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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 ...

Success Story and Press Release about agile42's job at Atrada AG

agile42’s agile and Scrum competence adds value for Atrada AG

On
5 November 2012
In
Press
Tags
agile, agile42, agile coaching, atrada, scrum

Atrada AG had some big expectations when they introduced agile methods in the organization: reduced reaction and development time, increased efficiency, and greater customer and employee satisfaction. In order to reach these goals the online marketplace specialists brought in the agile coaches from agile42.

 

Read more here: Success Story Atrada

 

Scrumtisch Berlin November 2012

Hello All, it's time again for the next Scrumtisch....

On
30 October 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
agile development, scrumtsch

Hello All,

it's time again for the next Scrumtisch. I think it will be the last one this year ;-)

  • Date: 15. Novembet 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place (new!): 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

 

Agile Leadership

The survival of corporations in today’s competitive environment depends on new management thinking.

On
4 October 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, agile
Tags
agile leadership, leadership

“Skills shortage” is an awkward phrase, but the issue it describes is relevant for many companies. Finding the employees you need is hard. Next, you want to keep them. Money alone doesn’t make them happy. Knowledge workers expect more from a job than "just" being paid well. Attractive work environments allow their employees to work autonomously. The required responsibility needs to be encouraged by managers who change their own ways first. They have to go from classic "managing" to "agile leading".

stagnation-change-revolution

The introduction of agile thinking and practice is a proven way to align autonomous work with your company ...

Effect Mapping at the Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Effect Mapping is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

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26 September 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Product Owner
Tags
effect mapping, feature injection, innovation

Effect Mapping (or Impact Mapping) is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

In June, I had the pleasure to be invited to the Nordstrom Innovation Lab in Seattle to introduce a team to Effect Mapping and Feature Injection.

Effect Mapping ProcessWhile I tell you the story of my session, I’ll highlight the impact you can achieve ...

Notes for the Scrumtisch Berlin - August 29, 2012

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012 This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72) Questions Collected 1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria 2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment 3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an ...

On
4 September 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin, Scrum
Tags
acceptance criteria, collaboration, empirical control, fixed price, partners, user story

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012

This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72)

Questions Collected

Topic list for Scrumtisch Aug, 29 Berlin

1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria

2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment

3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an Agile team?

4) How to keep the Sprint Size constant and deal with release deadlines?

5) How to deal with fixed price offers

Discussion

Following a short summary about the main point of discussion for each of the Top three voted topics.

Topic 1 - How to work with external developers in ...

Agile in the Bathtub

How does a company produce bathtubs in an agile way?

On
17 August 2012
In
kanban, Lean Management
Tags
agile2012

After significant downsizing, a traditional top-down org started to apply agile/lean to their product development. Starting there with Kanban for Portfolio Management, even other departments started to adopt Agile/Lean principles: all in a non-software context!

Gaetano Mazzanti gave a talk at Agile2012 in Dallas yesterday, where he told the interesting story of a successful transition.

Scrumtisch Berlin, August 2012

See you at the next Scrumtisch session!

On
16 August 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
berlin, scrumtisch

Hello All,

we hope you've had a nice sommer and still have! :) We would like to invite you to an end-of-summer Scrumtisch session in Berlin, which this time will take place at a new location:

  • Date: 29. August 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place (new!): 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

 

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

On
16 August 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
Tags
agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

The session has been recorded, and while we're waiting for the video to be edited, download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

Download pdf

Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

The Two Things You Have to Do to Be a Great Boss

What makes a great boss great?

On
10 August 2012
In
Lean Management
Tags
agile management, management

In my career, I've seen enough managers to lose count. Many of them were not so good, some were OK, and a few were great. That’s enough data to draw conclusions: what makes a great boss great?

It's not charisma. I did meet a few charismatic leaders, and I met some who would have gone unnoticed at any party. Neither stage presence nor the lack of it are crucial.

It's not vision. I've met leaders who could see the big picture, and others who just asked the right people for the right answer. You don ...

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