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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
Tags
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
In
kanban
Tags
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

On
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

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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....

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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.

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