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Meetings We Want

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. Use Meet protocol to create the meetings we want.

On
21 November 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Training
Tags
alignment, core protocols, meeting, purpose, retrospective

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. They don’t make us feel productive. They encourage alienation by coercing us into a situation where we are not sure how we can contribute. No wonder we want to spend our time elsewhere to be more effective.

A few colleagues and me are currently exploring the Core Protocols, a set of communication practices known to be helpful to create great teams. I recently started to experiment with the Meet Protocol. Meet is one of the additional protocols, combining Check In and Alignment. It let’s us establish a clean ...

I am a Kanban Coaching Professional

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [<a ...

On
20 November 2012
In
kanban
Tags
agile, certification, coaching, kanban

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [http://leankanbanuniversity.com/lku-kcp]

While I have always been a bit skeptical about certification, I am myself a certified CSP and PMI-ACP.
After all there's no better way to know something than to experience it first hand :)

So let's focus on KCP.

I am lucky to know most of the bright and open people in the Kanban community.
I had many chances to experience their steady experimenting, learning and sharing attitude.
This implies questioning everything :)

So, there's been some debate when the KCP program has been announced by ...

Summary of November ScrumTisch

Notes from last night's ScrumTisch in Berlin

On
16 November 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

At last night's ScrumTisch, a number of interesting challenges was discussed:

  • Do we re-estimate a story that wasn't finished in one sprint? How are the story points calculated into the velocity?
  • How can a service business sell agile to their clients? How to inspire them to participate and engage in discovering the best product?
  • How much preparation (UX/UI-definition) is needed to have stories ready for a sprint?
  • Who is using Lean Architecture? How do we change our system's design to enable our teams to go faster?
  • How do we spread knowledge (for instance about new components ...

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders

Over the past 5 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations

On
16 November 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Transition, Lean Management

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? This presentation is focusing in particular on those aspects which are related to transforming a corporate into an agile company, and ...

Success Story and Press Release about agile42's job at Atrada AG

agile42’s agile and Scrum competence adds value for Atrada AG

On
5 November 2012
In
Press
Tags
agile, agile42, agile coaching, atrada, scrum

Atrada AG had some big expectations when they introduced agile methods in the organization: reduced reaction and development time, increased efficiency, and greater customer and employee satisfaction. In order to reach these goals the online marketplace specialists brought in the agile coaches from agile42.

 

Read more here: Success Story Atrada

 

Scrumtisch Berlin November 2012

Hello All, it's time again for the next Scrumtisch....

On
30 October 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
agile development, scrumtsch

Hello All,

it's time again for the next Scrumtisch. I think it will be the last one this year ;-)

  • Date: 15. Novembet 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place (new!): Cafe Restaurant Deseo, Boxhagener Str. 108, http://www.deseo-restaurant.de/


Looking forward to seeing you all! 
(If you would like to attend, please send an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the scrum user group on Xing :-)

Marion

 

Agile Leadership

The survival of corporations in today’s competitive environment depends on new management thinking.

On
4 October 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, agile
Tags
agile leadership, leadership

“Skills shortage” is an awkward phrase, but the issue it describes is relevant for many companies. Finding the employees you need is hard. Next, you want to keep them. Money alone doesn’t make them happy. Knowledge workers expect more from a job than "just" being paid well. Attractive work environments allow their employees to work autonomously. The required responsibility needs to be encouraged by managers who change their own ways first. They have to go from classic "managing" to "agile leading".

stagnation-change-revolution

The introduction of agile thinking and practice is a proven way to align autonomous work with your company ...

Effect Mapping at the Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Effect Mapping is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

On
26 September 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Product Owner
Tags
effect mapping, feature injection, innovation

Effect Mapping (or Impact Mapping) is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

In June, I had the pleasure to be invited to the Nordstrom Innovation Lab in Seattle to introduce a team to Effect Mapping and Feature Injection.

Effect Mapping ProcessWhile I tell you the story of my session, I’ll highlight the impact you can achieve ...

Notes for the Scrumtisch Berlin - August 29, 2012

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012 This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72) Questions Collected 1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria 2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment 3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an ...

On
4 September 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin, Scrum
Tags
acceptance criteria, collaboration, empirical control, fixed price, partners, user story

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012

This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72)

Questions Collected

Topic list for Scrumtisch Aug, 29 Berlin

1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria

2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment

3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an Agile team?

4) How to keep the Sprint Size constant and deal with release deadlines?

5) How to deal with fixed price offers

Discussion

Following a short summary about the main point of discussion for each of the Top three voted topics.

Topic 1 - How to work with external developers in ...

Agile in the Bathtub

How does a company produce bathtubs in an agile way?

On
17 August 2012
In
kanban, Lean Management
Tags
agile2012

After significant downsizing, a traditional top-down org started to apply agile/lean to their product development. Starting there with Kanban for Portfolio Management, even other departments started to adopt Agile/Lean principles: all in a non-software context!

Gaetano Mazzanti gave a talk at Agile2012 in Dallas yesterday, where he told the interesting story of a successful transition.

Scrumtisch Berlin, August 2012

See you at the next Scrumtisch session!

On
16 August 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
berlin, scrumtisch

Hello All,

we hope you've had a nice sommer and still have! :) We would like to invite you to an end-of-summer Scrumtisch session in Berlin, which this time will take place at a new location:

  • Date: 29. August 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place (new!): Cafe Restaurant Deseo, Boxhagener Str. 108, http://www.deseo-restaurant.de/


Looking forward to seeing you all! 
(If you would like to attend, please send an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the scrum user group on Xing :-)

Marion

 

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

On
16 August 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
Tags
agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

The session has been recorded, and while we're waiting for the video to be edited, download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

Download pdf

Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

The Two Things You Have to Do to Be a Great Boss

What makes a great boss great?

On
10 August 2012
In
Lean Management
Tags
agile management, management

In my career, I've seen enough managers to lose count. Many of them were not so good, some were OK, and a few were great. That’s enough data to draw conclusions: what makes a great boss great?

It's not charisma. I did meet a few charismatic leaders, and I met some who would have gone unnoticed at any party. Neither stage presence nor the lack of it are crucial.

It's not vision. I've met leaders who could see the big picture, and others who just asked the right people for the right answer. You don ...

First agile42 University iBook: Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting

Agile42 Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. We published our first paper "Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting" and we are looking forward for your feedback

On
6 August 2012
In
Tags
agile, transition

Agile42

Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. The problem is that nobody else really got to appreciate such insights, as we fail to publish many of them. To address that issue we have been working throughout the year creating a series of internal initiatives which work on a common aim: to share knowledge with a broader community. You may notice more blogs at agile42.com.

The next step

From my perspective the blog posts are a great starting point ...

agile42 @ Agile2012 in Texas!

Visit us at the Agile2012 conference in Dallas, Texas!

On
30 July 2012
In
General, agile, kanban

agile42 will participate in this year's Agile2012 conference in Dallas, Texas, presented by the Agile Alliance!
Make sure to visit us at "… the world’s largest conference for Agile teams, developers, managers, and executives. Experience the full array of Agile development methodologies, technologies and tools, leadership principles, and management philosophies and processes. Select from over 200 talks, tutorials, and workshops, then return home with transformative new skills, ideas and perspectives that you can put into practice immediately" (see http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/)!

 

Here's a list of what agile42 will present at the conference:

  • On Tuesday 14th at 13 ...

Tips for the Product Owner: Planning - Part 1 - Theory

Planning is the art of predicting the future as accurately as possible by assuming that past events - which brought to a positive outcome - would happen again in the future if we are able to recreate the same conditions.

Long Term Planning

A good plan allows better decisions

 Planning is the art of predicting the future as accurately as possible by assuming that past events - which brought to a positive outcome - would happen again in the future if we are able to recreate the same conditions. You could argue about the past being a good reference to make prediction about the future. I like to see it in a pragmatic way: as human beings, we base almost all our decisions about the future on what we have learned in the past. So far at least, the past has proven ...

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO?

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO? We are the many! How many Product Owners do you need? Basically, this article is about why it is a bad idea trying to counter a dysfunctional situation by adding more people to the job. A phenomenon that I encountered often ...

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO?

We are the many! How many Product Owners do you need?

Basically, this article is about why it is a bad idea trying to counter a dysfunctional situation by adding more people to the job.

A phenomenon that I encountered often is that companies tend to hire more Product Owners when their setup with one does not seem to work. Can the reflex to just hire more people when the existing ones are not doing what is expected from them help?

Before we take a deeper look into what can go ...

Professional help with the switch to agile methods

Agile product development and agile project management bring about rapid realisation of objectives, whilst delivering exactly the result with the greatest possible commercial benefit. Ensuring a smooth switch to agile processes calls for professional support: coaches with extensive project experience and certified trainers are on hand to support teams and companies of all sizes through this change – worldwide, and with customised coaching.

On
11 June 2012
In
Press

(Deutsche Version, s. u.)

Berlin, 11 June 2012 – Agile methods and agile development of software and hardware bring great flexibility, whilst being leaner than traditional models. Instead of defining the full details of a project in advance via sets of specifications, under the agile approach it is only the next key stage that is targeted. The individual stages (sprints) rarely last more than two weeks, meaning that it is easy to maintain an overview at all times. Adaptations – which are necessary on all major development projects as they progress – can be implemented more easily using this empirical approach than using ...

Revive Your Daily Standup

A mature team must understand the goal, follow the principles, and then apply the appropriate techniques to achieve the goal for the daily standup

On
29 May 2012
In
Scrum, agile, kanban
Tags
daily, outcome, standup

Be honest: is your daily standup meeting (or daily Scrum) highly valuable, or is it really just a status meeting where everyone goes through the motions, answering the standard three questions like zombie automatons?

Why a Daily Standup?

Let’s start with why. What is the purpose of the daily stand up?

  • To agree as a team on how to deliver the most value in the next working day
  • To inspect and adapt the sprint plan if necessary, in order to deliver the most value in the sprint

We also have a set of lean & agile principles to guide us ...

Agile Reading Glasses - Iterative and Incremental

Agility is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. To understand what's behind agility, you need Agile Reading Glasses.

On
11 May 2012
In
General, agile, Lean Management

Agility is misunderstood and miss misinterpret many times. In order to undersand whats behind agility you need some Agile Reading Glasses :-)

The Agile Reading Glasses are assembled by 4 main parts:

This video is the last part of the Agile Reading Glasses.

Agile Reading Glasses - Iterative & Incremental

 

For more information please contact us.

Agile Reading Glasses: Lean Thinking

Agility is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. To understand what's behind agility, you need Agile Reading Glasses.

On
11 May 2012
In
General, agile, Lean Management
Tags
youtube

Agility is often misunderstood and misinterpreted, in order to understand what’s behind agility you need what we call the Agile Reading Glasses. The Agile Reading Glasses are assembled by 4 main parts:

This video featuring our strategic coach Andrea Tomasini is the third part of the Agile Reading Glasses video presentation available here and on our YouTube channel.

 

For more information please contact us.

Agile Reading Glasses - Pull Principle

Agility is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. To understand what's behind agility, you need Agile Reading Glasses.

On
11 May 2012
In
General, agile, Lean Management

Agility is misunderstood and miss misinterpret many times. In order to undersand whats behind agility you need some Agile Reading Glasses :-)

The Agile Reading Glasses are assembled by 4 main parts:

This video is the second part of the Agile Reading Glasses.

Agile Reading Glasses - Pull Principle 


 

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Agile Reading Glasses - Empirical Process Control

Agility is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. To understand what's behind agility, you need Agile Reading Glasses.

On
11 May 2012
In
General, agile, Lean Management

Agility is misunderstood and misinterpreted many times. In order to understand what's behind agility you need some Agile Reading Glasses :-)

The Agile Reading Glasses are assembled by 4 main parts:

This video is the first part of the Agile Reading Glasses.

Agile Reading Glasses - Empirical Process Control 

 

For more information please contact us.

Customer Capitalism

In April 2012 Andrea Tomasini had a Keynote at the Lifecycle Conference in Munich. He started his presentation with some information about Customer Capitalism.

On
10 May 2012
In
General, agile, Lean Management, Press

In April 2012 Andrea Tomasini had a Keynote at the Lifecycle Conference in Munich. He started his presentation with some information about Customer Capitalism and what are the changes in the business world over the past years?

A large number of economists, sociologists and even historians are dealing with this
question. And certainly they have the proper qualification to analyze the various farreaching dimensions of the changes. Our point of view is far more pragmatic. We describe the changes from the perspectives of Managers and Entrepreneurs, trying to give a holistic picture of the “What” and “Why”.
Let’s ...

Scrumtisch in June with Dave Snowden

Hello all, I am happy to tell you, that Dave Snowden (Cynefin Framework) followed my invitation to speak at the Scrumtisch in June.

On
8 May 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello all,

I am happy to tell you, that Dave Snowden (Cynefin Framework) followed my invitation to speak at the Scrumtisch in June. We expect quite a lot of people, and therefor I am also happy, that Hypoport is hosting this Scrumtisch.

  • Date: 27th June
  • Time: 18:30
  • Place: Klosterstraße 71, 10179 Berlin

You can register at the Xing Group

If you have questions please write us!

Cheers and see you soon

Marion

Scrumtisch Berlin, May 2012

All about Kanban...

On
3 April 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
agile, kanban, scrum, scrumtisch

Hello All,

I wish everybody nice and sunny Easter :-)

The next Scrumisch will be about Kanban. We will play the Kanban Pizza Game. So if you are interested in Kanban and you like to see how it works...

  • Date: 03. Mai 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

I am looking forward to see you there, and please send as usual an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com when you like to attend :-)

Marion

 

StrategicPlay at Scan-Agile

Last week, I facilitated a StrategicPlay session at ScanAgile titled “Agile Community Building – Using StrategicPlay with Lego”. Participants co-created a vision of the perfect agile community. We captured the teams presenting their models on video. Enjoy the inspiration!

On
7 March 2012
In
StrategicPlay
Tags
community, conference, lego, scanagile, vision

Last week, I facilitated a StrategicPlay session at Scan-Agile titled “Agile Community Building – Using StrategicPlay with Lego”. Participants co-created a vision of the perfect agile community. We captured the teams presenting their models on video. Enjoy the inspiration!

The Agile Elephant

The first presentation shows “Agile” on the back of an elephant (the similarity to Discworld was intentional, I heard later) confronting the established mindset... Note the reference to Brian Marick.

Ivory Tower of Knowledge

Valuable ideas are created and brought to the customer. Flowers, a disco ball, and a flag, of course.

People Connecting their Thoughts

Cosy space, where ...

Scrumtisch Notes, 28.02.2012

Here are some notes from the Scrumtisch in Berlin on 28.02.2012!

On
29 February 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Following is the list of topics proposed for discussion and the number of votes for each.

  • Alignment between sprint goal and the Stories that are pulled into a sprint. What to do if the Product Owner is not providing stories that align with the goal (17 Votes)
  • Testers - Which problems they face when placed on a Scrum Team. What the problems are and how they contribute to the sprint and integrate with the Team (8 Votes)
  • How long can you survive with Scrum without a Product Owner (13 Votes)
  • What is the effect and balance of communication and coordination within ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, February 2012

Hello All, here we go again. :-) &nbsp; Date: 28. February 2012 Time: 18:30&nbsp; Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse &nbsp; I am looking forward to see you there Marion &nbsp;

On
17 February 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

here we go again. :-)

 

  • Date: 28. February 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

 

I am looking forward to see you there

Marion

 

Agile in Corea

Daniel Berger meets South Corean Scrum Community!

During his 3-month stay in South Corea in 2011 Daniel Berger, a member of the Berlin Scrum Community, had the opportunity to get in touch with the local Scrum Community. If you want to learn more about his experiences, go to 
http://agileinberlin.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/how-i-met-the-scrum-community-in-korea/.

Agile Inspires Betterness

We currently witness the beginning of a new era. It has been given various names, as nobody is yet able to predict its nature. It’s been called the conceptual age, information is not enough anymore. Relationships become more important, where “knowledge stacks are replaced by knowledge flows”. Abundance, connections and choice change the game: “Mass is dead. Here comes weird.”

On
2 February 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose
Tags
agile, betterness, purpose

Classical strategic planning is based upon the assumption of a slowly changing future. This assumption is wrong.”

Noah Rahford 

We currently witness the beginning of a new era. It has been given various names, as nobody is yet able to predict its nature. It’s been called the conceptual age, information is not enough anymore. Relationships become more important, where “knowledge stacks are replaced by knowledge flows”. Abundance, connections and choice change the game: “Mass is dead. Here comes weird.” 

It’s a paradigm shift. We haven't yet figured out where it will lead our kind, as we can ...

Agile With Non-Software Teams

It is quite interesting to note how little most software developers know about hardware development. Many of us take it for granted that hardware development cannot match the pace of software. While this might be true for the case of the best software teams, able to update a software system every few minutes using continuous integration, for the common pace of biweekly software delivery this is nothing more than a false assumption.

On
26 January 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin, Agile with a Purpose
Tags
agile, hardware

At today’s ScrumTisch, the first chosen topic by the crowd was how to do Agile with non-software teams. We started the discussion with a short list of questions:

  • What to show at the end of the timebox?
  • How to set the length of the timebox?

Interestingly, these questions, although raised by the audience, apparently were not hot enough to actually get discussed... (the topic Agile Beyond Software is much broader than this post, I’m just covering what was discussed tonight—a touch on the surface...)

Hardware

It turned out, that the person suggesting the topic actually had a ...

Financial Times Germany: Project Management can be agile

This article, published in the Financial Times Germany in December 2012, is about Landau Media, one of agile42s long time customer.&nbsp; Unfortunately the article is only available in German, but maybe google translate will help :-) Marion &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;

On
25 January 2012
In
General, agile, Press

This article, published in the Financial Times Germany in December 2012, is about Landau Media, one of agile42s long time customer.

Unfortunately the article is only available in German, but maybe google translate will help :-)

Marion

Agile With a Purpose

Agile might still be a small niche which apparently is not yet recognised by the “serious” business thinkers’ community. There seem to be people out there who are rethinking management and business for the 21st century, and we are not connected to them although collaboration between us could produce great results.

On
12 January 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose
Tags
agile, anarchy, blast, community, purpose

“Happy New Year! 2012 won't know what's hit it”.

                      Dave Sharrock after the agile42 Internal Coach Camp

We want to make Dave’s prediction a reality with the Agile with a Purpose blast (projects don’t hit, right?). We want you to know why we’re doing it.

Prepare to be astonished!

Agile Linchpins

Some Background

Stephen Parry (@leanvoices) said at the ALE2011 conference that he would like to see agile/lean practitioners joining forces, using their distributed open social network to amplify their knowledge of how Agile works and how it should not be used ("to do the wrong ...

Scrumtisch Berlin January 2012

Next Scrumtisch Berlin will happen in January 2012

On
11 January 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

I wish you all a great 2012. Success, fun and health!

I am happy to see you soon at the next Scrumtisch:

 

  • Date: 26. January 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

 

There is no special guest, but I am sure we will have as usual very interesting topics to discuss.

Marion

 

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