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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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salc15

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 ...

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