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Scrum Sense News 09/14 - Adventures in Europe

Welcome to our September newsletter and welcome to summer. This is ...

Welcome to our September newsletter and welcome to summer.




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This is the first Scrum Coaching Retreat in Africa. It is an opportunity for you to collaborate with other coaches, learning from each other and producing valuable outcomes that will have lasting benefit to our community and customers.

The theme of this retreat is “small improvements”, recognising that most big changes are better embarked on, digested and internalised one step at a time. Transforming the world of work is a big endeavour. We can contribute by meeting our customers where they are and helping them take one next step.

For first-time ...

Adventures in Europe

Denmark trainees Shortly after joining Scrum Sense in February ...

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Shortly after joining Scrum Sense in February this year I started my journey to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). The process includes co-training with other CSTs around the world, so that I can get feedback to improve and, once I am good enough, I can get their recommendations that are essential to acceptance. For the past week I have been lucky enough to travel around Europe and co-train with some of the top CSTs and CSCs (Certified Scrum Coaches) in Europe. It has been a wonderful experience for me.


My trip started in Copenhagen, where I spent ...

Dhaval Panchal joins agile42

Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer Dhaval Panchal is latest addition to the US coaching team of agile42

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Let me introduce Dhaval Panchal, our latest addition to the US coaching team. Dhaval and agile42 have known one another for many years and I first worked with Dhaval at the Agile2012 Coaches Corner: it was a huge success, and Dhaval excelled then as now in being fun to work with, calm under pressure and creative and inspirational in how he worked.

Dhaval is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Traner, making agile42 the only company in the world with 5 CSC/CSTs on the team. Something that says a lot about the quality of the whole organization.

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Co-location, no matter what?

Many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way, is this still the case today or has the world changed?

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It's common sense in the Agile community that co-location of teams is beneficial and many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way. Ten years ago this was definitely the case. But is this still the case today, or has the world changed? Are there scenarios where maybe other aspects are more important?

Why do/did we see co-location as essential?

A team works closely together to achieve their collective goals. Close collaboration is a key for fast and efficient problem solving. It creates a dynamic where the performance of a team as a ...

News update 2014/08 - 5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets

Welcome to our August newsletter. Do you also have a dislike for time tracking? Joanne Perold does, and she explains ...

Welcome to our August newsletter. Do you also have a dislike for time tracking? Joanne Perold does, and she explains why in this month's blog post....more.

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We still have spaces available on our upcoming Kanban Foundation and Advanced courses. Scrum Sense will once again be teaming up with LKU-accredited Kanban Trainer, Dr. Klaus Leopold of LEANability to present this training.

Kanban foundational course provides insight and visibility to the "why" of doing things - Dean Harvey, Nedbank Ltd.


The Applying Kanban (Foundation) and Improving & Scaling Kanban (Advanced) certified courses will be taking place in Sandton on the ...

5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets

I subscribe to a newsletter from Projects at Work which I rarely read. I happened to ...

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I subscribe to a newsletter from Projects at Work which I rarely read. I happened to open it this month and stumbled upon a gem.


5 Ways to Improve Time Tracking


It prompted this post…


5 Reasons to Kill Time Sheets


I have a strong dislike to time tracking, especially on software projects and here is why.. 


1. Motivation of people.


The first problem that I have with tracking time is that it inherently sends the message to teams "We don't trust you." Even if this is not the intended message, it is the one that everyone hears. More ...

agile42 Insights: What Hinders High Performance on a Team?

This video of the “agile42 Insights” series sees our coaches explaining some of the problems that a team may face in the path of higher performance

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Check the opinion of coaches Jan Beaver, Dave Sharrock, Brad Swanson and Richard Dolman in this 2-part video you can watch on this page or on our YouTube channel. Here's the first part:



And the second part:

On Agile scaling in Dutch magazine Managersonline

Niels Verdonk published an article on scaling Agile on leading dutch management website Managersonline.nl

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I've had the occasion to publish an introduction to the subject of Agile scaling in Managersonline.nl, a leading Dutch management website. Click if you can read Dutch!

I've covered the basics of the SAFe, DAD and LESS approaches, as well as agile42's own Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF). This draws from the FAQ page on scaling you can found on this site as well, ETF with SAFe, DAD and large frameworks.

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How does an Agile way of working affect your Portfolio?

Our agile42 coaches discuss the topic of Agile portfolio management, highlighting its strengths and benefits

In this new compilation video we have asked some of agile42 coaches how Agile organizations deal with a large portfolio of projects.

Watch the full video here or on YouTube:

Sponsoring ProductCamp Berlin 2014

agile42 is the main sponsor of ProductCamp Berlin 2014 taking place on Saturday September 13th

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5 August 2014
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We are very proud to announce that after a successful ProductCamp in Vancouver with Dave Sharrock and Andrea Tomasini we are happy to support and sponsor ProductCamp Berlin 2014. It is the first and only unconference for product managers, product marketing managers, entrepreneurs and others with passions for product, online and IT, in the German capital.

ProductCamp Berlin

They expect 200 participants, and following the Barcamp idea of “no attendees, only participants”, they will actively engage in a day of workshops, discussions, networking and learning.

ProductCamp Berlin will take place at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS on Saturday September 13th. Unfortunately registration is sold-out ...

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Why you need to change your way of working

Video and slides from the Keynote by Roberto Bettazzoni at Agile@Work, December 2015