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agile42 Insights: What is Agile?

In the first clip of our new agile42 Insights video series some of our coaches are asked the most fundamental question: what is Agile?

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16 December 2013
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 Watch the answers of Brad Swanson, Richard Dolman, Dave Sharrock, Jan Beaver. Or in four words: "Stop starting, start finishing." You can play the video here below or on the agile42 YouTube channel where you will find all the clips from the agile42 Insight series.

 

One, No One, One Hundred Thousand Projects

Slides from the talk presented at Better Software 2013 and Italian Agile Days 2013

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12 December 2013
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bsw13, iad13

I have presented this talk to two of the main conferences in Italy this November, Italian Agile Days in Reggio Emilia and Better Software in Florence. Although the presentations have been in Italian the slides and notes are mostly in English.

The presentation was titled One, No One, One Hundred Thousand Projects, or Uno, Nessuno, Centomila Progetti in Italian, with a nod to the work of Nobel laureate writer Luigi Pirandello. A key aspect is that often problems and solutions are common between companies because independent from the the context.

Bent Myllerup interview on the role of Scrum Master

Coach Bent Myllerup has been interviewed in Zagreb by our friends of Agile Croatia about the role of the Scrum Master

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10 December 2013
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Scrum
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youtube

During the talk with Marko Keba he answered to far-fecthing questions like "What are the main qualities of a good Scrum Master?", "What does listening really mean?" and "How to take decisions effectively?". The video can be watched here below or on YouTube.

AgilePalooza Conference in Austin

Report from my participation at "The best day of Agile" focusing on building Agile Teams and Agile Portfolio Management

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9 December 2013
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Events

Last week saw me try out a short talk on the art of agile portfolio management for the first time. Sharing the stage with a very strong line up, including Mike McLaughlin (), Jan Thomas, @DavidHussman, Russ Fletcher (@davisbase) and @DamonPoole. With two tracks - a planning and a practicing track - the talks were entertaining and informative. It was a pleasure to sit in on a number of speakers and catch some interesting and thought-provoking talks.

We started with a warm-up at Dell, which to be fair was much more than a warm-up. Over 250 people on site, and a further ...

Invitation and discount for MUWIT 2014 in Berlin

agile42 is happy to take part at the annual MUWIT in Berlin next February and to offer a discount on the registration price

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9 December 2013
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The 18th IIR MUWIT Conference will be hosted on February 20th and 21st, 2014. It is an annual update for management, human resources and organizational development, with displayed case studies from SAP, WITTENSTEIN, Evonik, Deutsche Bahn AG, TU Chemnitz and many more. It has a varied program, and new to this year is a "super trend" devoted to Agile Management.

Our founder and Strategic Coach Andrea Tomasini will host a workshop on the 20th (English language) with the title Understand Complexity – Agile is mainstream:

More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal ...

The truth about collective responsibility

When only one person is responsible, everyone else is not responsible!

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5 December 2013
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Scrum, agile, Lean Management

A statement I hear regularly about collective responsibility, is; “When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible”. These statements usually come from managers, who prefer to have a single person who takes the full responsibility so they can hold one person accountable.

The Gallop organization performed a meta-study of employee engagement and found that high employee engagement results in measurably better profitability, productivity, customer loyalty and quality.

So let’s look at what motivates people in their professional environment, as described by author Dan Pink:

  • Autonomy
  • Purpose
  • Mastery

Autonomy

Boss or Leader

Autonomy is the desire of people to be self-directed. Traditional ways ...

Change… what is change?

Change is at the core of agility. If you don’t know what change is, how can you be agile?

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29 November 2013
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Transition
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change, lizard brain, pyramid of results, transition

Almost exactly one year ago I stood in the kitchen waiting for the coffee water to come to the boil. Watching water coming to the boil is somewhat boring and my idle eyes dropped onto a towel someone had brought in, which said “Happiness is not a goal, it’s a way of life.” Still waiting for the hot water I digested this piece of information, and it dawned on me that, although I myself of course have no misconceptions about agility whatsoever, so many people have got agile wrong. They think agility is a goal, but it’s really ...

Gaetano Mazzanti at Italian Agile Days 2013

agile42 is a sponsor of Italian Agile Days 2013 where Gaetano Mazzanti will present a talk

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28 November 2013
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Events
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iad13

Italian Agile Days 2013Italian Agile Day is the oldest event for the Agile community, starting in 2004. This year the conference takes place in Reggio Emilia and the name earns a plural 's' thanks to the expansion to two days on 29th and 30th, the first devoted to workshop and the second to conference talks.

We are very happy to be a sponsor of the event as we did last year, IAD has a special relationship with the agile42 team!

Our senior coach Gaetano Mazzanti will present a talk in Italian, Uno, nessuno, centomila… progetti focused on portfolio management, and will be part ...

The bitterness of poor quality

No time to waste, start investing in your quality and productivity now! Your customers will love you for it.

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19 November 2013
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Recently I came across a picture online and posted it on twitter. I thought the quote made a lot of sense in an agile context, since in agile product development, quality should be considered in all stages, from early feedback from your customer to continuous integration on software teams. 

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.I am not a very active twitter user, so I was quite amazed it was retweeted over 200 times! Apparently the quote on the picture resonated with a lot of people, which inspired me to write this post. I also did some further research on the origins of the quote. It ...

Workshop at Smidig 2013: Effectively Coaching Agile Teams

Feedback and material from the workshop "Effectively Coaching Agile Teams"

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15 November 2013
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smidig13

It's been wonderful to conduct our session at Smidig 2013 in Oslo last week. We had great fun being with the participants.

As promised to the audience, we are sharing the material from the session. This include:

If you have any further questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Beside that, we appreciated the blog post written by Charlotte Nordnes-Jensen as the best post conference material for this.

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