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The Dark Champions of Agile: Hark… Who goes there?

Finally the Agile Knight can identify the Dark Champions against change and defeat them

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3 September 2013
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Click here to read “Part 1: Know Thy Enemy”, which identifies the resistors to change and how to defeat them and “Part 2: Gathering Allies for Change” which explains how to show leadership through action.

In part one of The Dark Champions of Agile we discussed the struggles of an agile transition and the forces and people, who will align against you to protect their status quo. The Dark Champion of Mediocrity and the Baron are personas we discussed with strategies on turning resistance into momentum. Part two discussed more personas and some perspectives on turning enemies into friends and ...

Retrospectives that Rock

If your retrospectives are timely, targeted and without undue influence the tendency to skip them, or direct their outcome, is diminished

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28 August 2013
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The Team Retrospective may be the most critical activity of an Agile or Scrum team. Building the habit of learning from retrospectives is an important skill. Especially as a strong influencer (whether as a manager, team lead or simply through force of personality), there is a delicate balance between directing the outcome and allowing the outcome to emerge from the team. Ideally the team will take ownership of the learning, drive identification and collation of issues and their root causes, and brainstorm, discuss and decide on best possible actions. However, many times we see the impact of strong personalities on ...

The first Italian Certified Scrum Product Owner training

The first Italian language CSPO training in Bologna has created a new class of Certified Scrum Product Owners

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23 August 2013
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Product Owner, Training
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cspo, italy

One of the main activities of agile42 team between coaching assignments is to train new Scrum professionals and prepare them for Scrum Alliance certifications. Trainings are usually done in English but local communities can often enjoy a local-language course thanks to the network of coaches from different countries. It's therefore been a thrill to witness the first Certified Scrum Product Owner training completely in Italian, run by Andrea Tomasini and Roberto Bettazzoni in Bologna at the end of July.

The training offered the full agile42 treatment consisting of background information about Lean, Agile and Scrum, teamwork games, interactive sessions ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, September 2013

Next Berlin Scrumtisch on September 25th; Time: 18:30; Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108

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20 August 2013
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum berlin, scrumtisch berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 25th of September, 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

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

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

Marion

Lean Product Management at SDEC13 in Winnipeg

Talking about Lean Product Management and Lean Startups at SDEC13 in Winnipeg, Canada

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20 August 2013
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Events, Lean Management
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In October, I will talk at the Software Development and Evolution Conference (SDEC) 2013. It's an annual conference where industry professionals share their own real-world experiences gained through delivering solutions and my talk will be on Lean Product Management.

The rise of the Lean Startup has led to a deeper understanding of the importance of validating business ideas, from new features to new business models. But many tools available to the Product Owner aren't adapted to rapid validation. Starting from the principles and practices of agile product management, from defining the product vision to creating story maps and ...

Listen, be curious and ask the great questions!

Professional coaching in the context of Agile teams requires being silent, active listening and awareness of which level you are listening on

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16 August 2013
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Working as a ScrumMaster or Agile Coach for a team, you know that one of your most important objectives is to help people better themselves. "Ask the team" we often hear, but actually, our job is a bit more complicated than that. Asking the right questions can be a challenging task, especially if you already have the "right" answer in mind. If this sounds familiar to you, there is help in the curriculum of professional coaches.

A question and exclamation mark of jigsaw puzzle pieces

The first important ability you have to learn is to be silent and listen. When coaching individuals and teams, you are not the important ...

agile42 Summer Reading List : Quiz

Here is your chance to win one of the books on the Summer Reading List!

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12 August 2013
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General

Dear friends of agile42,

Recently we posted our Summer Reading List, a collection of books compiled by our coaches of which we thought should be in your bag while you were heading out for the summer.

Now we offer you a chance to win the books by participating in a twitter quiz. We will post questions on twitter with the hashtag "#a42quiz".

The rules are simple:

  1. You need to reply with the right answer and the hashtag "#a42quiz".
  2. You will have 24 hours to enter the competition, to allow all timezones to participate.
  3. We will randoly select the winner from ...

Scan Agile 2013: The Anatomy of an Agile Organization

I am happy to speak at the Scan Agile in November in Finland about agile Agile Frameworks and more.

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7 August 2013
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Events

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

Here you can find the full abstract and general information are provided on the conference website

Cynefin Lego Game at Agile2013

The Cynefin Lego Game workshop by agile42 will be featured in a workshop at #Agile2013 in Nashville on August 8th

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6 August 2013
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Events, Training
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agile2013, cynefin

Our coaches Brad Swanson and Dave Sharrock are in Nashville at Agile2013 where they will present a workshop on August 8th titled The Cynefin Lego Game: Recognizing the Complexity Domain of your Problem.

The Cynefin Lego Game is a game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework and part of agile42’s management training for the Agile Management Framework.

From Dave and Brad workshop presentation:

We expect leadership teams to find innovative solutions to business challenges, and yet rarely give any consideration to how to solve these challenges. Current thinking is leading ...

agile42 Summer Reading List 2013

We have asked our coaches to compile a reading list of titles that would be appropriate in the bag of an Agile practitioner while heading for summer

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23 July 2013
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Dear friends of agile42,

summer is upon us at least in the Northern hemisphere (and if you’re living in the Southern part of the world you shouldn’t complain either) and we have decided to use our community newsletter for something different. Even for Agile practitioners there is a vacation time, not only for relaxing with the loved ones but also for keeping up with new thoughts and ideas.

We have therefore asked our coaches to help us compile a “summer reading list” of titles that would be appropriate in an agilista’s bag while heading for the beach ...

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