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Don't Panic!

Sometimes the most important thing I want to say to a manager or a Scrum master is, "Hey, calm down. Don't Panic!"

Sometimes the most important thing I want to say to a manager or a Scrum master is, "Hey, calm down. Don't Panic!"

Or as the Agile Manifesto folks said, "take some time to reflect."

I've watched Scrum masters and managers running around, and I picture them nervously clutching a clipboard crossing off items on a detailed plan to "do something."  (To be fair I haven’t seen an actual clipboard since I was the nervous, novice Scrum master running around with one!)

I know you want to do something.

And, here’s what you can do. Trust the ...

agile42 will provide coaching service to Scrum Alliance

Scrum Alliance is an organization that we respect and proudly support, so we are very glad to announce that our proposal for coaching service have been accepted!

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15 February 2013
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Scrum, Press
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scrum alliance

We are very happy to announce that following a request for proposal issued by Scrum Alliance, Brad Swanson and David Sharrock from agile42 will be providing coaching services to the organization starting later this month. 

“We are excited for this opportunity to work with Scrum Alliance on their journey toward being a top-notch example of Scrum in action," said Brad, Senior Agile Coach at agile42. “As coaches, we will help Scrum Alliance staff apply Scrum within their unique organizational context, leaning on the experience of agile42’s many Certified Scrum Coaches and Trainers.” Scrum Alliance is an organization that we ...

agile42 at ScrumMed conference 2013 in Munich

Join the Keynote from Andrea Tomasini: From Corporate Managers to Agile Leaders-The Challenge for the Next Decade

Join the Keynote from Andrea Tomasini: From Corporate Managers to Agile Leaders-The Challenge for the Next Decade

We can guarantee that it will be very exiting to take a look through the Agile Reading Glasses and learn about the 5 transition steps to get from managers to agile leaders and see why that might be right and needed!

The ScrumMed Conference, a famous conference for everybody involved in medical devices or services  will take place in Munich on the 18th and 19th of February.

The ScrumMed Conference gives the opportunity to share experiences and best practices in the agile development ...

Growing powerful agile teams

Agile teams are the building block to any successful agile transformation. Without strong, self-sustaining agile teams, any change as a result of an agile transformation is very likely temporary.

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31 January 2013
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agile, teams

Agile teams are the building block to any successful agile transformation. Without strong, self-sustaining agile teams, any change as a result of an agile transformation is very likely temporary. At agile42 we spend a lot of time helping our clients form powerful agile teams, and in the following we explain a little about our approach.

Characteristics of an agile team?

As well as small, 6-9 people, an agile team is: 

  • Cross-functional - the team includes all roles necessary to deliver the work (at minimum Dev and QA), and dependencies outside the team (e.g. UX) are understood and available as needed ...

Scrumtisch February 2013

Hello All, we hope you've had a good start in 2013 :) The next Scrumtisch is waiting for you!

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25 January 2013
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

we hope you've had a good start in 2013 :) The next Scrumtisch is waiting for you!

  • Date: 13. February 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Deseo, Boxhagener Str. 108, http://www.deseo-restaurant.de/


Looking forward to seeing you all! 
(If you would like to attend, please send an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the scrum user group on Xing :-)

Marion

 

Facilitated Learning by Example: Lean Startup

Within a recent client engagement a new team was formed to start working on a new product in Lean Startup style. While being present at the team’s preparation sessions I was interested and asked a few questions. This led the team to ask me to give them an introduction to Lean Startup.

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18 January 2013
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Training, lean startup
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facilitation, lean, learning, training

Within a recent client engagement a new team was formed to start working on a new product in Lean Startup style. While being present at the team’s preparation sessions I was interested and asked a few questions. This led the team to ask me to give them an introduction to Lean Startup. All of them had heard and used the buzzwords around Lean Startup, some had read Eric's book, and they still felt they didn't really grasp the concept.

I hesitated for two reasons:

  • I am not a Lean Startup expert.
  • I felt they had all the ...

Meetings We Want

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. Use Meet protocol to create the meetings we want.

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21 November 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Training
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alignment, core protocols, meeting, purpose, retrospective

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. They don’t make us feel productive. They encourage alienation by coercing us into a situation where we are not sure how we can contribute. No wonder we want to spend our time elsewhere to be more effective.

A few colleagues and me are currently exploring the Core Protocols, a set of communication practices known to be helpful to create great teams. I recently started to experiment with the Meet Protocol. Meet is one of the additional protocols, combining Check In and Alignment. It let’s us establish a clean ...

I am a Kanban Coaching Professional

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [<a ...

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20 November 2012
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kanban
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agile, certification, coaching, kanban

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [http://leankanbanuniversity.com/lku-kcp]

While I have always been a bit skeptical about certification, I am myself a certified CSP and PMI-ACP.
After all there's no better way to know something than to experience it first hand :)

So let's focus on KCP.

I am lucky to know most of the bright and open people in the Kanban community.
I had many chances to experience their steady experimenting, learning and sharing attitude.
This implies questioning everything :)

So, there's been some debate when the KCP program has been announced by ...

Summary of November ScrumTisch

Notes from last night's ScrumTisch in Berlin

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16 November 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

At last night's ScrumTisch, a number of interesting challenges was discussed:

  • Do we re-estimate a story that wasn't finished in one sprint? How are the story points calculated into the velocity?
  • How can a service business sell agile to their clients? How to inspire them to participate and engage in discovering the best product?
  • How much preparation (UX/UI-definition) is needed to have stories ready for a sprint?
  • Who is using Lean Architecture? How do we change our system's design to enable our teams to go faster?
  • How do we spread knowledge (for instance about new components ...

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders

Over the past 5 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations

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16 November 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Transition, Lean Management

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? This presentation is focusing in particular on those aspects which are related to transforming a corporate into an agile company, and ...

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