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Facilitated Learning: Setup

When coaching teams and organisations on their path towards a new way of work, we frequently get asked to transfer specific knowledge to people. The context does not always allow for a "full training", and that may not be actually needed.

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4 March 2013
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Training
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4c, facilitation, learning, training

When coaching teams and organisations on their path towards a new way of work, we frequently get asked to transfer specific knowledge to people. The context does not always allow for a "full training", and that may not be actually needed.

Depending on the nature of that request and contextual constraints, when we are asked to deliver a training session, what do we do?

I recently published the session design of a Lean Startup session I ran with client teams, and will now share the basics of how I set it up.

Back of the Room

I used the 4Cs ...

agile42 at Agile Dev Practices 2013

agile42 at Agile Dev Practices 2013, the Conference for Agile Developers

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28 February 2013
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Events

agile42 will be present at Agile Dev Practices 2013, the Conference for Agile Developers, taking place from 4th to 7th March in Potsdam near Berlin. 

You can meet our team in the exhibitor area where we'll have a booth and listen to senior coach Andrea Tomasini deliver the Keynote on Tuesday 5th about "Why Practices are not as important as Principles?" and reflect on the big Agile dilemma: "To effectively apply practices, you need to under the principle, but to understand the principles, you need to practice! Simple… and yet incredibly complicated."

You can register with 25% discount using ...

Why We Play

We want players to understand concepts that increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn methods that help their teams

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22 February 2013
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Agile with a Purpose, StrategicPlay, Training
Tags
games, kanbanpizzagame, play, scrum lego city game

As agile coaches, we regularly want to create a learning environment for people. We use concepts like Training from the Back of the Room to step aside and let them learn. We facilitate and regularly use games. Playing is an integral and very effective part of learning, as it opens people's minds and hearts and creates the emotional connections that makes experiences stick.

What makes learning agile challenging?

We want participants to understand concepts that in our experience increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn practical methods that may help their teams as well ...

Scrumtisch Notes - Berlin February, 2013

Summary of February Scrumtisch in Berlin

Hi everybody,

last Wednesday Andrea Tomasini hosted the Scrumtisch in Berlin. 
It was a pleasure for us to share experiences, doubts and considerations about Scrum and possible better implementations in everyday work life. 
At first it seemed like nobody had a topic to discuss, but as soon as the first one of us started, the topics came down like snow!

For those who did not attend, here is the list of the topics proposed:

Question list 

  • Distributed PO, do we need more technical details in user stories?
  • What estimation techniques are you finding more effective?
  • Generalists teams, how far should you go ...

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
Tags
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 ...

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