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Comprion goes agile

Test equipment specialist COMPRION moves to next level with agile methods with the help of experienced agile professionals of agile42

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8 July 2013
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Berlin, July 4th, 2013 - The agile experts of agile42, specializing in agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban as well as their own Agile Transition Framework, were COMPRION’s choice for introducing and implementing the agile working approach throughout their Paderborn located company. According to COMPRION’s executives being more agile enables them to faster react to customer requests and changing markets, which they consider to be a real competitive advantage.

The first step of the agile transition was to help the management to a basic understanding of agile processes and leadership-methodology and the advantages connected to these methods. In a ...

Agile Failure Modes: IBM Innovate Attendees Weigh In

Here are the failure modes and challenges in Agile Transformations, submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate 2013 and organized into some common themes

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25 June 2013
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What are the biggest failure modes in Agile transformations? We posed this question to attendees at the IBM Innovate conference in Orlando in early June, where agility at scale was a prominent topic. 

Agile Failure Modes

We already posted our own list of the top 8 failure modes in Agile Transformations (along with some success modes). Here are the failure modes, anti-patterns, and challenges submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate, organized into some common themes.

Commitment and buy-in for change

  • no executive sponsor - lack of commitment
  • lack of middle management support
  • management is the stumbling block
  • management understanding of agile
  • no consensus for ...

I do my job for the email I get half a year later

Over time I realised that seeing long lasting changes for many of my clients is my key motivation

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20 June 2013
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The job of an external agile coach can be quit challenging and stressful. At the client side we are in the centre of attention. In addition, travelling is stressful. To be honest, from time to time I ask myself, "why am I doing this?" This post is my answer to this question.

In all of my previous jobs, I had the feeling that identifying problems and possibilities for improvement offended others. In my work as agile coach I observe that this "talent" helps others to change and improve.
Seeing people changing and improving, whose work has been more of a ...

The Product Owner (PO) Board - making PO workflow visible

The transparency brought about by the Product Owner Board brings to the PO team many of the benefits we see with development teams

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17 June 2013
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Product Owner
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planning board, product owner

One of the principles of agility is transparency - making the flow of work visible. It is common for the development team to use task boards and burndown charts, and we've found that extending this practice to the product management team is just as valuable. No surprise there.

We have found this to be especially valuable, as the PO Team tends to be less agile due to their background. Most accept that the dev team is doing something weird and that they are required to provide different “specifications” but if you manage to set up a board and make their ...

Scrum Day 12.06. Berlin: Are you reaping the possible benefits of scaling agile?

Scrum day - 11.-12. June 2013 - Berlin

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11 June 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile

I am looking forward to have my talk tomorrow at the Scrum-day!

The idea behind my talk arose from the last Scrumday. 

There was already the focus on scaling, but the most of the attention was direct to "how it looks like" and "how you should do it", but not so much on WHY doing it.

For me finding the best solution for your organization, your team is highly depending on where you are and where you want to be.
This is the reason why I tried to focus my talk on "Is your organization reaping the possible benefits of ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, June 2013

Next Berlin Scrumtisch on June 26th; Time: 18:30; Place: Cafe Restaurant Deseo, Boxhagener Str. 108

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7 June 2013
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

we are happy to announce the next Berlin Scrumtisch scheduled for June 26th:

  • Date: 26th of June, 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Deseo, Boxhagener Str. 108, http://www.deseo-restaurant.de/

For this Scrumtisch I invited Bent Myllerup from Denmark. 
Bent is a Systemic Coach, CSC and CST and will give us some insides in personal Coaching.
I am still waiting for his confirmation, if he can make it on th 26th but since I cross fingers. 

If you would like to attend, please send an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User ...

Agile Transformation Failure Modes and Success Modes

Brad Swanson and Dave Sharrock contributed to IBM Innovate 2013 conference a double list of ingredients for successful agile transformations (or not)

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6 June 2013
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Agile Transformation Failure Modes

Lack of Executive Commitment

An enterprise agile transformation requires sustained commitment, effort and a focused sense of urgency from the leadership team. Lukewarm commitment or incongruent messages from leaders are quickly detected, legitimizing apathy and delay, and stalling the transformation before it gains the momentum needed to create lasting organizational change.

Overburdened Teams

When teams and managers face a daunting array of volatile, short-term priorities, they have no capacity to learn a new system for working. Failing to pursue clarity of purpose or to allow teams the time to learn sends the message that we are ...

Kanban Pizza Game at Limited WIP Society Hamburg

Let's Play Kanban...

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6 June 2013
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kanban

I am looking forward to play the Kanban Pizza Game™ at Limited WIP Society Hamburg.

It’s difficult to teach the principles of Lean and Agile simply by lecturing. People have to experience the principles by themselves to get a feeling for how it all works. By playing the Kanban Pizza Game™, you will enter the Kanban world in an playful way. The game looks simple, but the facilitation has it's pitfalls. :-) 

Since we invented the Kanban Pizza Game™ two years ago we played it with various customers and Agile User Groups.Through these experiences we improved the game ...

Kanban Pizza Game at DARE 2013

Kanban Pizza Game by agile42 at DARE 2013 on Saturday 15th June - Antwerp Belgium

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29 May 2013
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Events, agile, kanban

Get the chance to play with us!

I am happy to announce that Saturday, June 15th I will be at the Lean & Kanban conference DARE 2013 in Antwerp with the Kanban Pizza Game.

Nick Oostvogels, one of the organizers of the conference, describes DARE 2013 as “a conference for those brave souls who want to change the ordinary and take changes. A place to get fresh ideas how to turn your business into a success.”
So I am sure that this is the right place where play to our Kanban Pizza Game ;-) 
 
We invented the Kanban Pizza Game a year ...

The Dark Champions of Agile: Know thy Enemy…

As agile coaches, resistance to change is part of the job. How can we overcome the “Dark Champions”, who fight for status quo? Join me to find out how!

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24 May 2013
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The role of agile coach encompasses the responsibilities of Change, replacing the old inefficient ways with value adding tasks, in process, bureaucracy or otherwise.  Here lies the danger and inherent resistance from the implicit company culture to agile and its transparent ways.  In the dark corners of bureaucracy and inert processes, will you find a Dark Champion, someone for whom the status quo is king and will fight, indirectly and in the shadows, to keep things the way they are… As an Agile Champion, you bring Courage and Knowledge to the arena…

Resistant to change

The Dark Champion, the Dark ...

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