational and the ...

Scrumtisch Februar 2011 mit Lyssa Adkins

Hello everybody and a Happy New Year, Good news just at the beginning at the year ;-) For the next Scrumtisch Lyssa Adkins followed my invitation to have a speech at our Berlin Scrumtisch. She w...

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18 January 2011
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile42, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch

Hello everybody and a Happy New Year,

Good news just at the beginning at the year ;-)
For the next Scrumtisch Lyssa Adkins followed my invitation to have a speech at our Berlin Scrumtisch. She will talk about Coaching Agile Teams :-)

Due to the fact, that she gives her helds training on the 17./18. Feb. we can use these days for the Scrumtisch too :-)

Place: Klosterstrasse 71 (Nähe Alexanderplatz) bei der Firma Hypoport
Date & Time: 17. February, 19:00 starting with open end

Please let me know who will join the next Scrumtisch :-) Have a great time and cu there ...

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