AgilePalooza Conference in Austin

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

9 December 2013

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

9 December 2013

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!

5 December 2013
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


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?

29 November 2013
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

28 November 2013

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.

19 November 2013

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"

15 November 2013

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.

The Scrum method as an instrument of Lean Management and their implementation

My thesis about the implementation of Scrum for an agile42 customer as an empiric example of reducing costs in times of uncertainty

Last month, my thesis "The Scrum method as an instrument of Lean Management and their implementation" was published and is now available all over the world… here is a small summary:

"It ́s necessary to optimize working processes because of the economical benefits and it increases the lastingness of resources and working overhead. Methods especially in the software development were created to help organizations increasing their output while reducing costs. This is out of the economical principle where the idea is from to produce the highest output with less input. The scrum method is an agile method out of ...

You Don't Need to Change. Survival is Optional

Slides and video from my talk at Lean Kanban United Kingdom 2013 in London

13 November 2013
Events, kanban

The title refers to a quote attributed to W. Edwards Deming.

Today there's general consensus - and a lot of noise - about the need for change. Still, organizations are having a hard time with change. Most change initiatives fail. Sometimes it's just a matter of lack of will to change. Sometimes organizations just don't even understand why or what they have to change.

Change is often believed to be magically reachable designing new processes on paper, possibly paying huge amounts of money to consultants.

The talk introduces the Kanban Method (not to be confused with the Kanban Tool ...

Have a structure for your coaching conversation

A coaching conversation is conducted on two levels, the conversation level and the meta level, and as a coach you are constantly acting on both

7 November 2013

This blog post is the third 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!", or the second one, "Your strategy for formulating powerful questions", we suggest you read those before continuing here.

A coaching conversation is not just a small talk about how things are going or not going. Coaching conversations are for committed individuals or teams, that want to make a significant change or get wiser about an important matter. To help you succeed as a coach, you can ...

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