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Holiday greetings from agile42!

All the coaches and team of agile42 wish you a great holiday season

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23 December 2014
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Thanks to this photo submitted to us by our friend Joachim Elgas (the "stress balls" are a fundamental tool in each of our training classes!) Looking forward for a great and Agile 2015.

Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division improves collaboration, motivation and efficiency with agile42

Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division learned how to build better products faster while improving collaboration and increasing motivation

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18 December 2014
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With the help of agile42, Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division learned how to build better products faster while at the same time improving the collaboration and increasing the motivation among employees.

Swedbank is arguably the strongest bank in the Baltics, the market leader overall as well as in all segments where they are active. Of all large companies in Estonia, Swedbank has received the award for the strongest brand — for six years running and with increasing scores.

But even Swedbank is feeling some pressure. The whole banking industry is facing large changes driven by the digitalization of society. While ...

Webinar on Agile Testing

agile42 coach Dave Sharrock together with Joe Justice will host a webinar on Agile testing on Wednesday, December 17th

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15 December 2014
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Scrum is predicated on having working software at the end of the Sprint. Without top-tier engineering and test practices teams will struggle.

Joe Justice and I will be hosting a webinar on Agile Testing, which will be broadcasted live starting Wednesday, December 17th at 11:00am Eastern. Please refer to registration page at Scrum Inc. for all information and viewing options.

We will show how the fastest teams use Test-Driven Development to create quality product very rapidly.  The 1-hour session will cover:

  • The mindset of managing a successful agile testing practice.
  • Test Driven Development, Test First Development, DevTest, DevTestOps.
  • Unit ...

News update 2014/12 - Scrum Sense merges with agile42

We are extremely delighted to announce that Scrum Sense will merge with agile42, a leading international agile ...

We are extremely delighted to announce that Scrum Sense will merge with agile42, a leading international agile consulting organisation. agile42 is headquartered in Berlin and already operates throughout Europe and North America.

The change is effective immediately. During 2015 the agile42 brand will be introduced to South Africa and over time the well-known Scrum Sense brand will be wound down.

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Peter HundermarkQuoting Peter Hundermark, Agile coach and founder of Scrum Sense: “This is the most exciting time for us since founding Scrum Sense in 2007. In seeking a partner I was adamant to find an organisation that shared our philosophy of ...

Scrum Sense merges with agile42

Scrum Sense, the foremost agile consultancy in South Africa, will merge ...

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Scrum Sense, the foremost agile consultancy in South Africa, will merge with agile42, a leading international agile consulting organisation. agile42 is headquartered in Berlin and already operates throughout Europe and North America.

The change is effective immediately. During 2015 the agile42 brand will be introduced to South Africa and over time the well-known Scrum Sense brand will be wound down.

Marion EickmannMarion Eickmann, co-founder and CEO at agile42, commented: “We are excited to welcome well-known agile pioneer Peter Hundermark and his team to join our community. We have been most careful to ensure a good cultural fit between our two organisations ...

agile42 merges with Scrum Sense

Scrum Sense, the foremost Agile consultancy in South Africa, will merge with agile42 and in 2015 the agile42 brand will be introduced to the country

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12 December 2014
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Our joint press release

Scrum Sense, the foremost agile consultancy in South Africa, will merge with agile42, a leading international agile consulting organisation. agile42 is headquartered in Berlin and already operates throughout Europe and North America.

Scrum SenseThe change is effective immediately. During 2015 the agile42 brand will be introduced to South Africa and over time the well-known Scrum Sense brand will be wound down.

Marion Eickmann, co-founder and CEO at agile42, commented: “We are excited to welcome well-known agile pioneer Peter Hundermark and his team to join our community. We have been most careful to ensure a good cultural fit ...

Notes from the November Scrumtisch

The November Berlin Scrumtisch took place on Thursday with the presence of 10 agile42 coaches

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28 November 2014
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Scrumtisch Berlin

It's been a thrilling special event for Berlin Scrumtisch (the Scrum User Group officially approved by the Scrum Alliance). Since a number of European coaches of agile42 were in town for their scheduled European Coach Camp, the Scrumtisch has featured a Meet the Coach night where Certified Scrum Coaches and Certified Scrum Trainers have taken lead on the topics proposed by the audience. The gathering took place at the American Diner Berlin in Friedrichshain, and you can see the sixties-inspired place from the photos!

Scrumtisch November topics

Users picked topics from the big board and (self-)organized in groups to discuss them ...

Learning by doing: CSPO class video

Coach Dhaval Panchal explains how he used video production to teach teamwork in Scrum during his training class

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27 November 2014
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For my recent Certified Scrum Product Owner class, I asked participants to make a video that they can take back to their colleagues at their work places. This post captures the activities of one such team and their progression to making an awesome final video. Here is the final video after their fourth sprint. (each sprint was 20 mins duration)

How does this compare to their product vision statement?

Folks who made this video did not have any video editing experience and they had to learn technology (windows movie maker) and develop content during their sprint working time (20 mins ...

ETF featured in Croatian magazine

Andrea Tomasini has been recently interviewed in the Croatian magazine Mreža

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25 November 2014
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agile42 founder and strategic coach Andrea Tomasini has been interviewed in the latest issue of Mreža, the leading Croatian monthly magazine for IT professionals.

Snippet from Mreža magazine

The article focused on the Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF), agile42 solution to address organizational learning and improvement through an empirical, evolutionary approach that allows you to align business goals with transition goals.

Andrea Tomasini in Croatia in 2014, photo Mreža

We are currently expanding our activities in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia through the partnership with CROZ recently announced. Contact us to get to know more!


News update 2014/11 - Here Be Dragons - Scaling Agile

Peter Hundermark has shared the slides of his presentation, "<a ...

Serpents and DragonsPeter Hundermark has shared the slides of his presentation, "Here Be Dragons - Scaling Agile", from the global Scrum Gathering in Berlin and the regional Scrum Gathering in Cape Town.

The presentation focuses on the structural and process dimension of scaling agility. Peter describes 3 "laws" of scaling and sets out 10 patterns that he has found helpful over the years as a consultant and coach.
 
 
 

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Momentum BTS


Momentum BTS have embarked on a journey of learning and innovation by introducing Kanban as a way of managing their work. They have posted a short video on YouTube illustrating the ...

Scrumtisch November 2014

26. November 2014 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

the next Scrumtisch will have a special format. Since we have many great Agile Coaches in Berlin (Bent Myllerup, Andrea Tomasini, Peter Hundemark, Lasse Ziegler, Niels Verdonk, Gregory Keagan,  Gaetano Mazzanti and many more) we will change the format of the next Scrumtisch to something like:

Meet the Coach

Here's the schedule:

  • Date: 26th of November, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly known as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are ...

Here Be Dragons - Scaling Agile

I gave a talk at the global Scrum Gathering in Berlin and two weeks later this revised (and improved?) version ...

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8 November 2014
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I gave a talk at the global Scrum Gathering in Berlin and two weeks later this revised (and improved?) version at the regional Scrum Gathering in Cape Town.

Scaling agility in any organisation requires attention to both cultural and structural dimensions. The culture aspect rests in providing modern leadership and change management. I provide only a passing reference here to this dimension. My presentation here is focussed on the structural and process dimension.

I describe 3 "laws" of scaling. These are observations or empirical laws. Then I set out 10 patterns that I have found helpful over nearly a decade ...

Invitation to the Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course

Join agile42 coaches to learn a more structured approach to coaching teams

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6 November 2014
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agile42 friends who were present at the Scrum Gathering Berlin may have attended our workshop on Effectively Coaching Agile Teams: you can check the blog write-up which includes a short video highlighting the structure of the talk and all materials of the workshop.

The workshop was a very short digest of our years of experience, and from that agile42 is now introducing the Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course aimed at ScrumMasters, Team Coaches and others who wants to take their skills, knowledge and abilities for coaching and facilitating teams to a professional level beyond the basics.

The course is held ...

Trabi-Safari in Berlin!

You may have seen agile42 coaches driving around Berlin in oddly coloured old cars

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24 October 2014
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Every year, all coaches and the complete staff of agile42 meets for a two-day International Coach Camp: this is pinnacle of our company alignment, with more frequent meetings for regional or national coach camps in the rest of year. As you can expect, bringing together all coaches leads to all sort of fun, good work and strange activities!

This year the International Coach Camp has been organised in our European HQ of Berlin to coincide with the Global Scrum Gathering that took place in the German capital a few days earlier, and had seen agile42 as a sponsor and Marion ...

Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”

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20 October 2014
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This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall organizations. In subsequent articles I explained Phase-Gates (part 2) and Large-batch handoffs (part 3). In this article I am diving deeper in to centralized control characteristics. Tendencies to centralize control of decisions stem from mis-understanding of complexity inherent in real world projects.

An expert plumber can understand how the pipes and systems in a building fit together and behave. A plumber can break a complicated plumbing system into parts and know how they will behave together. 

Behavior of ...

CROZ is agile42 partner for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia

On October 16 in Zagreb, CROZ has officially been confirmed as exclusive partner of agile42 for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia

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17 October 2014
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Yesterday during a nice meeting in their headquarters in Zagreb we confirmed the exclusive partnership for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia with CROZ, the first under our new partner program. CROZ will provide services such as education, consulting and coaching and they have already started to negotiate with several potential clients in Croatia and the region.

We also presented agile42 solutions with a focus on the Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) that leads and supports an organization through the process of becoming more Agile.

You can read more on CROZ site and in the meantime welcome aboard to our new friends!

Krešimir Musa of CROZ

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Meet us at Manage Agile 2014

Andrea Tomasini and Ralf Kruse will run special events at Manage Agile 2014 in Berlin on 27-30 October

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16 October 2014
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We are very happy to be part of Manage Agile 2014, event devoted to Agile project management and requirements management in practice, and sponsored again this year by agile42.

Andrea Tomasini will lead the World Cafe on Agile Project Management on the first day of the conference. The free and lively discussion will be in the style of Scrumtisch Berlin, the Berlin Scrum User Group organised by agile42 and meeting regularly in the German capital.

Ralf Kruse will faciltate instead The Marshmallow Challenge: a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in ...

News update 2014/10 - Why Coaching is Important

Coaching can make the difference between an organisation's success or failure. In this month's blog, Peter Hundermark outlines why effective ...

Coaching can make the difference between an organisation's success or failure. In this month's blog, Peter Hundermark outlines why effective coaching allows companies to admit their weaknesses and move towards a happier and more effective workplace. Read the full article here.




Kanban PrinciplesKanban Training


We have FOUR seats remaining on the upcoming Applying Kanban (Foundation) course taking place on the 20-21 Oct 2014 in Sandton. Be sure to book your place before these are snapped up. Should these dates not work for you, we will be running the course again on the 04-05 May 2015.

 
We also still have ...

Why Coaching is Important

What is the Problem?For people in 20th century organisations training was an obvious necessity. Just look at the ...

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14 October 2014
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What is the Problem?


For people in 20th century organisations training was an obvious necessity. Just look at the still-classical organisation and see that it has a Training Department neatly tucked into the organisation chart just under Human Resources. (I hate that name…but I digress.)


Much changes in our post-industrial world where we think for a living, solving increasingly complex problems. Our paradigm for helping people be effective has not yet caught up.


What are the challenges?

  • We are solving hard problems. This requires the brains of multiple people to be aligned and work collectively to emerge solution options ...

Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles - "Trapped in Wagile"

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13 October 2014
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This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates encounter agile transformation efforts. In this article I will dive into Large Batch handoffs.

Working in large batches is based on thinking that handling large batch sizes during each phase optimizes:

  • Resource (people) Utilization
  • Quality : By use of people’s primary skill set
  • Reduction in rework
  • Decisions : through a broad holistic perspective

Expected System Behavior:

Fractal Nature:

At portfolio or ...

Scrum Gathering Berlin - September 2014

Some info on the Scrum Gathering in Berlin which took place in September 2014

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9 October 2014
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Recently we had the amazing opportunity to sponsor the scrum gathering in Berlin. Since our company Headquarters are also in Berlin, this was of course an opportunity we couldn't pass up. Because we had the home advantage, many of us attended the Gathering (some who were there were not even in the picture, if can you guess who's missing, let us know in the comments.)

This year the Scrum Alliance got some amazing keynote speakers, from very different ...

Phase-Gates : Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

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6 October 2014
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In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

Recap

 Phases are are strictly linear sequence of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These activities are divided along process lines. Funding and progression to the next sequential phase is gated to ensure quality of deliverables handed-off between silos. Many decisions are concentrated at gating decision points. The Phase-gate approach provides an illusion of control, delaying feedback on product. 

For example:

 Requirements → Design → Implementation → Verification → Maintenance

Gates or gating criterion accompany typical phase-gates. Gates establish GO ...

The Expedition 42’s Guide to the Galaxy

Good luck to our friends of the International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew which parodies "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!

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3 October 2014
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The official crew poster for the International Space Station's 42nd expedition parodies "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It's nearly too good to be true: you probably know that "42" in agile42 name is a reference to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and that Don't Panic is our company motto.

We have therefore shouted with enthusiasm when we learned that the crew for the NASA International Space Station Expedition 42 (six of the bravest and most competent astronauts and scientints including flight engineer Samantha "Sam" Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman astronaut) had chosen a HHGG-themed poster for their mission and posed in full character group photo.

Good luck then, and Don't ...

Notes from the Scrumtisch Berlin - September 29, 2014

Here are some notes of the Scrumtisch of the 29th of September.

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1 October 2014
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Thanks to everybody who joined the Scrumtisch in Berlin on Monday. Here are some pictures of the flip charts we created at the Scrumtisch.

Agenda Scrumtisch Sept.2014

After collecting the suggested topics we selected the following ones to discuss in 4 groups:

  • Accepting user stories by the Product Owner
  • Can a team work without a Product Owner?
  • Do you need a Product Roadmap, how much do you plan ahead?
  • How can you facilitate dynamic meetings with distrubuted teams.

See below what the outcome of the breakout sessions was.   

Session outcome

Topics Scrumtisch Sept.2014

It turned out 3 of the 4 groups chose to further deepen the ...

Trapped in Wagile

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently.

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29 September 2014
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Transition
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Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe manifestation of these tendencies in organization systems will help you uncover impediments to your organizations Agile metamorphosis.

After reading this series of articles, you may realize that your organization is still being waterfall but thinks otherwise i.e., Wagile

In this article series I want to explore deeper into the “waterfall” label and lay bare the fundamental characteristics that make up such a system. And subsequently I will dive deeper into each characteristic to highlight expected systemic behaviors and ...

Effectively Coaching Agile Teams at Scrum Gathering Berlin

At the Scrum Gathering Berlin 2014, coaches Bent Myllerup and Andrea Tomasini, facilitated a workshop called “Effectively coaching agile teams”

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23 September 2014
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The goal of the workshop was introducing attendees to a more structured approach to coaching teams, which uses a framework developed by agile42, called the Coaching Structure. More information about out approach and workshop material can be downloaded for free.

 

The first part of the workshop focused on understanding what is coaching and what is not… and developed introducing the concept of keywords, and curiosity when listening to a person during a coaching conversation. We didn’t have the time to go through level of listening, but we moved on to presenting a strategy to create Powerful Questions, based on ...

Scrumtisch September 2014

29. September 2014 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 29th of September, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly known as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

Welcome Turkey!

agile42 is expanding with activities in Turkey and last month we explained in Istanbul the vision of the company for this exciting market

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12 September 2014
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We travelled to Istanbul last month to meet the local community together with the new Country manager Ercan Küçüközen. The event has been really well organized and there has been quite some interest. Many different companies sent people to attend and there has been a very positive feedback. We have to thank AVEA one of our first customers in Turkey, since 2010, to have supported our initial event by offering to present the amazing results they have been able to achieve in the demand management since the introduction of Agile. Many local company are now looking at them ...

Scrum Sense News 09/14 - Adventures in Europe

Welcome to our September newsletter and welcome to summer.&nbsp;This is ...

Welcome to our September newsletter and welcome to summer.




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This is the first Scrum Coaching Retreat in Africa. It is an opportunity for you to collaborate with other coaches, learning from each other and producing valuable outcomes that will have lasting benefit to our community and customers.

The theme of this retreat is “small improvements”, recognising that most big changes are better embarked on, digested and internalised one step at a time. Transforming the world of work is a big endeavour. We can contribute by meeting our customers where they are and helping them take one next step.

For first-time ...

Adventures in Europe

Denmark trainees Shortly after joining Scrum Sense in February ...

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10 September 2014
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IMG_5392 Denmark trainees

Shortly after joining Scrum Sense in February this year I started my journey to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). The process includes co-training with other CSTs around the world, so that I can get feedback to improve and, once I am good enough, I can get their recommendations that are essential to acceptance. For the past week I have been lucky enough to travel around Europe and co-train with some of the top CSTs and CSCs (Certified Scrum Coaches) in Europe. It has been a wonderful experience for me.


My trip started in Copenhagen, where I spent ...

Dhaval Panchal joins agile42

Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer Dhaval Panchal is latest addition to the US coaching team of agile42

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3 September 2014
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Let me introduce Dhaval Panchal, our latest addition to the US coaching team. Dhaval and agile42 have known one another for many years and I first worked with Dhaval at the Agile2012 Coaches Corner: it was a huge success, and Dhaval excelled then as now in being fun to work with, calm under pressure and creative and inspirational in how he worked.

Dhaval is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Traner, making agile42 the only company in the world with 5 CSC/CSTs on the team. Something that says a lot about the quality of the whole organization.

I ...

Co-location, no matter what?

Many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way, is this still the case today or has the world changed?

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28 August 2014
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It's common sense in the Agile community that co-location of teams is beneficial and many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way. Ten years ago this was definitely the case. But is this still the case today, or has the world changed? Are there scenarios where maybe other aspects are more important?

Why do/did we see co-location as essential?

A team works closely together to achieve their collective goals. Close collaboration is a key for fast and efficient problem solving. It creates a dynamic where the performance of a team as a ...

News update 2014/08 - 5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets

Welcome to our August newsletter. Do you also have a dislike for time tracking? Joanne Perold does, and she explains ...

Welcome to our August newsletter. Do you also have a dislike for time tracking? Joanne Perold does, and she explains why in this month's blog post....more.

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We still have spaces available on our upcoming Kanban Foundation and Advanced courses. Scrum Sense will once again be teaming up with LKU-accredited Kanban Trainer, Dr. Klaus Leopold of LEANability to present this training.

Kanban foundational course provides insight and visibility to the "why" of doing things - Dean Harvey, Nedbank Ltd.


The Applying Kanban (Foundation) and Improving & Scaling Kanban (Advanced) certified courses will be taking place in Sandton on the ...

5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets

I subscribe to a newsletter from Projects at Work which I rarely read. I happened to ...

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21 August 2014
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I subscribe to a newsletter from Projects at Work which I rarely read. I happened to open it this month and stumbled upon a gem.


5 Ways to Improve Time Tracking


It prompted this post…


5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets


I have a strong dislike to time tracking, especially on software projects and here is why.. 


1. Motivation of people.


The first problem that I have with tracking time is that it inherently sends the message to teams "We don't trust you." Even if this is not the intended message, it is the one that everyone hears. More ...

agile42 Insights: What Hinders High Performance on a Team?

This video of the “agile42 Insights” series sees our coaches explaining some of the problems that a team may face in the path of higher performance

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20 August 2014
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Check the opinion of coaches Jan Beaver, Dave Sharrock, Brad Swanson and Richard Dolman in this 2-part video you can watch on this page or on our YouTube channel. Here's the first part:



And the second part:

On Agile scaling in Dutch magazine Managersonline

Niels Verdonk published an article on scaling Agile on leading dutch management website Managersonline.nl

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13 August 2014
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I've had the occasion to publish an introduction to the subject of Agile scaling in Managersonline.nl, a leading Dutch management website. Click if you can read Dutch!

I've covered the basics of the SAFe, DAD and LESS approaches, as well as agile42's own Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF). This draws from the FAQ page on scaling you can found on this site as well, ETF with SAFe, DAD and large frameworks.

Managersonline.nl

How does an Agile way of working affect your Portfolio?

Our agile42 coaches discuss the topic of Agile portfolio management, highlighting its strengths and benefits

In this new compilation video we have asked some of agile42 coaches how Agile organizations deal with a large portfolio of projects.

Watch the full video here or on YouTube:

Sponsoring ProductCamp Berlin 2014

agile42 is the main sponsor of ProductCamp Berlin 2014 taking place on Saturday September 13th

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5 August 2014
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We are very proud to announce that after a successful ProductCamp in Vancouver with Dave Sharrock and Andrea Tomasini we are happy to support and sponsor ProductCamp Berlin 2014. It is the first and only unconference for product managers, product marketing managers, entrepreneurs and others with passions for product, online and IT, in the German capital.

ProductCamp Berlin

They expect 200 participants, and following the Barcamp idea of “no attendees, only participants”, they will actively engage in a day of workshops, discussions, networking and learning.

ProductCamp Berlin will take place at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS on Saturday September 13th. Unfortunately registration is sold-out ...

Have an Agile summer…

Don't forget to be Agile on the beach!

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1 August 2014
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Thanks to our friend Fabio Delaiti for this photo taken on the island of Milos, Greece.

Notes from the Scrumtisch Berlin - July 14, 2014

Pictures of the question flipboards that were discussed during the Berlin Scrumtisch (Scrum User Group) on July 14th

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15 July 2014
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Thanks to everybody who joined yesterday's Scrumtisch in Berlin. Here are some pictures of the flip charts produced during the Scrumtisch, in case you missed something!

Questions Collected

Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - Agenda

 

Topics proposed and voted

Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - Topics

 

Actionable items

Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - Actionable items

 

More actionable items

Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - More actionable items

 

Scrumtisch friends

Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - Friends Scrumtisch Berlin July 14 - Friends 2

 

See you next time at the Scrumtisch, and make sure to follow @ScrumtischB  on Twitter

Agile2014 session on Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for Enterprise Agile

Richard Dolman and Steve Spearman will discuss finding the right scaling approach for Enterprise Agile at Agile2014 in Orlando

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10 July 2014
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Are you looking for answers on scaling Agile but finding it hard to get unbiased information on the different options that are available? Well, this is the place to start that discovery!

This highly anticipated session is intended to help you answer the question: What is the right scaling approach for our organization?

We’ll explore the major scaling options together. We’ll help you understand some of the key differentiators and criteria for choosing an approach (or rolling your own!). After a quick overview of the major scaling frameworks, we'll present the concept of the Agile Scaling Knowledgebase ...

What makes a good ScrumMaster?

agile42 European coaches discuss what makes a good ScrumMaster in their first collective video

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7 July 2014
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Scrum
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We have collected in one room some of our European coaches and we asked them one of the most common questions in the Scrum community, what characteristics should have a good ScrumMaster, and what's his role?

You can also watch the video on agile42 YouTube channel.

Photo by Søren Cosmus ✄ - http://flic.kr/p/9RE78v

News update 2014/07 - Learn how to lead self-organising teams

Companies doing agile transformations must empower their development teams or Product Owners to say no. No is important, it is ...

Companies doing agile transformations must empower their development teams or Product Owners to say no. No is important, it is also very final. It implies that you can’t have whatever it is that you want. That is not an answer that Product Owners, trying to keep customers happy can go back to their customers or bosses with. Joanne Perold discusses better ways in which to have those conversations.....more.

Leading Self-Organising Teams


Simple Agile Leadership ModelLeading Self-Organising Teams is an interactive classroom-based masterclass providing state-of-the-art tools and practices for Lean/Agile organisations. You will learn and apply core skills underpinned by principles ...

Doing No Better

Companies doing agile transformations must empower their development teams or Product Owners to say no.No is ...

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3 July 2014
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Companies doing agile transformations must empower their development teams or Product Owners to say no.


No is important, it is also very final. It implies that you can't have whatever it is that you want. That is not an answer that Product Owners, trying to keep customers happy can go back to their customers or bosses with. 


Here are some ideas on better ways to have those conversations.


Team Capacity:


What does this have to do with not saying no?


Helping stakeholders to understand the impact of adding work to a full system is a valuable way to start ...

Webinar recording: Measuring the Success of Your Agile Transformation

Complete recording of AgileLIVE webinar on using metrics to measure the success of your Agile transformation, with Brad Swanson and Aaron Smith

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3 July 2014
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In the first segment of this webinar , part of the Thought Leadership Webinar Series, coach Brad Swanson together with Aaron Smith, editorial director of ProjectsAtWork, have discussed pro tips for using agile metrics to measure the success of your transformation. Topics included:

  • Starting with ‘why’ – creating urgency for your agile transformation by articulating the reasons change is necessary
  • Defining the key success factors in your change initiative
  • Leading and lagging indicators of success, including examples from many successful transformations
  • Avoiding unintended consequences and dysfunction that often arise from ill-chosen metrics

Brad touches a number of subject including the usage of ...

The Lens at Agile2014 Orlando: engineering powerful insights and profound conversations

At Agile2014 in Orlando Martin Kearns and Daryl Chan talking on engineering powerful insights and profound conversations across the organisation

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30 June 2014
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It’s not easy to guide organisations in becoming truly adaptive. How do you facilitate better executive-level decision making with respect to the impact further down the chain? How do you have coaching conversations with effects that are seen, heard and felt across the board? How do you have all encompassing, inclusive discussions which drive an enterprise towards a truly shared vision?

Agile is part of the answer, but to truly achieve amazing results from the ways we interact with each other, we believe that we also need to unlock the insight, wisdom and energy held captive within our teams ...

Scrumtisch July 2014

14. July 2014 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

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25 June 2014
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 14th of July, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Marion

 

All videos from Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2014

agile42 is happy to offer you the video recording of LKSE14 conference that was held Friday 30 May 2014 in Bologna

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20 June 2014
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Events
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Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2014 has been a great success in Bologna on May 30th. A packed room of attendees that gathered in the Italian town to listen to the top presenters of the Lean and Kanban movement – and they also played Kanban Pizza Game with agile42 coaches!

agile42, as the organising sponsor of the event, has produced video recordings of all session that you can watch here (using a YouTube playlist) or in a specific page together with slides.

 

AgileLIVE Webinar with Brad Swanson: Measuring the Success of Your Agile Transformation

Meet Brad Swanson on a AgileLIVE webinar to learn pro tips for using agile metrics to measure the success of your transformation

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16 June 2014
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Events
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The key to a successful agile journey is to identify concrete, measurable goals. Whether your challenge is to improve software quality, time to market, productivity, customer satisfaction, innovation, employee engagement, or some combination of these, agile metrics are crucial to your success. How do you use agile metrics early and often to know that you’re going in the right direction? And how do you know when your goals have been met?

Register for the AgileLIVE webinar "Measuring the Success of Your Agile Transformation" part of the Thought Leadership series. No cost, and earn PDU credits!

In the first part ...

Agility meets regulatory compliance

Slides of Dave Sharrock presentation at IBM Innovate 2014

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13 June 2014
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Events
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How can we reconcile the light touch approach of Agile development teams to the governance and information security requirements such as Data Privacy and Regulatory Compliance? At the IBM Innovate event in Orlando I discussed how to bring together the apparently conflicting needs of information security and Agile, and showed by example how Agile teams actually approach tough regulatory requirements and good governance.

News update 2014/06 - Kanban & Leadership Training

After the successful launch of the Agile Africa Conference in 2013, it will be taking place again this year on ...

After the successful launch of the Agile Africa Conference in 2013, it will be taking place again this year on the 11-12 Aug 2014 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The “Agile Africa” Conference aims to showcase Agile software development within an African context. Follow this link to find out more and to register online.

Applying Kanban (Foundation)Certified Kanban Foundatin Level Training


As mentioned in our last newsletter, Scrum Sense together with LEANability, will be running the Applying Kanban (Foundation) course in Johannesburg on the 20-21 Oct 2014.

"Very well presented and informative training. Gives a good foundation to start with!" - Alvin Govindan, Momentum EB.


"Absolutely enlightening ...

Mike Caspar joining agile42

Mike Caspar is joining agile42 as an Agile coach in Canada and North America

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9 June 2014
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General

I'm happy to introduce to the agile42 community Mike Caspar, our first coach in Canada.

I first met Mike in Atlanta, at the Scrum Gathering in 2012, travelling out to the airport together. When you meet Mike, you will find a personable coach, quick to laugh, with plenty of stories and anecdotes. Mike also shows a strong, principled approach to Scrum and Agile, while having a knack for bringing smiles and laughter to the tough business of cultural change. He has extensive experience introducing agile in small and large organizations, and continues to code, using the practices we introduce ...

agile42 Insights: What Are the Attributes of a Great Agile Team?

This video of the “agile42 Insights” series sees our coaches explaining the key characteristics that are shared by great Agile teams

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5 June 2014
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agile42 Insights
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Every team is different, but we can identify some important, common features: a great Agile team is cross-functional and often small, dedicated, with a shared goal and vision. It's also usually colocated, working in the same room together to achieve the maximum communication bandwidth. Collaboration, respect, trust are the key words often mentioned.

Watch the opinion of coaches Jan Beaver, Dave Sharrock, Brad Swanson and Richard Dolman in this 2-part video.

Part 1:

Part 2:

From the Product Vision to a Running Software

Andrea Tomasini will present his talk at International PHP Conference 2014 in Berlin

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2 June 2014
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Events

International PHP ConferenceI will bring on June 3rd my talk From the Product Vision to a Running Software (subtitle "…and back again, an agile coach story") to the Agile Day part of the International PHP Conference/webinale 2014. This is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web technology and not only linked to the PHP language.

Here's the abstract: «Eliciting Requirements and breaking them down into actionable tasks for the teams is a challenge that requires both creativity and a systematic and analytical approach. Applying agility to Requirement Engineering, means much more than ...

Getting to work with the Agile Strategy Map

agile42 coaches have developed the Agile Strategy Map™ to help organizations working on an Agile Transition, here all details and instructions

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20 May 2014
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Transition
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agile strategy map

The Agile Strategy Map™ is an Agile tool that allows a leadership team to align and coordinate their organizational continuous improvement efforts. It supports work on both the strategic level and the tactical level. The Agile Strategy Map™ provides a framework for designing an organization’s strategy as well as visualizing and tracking its progress and evolution. It supports decision making and, in accordance with an Agile approach, provides a controlled and safe way to run experiments and learn from them. As such, the Agile Strategy Map™ is a fundamental tool for organizational improvement.


Operational Board of Agile Strategy Map

In order to better explain how ...

News update 2014/05 - Certainty

Have you ever wondered about the dangers of certainty? For this month's newsletter, Joanne Perold of Scrum Sense ...

Have you ever wondered about the dangers of certainty? For this month's newsletter, Joanne Perold of Scrum Sense has written an interesting blog post on certainty. Follow this link to discover more.....


Kanban Foundation Level Training


Following the success of the Kanban Foundation Level Training course in April we have decided to run this course again in Johannesburg on the 20-21 Oct 2014. Book now and take advantage of our 3-for-2 special offer!

This certified course provides a deeper understanding of Kanban for knowledge workers. The training is particularly suitable for those who:



  • want to start with Kanban and ...

Certainty

I read an amazing post the other day on certainty, and what happens when we are certain of ...

I read an amazing post the other day on certainty, and what happens when we are certain of things.


You can read the post here - The Dangers of Certainty: A Lesson From Auschwitz


Personally I found it valuable and interesting. My main take away was about the dangers of certainty. To quote the author:


"When we think we have certainty, when we aspire to the knowledge of the gods, then Auschwitz can happen and can repeat itself. Arguably, it has repeated itself in the genocidal certainties of past decades."


This lead me to thinking about certainty in software projects and ...

Scrumtisch May 2014

22. May 2014 - Scrumtish in Berlin

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9 May 2014
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 22nd of May, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Marion

 

agile42 Insights: Why Is a Great Agile Team so Important?

The Agile team as an "engine room" for the organisation and the building of any Transition, setting an example for excellence

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8 May 2014
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agile42 Insights
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In this video our coaches discuss the underlying reasons why an Agile Transition towards an Agile organisation always starts with a team, and possibly a great team.

You can play the video here below or on the agile42 YouTube channel where you will find all the clips from the agile42 Insight series.

agile42 present at Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014

Richard Dolman and Brad Swanson will talk at Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans 2014, organised by the Scrum Alliance 5-7 May

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5 May 2014
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Events

Richard will be on stage with Steve Spearman to present Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for Enterprise Agile focusing on whether we find to ways to deliver value without need to scale too big.

Brad will facilitate two workshops together with David Haws, the first one Getting Your Agile Team from Good to Great in which participants will collaborate to identify the characteristics of a great Agile team, the biggest challenges they’ve encountered, and identify specific solutions, the second Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster during which a team will start with a partially completed Lean Canvas ...

Talking about Agile Compliance at IBM Innovate

I will talk at the IBM Innovate 2014 event to discuss "Agile Compliance: an oxymoron?" on Wednesday 4th June

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28 April 2014
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Events

Agile software development is a light framework that focusses more on early value delivery and incremental improvement than traditional tasks like detailed up-front planning, comprehensive specifications and technical documentation. But from the perspective of regulatory compliance, this planning and documentation serve a purpose.

How can we reconcile agile approaches that value a working product over documentation with the need to meet regulatory requirements for, e.g. medical devices or telecommunications? I will discuss how to bring together the apparently conflicting needs of regulatory compliance and agile, and show by example how agile teams actually approach tough regulatory requirements in finance ...

agile42 Insights: How Do You Cultivate a Great Team?

How to grow a high-performing Agile team, the need to handle conflict and more advice from the agile42 coaches from their experience of team building

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23 April 2014
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agile42 Insights
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Featuring our coaches Brad Swanson, Richard Dolman, Dave Sharrock and Jan Beaver, a brief discussion on the hurdles to overcome for a group of developers to become a great team and constantly "raise the bar" for their work.

You can play the video here below or on the agile42 YouTube channel where you will find all the clips from the agile42 Insight series.

agile42 sponsoring Manage Agile 2014 in Berlin

agile42 will be a sponsor of Manage Agile 2014, in Berlin 27-30 October 2014

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17 April 2014
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Events

The Manage Agile 2014 conference, devoted to Agile project management and requirements management in practice, will take place the third time from October 27th 2014 till October 30th 2014 in Berlin. The conference is splitted into two Workshop Days (October 27th and 30th) and two Conference Days (October 28th and 29th). agile42 is happy to be again sponsor of this important gathering.

 

The topic of the conference is about agile project management and agile requirements management, two important supporting columns of modern software development and the management of big projects. Last year, our strategic ...

My understanding of effective Agile Coaching

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

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

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

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

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

agile42 invites you to Lean Kanban Southern Europe 2014

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

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10 April 2014
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We are happy to welcome the Lean Kanban global conference series to Italy! The Lean Kanban Southern Europe conference brings together professionals who realize the value of Lean thinking. This is the event for technology managers, business leaders, and change agents who want to build quality, predictable delivery, and a culture of continuous improvement into their organizations.

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

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

MHA2014 Sponsorship and Speakers

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

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8 April 2014
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Events
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mha2014

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

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

Kanban Pizza Game: Maximize Profit by Managing Flow 

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

A Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™) Case Study

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

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7 April 2014
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Transition
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etf, safe

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

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

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

News update 2014/04 - The Drama Triangle

The Drama TriangleInterested in knowing more about what the Drama Triangle ...

The Drama Triangle

Interested in knowing more about what the Drama Triangle is all about? Dillon Weyer of Scrum Sense discusses the Drama Triangle and how it can be used to help deal with team conflict and problem solving. Follow this link to find out more.....

Kanban Foundation Level Training


There are only THREE seats remaining on our Kanban Foundation Level Training course on the 14-15 April 2014 in Johannesburg.

This certified course provides a deeper understanding of Kanban for knowledge workers. The training is particularly suitable for those who:

  • want to start with Kanban and are looking for initial ...

ETF and scaled Agile frameworks

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

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3 April 2014
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Transition
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Following the heated discussions about SAFe (and our own bit of fun), it's worth checking how agile42 approach matches the expectation and solutions of large size Agile models that are being evaluated by corporations involved in transitioning their methodologies.

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

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

Dealing with team conflict and problem solving - Drama Triangle Model

As a Team Coach or Scrum Master, conflict within a team is something we often have to deal with. Over ...

As a Team Coach or Scrum Master, conflict within a team is something we often have to deal with. Over the years I have come across a number of techniques that help resolve team conflict. Regardless of the technique you decide to use, its important to understand or try to see each individuals map of the world. Try to understand the position each team member is coming from, what state they are in, and how they interact with others based on the given scenario.

Drama Triangle The Drama Triangle

Drama TriangleThe Drama Triangle is a model that will assist you, the Team Coach ...

agile42 introduces Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™

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

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1 April 2014
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Press
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We see that many big enterprises want big enterprise agility. For this reason, agile42 is today introducing the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale.

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

Five books every ScrumMaster should read

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

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31 March 2014
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Scrum
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book, scrum, scrummaster

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

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

Books, photo by RLHyde

Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile Software Development

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

Safe and unsafe words…

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

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28 March 2014
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Transition
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etf, safe, scrum

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

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

Video for Agile Embedded Software Development Keynote

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

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26 March 2014
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Events
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Here's the complete presentation of Agile Embedded Software Development, what's wrong with it? as recorded during the Embedded meets Agile conference in Munich on February 18th.

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

Agilia and CSPO in Czech Republic

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

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19 March 2014
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Next week I'm starting a trip to the beautiful Brno in Czech Republic that will include a talk at the Agilia conference on March 26th. I'll speak about "Will agile work in my embedded development environment?".

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

People aren't Resources

"Resource planning" or "Resource Management" or "Resource blockers" I hear these in stand-ups, or project meetings ...

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14 March 2014
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Scrum Sense



"Resource planning" or "Resource Management" or "Resource blockers" I hear these in stand-ups, or project meetings and even on CSM (Certified Scrum Master) training. People who know me watch me cringe a little each time. I have this visceral reaction that I can't explain, my whole body cringes.

Why does it matter? Some people would argue that it doesn't really matter, its all semantics anyway. One of the many valuable things that I learned at PSL (Problem Solving Leadership) was words matter, what you say and how you say things can have a big impact on people. Tone ...

Scrumtisch March 2014

27. March 2014 - Scrumtish in Berlin

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14 March 2014
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 27th of March, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Marion

 

News update 2014/03 - Kanban Training: 3-for-2 Special Offer!

Scrum Sense welcomed Joanne Perold to our expanding team in February. Joanne ...

DoBetterScrum v3Scrum Sense welcomed Joanne Perold to our expanding team in February. Joanne has written our latest blog post on what makes a retro good. Follow this link to find out more......

Peter Hundermark has finished revising his 'Do Better Scrum' booklet. This booklet will give you practical tips on how to do better Scrum. To download the free version 3 of this booklet please follow this link.

Kanban Foundation Level Training


We will be running a 2-day Kanban Foundation Level course on the 14-15 April 2014 in Johannesburg. Clifford Hazell of Scrum Sense will be teaming up with Dr. Klaus ...

Retrospectives - What makes a retro good

Why are retrospectives important?They provide the opportunity for a team to look back and see how they can improve. Retrospectives ...

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5 March 2014
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Scrum Sense

Why are retrospectives important?


They provide the opportunity for a team to look back and see how they can improve. Retrospectives can be a catalyst for organisational change as well as team change. They can be a place to build and enable teams, or to help teams start their journey from the best possible place. They can be a place for learning, problem solving, or having fun and motivating each other.  To not have retrospectives or to do them badly means that you are missing an opportunity to inspect and adapt, possibly the most important part of your Agile journey ...

SAFe in the words of an experienced Agilist

Certified Scrum Trainer Peter Saddington has published a long review of his experience when attending a training of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

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26 February 2014
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Transition

Peter's review at Agile Scout is a point by point discussion of what he's witnessed in the training and his insights into the methodology. It's very interesting for experienced Agile practitioners.

“I have no crystal ball. I can’t tell the future. One thing I can see happening is this: The SAFe model is the lowest barrier to entry for scaled agile work at the current moment.”

SAFe workbook, photo by Peter Saddington

photo by Peter Saddington

Invitation to STWC – Software Testing World Cup

Extending the invitation the first annual Software Testing World Cup (STWC): May the best win!

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24 February 2014
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Events
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Software Testing World Cup (STWC)The Software Testing World Cup (STWC) is an event for testing practitioners to show off their skills and compete with other testing professionals. It brings the testing craft into the spotlight and gives the profession a competitive event on a global scale. STWC is a global event with a sportive, competitive character for the testing community.

It will consist of a continental round of testing, done online, so that all the testing professionals out there have the chance to participate.

 

Project User Experience Testing

The continental champions will be invited to the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam, Germany!

Check out the official website ...

Agile Embedded Software Development, what's wrong with it?

On February 18th we will give the keynote to the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich

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17 February 2014
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Events

We are in 2014 and still someone is challenging the fact that you can't use an Agile approach to develop embedded systems, why? What's wrong with embedded software development? Well, there are somethings which makes it harder than needed: Dependencies with hardware releases, fixed delivery dates, inadequate software tools, limited adaptation possibility due to hardware costs… and yes, one more thing, really special: culture!

Agile embedded software development at Ericsson

We would like to focus the keynote we are giving to Embedded Meets Agile 2014 in analyzing some example cases that include the “limitations” listed above and also give you some hints on how ...

News update 2014/02 - Kanban Foundation Level Training

Our blog article for this month focuses on the pitfalls of "best practice" and how best to avoid falling into ...

Our blog article for this month focuses on the pitfalls of "best practice" and how best to avoid falling into its trap. Discover why Cliff Hazell of Scrum Sense feels that this concept is dangerous if applied incorrectly.....more.

Kanban Foundation Level Training




Kanban-Joburg-37We are pleased to announce we will be running a Kanban Foundation Level course on the 14-15 April 2014 in Johannesburg. Peter Hundermark will be teaming up with Dr. Klaus Leopold of LEANability to present this certified training.

The course provides a deeper understanding of Kanban for knowledge workers. The training is particularly suitable for those who ...

Introducing the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework

We present the Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF) allowing an organization to implement continuous improvement and to experience Agile change

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10 February 2014
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Transition
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etf

Enterprise Transition Framework agile42 has always believed that Agile is more about a change in mindset than yet-another-process-definition. Becoming Agile as an organization goes beyond focusing only on Product Development and Delivery dimensions. It permeates the whole organization.

Over the past years we have been helping many companies to successfully convert into Agile organizations and we have created from our experience the Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) that leads and supports an organization through the process of becoming more Agile. The focus of ETF is to allow an organization to implement continuous improvement and to experience change in an empirically controlled way.

The ETF ...

“Best” Practice

Best practice, the application of a single and consistently best method, can be a useful concept.Unfortunately I see this concept ...




Best practice, the application of a single and consistently best method, can be a useful concept.

Unfortunately I see this concept commonly applied incorrectly:

  1. Incorrect labelling of a “best practice”, which results from the assumption that it is always the single best approach, and thus applying said practice dogmatically.

  2. Forgetting about context and copying what works for others without understanding potential differences between their context and yours.

  3. Failure to continue scanning for better practices, results in continuing to apply what was best or good practice, long after a better practice has emerged or context has changed.


Label Law


One of ...

The Anatomy of an Agile Organization presented in Helsinki

Full video and slides of the presentation given at Scan Agile 2013 in Finland

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5 February 2014
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Events, Transition
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etf, scanagile

Agile is mainstream. More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal successful experiments, or just because their competitors are doing it. Unfortunately though, the cultural change that follows the adoption of Agile within an organization can't be constrained to the IT department - Here things become tricky…

I was happy to discuss these issues in Helsinki last fall at Scan Agile 2013. Thanks to Agile Finland the full video is available on Vimeo or can be viewed here.

You can check and download the slides as well.

Article in Finnish magazine Tietokone

The largest computer magazine in Finland, Tietokone, has published a three-page feature on organisational agility.

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3 February 2014
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Finland, Press
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interview, tietokone

Photo of magazine

The largest computer magazine in Finland, Tietokone, has published a three-page feature on organisational agility based on an interview with agile42 coach and trainer Martin von Weissenberg (Tietokone, 1/2014, pp. 66–68). The article touches on agile assessments, dimensions of change, leadership and storytelling, as well as the fundamental cornerstones of structured organisational change.

"We are happy to see articles like this in mainstream computer media," says Lasse Ziegler, managing director of agile42 Finland. "This signifies that more and more companies are becoming aware that agility should not be restricted only to the development teams, and want to take ...

The kids go Lego shopping (or: a case study in batch sizes)

Business is not about fairness, it’s about grabbing opportunities and avoiding risks and you can’t cater to everyone all the time

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27 January 2014
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Learning
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lego

What I’m going to relate here is a true story. I have two kids, aged seven and four, that are veritable fountains of ideas.
 
For some time now they have been earning a small allowance based on keeping their rooms clean, helping in the kitchen, leaving out the Friday candy, and so forth. Sometimes the “wage negotiations” can be a little tiring, but overall it appears to work out quite nicely. Greedy little worms as they are, they are always making plans about how to spend their well-earned money... even before they’ve earned it!

I’ve tried to ...

Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!

Double hands-on workshop at Agile Denver and Agile Austin will use Lean Startup concepts of Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and validated learning

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21 January 2014
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The workshop will be presented on Monday, January 27th, at the meeting of Agile Denver and on Tuesday, February 4th at Agile Austin.

Too many companies focus on maximizing output rather than outcomes. Studies show over 60% of features built in the software industry are rarely or never used. You might deliver a lot of features, but if they are rarely or never used, does it matter how fast you do it?

To deliver the right outcomes, you need to learn your customers needs and validate your assumptions as early as possible. This means getting an early version of your ...

Scrumtisch January 2014

Dear friends, here's the schedule for the first Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014: Date: 29th of January, 2014 Time: 18:30&nbsp; Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo") If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User ...

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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the first Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 29th of January, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)

Marion

 

News update 2014/01 - Scaling Scrum to the Organisation

We hope you all had a relaxing festive break and that the New Year brings much happiness and success.Our first ...

We hope you all had a relaxing festive break and that the New Year brings much happiness and success.

Our first blog post for 2014 is on 'Scaling Scrum to the Organisation' by Peter Hundermark. The greatest challenges to adopting Agile at scale are organisational. Therefore any scaled implementation needs careful attention to communication, culture and change management. I suggest that you accept that there is no “silver bullet” solution to doing Scrum (or any form of Agile) at scale. With this mindset I suggest you read broadly what others have done and are doing......more.


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Scaling Scrum to the Organisation

Here be dragons!The greatest challenges to adopting Agile at scale are organisational. Therefore any scaled implementation needs careful attention to ...

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Here be dragons!


The greatest challenges to adopting Agile at scale are organisational. Therefore any scaled implementation needs careful attention to communication, culture and change management. As CIO and agile consultant Marius de Beer observes: “When you scale, you scale everything. The good and the bad.” I suggest that you accept that there is no “silver bullet” solution to doing Scrum (or any form of Agile) at scale. With this mindset I suggest you read broadly what others have done and are doing. I especially recommend the Larman and Vodde books as well as Henrik Kniberg’s papers and presentations ...

Marion Eickmann and Dave Sharrock selected to co-chair the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin

The Scrum Alliance international event will be held from 22 to 24 September 2014 and two of our staff members have been selected as event co-chairs

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13 January 2014
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We are extremely happy that the fall event of the Scrum Alliance calendar, the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin, will take the worldwide Scrum community to the city of our headquarter. We'll make our best to set up a warm reception for all friends travelling here!

And we are even more excited because two members of our staff, Marion Eickmann (agile42 CEO, based in Berlin) and Dave Sharrock (agile42 VP for Professional Services, based in Vancouver) has been chosen as co-chairs of the event.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin

Clock is ticking, see you in Berlin!

(And if you cannot wait for the event in ...

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