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Slides for Manage Agile Keynote

Slides for the keynote "The Anatomy of an Agile organisation" presented at the Manage Agile 2013 conference

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25 October 2013
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Events

Earlier this week senior coach and agile42 founder Andrea Tomasini presented The Anatomy on an Agile Organization in Berlin. Here you can browse and download the slides for the keynote.


The Business Analyst in an Agile organization

Agile teams may be popping up everywhere, with ScrumMasters and Product Owners and Development Teams. But what role does the BA play?

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16 October 2013
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Events

Last Thursday night, the Vancouver IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Chapter had a packed room for their monthly meeting to learn a little about how the role of the Business Analyst (BA) changes in an agile organization.

Unlike the project manager, the BA is rarely talked about when introducing Scrum or other agile frameworks. Although the title graphic may suggest a bleak future for the BA, this is not true. As we discussed, the product owner role in larger organizations is rarely a single isolated individual for each team, but rather a member of a team responsible for the ...

The Anatomy of an Agile organisation

Agile is not ending at the Product Development level, and is not only about Software Development: Agile is not about "adoption", it is about "becoming"

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15 October 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile, Transition, kanban, Lean Management, lean startup

Hi all, I am going to held a keynote at the second edition of the Manage Agile conference in Berlin, on October 23rd. I will be pretty much trying to challenge some wishful thinking about the idea that it is possible to create a "blueprint" of an Agile organization. This would ultimately contradict the concept of "Agile" as an emergent and adaptive approach to work. I will share with you more about what are the element which make Agile Team performing. How many of those same elements can be used at an organizational level? I won't try to define ...

Kanban for Portfolio Management 
talk at OSS4B in Prato

Slides for the talk at OSS4B

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11 October 2013
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Events, kanban
Tags
kanban, lean

On September 19, I gave a talk at the Open Source Software for Business conference in Prato.

The Conference has been very well organized and I had the honor to share the stage with the likes of Gene Kim (author of The Phoenix Project book), Dragos Dumitriu (the ‘hero’ manager described in David J Anderson’s Kanban book) and many others.

Slides for my talk Kanban for Portfolio Management are available here.

Your Strategy for Asking Powerful Questions

One approach to practicing powerful question is designing the right question in the moment, out of a model developed by psychologists Karl Tomm

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7 October 2013
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Coaching

This blog post is the second in our series about professional coaching skills for agile coaches. If you have not yet read the first blog post: "Listen, be curious and ask the great questions!", we suggest you to read that one before continuing here.

Asking the right questions is a challenging task. Especially when you do not want to pose your own opinion on to the person or team you are talking with. Great coaching questions are open-ended, non-judging and helps to foster new ideas and visions about possibilities. These kind of questions we call powerful questions.

There are several ...

Autumn is Good For Lean Kanban Talks

In the next few weeks I am going to talk about Lean Kanban at various events in Europe

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4 October 2013
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Events, kanban
Tags
kanban, lean


Gaetano Mazzanti speaking

I will cover different topics:

Each of these talks has a different focus and objective. They all share a common theme though: change.

Our environment is so complex and dynamic that there is no way to avoid dealing with change

Capability to effectively deal with change is a key trait of Agile and Lean ...

Kanban Pizza Game at Agile Development Conference East 2013

The Kanban pizza game is a fun and memorable way to learn the Kanban method. Brad Swanson from agile42 will facilitate the game at ADC East in Boston

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1 October 2013
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kanban
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games, kanban, kanbanpizzagame, lean

Brad Swanson, agile42 Senior Coach, is facilitating the Kanban Pizza Game at the Agile Development Conference East in Boston in November. The game has been highlighted now at numerous events worldwide, including Agile2012, Limited WIP Society Hamburg, and DARE 2013.

The Kanban Pizza Game is a hands-on simulation designed to teach the core elements of a kanban system—visualize the workflow, limit your work-in-process (WIP), manage flow, make process policies explicit, and improve collaboratively. Join Brad Swanson as the proprietor of your very own pizza shop to experience how kanban helps eliminate bottlenecks, minimize waste, and keep up with customer ...

The State of Scrum 2013: a Report from the Scrum Alliance

New report shows Scrum is growing rapidly, not only in software development, but in industries far beyond.

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13 September 2013
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Scrum
Tags
scrum, scrum alliance

At agile42 we practise Scrum each day and we've been very pleased to see earlier this year the publication of the 2013 State of Scrum Report by the Scrum Alliance. The work is now available for free download and includes a PDF report, a webinar to watch online and a webinar presentation deck.

State of Scrum 2013Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit professional membership organization providing Advocacy, Community and Education to encourage and support the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. This industry report is based on input from almost 500 business professionals in more than 70 countries. Participants represented various industries ...

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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Tags
retrospective

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 ...

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