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Highlights from a successful 2016

It’s been a great 2016 for agile42

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29 December 2016
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The end of a calendar year is always a moment when we look back to gather new energy for the upcoming months: it’s been a great year and agile42 has been chosen as Winners at Red Herring Top 100 Europe 2016 and listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany in the survey prepared by FOCUS magazine!

We worked with fantastic, inspiring and challenging clients but our greatest delight has been the growth of our team to better accommodate projects at all latitudes and the ever changing environment in the Agile world.

Andrea Tomasini, Bent Myllerup and ...

Officially Hot in Germany

agile42 has again been listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany 2012-2015 in the survey prepared by FOCUS magazine

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22 December 2016
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Press

agile42 has again been listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany in years 2012-2015, according to the annual survey prepared by FOCUS magazine in cooperation with Statista, and at number #9 in the specific category of Fastest Growing Consulting Business (this is five places up from last year!)

Cover of Focus special issue Certificate from Focus special issue

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 2012 and 2015. This list includes both private and publicly traded companies. The minimal requirement were that the company acted independently and was ...

Scrumtisch Berlin: December 12th, 2016

December's meeting of the Berlin Scrum User Group, facilitated by agile42 coaches Gregory Keegan and Simon Sablowski

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16 December 2016
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Scrumtisch Berlin

The Scrumtisch Berlin of December 2016 took place at Euphoria in Friedrichshain. This time, facilitator Gregory Keegan suggested to practise coaching conversations in groups of three, where one person was coaching, another was being coached and a third was observing and giving feedback.

Before the groups started practicing coaching conversations, Gregory Keegan explained how to structure those coaching conversations properly, highlighting the difference between meta level and conversation level and going through the flow of a coaching conversation from contact to summary.

 

Structure of a coaching conversation

If you would like to learn more about the structure of a coaching conversation, check out this blog ...

Mariet Visser joins agile42

agile42 welcomes new coach Mariet Visser in the South African team from January 2017

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15 December 2016
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Mariet VisserI am very excited to have Mariet Visser as part of our team from next January. I met Mariet in 2012 while working at DSTV. We fast became more than colleagues. I enjoy her considered thinking and experimental problem-solving style.

She has a magic super power where she can get a whole group of people to consider a new angle of thought that they didn't even realise they were missing, in a way that is quiet and non-threatening. She creates space for people to engage and I have enjoyed bouncing ideas around together to get a new perspective.

Here ...

Notes From The Toronto Agile Conference 2016

A summary of the "Host Leadership" talk by Doc Norton and the "Technical Debt" talk by Declan Whealan at the Toronto Agile Conference 2016

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9 December 2016
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Events

The Toronto Agile Conference (TAC2016) was hosted at the Toronto Hilton on Monday November 14, 2016. As is often the case, the “hallway tract” was my favourite — I tend to gain the most by talking to other practitioners and swapping stories.  That being said, the forever-student in me always takes notes in the sessions and I thought I’d share a couple of them.

Keynote: “Leadership starts with an Invitation” — Doc Norton

Doc Norton is a great speaker, he has a casual presence that feels like conversation.  The topic was “Host Leadership” which was first introduced by Dr Mark McKergow ...

Organizational resilience and anti-fragility at QED 2016

Video and slides from the presentation given by Andrea Tomasini at QED 2016 in Zadar, Croatia on May 9, 2016

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7 December 2016
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In May thanks to our friends from CROZ I participated at QED2016, the jubilee edition of the Quality in Enterprise Development Conference held in Zadar on the beautiful Adriatic coast of Croatia. I presented a new talk, How to grow your organization resilience and anti-fragility, you can find the video here and on YouTube.

Bringing agility to an organizational level requires a set of new skills and practices to emerge. While we have plenty of example on how agility can impact teams performance, by adopting well proven practices, there is still a lot of uncertainty in what to bring to ...

Scrumtisch December 2016

Scrumtisch Berlin December 2016

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 12th of December, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceEuphoria, Grünberger Str. 60, 10245 Berlin 

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 and seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

New generation of professional Agile coaches

New Advanced Team Coaching Course classes in 2017: London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam

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23 November 2016
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Coaching, Training
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agile42 coaches have worked for years in teams and organizations to help Agile practitioners learn and become internal or professional coaches. That experience has now become part of the Team Coaching Framework™ and the Advanced Team Coaching Course. Launched in 2015, the ATCC course is your chance to take up an unique career opportunity. You will learn from senior agile42 coaches and be introduced to a variety of methods and tools which you will have the chance to practice within a small group environment. You will learn the different coaching approaches and use them the way professional coaches do. You ...

Certified Agile Leadership program

Andrea Tomasini and Bent Myllerup have been approved as Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educators, new program from Scrum Alliance

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17 November 2016
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Scrum Alliance, Training
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The disconnect between the agile principles and values and the traditional management approaches using a push system and a strong hierarchy are very taxing for the managers and for the teams. Over the past 10 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations, and during this process we developed many tools to support the management to move toward Agile Leadership.

As part of this process our senior coaches Andrea Tomasini and Bent Myllerup have been approved as Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership Educators to deliver the new Certified Agile Leadership program.

The vision for ...

Lean Kanban Benelux 2016 Conference

Our report from the LKBX16 event in Heeze, Netherlands

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10 November 2016
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Events, kanban, Lean Management
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The Lean Kanban Benelux conference is part of the series of Lean Kanban conferences which are organized around the world by Lean Kanban Inc. to support organisations in adopting Modern Management Methods. agile42 has sponsored many of these conferences and this was the case as well this year for the Lean Kanban Benelux 2016 edition.

Lean Kanban Benelux 2016 Sponsor T-Shirt

Are you interesed in Kanban? On November 28 and 29 agile42 is organising a Kanban System Design (KMP I) training in Amsterdam.

 Lean Kanban Benelux 2016

The day started with the keynote by Erik Jan Kaak, a Dutch man living abroad in Austria for 29 years, but who grew ...

Scrum Master vs. Project Manager

Similarly to how a Project Manager is the central authority of a traffic light junction, the ScrumMaster can be seen as the “RoundaboutMaster”

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4 November 2016
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Scrum

Project Managers are the lubricant that makes projects run. According to the PMI, the role of the PM is the director of action, the key role responsible for delivery of the project. But how does that role change as agile practices are introduced, and a pool of resources manipulated by PMs becomes a swarm of dedicated agile teams? We’ve often struggled to explain the difference.

As agile coaches we are tempted to give the irresponsible response that agile teams “don’t need project management” or agile companies “don’t do projects”. While true, the answer is uninspired and unhelpful ...

Sponsoring Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016

agile42 sponsors Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016, happening on 3rd & 4th of November in Cape Town

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29 October 2016
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Scrum Alliance, Events
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In beautiful Cape Town SUGSA, the Scrum User Group South Africa, welcomes everyone to the Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016, two days for the local and international community on November 3rd and 4th.

agile42 is happy to be a sponsor, and present with the South African team of coaches.

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

The opening keynote presenter is Danie Roux and he will set the theme of the Gathering with the talk “Goldilocks at work – getting it just right“. Friday’s morning keynote will be by Jim Benson, author of the book ‘Personal Kanban’. To close the Gathering we have Gitte Klitgaard, “Do you ...

Money Can't Buy You Agile

Article by Marion Eickmann published in October issue of German magazine MQ - Management und Qualität

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28 October 2016
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Press

The article published in the October issue of MQ - Management und Qualität (Management and Quality) shows that Agile methods cannot be "bought" but you learn your way to them.  The transition to agile methods will not only change the processes in the company, but also the attitude of all participants: teams get more responsibility and the management style changes from "Command & Control" to "Agile Leadership". To implement these changes successfully and sustainably, we need a targeted, role-based coaching.

Results Pyramid

Presenting at Agile Coaching Amsterdam Meetup

agile42's Javier Perez recently presented at the Agile Coaching Amsterdam meetup

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11 October 2016
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Events

The meetup was hosted by Irdeto in Hoofddorp, who served some excellent food before the meetup started. Javier Perez presented his learnings as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach from the perspective of the Scarf Model.

Javier Perez at Agile Coaching Amsterdam Meetup

Inspired by the presentation from javier, some topics were idenified to be discussed further in smaller breakout groups. There were five topics identified and there were some useful insights in the breakout sessions. Some things worth mentioning during the presentation of the breakout results were:

Management 3.0 - Delegation Board/Poker
https://management30.com/practice/delegation-board/

The poker cards can be used to determine ...

Notes from the Berlin Scrumtisch of September 2016

Flip charts and recap from the September Berlin Scrumtisch

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23 September 2016
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Scrumtisch Berlin

This week, around 30 Scrum practitioners met for the Scrumtisch Berlin at Cafe 100 Waser in Friedrichshain. We had the chance to have long conversations, share knowledge with one another and learn from diverse environments and approaches. Afterwards Andrea Tomasini gave his expert opinion on the following topics:

  • Agile transition top-down
  • How to deal with non-estimable issues
  • Engage the lonely players
  • Prepare roadmap and release planning.

Following you can find the flip charts from the session:

topics 1

Thanks everyone for coming and see you next time.

3 major trends at Agile Open Holland 2016

We discuss the three major trends we observed during the Agile Open Holland conference of 2016: agile in non-IT environments, large full-organisation transitions and the rise of agile coaching

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22 September 2016
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Events
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People lining up for unconference slots at Agile Open Holland 2016agile42 Nederland visited the Agile Open Holland conference again in 2016. This long running conference is held in the centre of the Netherlands, and many agile practitioners from Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands find their way every year. This year saw another great turn up with a great mix of experienced agile coaches, trainers, agile practitioners and people new or even unfamiliar with agile.

During this conference, these are 3 major trends we observed:

  • Agile in non-IT environments
  • Large, full-organisation agile transitions
  • The rise of agile coaching

Agile in non-IT environments

Quite some attendees of the conference came looking for ...

Scaling Collaboration at Let's Test South Africa

Regina Martins will talk about scaling and structured methods of collaboration for teams and the collaborative nature of decision making

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21 September 2016
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Events

I am very happy to attend Let's Test South Africa 2016 and present my workshop Escape the Curse of the Temple – Scaling Collaboration.

I recently attended the Retrospective Facilitators Gathering in Portugal where I met up with a bunch of awesome people who love incorporating board games into their coaching. I, for one, love playing to learn something, and most adults are just big kids who love to play at the drop of a hat.

In fact, it is through the experiential nature of play that adults learn abstract concepts or things that previously was difficult to achieve, but ...

Meet us at Agile Open Southern California 2016

agile42 sponsors Agile Open Southern California on September 15-16, 2016

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13 September 2016
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Agile Open California is a coalition of agile practitioners and advocates intent on economically providing an opportunity for learning, networking and growth to the Agile community in California and to others who are interested. We are extremely happy to be sponsors of Agile Open Southern California 2016 that will take place at the University of California Irvine on September 15th and 16th.

Agile Open Southern California 2016

It's an event where experienced Agile practitioners and newcomers alike come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today.

The topic of this year is ...

Insights from the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016

At the Large Scale Scrum conference 2016 in Amsterdam sponsored by agile42 LeSS practitioners got together to share experience, learn and collaborate

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9 September 2016
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Agile at Scale, Events, Scrum
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less

agile42 sponsored the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, a conference organized by the LeSS community to share insights and bring together the large scale Scrum community.

Bas Vodde and Craig Larman, who build out the Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) approach at Nokia, both were in attendance to share the history of LeSS and bring out new insights. You can read our 2009 case study on introducing Scrum at Nokia here. The talk by Craig Larman was especially close to our hearts, as he raised a topic agile42 has been adament about: you need to own your agile knowledge ...

In Hamburg, meet Solutions

Join us on September 8th at solutions.hamburg 2016 for a day of discussions about Agile solutions for the enterprise

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7 September 2016
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agile42 is a Quality Partner of the great solutions.hamburg 2016 that started today in Hamburg, Germany. Tomorrow, September 8th, we will host half a day of presentations devoted to Agile solutions for the enterprise.

solutions.hamburg 2016

I will introduce with a new talk about improving the chances of success of your organization: explicitly measuring and designing culture is an enabler towards agility and can provide incredible advantages to an organization development. Understanding how to lead such change is the one thing that might save your company in the rough waters of todays market. Are you ready for the challenge?

Together with ...

Scrumtisch September 2016

Scrumtisch Berlin September 2016

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 19th of September, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceCafe 100 Wasser, Krossener Str. 14, 10245 Berlin 

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 and seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

Sponsoring LeSS Conference in Amsterdam

agile42 sponsors the Large Scale Scrum Conference dedicated to the LessFramework in Amsterdam, 30-31 August 2016

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26 August 2016
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Agile at Scale, Events

LeSS ConferenceWe're glad to be able to contribute to the LeSS Conference in Amsterdam on 30-31 August as a sponsor.

The event will feature Bas Vodde and Craig Larman, co-creators of the Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework, together with other important speakers of the community. It promises "less booths and more practitioners" and also "Experiments and Experience"
and "Teams and Communities".

Join us in Amsterdam!

Growing Agile

Andrea Tomasini and Dhaval Panchal published on InfoQ an article on the importance of growing your own agility instead of taking shortcuts

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8 August 2016
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At agile42 we dislike the term scaling applied to agile, or better agility. The reason for our not liking it, is because it evokes metaphors which are bound to manufacturing such as: “scaling a plant”, “scaling production” and all the rest that can evoke assembling and building things.

Effectively establishing continuous improvement to an organization at large requires to develop quite some discipline, infrastructure and most of all openness and trust. Senior coaches Andrea Tomasini and Dhaval Panchal have spent a significant amount of time in analyzing data and cases from different case studies all around the world and the ...

The Scrum Guide updated for 2016

Highlights and comments on the 2016 update to the Scrum Guide and the associated message from Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in their recent video

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2 August 2016
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Scrum

The Scrum Guide is a simple definition of the Scrum framework created in 2011 by founders Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the response the the rapidly growing popularity of Scrum. It has been updated a few times since, always aiming to clarify and simplify the description. The one and only change to the July 2016 edition of the Scrum Guide is the addition of the Scrum Values: Openness, Focus, Commitment, Respect and Courage. This is at once a trivial and an important change.

Ken and Jeff have released a video that explains the changes. I was fascinated to listen ...

Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey

Video and slides from the Lean Kanban North America 2016 talk by Dhaval Panchal & Kevin Tidball

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19 July 2016
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Events
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lkna16, youtube

At LKNA16 I presented togeher with Kevin Tidball the talk Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey. Thanks to the team of the Lean Kanban Conference I am able to offer a video recording of the session.

The session was about managing a large program where the organization is in the midst of Agile transition. There are some Scrum teams and many traditionally managed resource pools. How do you manage a large program when there are incremental and iterative agile teams that are working alongside traditionally managed resource pools? Using a magic wand to wish all traditionalists will start “being scrummified ...

Agile – in Education

Several schools are implementing agile methods for class, and universities have long begun including agile courses in their curricula

One of the most typical FAQ’s during agile coaching & training is “Can we apply it in our company?” “Will it work for us?”. Obviously, there’s no knowing before you try, yet usually the answer is “Yes” :) Here is why: Agile is not a rigid frame, a set of rules, a ‘process’ or ‘project management method’. Rather more, it is an approach, a way-of-working, a mindset. Being customer-first, based on trust & transparency, having the ability to expose the entire process, focusing on waste & bottlenecks..all these aspects make it very powerful, yet flexible. It enables you to see & seek ...

Estimating is NOT planning at Keep Austin Agile

Slides and video from the presentation at Keep Austin Agile 2016

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27 June 2016
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Events
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youtube

I presented at Keep Austin Agile 2016, on Thursday, May 26 on Estimating in an Agile context.

Agile Manifesto Values and Principles do not, not even once, mention “estimates” any where. Yet rapid adoption of estimation techniques labeled as “Agile Estimation” techniques puzzle me. In my experience as practitioner, advisor and coach: I have experienced very limited benefits from estimating and often find that estimates create more harm than good. There are however legitimate business concerns that need active management. Estimates hinder real business agility by servicing temporary comfort through plausible but highly improbable plans.

I started ...

Building Automated Tests presented at IDI2016

At Incontro DevOps Italia 2016 in Bologna, Stefano Rago presented the infrastructure approach used in software projects for agile42 and Agilo Software

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22 June 2016
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idi2016

On April 1st I presented A Developer’s Journey Into Building Automated Tests for IT from the Ground Up at Incontro DevOps Italia 2016 in Bologna (IDI2016), a meeting of Italian and international DevOps that also has been sponsored for the second year in a row by agile42.

During my presentation, I talked about how we've approached writing infrastructure code for agile42 and Agilo Software with the same focus and professionalism that we dedicate to application code. This means, for example, to use TDD in order to have better design besides all of the benefits that this technique provides ...

Stop scaling… recording from AgileEE

Video and slides from Andrea Tomasini keynote "Stop scaling… Start growing an Agile organization!" presented at Agile Eastern Europe 2016

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15 June 2016
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Events
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agileee, keynote, youtube

Thanks to the friends of Agile Eastern Europe, we can share you with an updated video recording of Andrea Tomasini's talk Stop scaling… Start growing an Agile organization, as presented in Kyiv on April 8th, 2016. Video is available on YouTube and embedded here.

In this keynote Andrea presented guidelines and heuristics for growing an agile organization. You will understand why the first step in any transition must be learning how to change. Small inexpensive experiments and empirical metrics will lead you towards your strategic goal, iteratively and incrementally.

Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right ...

Organisation development in Midrange Magazin

German publication Midrange Magazin has published an article in the May, 2016 issue on organisation development using Scrum or Kanban

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10 June 2016
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Press

Midrange MagazinAgile Methods can’t be bought - but they can be learned: this is the premise of the article that I have penned for the May, 2016 issue of the German publication Midrange Magazin.

The article, titled Organisation development using Scrum or Kanban (Organisationsentwicklungnach Scrum oder Kanban) explains how simple rules and transparency are the two things that stand out in Agile Practices like Scrum and Kanban.

However, introducing them into the organization is sometimes not as easy as it seems. The transition to using agile methods doesn’t only change the processes within the company, it also requires a change ...

Workshop on metrics at Better Software 2016

Gaetano Mazzanti will present at Better Software 2016 in Florence on June 14 a hands-on workshop on metrics

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8 June 2016
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Events
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I am happy to be again at Better Software 2016, the eclectic Italian conference held in Florence that this year has a new workshop-centric format. My workshop on June 14 is titled How can metrics help in improving our effectiveness? and will provide attendees with hands on experience on measuring, understanding and making the most of metrics both in terms of effectiveness and improving teams processes.

We will mix theory and practice drawing also from attendees experience. We will look at how a Service Oriented Mindset leads to Service Oriented Metrics. We will discuss the pitfalls of typical metrics like ...

Talking Experience Canvas at IIBA Vancouver

Dave Sharrock spoke at the IIBA Vancouver on May 16 to explain how to effectively estimate the value of requirements with the Experience Canvas

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31 May 2016
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Events, Product Owner
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iibavan

I spoke about Experience Canvas and Agile at the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Vancouver Chapter on May 16 during a sold-out event. The title of the talk was Estimate Value to Deliver Value: Effectively Estimate the Value of Requirements with the Experience Canvas.

Dave Sharrock at IIBA Vancouver in May 2016

Agile organizations move work to dedicated teams, rather than move people to projects. In order to succeed, the Business Analyst needs to continually compare the value of different projects or work requirements to make sure that the teams are working on the most valuable items at any one time. But how can you compare new ...

Meet The Coach: Lukas Klose

Q&A with Lukas Klose, Agile Coach based in Vancouver, Canada

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30 May 2016
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Meet the Coach

For our Meet the Coach series, we asked a few questions to Lukas Klose, the latest addition to our team of coaches in Canada.

Lukas KloseYou worked in different companies and projects before joining agile42 as a coach. What is your path and do you see a common thread leading to Agile?

When I I was eleven or twelve years old I started coding. By the time I was 21 I was working for a stock exchange data broadcast startup as a programmer. A few more years later I started doing more and more project management, building web sites at Electronic ...

DevOps in Istanbul

agile42 Turkey sponsor of DevOpsDays Istanbul on June 3-4, 2016 where Stefano Rago presents "A developer's journey into building automated tests"

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27 May 2016
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Events
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devops, devopsdays, devopsdaysist

We are very happy to be a silver sponsor of DevOpsDays Istanbul on June 3-4, 2016, an event "that brings development and operations together" and confirms our commitment to the growing DevOps community. The term "DevOps" was popularized thanks to a series of "DevOpsDays" conferences. The first edition of this Conference was held in Belgium in 2009. Since then, DevOpsDays conferences have spread across the globe.

 

DevOpsDays Istanbul

Our friends of agile42 Türkiye will be present throughout the event, I will present a talk titled A developer's journey into building automated tests that explains how we've approached writing infrastructure ...

It’s Towel Day!

It’s Towel Day, Don’t Panic and get an exclusive agile42 collectible item

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25 May 2016
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Happy Towel Day to everyone. 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."

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 ...

Meet The Coach: Regina Martins

Interview with agile42 South Africa coach Regina Martins about her path and approach to coaching

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13 May 2016
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Meet the Coach

In this new installment of our "Meet the Coach" series we talked with Johannesburg-based coach Regina Martins about change, the Agile world and "the smell of the place".

Can you summarise for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach.

Before I fell in love with Agile I had been a Project Manager delivering projects rather successfully using waterfall methods for 10 years. I was introduced to Scrum by my manager and he suggested that it would be a good thing to try it on the projects I was managing at the time. Little did ...

Talk at Lean Kanban North America 2016

Dhaval Panchal and Kevin Tidball will present "Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey" at Lean Kanban North America 2016 in San Diego

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12 May 2016
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Events
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lkna16

Together with Kevin Tidball I will present a session "Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey" at Lean Kanban North America 2016 in the Techniques Track on May 17th. LKNA16 will be hosted at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego, California.

Lean Kanban North America 2016

 

The session is about managing a large program where the organization is in the midst of Agile transition. There are some Scrum teams and many traditionally managed resource pools. How do you manage a large program when there are incremental and iterative agile teams that are working alongside traditionally managed resource pools? Using a magic wand to ...

Agile Transition as a Learning Process in SPS-Magazin

"Agile Transition as a Learning Process" article, explaining the agile42 approach, recently published in German SPS-MAGAZIN

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10 May 2016
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Transition, Press


SPS-MAGAZIN
German publication SPS-MAGAZIN, specialized in automation technology, has published an article with the title Agile Transition als Lernprozess (Agile Transition as a Learning Process) in the issue of April 2016. 

In the article we argue that Agile methods help companies to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and remain competitive, provided that the principles of agile actions are understood and supported by all stakeholders in the company. An Agile Transition cannot be completed with specific tools or methods but requires the willingness to learn and to continous improvement.

Organizational Culture Profile (CVF)

These are the most important aspects of the agile42 approach.

You can ...

Scrumtisch May 2016

25. May 2016 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

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2 May 2016
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 25th of May, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceCafe 100 Wasser, Krossener Str. 14, 10245 Berlin 

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 and seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

Enterprise Transition Framework at Etiya

agile42 ETF helped Etiya began an Agile transformation by enabling to implement the Agile principles and values globally in the organization

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27 April 2016
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Transition

Etiya

In Early 2015 Etiya – a leading Independent Software Vendor and the fastest growing software company in Turkey – decided to begin the transformation from a Waterfall project management method to an Agile approach with the implementation of two successful pilot teams trained and coached by agile42. When moving forward, agile42 coaches used Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) to enable the organization to implement the Agile principles and values globally, beyond the team's level.

First, the agile42 coaches led a 2-day assessment and uncovered an objective and independent view of the organization from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives. A transition team consisting ...

Notes from the Berlin Scrumtisch of April 2016

The Scrumtisch Berlin of March 2016 took place in the Café 100 Wasser in Friedrichshain

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22 April 2016
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Around 50 scrum practitioners joined to share their knowledge, discuss and learn from each other.  The session was facilitated this time by Christine Brunn and Simon Sablowski following the Ritual Dissent method from Dave Snowden.

The following topics were discussed:

  • First 100 days as scrum master
  • Convincing other departments to become agile
  • Development of people vs. Processes
  • QA inside the team
  • Good practices for push and pull

Agenda and Ritual Dissent method

Topics backlog

Thanks to everybody who participated. See you next time at the Scrumtisch.

 

agile42 announces partnership with Cognitive Edge

agile42 will be a key partner in the Cynefin Centre’s forthcoming action research programmes on user requirement capture and project management

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13 April 2016
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General
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cynefin

The Cynefin CentreDave Snowden is a great friend of us, we welcomed him during the agile42 Connect days last November. He's been our guest during one of our latest coach camps in Berlin when we investigated the possibility for him to become an advisor to agile42 on strategy and also to create a more formal partnership. This will allow our operational use of SenseMaker® and also participation in some of the research programmes he will shortly be launching from The Cynefin Centre.

We can now announce that we will work together to create an instance of SenseMaker® to support agile42 work ...

Our new Certified Team Coaches

agile42 coaches Gregory Keegan and Konrad Pogorzala have been confirmed Certified Team Coaches from the Scrum Alliance, first ones in Europe

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7 April 2016
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Scrum Alliance, Coaching

Our Berlin-based coaches Konrad Pogorzala and Gregory Keegan are among the first batch of Certified Team Coaches in the world and currently the only ones in Europe that have passed the selection by the Scrum Alliance.

Konrad Pogorzala and Gregory Keegan

A Certified Team Coach (CTC) works with Scrum teams, stakeholders, and management to improve performance and outcomes. Organizations employ CTCs to provide coaching, facilitation, training, mentoring, impediment management, and leadership in support of collaboration, development consistency, and value delivery across multiple teams and departments. This is a new certification offered by the Scrum Alliance and can be obtained only by true professionals, since it ...

Take off in Florida

agile42 coaches will be present in force at the Scrum Alliance event in Orlando, Florida, April 18-20

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We are very happy to be present at the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016 organized by the Scrum Alliance and to follow our continuing participation in the premier event of the worldwide Scrum community.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016

This year Andrea Tomasini will present Stop scaling... start growing an agile organization! in the Agile Galaxy track. Growing an agile organization should be the goal of any successful change. See how startups and enterprise alike share common principles.

Together with Daniel Lynn I will present 7 Things Your Agile Transition Can Learn From Star Wars in the Mission Control track. In this talk, starting with ...

The case of champagne in the daily stand-up

Coaching tool: Serving champagne in Daily Scrum

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In our series of blog posts on coaching tools, we have arrived at the real crowd-pleaser: serving champagne in the Daily Standup. For a long time, the coaches at agile42 have experimented with champagne in other settings, and we believe that time has come for the noble drink to finally take center stage in Scrum!

Champagne

To satisfy our thirst for information regarding the pros and cons of enjoying a glass or two at the daily, we turn to Ima Drunkarde (PhD, VSOP), the well-known alcohol researcher from the University of Applied Chemistry in Wien.

"Well," says Ima, "we are happy ...

Sponsoring Mile High Agile 2016

agile42 again a sponsor of MHA16 to be held in Denver, April 4th, 2016

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We are very happy to be again sponsors of Mile High Agile in Denver. MHA2016 will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center on Monday April 4th, 2016.

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Mile High Agile 2016 will be the premier regional gathering of Agile & Lean practitioners and a unique opportunity for companies to network with an expected audience of 775 attendees, partners, and talented professionals in IT, software, management, and beyond. This year the organizers Agile Denver are limiting the number of attendees and sponsors, making the experience more intimate and keeping the focus on learning.

This year ...

The Value of Pair-Coaching… What's in It for You?

In pair coaching roles are switched frequently and this built in review process increases not only quality but innovation, speed, learning

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18 March 2016
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Coaching is the process of facilitating a reflective thought process within somebody else in order to enable them to make some progress towards a goal. One can coach another individual in a one-to-one setting, or one can coach a team. While the principles are effectively the same, the techniques employed may well be different.

Coaching is very different to training not least because the agenda within a coaching relationship can emerge and be tailored to the needs of that individual (or group) there and then. Coaching isn’t focussed on passing on a specific skill or filling an educational gap ...

Scrumtisch April 2016

4. April 2016 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 4th of April, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceCafe 100 Wasser, Krossener Str. 14, 10245 Berlin 

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 and seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

Agile Transition in German magazine wissensmanagement

Article "Agile Transition: New roles require new thinking" appearing in March, 2016 issue of German magazine wissensmanagement

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I have been asked to author an article about Agile Transition in the German magazine wissensmanagement. The article will appear in the March issue with title Agile Transition: New roles require new thinking (Neue Rollen erfordern neues Denken).

Logo wissensmanagement magazineIn the article we explain how Agile methods help companies to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and remain competitive. An Agile Transition is not made of individual tools or methods, but requires the willingness to learn and to continual improvement ahead. These are concepts that we often teach and coach as part of our Enterprise Transition Framework™. It's been a ...

Notes from the Berlin Scrumtisch of February 2016

A selection of photos from the February, 2016 meeting of Berlin Scrumtisch, the official Scrum User Group

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Scrumtisch Berlin met again in February 2016 and this time we were at Café 100 Wasser in Friedrichshain. It was a full house with more than 60 Scrum practitioners. Standing room only! The session was facilitated by Gregory Keegan (CSM,CSP,CTC) and Andrea Tomasini (CST,CSC) who gave his expert advice to people who raised issues or problems they were facing in their organisation.

Click for a full gallery of the evening.

Berlin Scrumtisch February 2016

Welcome to our new coaches

New agile42 coaches Javier Pérez Fernández and Sam Lipson

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Nothing makes us happier than expanding our worldwide team of Agile coaches in order to provide good and reliable training and coaching to our clients in Europe, North America and South Africa. And starting March, two new coaches join our worldwide team.

Javier Pérez Fernández joins our European team based in Germany. He invested his first career years working as developer and business analyst in Madrid. When Javier moved to Berlin, he discovered his passion: to help teams and organizations in their cultural transformation towards agility working first  as Scrum Master and later as Team Coach. He is ...

Making Time for Refactoring

When we refactor in small increments as we develop code, we’re able to spend a few minutes at a time keeping our code at a high level of quality

One of the most common things I hear about refactoring is that there isn’t enough time for it. I hear that there is important refactoring to the code and architecture that will take days or weeks and there’s no time to fit that in because of tight timetables.

Often times teams write off refactoring as something other teams with more time get to do, but not them. The truth is all teams have tight timetables for delivering their software and the key to refactoring is not more relaxed deadlines (deadlines do need to be realistic, but that’s ...

Meet The Coach: Daniel Lynn

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

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

My career path was a bit winding. I started programming as a kid and that led me into early jobs writing software - mostly continuing education software for universities and government agencies. Eventually, I set software development aside to spend a few years working in data center operations. However, a number of projects in what we would now call DevOps brought me back to development. 

Building software that automates datacenter automation can be hectic and about this time, our team started learning about ...

How to do Scrum better?

Do Better Scrum is an unofficial set of tips and insights into how to implement Scrum well free for download in various languages

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9 February 2016
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We often distribute a list of read-further pointers that are useful for students that have attended our Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner trainings, and for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Scrum. Some of these topics are discussed during our 2-day classes while others are left for further exploration.

A good read to sum up the learning about Scrum is Do Better Scrum, an unofficial set of tips and insights into how to implement Scrum well, free for download.

Do Better Scrum is written by Certified Scrum Coach & agile42 Trainer Peter Hundermark and translated in French, German ...

Agile & Gaming Companies

Handling rich creative content in a traditional Scrum team doesn’t always work as we might think: a single cross-functional team might simply be too large

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In many cases, the artwork and creative elements of a product, such as a game, requires work from many skilled artists, from graphic artists and UX to animators and audio engineers. Creating an art team to deliver art assets, and having them operate as a Scrum team can work. But there can be challenges with this too. In the following article I describe the experience of a gaming company that experimented with art Scrum teams and ended up combining engineering Scrum teams with art Kanban teams. This change was driven by the art team as an experiment, with the clear ...

Join us in Munich to celebrate 25 years of OOP Conference

agile42 will be a silver sponsor of OOP 2016 in Munich where Andrea Tomasini will present a talk on February 3rd

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28 January 2016
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We are very happy to be once again a sponsor of OOP 2016 Conference in Munich, Germany, which celebrates this year its 25th birthday! The event will run from 1 to 5 February 2016 at the International Congress Center Munich (ICM).

OOP Konferenz 2016Over a quarter of a century, OOP has provided the platform for both technical and business professionals to update their knowledge and share their wisdom. Architects, developers, requirements-engineers, or testers as well as technical managers and leaders gain an excellent view on the state-of-the-art of the interplay of software and business. Year after year, OOP offers a succesful blend ...

Insurance industry case study

A major player in the insurance industry moved away from traditional project management to Agile with the help of agile42 approach and tools

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18 January 2016
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In business, significant organizational change is challenging, particularly for large, well-established corporations. Change of this nature involves a substantial investment and a level of risk. Yet, with today’s increasingly competitive market demanding faster, more efficient product delivery, even traditionally risk-averse businesses are making critical decisions to stay in the game. 

Such is the case with a company in the insurance industry that began the transformation from a Waterfall project management method to an Agile approach in 2014 with the implementation of two successful pilot teams. When moving forward and scaling beyond these pilots required a more comprehensive approach, the ...

Scrumtisch February 2016

8. February 2016 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 8th of February, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe 100 WasserKrossener Str. 14, 10245 Berlin (not in the American Diner as usual!)

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

 

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