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Why you need to change your way of working

Video and slides from the Keynote by Roberto Bettazzoni at Agile@Work, December 2015

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28 December 2015
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Thanks to the Agile@Work team, you can watch now a recording of my Keynote in Bolzano delivered December 4th 2015. It is available on YouTube or just here below.

Some of the most advanced technical practices allow to get sustainable and effective benefits only if you use them properly. Unfortunately the inertia in adapting the way of working to the changing needs can thwart any technological advantage.


In this talk I discuss the reason why an appropriate change of the way of working is a non postponable need. I also present some methods and indicators to help you adapting ...

agile42 listed by Focus between the fastest growing companies in Germany

agile42 has been listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany in the survey prepared by FOCUS magazine

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14 December 2015
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Press
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focus

agile42 has been listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany in years 2011-2014, according to a survey prepared by FOCUS magazine in cooperation with Statista, and at number #14 in the specific category of Fastest Growing Consulting Business.

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Starting up a company may succeed for some, but how do you turn a Start-Up into a ever-expanding company? Who are these growth champions?

The research company Statista compiled a list of the top 500 companies for FOCUS magazine that have had particularly high revenue growth in the period from 2011 and 2014. This list includes both private and ...

Meet: Marion Eickmann

A special chat with agile42 co-founder and CEO Marion Eickmann, talking about coaching and approach to Agile

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2 December 2015
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Meet the Coach

A special guest in the “Meet the Coach” space, we interview Marion Eickmann who knows a lot about Agile coaching. Based in Berlin, she is the co-founder and CEO of agile42. The agile42 Connect event just ended was a personal goal and also a celebration of the path that the company has walked in nearly ten years. We checked to discuss the agile42 approach to Agile.


What is your professional background and how you ended founding such a peculiar company as agile42?

Marion EickmannBeing a marketing and business development person I got the chance to work for a company who developed ...

Dear project manager... you’ve been framed!

The project triangle is a tradeoff that limits our thinking, step out of the frame!

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30 November 2015
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Scrum
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project triangle, scrum

"Fast, cheap or good? Pick any two!" We've all heard this before. The project triangle (also known as the "triple constraint") is one of the basic project management axioms. It presents us with a tradeoff between three dimensions, a zero sum game where improving in one dimension degrades the other two. This frame of thinking teaches us that we can reach an optimal solution only by carefully maintaining balance between scope, schedule and cost.

Project triangle

If we look at this setup objectively, it actually seems somewhat counterproductive. By accepting the perspective of the project triangle, we agree to work within ...

Talking at Agile@Work

Roberto Bettazzoni will deliver the keynote at the Agile@Work event in Bolzano, Italy, on December 4th 2015

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24 November 2015
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Events
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bolzano, devops

I am extremely happy to be able to deliver the keynote at Agile@Work in beautiful and multi-cultural Bolzano on December 4th. It is a a full-day conference about real world experiences on applied Agile methodologies, DevOps principles and Cloud infrastructure transformations. It includes practical workshops, training sessions and talks of case studies.

Agile@Work

My talk is titled Why you need to change your way of working, I will explain how some of the most advanced technical practices allow to get sustainable and effective benefits only if you use them properly. Unfortunately the inertia in adapting the way of working to ...

Why People Are Turning to Agile

Iterative and incremental product delivery methods have been used for decades to define and develop some of the most challenging projects in history

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19 November 2015
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agile
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agile, coaching

From using ½ day sprints to delivering some of the most complex and critical hardware and software products in history, iterative and incremental delivery is, quite literally, rocket science1, used to manage risk and maximize learning in the most challenging situations.

Agile methods are the most recent incarnation of iterative and incremental methods, gaining acceptance over more traditional, sequential methods, as a result of a changing paradigm for software delivery. In today’s development environment, product development teams are battling five significant trends that directly impact the work they are doing:

Product Complexity: Products that 10 years ago were relatively ...

Celebrating Ten Years of “Don’t Panic” at agile42 Connect

agile42 Connect has been a wonderful occasion to gather clients, our coaching team and Agile thought leaders for two days in Berlin

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18 November 2015
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Events
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a42connect

In December 2005, the concept for the company you know today as agile42 was discussed for the first time. Our vision was to make a difference to how work gets done for people, for teams and for whole organizations by creating environments based on trust, transparency and collaboration. Now, nearly 10 years later, we are proud to reflect on the many awesome people we met and challenging projects we realized with our clients.

We thought it was the time to share, to give back some of the many things we've learned over the years. Many of our clients have ...

The Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course comes to South Africa

The Advanced Team Coaching Course for Agile coaches will be presented for the first time in Johannesburg, South Africa starting Jan. 21, 2016

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13 November 2015
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Coaching, Training

We are very happy to introduce for the first time in South Africa the Advanced Agile Team Coaching Course aimed at ScrumMasters, Team Coaches and others who want to take their skills, knowledge and abilities for coaching and facilitating teams to a professional level beyond the basics. This training is part of the agile42 Coach the Coach Program and the Team Coaching Framework and will be presented by senior coaches Andrea Tomasini and Bent Myllerup, building on the experience of coaching teams during numerous years.

The course will start Jan. 21, 2016 at the FNB Conference & Learning Centre in Johannesburg ...

Burning Agile

Gaetano Mazzanti talk at Better Software 2015 on November 16 will start with a parallel between the Agile movement and the Burning Man festival

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11 November 2015
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Events
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bsw15

On August 31th the Burning Man festival begins in a temporary city in the Nevada desert.

This one week event started in 1986 and as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The evolution of Burning Man inevitably led to principles, rules and regulations. Still, after almost 30 years, the event has been able to maintain its original spirit while scaling from a few to 60,000 people.

One can find interesting similarities in what happened and is happening to the Agile “movement”. Unfortunately things are not going so well in the Agile world. People are getting ...

Video interview with Andrea Tomasini

A conversation with agile42 coach and founder Andrea Tomasini recorded in Berlin during Manage Agile 2015

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27 October 2015
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Events, Transition
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youtube

Last week agile42 has been a sponsor of the Manage Agile conference organized in Berlin, where our senior coach Andrea Tomasini delivered a keynote "Stop scaling… start growing an Agile organization". On the sideline of the conference the Manage Agile team also conducted a very nice and insightful interview where Andrea talks about Agility being not a destination but rather a means to achieve the goals of the organization and the challenges found when transitioning an organization to an Agile and Lean way of thinking.

The interview is in English and can be found on YouTube. You may notice in ...

Meet the Coach: Richard Dolman

In this interview, Agile Coach Richard Dolman shares the inspiration for doing what he does so well

Q:  Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

A:  I started my career as a developer and systems administrator and quickly moved into IT Management and eventually Operations Management.  I was blessed to have 2 true servant leaders as my bosses and mentors, and was exposed to a wide array of experiences and challenges during this time.  In addition to leading constant technology and process improvements as the company grew, I also got hands-on experience with project and people management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

I moved into consulting ...

Presenting techniques for visibility and effectiveness at the Global Scrum Gathering Prague

Joanne Perold and Niels Verdonk will present "Information Radiators on a Portfolio Level" at the Global Scrum Gathering in Prague on November 16th

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21 October 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Events
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sgprg

Deciding on what to build is one of the most important decisions software companies need to make. Understanding when those are the wrong decisions is the next most important. There are many tools that can be used to help with this, but sometimes tools are solving the wrong problems and visualisation is the best first step. In fact, if you don’t know that you are sub-optimising, then how can you make the right decisions on a global level.

Information Radiators On A Portfolio Level

Building every idea and small feature is impossible, building features that no one is interested in is wasteful. How can visualisation ...

Scrumtisch October 2015

28. October 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

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12 October 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 28th of October, 2015
  • 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! :-)

Marion

 

Scrumtisch Berlin: September 7th, 2015

Report and photos from the September meeting of the Berlin Scrum User Group, facilitated by agile42 coaches Gregory Keegan and Andrea Tomasini

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5 October 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

The Scrumtisch Berlin of September 2015 took place in the American Diner in Friedrichshain. A large amount of Scrum practitioners got together to share their knowledge and experience and learn about different environments and approaches. The session was facilitated by Gregory Keegan and Andrea Tomasini gave his expert advice to people who raised issues or explained problems they were facing in their organisation.

The following topics were discussed:

Thanks again to everyone who participated.

Sponsoring Product Camp Berlin 2015

agile42 is the main sponsor of ProductCamp Berlin 2015 taking place on Saturday October 17th

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2 October 2015
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Events
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berlin, productcamp

We are happy to be again main sponsor of the ProductCamp Berlin. It is the first and only unconference for product managers, product marketing managers, entrepreneurs and others with passions for product, online and IT, in Berlin, Germany. ProductCamp Berlin 2015 will be held in October at the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum. Around 200 participants will come to share, learn and network with other product people. Following the Barcamp idea of “no attendees, only participants”, we will actively engage in a day of workshops, discussions, networking and learning.

Product Camp Berlin logo

This is one of the most popular events in Berlin, a growing ...

Our visit to the Menlo Innovations factory

An enlightening trip at the Menlo Innovations "factory" in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they Richard Sheridan and his team work for a greater cause

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28 September 2015
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joymatters

“To end human suffering as it relates to technology” - The software industry has done a huge disservice to its users, by assuming that they are not as competent as the people who built these products. The success of “… for Dummies” series of books is proof and unfortunately also acceptance of this belief. The greater purpose that Richard Sheridan and James Goebel are chasing has taken decades for them to practice, in their journey many have joined, left and then some joined again (‘boomerang Menlonians’) at Menlo Innovations. The company is driven by a higher purpose that challenges common assumptions that ...

Q&A with Learning Consortium on Scaling Agile

Members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium were guests at our annual Coach Camp and took part in a Q&A on Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

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17 September 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Agile at Scale
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It's been a great pleasure to meet with members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium and to have them as guests during our company-wide Coach Camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan last August. The rationale for their presence has been explained by Andrea Acheson, Managing Director of agile42 in North America: "visiting the other Learning Consortium sites I had a big question about how to explain agile42 company culture to other members of SALC and we thought the best way was to invite them to our annual company coach camp". The same feeling by agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann: "At the ...

Meet The Coach: Dhaval Panchal

in this interview, Agile Coach Dhaval Panchal shares his inspiration for doing what he does as well as his 3 top tips for agile managers.

Q: Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

Right after college, I joined one of the biggest outsourcing Indian IT firms. It was a great feeling to play my part in the IT revolution of late 90’s and early 2000’s. We were truly good engineers and we worked hard, really hard. In about 4 years of working in the Indian IT outsourcing industry, I was ready to call it quits. I had emotionally burned out.

         For the first two years, I worked on a project that had users ...

3 Reasons Why Agile Training Is Not Enough

Agile has a tendency to throw surprises at you, and having a co-pilot with you can be invaluable

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10 September 2015
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Agile at Scale, Coaching
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agile coaching, scrum training

I just got off the phone from talking to a potential client about their agile transformation. They are looking to adopt agile practices across 4-6 teams, they have some idea of what they want (Scrum) and why (to speed up time-to-market), and are looking for some training. Just training. With the belief that that will get the teams to be agile. Please, no.

As a coaching company, of course we believe in coaching. We've  already written about  - why we train - as part of that coaching strategy. And there are many times that just training is an excellent strategy for ...

A message from AstroSamantha

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti carries the "Don't Panic" tag on her uniform

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9 September 2015
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We have followed in the past few months the mission of Europan astronaut Samantha "AstroSamantha" Cristoforetti, not only for the great scientific value of their work aboard the International Space Station but also because the mission number 42 led the crew to pose in full HHGG costumes for the mission poster. Also, Sam revealed herself as a proper geek with her sci-fi references and she brewed the first espresso in space while dressed as a Star Trek character.

Now Samantha, "adjusting back to being an Earthling on our beautiful spaceship Earth", gives us the most important of messages: Don’t ...

Introducing the Team Coaching Framework

The Team Coaching Framework™ (TCF) is an initiative by agile42 to speed up the team learning process and performance, and to help new Agile coaches

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21 August 2015
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Coaching
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tcf

A lot of things are happening at agile42 and we are happy to share with you the latest addition to the set of tools we use to coach and train organizations that start an Agile transition or want to improve their Agile workflows.

The Team Coaching Framework™ (or TCF) creates a structured approach to coaching which aims at improving team performance by providing clear guidance and structure with the help of the coaches. It allows for members of an organization or the larger professional community to share everyone's experience and improvements.

The TCF defines Coaching Tools, instruments that a ...

Grow a pair

At a recent SUGSA open space in Johannesburg someone posed the question “where do I find Scrum Masters?”. ...

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18 August 2015
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Scrum Sense

At a recent SUGSA open space in Johannesburg someone posed the question “where do I find Scrum Masters?”. I hear this question asked repeatedly in different forms by people trying to transition to lean-agile ways of working. I believe such questions are born out of the historic machine model we have of organisations, that people are fungible resources. At least in the world of knowledge workers this is both untrue and damaging.

 
Moreover, if everyone in a rapidly growing number of companies adopting Scrum, chases after the same pool of experienced Scrum Masters, we are not addressing the need. We ...

agile42 participates in the Learning Consortium

We are one of the 12 companies sharing innovative practices as part of the Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy presented by Scrum Alliance

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13 August 2015
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Scrum Alliance

At agile42 we are really excited to be one of the twelve companies participating in Learning Consortium, led by the Scrum Alliance. The purpose of this consortium is to bring together pioneers in applying innovative management practices associated with the emerging creative economy, such as goals, values and practices of Scrum.

Learning Consortium

Members of the Consortium will select five organizations and arrange a one-day site visit to each. The host organization will present and discuss its innovative management practices with participants at each site visit. Once the visits are complete, Scrum Alliance will organize a conference where the Learning Consortium will ...

Meet The Coach: Dave Sharrock

In this interview Senior Agile coach Dave Sharrock, shares his top tips for Agile managers as well as details on his own career path.

Q: Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

I've worked in product development for over 15 years, continually looking for the best way to help software development teams develop awesome software.  I've re-structured countless production teams, and scaled productivity many times, project and program managed projects and teams to deliver on time and on budget.  I finally found myself as a product manager for a startup in Munich.  

At Christmas time, after months of frustration, I wrote a memo to the COO/CEO explaining why IT was such ...

Meet the Coach: Konrad Pogorzala

We met with team coach and ScrumMaster Konrad Pogorzala to discuss his background, startups in Berlin and more

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7 August 2015
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Konrad Pogorzala is one of the agile42 coaches based in Berlin that provide training and coaching throughout Germany and Europe. We asked him some comments and views based on the day-to-day work with real Agile teams in startups and larger companies. The interview first appeared in the “Meet the Coach” section of our monthly newsletter.

You have been a coach with agile42 for quite some time. Can you tell us about your background and career?

I started my journey as member of an agile team in 2006 working for a Canadian IT consultancy called CGI, a project including more than ...

The 2015 State of Scrum report

The 2015 State of Scrum Report has been released from the Scrum Alliance

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31 July 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Scrum
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scrum alliance

The 2015 State of Scrum ReportThe Scrum Alliance just released their updated State of Scrum report based on their investigation of the industry. The survey uncovered findings that not only reflect where Scrum is today, but what we can anticipate it will look like tomorrow. These include who is practicing Scrum, how they are practicing it, success levels associated with Scrum, and plans for its continuing use.

Report statistics provide intriguing insights and information such as:

  • 87% say Scrum improves teams' quality of work life    
  • 81% believe certications improves the practice    
  • On average, Scrum is successful 62% of the time    
  • 95% will continue to use ...

Speaking at Agile2015

Dhaval Panchal and Richard Dolman will speak at the Agile2015 conference organized by the Agile Alliance

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28 July 2015
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Events
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agile2015

We are excited to be speaking at this year's Agile Alliance conference in Washington, August 3-7.  With nearly 17,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. 

Speaking at Agile2015Richard Dolman will present his discussion on Backlog Refinement (the Scrum ceremony that "gets no respect") while Dhaval Panchal together will Thomas Perry will invite attendees to share unsettling questions about prevalent management practices in Swarming: The Birds, the bees and Agile -or- How Managers influence self-organization.

The event is sold out and ...

Talking about the 3 stages of scaling Agile organizations

Dave Sharrock discusses with Rick Waters what scaling Agile organization means on the Agile Chicago Style podcast

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24 July 2015
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Agile at Scale

Agile Chicago StyleI have been the guest on a recent episode of the Agile Chicago Style podcast to discuss with Rick Waters the different stages of scaling Agile organizations. It’s not necessarily all about making your Agile footprint bigger, ideally it’s about making it better (and then bigger later).

It's been a lively discussion with great leading questions and we discussed some of the things we are actively working on as part of our Agile at Scale training offer and the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™.

Follow agile42 on social networks

You can follow agile42 on a number of social networks

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16 July 2015
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The raise of social networks has been tumultuous in the past few years, and the Agile community has embraced them with gusto, finding new ways to discuss and coordinate efforts, and also to promote methodologies and theories. If you like the updates we post on this blog and you want to keep constantly in touch with agile42 we have a presence of a number of networks as well but sorry, no Instagram profile: we are not picture-pretty (yet).

You can follow us on Facebook and Google+, you will find posted our latest article and news with comments from our large ...

Definition of Done : Why it matters?

The Definition of Done is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in order to help them develop practices and behaviors that drive quality, consistency, and transparency.

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2 July 2015
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Scrum & XP, agile

Acceptance Criteria -vs- Definition of Done.jpg

One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish is what’s called the “Definition of Done”.  The DoD is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in helping them develop practices and behavior that drive quality, consistency and transparency.

Why it matters

A useful product has two key aspects. Features in this product are not only useful to users but are also usable, in other words, features actually work. The product owner and stakeholders help the delivery team understand the “right thing” to be developed and the delivery team uses their development expertise to build it the “right ...

Herding cats, or the art of scaling Agile teams

Slides for Dave Sharrock presentation on applying Agile at scale at CWC PMI meeting on 15 April 2015

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2 July 2015
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Agile at Scale, Events

I enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts on applying Agile at scale at the Canadian West Coast Chapter PMI meeting in Vancouver a few weeks ago.

Managing the evolution of a single product working with a small number of teams is somewhat straightforward. Working from a single backlog, the product roadmap becomes relatively easy to visualize, and planning and tracking is simple. As we increase the complexity of the product, things become harder. Different teams require different backlogs. Different products require work from different teams. Before you know it, there are lots of independent moving parts, and coordination costs ...

How Do I Know Agile is Succeeding?

Agile is an ongoing journey of continuous improvement, so how do you know if you're heading in the right direction? Here are a few things to look for to know that you're succeeding with Agile.

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1 July 2015
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Coaching, agile, Transition, lean startup

Thumbs Up

When talking to potential customers, we often get told that a team or program has been ‘agile’ for months, or even years. It’s not uncommon for us to find teams applying those agile practices we associate with successful teams: retrospectives, shared code ownership, decent product management. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily translate into what we consider to be a successful agile delivery process. So this got us thinking:

  •  What does a successful agile team or organization look like?

  • How do we know a good agile team when we see one, or a great agile organization when we see one ...

Scrum and ETF in German journal BANKMAGAZIN

Marion Eickmann is interviewed in BANKMAGAZIN June 2015 to illustrate Scrum and the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework

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26 June 2015
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Transition, Press
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etf, transition

Agile methodologies are discussed in an article by Christian Kemper appearing this month on the German publication BANKMAGAZIN, specialising in topics for the finance professionals.

BANKMAGAZIN Juni 2015Titled Innovation goes different (Innovation geht anders in original), it explains that “the digital revolution in German banking institutions is taking place in an orderly fashion. However, in order to develop new ideas flexibility is needed.” In Germany, when a new digital bank service is set up online, it is usually already outdated. Long, drawn-out decision-making processes delay the release to the market. That’s the reason why it has been so difficult for these ...

Meet the Coach: Andrea Tomasini

An interview with agile42 founder and strategic coach Andrea Tomasini on Agile Transitions, values and the path ahead for Agile

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22 June 2015
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Transition

Andrea Tomasini is a strategic coach, one of the founders of agile42, and one of the few Scrum experts who are both Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer by the Scrum Alliance. He’s also a prolific public speaker, talking often at technical and managerial conferences. In October he will deliver the keynote at the annual Manage Agile conference in Berlin, titled "Stop scaling… Start growing an Agile Organization".

Can you summarize for us the career path that led to founding agile42?

Andrea TomasiniWell, that is a pretty long story… once upon a time, I was thinking that mechanical engineering ...

Scrum Gathering South Africa 2015

This year’s Scrum Gathering South Africa will be happening on 19th and 20th of October in Johannesburg

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18 June 2015
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Scrum Alliance

We are very happy to announce the date and ticket availability for SUGSA 2015 – the yearly Scrum Gathering South Africa sponsored by the Scrum Alliance to be held in Johannesburg 19-20 October, and also a massive discount to the first 100 tickets!

SUGSA 2015

The theme for this year is Unlikely Heroes: "the Agile and Scrum world is littered with Unlikely Heroes, those who see beyond the ordinary to find extraordinary superpowers in the values and techniques. Whether you are a hero in training or a superhero, come and find new superpowers and uncover the kryptonite at this year’s gathering of ...

Coaching Structure introduced at the Scrumtisch Berlin

At the Scrumtisch Berlin of May 2015 we introduced the agile42 coaching structure

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11 June 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin, Coaching
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coachingcard

A couple of weeks ago, we met once again at the American Diner in Friedrichshain for the Scrumtisch Berlin, the official Scrum Uses Group for all practitioners in the German capital. During the gathering we introduced the agile42 Coaching Structure and participants were able to create coaching cards for the topics that were picked from suggestions. Here are the photos from the evening and some examples of cards that were created. 

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Is it necessary to be an experienced Scrum Master to coach a Scrum Master?

From time to time I hear people say that an Agile Coach should have specific experience in the role they coach, in this post I share my opinion

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8 June 2015
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Scrum
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agile coaching, scrum, scrummaster

My understanding of the intention behind the necessity

A good coach needs empathy for the client, needs to understand the job of the client well enough to help him and needs to be respected by the client.

Some people have the opinion “You need to work in the role from time to time, so that you know what you are coaching about”,  or “Without actual hands-on experience in the job there is the risk that you start to live in an ivory tower”. I respect that this opinion has some validity. It could be difficult to guide the client if ...

Manage Agile 2015 sponsored by agile42

agile42 happy to sponsor of Manage Agile 2015, in Berlin 5-8 October 2015 with keynote by Andrea Tomasini

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1 June 2015
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Events
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agile, manage

Manage Agile 2015, the conference for agile managers and those who want to become, takes place from October 5th to 8th 2015 in Berlin for the fourth time. The conference is divided into two workshop days (October 5th and 8th) and two conference days (October 6th and 7th).

The conference is focused on Leadership and organisation, Economic aspects, HR management, Agile project- and requirements management.

Manage Agile 2015

The topics are completed by numerous use cases from Siemens Healthcare, Siemens, Otto, Capgemini, eBay, Continental, The Boston Consulting Group, Zalando and many more. and there will be an ...

Meet the Coach: Roberto Bettazzoni

A short interview with agile42 coach, DevOps expert and community organizer Roberto Bettazzoni on his background and what lies ahead

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28 May 2015
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Meet the Coach

Following up on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter feature titled “Meet the Coach”, we asked some questions to one of our coaches from Italy, Roberto Bettazzoni. Thanks to his solid programming background Roberto often coaches development teams starting with Agile or DevOps techniques. He is one of the leading figures in the Italian DevOps community, and he recently co-organized IDI 2015, a one-day event sponsored by agile42.

What is your background and how you started with Agile techniques?

I have a technical background: I started programming in high school, I wrote my first commercial program when I was a freshman at ...

Looking for the perfect recipe

Everyone can use recipes… but a good chef knows both chemistry and the ingredients. Naturally, the same applies to organizations

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26 May 2015
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agile42 has a tradition of visiting Vito’s for our company dinners (that’s Vineria Fraschetta in Friedrichshain in Berlin, for those not in the know). We of course enjoy the cozy atmosphere and interesting discussions over some bottles of Sangiovese. Then again these ingredients can be found in any restaurant. We come back to Vito's every time, because he is an excellent chef — a formidable wizard when it comes to italian food.

Each culture has its own recipes. There are Italian recipes, French recipes, Indian recipes and so on. But there is no perfect recipe, as each culture ...

Executive Panel Discussion at MHA2015

Full recording of the MHA2015 Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 in Denver, sponsored by agile42 and moderated by Brad Swanson

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21 May 2015
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Events
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mha2015

agile42 has sponsored the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 on April 3 in Denver. Thanks to the organizers, the video of the panel is now available in its entirety.

The theme was Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization, the five panelists are: Brian Warden, IT Director at Nelnet, Rick Newman, VP of Engineering at ReadyTalk, Mark Curry, VP at Oppenheimer Funds, Eric Kihn, Director at NOAA - National Geophysical Data Center and Susan Courtney, Senior VP at Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska. The panel is moderated by Brad Swanson.

Are incorrectly applied KPIs the root of all evil?

We have all heard it before “show me how you measure me and I show you how I behave” (I think the original quote is from Eliyahu M. Goldratt). It’s been quoted and requoted so many times it’s hard to tell, and it’s true.I see the effects of this issue every day, ...

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18 May 2015
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Scrum Sense
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scrumsense

We have all heard it before “show me how you measure me and I show you how I behave” (I think the original quote is from Eliyahu M. Goldratt). It’s been quoted and requoted so many times it’s hard to tell, and it’s true.

I see the effects of this issue every day, which leads me to ask the question...

Are incorrectly applied KPIs the root of all evil?


I see dysfunction in organisations all the time, as do many people I am sure. I often ask the question, "is that part of your KPI’s?" The ...

Talking about Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas at PMI in Buffalo, NY

Projects are too often prioritized based on opinions and politics. Use the Lean Canvas, a one-page business plan, and the Business Value Game for rigorous prioritization.

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11 May 2015
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Events, Product Owner
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lean canvas, portfolio, prioritization

I am happy to be presenting Better Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas at the PMI Buffalo dinner on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015.

PMI Buffalo 

 

If you're in the Buffalo area on Tuesday evening and want to learn more, check out the PMI Buffalo site for more information.

They accept both members and non-members.

Injecting advanced questions

An Agile coach can help a Scrum ceremony by injecting advanced questions, to help the team and the ScrumMaster make better use of the time

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11 May 2015
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Scrum

One of the great problems with Scrum is that the ceremonies become repetitive. The ScrumMaster runs all meetings using the same agenda, and small omissions never get rectified. This means that even with the best intentions, after six months or a year, you may be routinely missing out on something.

For example, the daily standup can become a repetitive meeting where you just rehash the three basic questions. People think that the daily standup is just a reporting meeting, and forget the opportunities to improve flow and reduce risks.

Photo "Scrum standup seriousness" by vishpool

One way that an external coach can help is by injecting ...

Talking about Agile Transformations at Keep Austin Agile 2015

Dhaval Panchal presentation "Measuring What Matters in Your Agile Transformation" at Keep Austin Agile 2015, focusing on the Agile Strategy Map™

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8 May 2015
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Events, Transition
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kaa2015

I am happy to present at Keep Austin Agile 2015 today, organized by Agile Austin. The title of my talk is "Measuring What Matters in Your Agile Transformation" and we will discuss together how can you clearly articulate the business goals of your agile transformation, and how can you effectively measure your progress and success.

We will show how to use the Agile Strategy Map™ to define your Agile transformation strategy, and give real-world examples of strategies used successfully by many organizations. Participants will get practice using the Strategy Map and identifying some metrics that matter.

Agile Strategy Map™

Before starting the journey ...

Get ready for Towel Day with agile42

Get ready for Towel Day with an exclusive "Don't Panic" agile42 collectible item

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.

"agile42 "Don't Panic" collectible towelThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have."

 And since our company is named after a very important concept explained by Douglas Adams we cannot but participate to the celebrations in our own style: by producing Don't ...

Scrumtisch May 2015

28. May 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

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5 May 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 28th of May, 2015
  • 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

 

Growing Leaders

To grow into a modern leader you will likely need to unlearn what you were taught at business school and by traditional managers who mentored you

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4 May 2015
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In the 21st century organisation where digital knowledge work replaces physical manufacturing work, the role of leaders and leadership has become a core need of organisations.

In fact the need for leadership and the role of leaders has been long discussed and understood by management experts. Amongst the most forward-thinking of these were Edwards Deming with his Fourteen Points for Management and Peter Drucker who practically invented modern management.

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership includes a strong focus on leadership development. Jeffrey Liker and Gary Convis have documented that Toyota invests 25 years to grow a leader. This contrasts ...

agile42 Thought Leadership at Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015

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

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30 April 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Events
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scrum, scrum alliance, scrum gathering, sgphx

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

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

Innovation, Lean, Agile. Myths and Misconception

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

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29 April 2015
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Lean Management
Tags
lkse15

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

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

The word from Finland, Agile development at Siemens

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

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28 April 2015
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Press
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embeddedagile

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

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

What Is Agile?

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

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

 

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

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

But ...

DevOps Metrics: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

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

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14 April 2015
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Events
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idi2015, slides

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

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

News update 2015/04 – Kanban Foundation & Advanced Courses

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break!Joanne Perold talks about "Managing Flow" in our latest blog post. So ...

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break!

Joanne Perold talks about "Managing Flow" in our latest blog post. So many organisations she works with have benefited from using this technique to improve how they do what they do. The blog post is also timely, as this is a key practice in Kanban, and Dr. Klaus Leopold will be coming to SA in May to provide two awesome two day courses on Kanban fundamentals, and scaling......more.

KANBAN FOUNDATION & ADVANCED COURSESKanban training


Dr. Klaus Leopold, of LEANability in Vienna, will be running the popular Applying Kanban (Foundation) and Improving & Scaling ...

Managing Flow

My next blog post is about “Managing Flow”. So many organisations I work with have benefited from using this technique ...

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9 April 2015
In
Scrum Sense

My next blog post is about “Managing Flow”. So many organisations I work with have benefited from using this technique to improve how they do what they do. I also felt it timely, since this is a key practice in Kanban, and Klaus Leopold will be coming to SA in May to provide two awesome two day courses on Kanban fundamentals, and scaling.

Traditional project management teaches us to manage resources and dependencies. Making sure everyone is busy is important because our plan is based on people optimisation and cost accounting. Managing flow in Kanban is the opposite of this ...

Techniques for Breaking Down Technically Complex User Stories

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

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

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

In this post, we’re going to ...

Backlog Refinement – The Rodney Dangerfield of Scrum Ceremonies

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

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8 April 2015
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Events, Scrum

 

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

 

Seeing the Patterns

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

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

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

Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

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

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1 April 2015
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Scrum
Tags
agile-fools, april-fools

It is with sadness that we have followed the discussions on predictability in software development, as well as the raging Twitter debates on #NoEstimates. On one hand, Scrum practitioners are much aware of the difficulties inherent in estimating and predicting, but on the other hand we are all drawn towards the perceived certainty in a well-defined plan.

However, since software development is a complex-responsive system, it is clear to any thinking and knowledgeable individual that changes in the constellations will for sure affect the events happening to a Scrum team*. The experienced coaches and trainers from agile42 have gazed into ...

Mile High Agile: Breaking Down Technically Complex Stories

Some stories may look easy on the surface but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas

On Friday, April 3rd, I’ll get the chance to talk with other Agile practitioners at Mile High Agile 2015 about a topic I’ve been excited about for years – breaking down technically complex user stories.

The stories we’re talking about are the ones that may look easy on the surface (maybe as simple as a single button) but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas that may not be visible to the end user.

To break these kinds of epic stories up, we’ll need to reestablish our ...

There is no Planning in Agile. Right?

No Planning in Agile?

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28 March 2015
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Product Owner, Scrum
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agile estimation and planning, planning, planning board

Several times over the past few weeks, I've been told by people that there is no planning in Agile.

I believe the source of this misconception comes from the Agile Manifesto's statement "Responding to change over following a plan".

It does not say ‘instead of following a plan'.

I’d like to simply share a short and partial list of just a few examples of how and where planning may happen in an agile context.

In the hopes that a partial list will change this myth….

Mike Cohn, Agile Estimating and Planning -
http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/books/agile-estimating-and-planning ...

Keynote at "Embedded meets Agile" 2015

agile42 is a sponsor of Embedded meets Agile 2015 and Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "Large Scale Agile System Engineering"

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22 March 2015
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Events
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embeddedagile

We are very happy to participate again at the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich this week. Agile software development as well as agile management approaches have been established also in the embedded industry by now. They benefit from the methods and practices both in software- and hardware development.

Embedded Meets AgileThis year agile42 is a sponsor and I will deliver a keynote on Wednesday 25 March 2015 on the topic of Large Scale Agile System Engineering.

More and more companies are adopting Agile and Lean approaches to product development in the context of System Engineering. This includes both software and hardware ...

agile42 sponsors Agile Testing Days Netherlands

The Agile Testing Day NL are held on the 19th of March in Hotel Houten near Utrecht

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18 March 2015
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Events
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scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch

ATD NL Logo 2015

We are excited to announce that agile42, like last year, is sponsoring the Agile Testing Day in the Netherlands on the 19th of March.

There are keynotes from Rachel Davies and old friends of agile42 Olaf Lewiz and Mike Sutton. Go check out the program and looking forward to meet you there.

Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!

Full video, slides and transcript of the closing keynote of Scan Agile 2015 in Helsinki

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13 March 2015
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Events, Transition
Tags
etf, scanagile, slides, youtube

Companies of all sizes need to grow their own agile way of working, becoming more agile is a journey, not a destination, it is not about implementing a model or another…

Watch the session video on YouTube. If you are unhappy with the sound quality you can try the presentation given at Manage Agile 2016 that covers the same material.

What to scale?

Asking the question triggers the most diverse answers. It nearly seems people don’t know what they want to scale, they just know then “need” to… it feels like someone presented scaling as the ultimate solution to ...

What makes a good Agile game?

Just playing a game for learning isn’t working and in this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game in the Agile environment

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3 March 2015
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In my previous blog post Why we play, I focused on the value of agile games in our training. They build a safe-to-fail environment and let participants get a first hand experience of new concepts. One the one hand, playing games for learning is especially helpful for concepts, which can be easily misunderstood because they are different from existing ways of working. While on the other side, just playing a game for learning isn’t working. In this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game.

Clear Learning Objectives

A good game is oriented towards clear learning ...

Thoughts On Scrum From A Newbie

Scrum isn't something only rugby players do. I had no idea, for example, that Scrum is the most popular approach to agile software development.

Here’s what I understood before attending CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) training earlier this month (a week after I joined agile42):  Scrum is something boys in short shorts do on the rugby field and women do when they’re fighting over a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s on sale.  I went in, suitably garbed in boots and leggings (just in case I had to break out into a sprint) and was surprised to find techy-types in long pants and shirts.  They seemed to me, woefully unprepared.

Training started with Dave separating the class into groups of people who had ‘lots of ...

Swarming

Dhaval Panchal did a presentation talk at ALNHouston.org on the topic of Swarming, and what can nature teach us (humans) about organization

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23 February 2015
In

Last week I did a presentation talk at the monthly meeting of Agile Leadership Network Houston on the topic of Swarming.

You’ve heard it before, “You are Agile now, go self-organize” and yet exactly how to do it remains a mystery. Beyond giving permission to “go Agile” what else can managers do to help teams capitalize on the power of self-organization? Who’s the real sucker here? Perhaps the question should be, “What can nature teach us about self-organization?” How can we – as managers -use the lessons nature provides to our advantage? Swarming is a dynamic act of being ...

Why we train!

We call ourself “the agile coaching company”. Our focus on interactive training is in line with our approach to coaching. We see training as an essential success factor to support our coaching and enable the client. This is why we train!

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20 February 2015
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Training
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training

Learning the underlying concepts

First of all training delivers the underlying concepts and enables us to work with the client on another level. For many people the concepts are different to their current way of working. 

Reading books and articles with the wrong mindset often leads to more confusion, as opposed to a better understanding of the concepts. Sometimes it feels like people read books using their “glasses of the past”. 

It’s too easy to say “We already do this more or less and this is something, which is impossible for us”. Many underlying concepts can’t be taught ...

Building & Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization: an Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015

"Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization" is the topic for the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015, sponsored by agile42

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16 February 2015
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Events, Lean Management
Tags
mha2015

We are excited to announce that agile42 is sponsoring the Executive Panel Discussion at Mile High Agile 2015 on April 3 in Denver.  We have a world-class line-up of Executives who will speak about Building and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Organization. These executives represent a diverse set of large organizations who are well into their Lean & Agile journeys as organizations, and have hard-won lessons to share. Our panel members include:

Product Camp Vancouver

agile42 is happy to sponsor ProductCamp Vancouver 2015 on February 28th

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12 February 2015
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Events
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productcamp

I’ve been participating in ProductCamp Vancouver since moving to Vancouver nearly five years ago, and I’m proud to announce that, for the third year running, agile42 is a sponsor of Product Camp Vancouver 2015 taking place on Saturday February 28th.

ProductCamp Vancouver

At agile42, we love the ProductCamps. A free event with a focus on innovative and thought-provoking practices in the world of product development. After sponsoring ProductCamp Vancouver over the past couple of years, we also sponsored ProductCamp Berlin in September 2014, This year, we’re proud to come back to our roots and sponsor ProductCamp Vancouver in February ...

Notes from the February Scrumtisch

A quick snapshot at the topics discussed during the Scrumtisch Berlin meeting of February 2015

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5 February 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Yesterday in the traditional gathering point of the American Diner Berlin in Friedrichshain took place the Scrumtisch (Scrum User Group) Berlin meeting. Facilitated by our friend Stefan the house discussed a few topics ranging from team structure to how to calculate Business Value in Scrum. Here's snapshots of the board pre- and post-discussions (click for full size).

Board #1Board #2Board #3


agile42 coaches Niels Verdonk and Andrea Tomasini took part in the Q&A at the end of the Scrumtisch. See you at the next event!

Niels Verdonk and Andrea Tomasini at Scrumtisch Berlin February 2015

agile42 sponsoring Agile Open Northwest 2015

The 9th annual Open Space conference exploring agile practices, techniques, realities and visions will be in Portland, Oregon 11-13 February 2015

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2 February 2015
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Events

Agile Open NorthwestAgile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents the ninth annual Open Space conference exploring agile practices, techniques, realities, and visions. agile42 is extremely proud to sponsor AONW 2015 and to attend the event!

The theme for this year Open Space, held at the Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon, is “Agile Vision”. We are happy to bring fresh empirical evidence driven Agile transition services jointly working with client to develop future Agile workspace.

Hope to see you at Agile Open Northwest 2015, 11-13 February 2013.

Meet the Coach: Bent Myllerup

A short interview with agile42 coach, and Scrum Alliance CSC and CST, Bent Myllerup on his background and coaching experience

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30 January 2015
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Coaching

We have started a new feature on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter titled “Meet the Coach”, and we asked some questions to one of our leading coaches and trainer, Bent Myllerup from Denmark. Bent writes frequently about professional coaching techniques and in 2015 will feature in our new Advanced Team Coaching Course.

What is your background and how you started coaching?

I am originally educated as an electronics engineer and I have been working with software and embedded development for more than two decades. I wrote my first line of code in 1983, in gymnasium, and I first time got payed ...

News update 2015/01 - Scrum Coaching Retreat Cape Town

You may ...

Scrum Coaching Retreat Cape TownYou may be considering attending the upcoming Scrum Coaching Retreat (SCR) to be held in Franschhoek, near Cape Town on 09-11 February 2015. And you may be wondering what the value will be to you. You may also need to find a convincing argument for your boss to sign off on the registration fee and, perhaps, travel costs from Jhb or elsewhere.

Well in this month's blog post, Peter Hundermark shares his personal experiences of past Scrum Coaching Retreats in Colorado and London. Discover what he learnt and what to expect from South Africa's inaugural event! Read more ...

Let them know

Consider letting people know when you are changing your approach, some might appreciate knowing that you intend on doing so

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17 January 2015
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Coaching, Transition
Tags
agile management, self organizing teams

An Agile Transition can be a difficult thing for those that have previously been responsible for direction or closely monitoring people’s activities. Often, new techniques and approaches need to be learned and practiced.

Even with the most co-operative person trying to make this change can be difficult. I often hear talk of uncooperative managers or middle managers and wonder if they have been given a fair chance to succeed in the new approach.

This is just one example, but you’ll see the same could apply to many situations.

I describe the situation as “Let them Know”.

Here’s ...

Scrum Coaching Retreats—a personal story

Who this is forYou may be considering attending the upcoming Scrum Coaching Retreat (SCR) to be held in Franschhoek, near ...

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15 January 2015
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Scrum Sense

Who this is for


You may be considering attending the upcoming Scrum Coaching Retreat (SCR) to be held in Franschhoek, near Cape Town on 09-11 February 2015. And you may be wondering what the value will be to you. You may also need to find a convincing argument for your boss to sign off on the registration fee and, perhaps, travel costs from Jhb or elsewhere.

What is a Scrum Coaching Retreat?


Scrum Coaching Retreats are so-called because the international Scrum Alliance is the title sponsor, which enables the organisers to offer astonishing value for money to the participants. In ...

Scrumtisch February 2015

04. February 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the first Scrumtisch in 2015 in Berlin :

  • Date: 4th of February, 2015
  • 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

 

When NOT to Coach

There are situations where you feel encouraged to coach but the context doesn't make it the best approach and something else is more appropriate

On
12 January 2015
In
Coaching

Coaching is a fantastic way to engage with people and help them to achieve great results, but coaching is not the answer to everything. There are situations where you feel encouraged to use your coaching skills but the context does not make coaching the best approach. Something else is more appropriate! The purpose of this blog post is to sharpen your awareness on when to coach and especially when NOT to coach.

The word no made from jigsaw puzzle pieces

One of my beginners mistakes as a coach was when I was approached by one of my colleagues in a previous job. She had just taken on the ...

Scrum Coaching Retreat South Africa

We would like to invite you to the first Scrum Coaching Retreat in South Africa, 9-11 February 2015 in Franschhoek near Cape Town

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7 January 2015
In
Scrum Alliance, Events

As Agile coaches much of what we do is centered around change. Sometimes that change is revolutionary, but more often it is evolutionary. Small changes over time that contribute to larger organisational changes that are real and lasting. And so we have chosen as our theme for the retreat "Small Improvements." What are the small improvements that contribute to our growth and development? What are the small improvements that will lead to changes that are real and lasting? How do we as coaches recognise, facilitate, and enable these: both for ourselves and our organisations?

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

This is why we have organized ...

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