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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
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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
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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:

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