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 ...

Agile Testing Days 2013: Agile Testing is nonsense, because Agile is testing…

Testing is an attitude, an approach and a practice: notes from my experience at Agile Testing Days 2013 and the opening keynote I presented

4 November 2013
agile, agile testing, keynote, scrum

Some impressions

The Agile Testing Days has definitely been an experience for me. I wasn't sure what type of people I would have met at such supposedly very "vertical" and specific conference, focusing on testing in the Agile world. It's definitely one of a kind, and I was positively surprised about the amount of people who are actually getting closer to Agile through the testing experience.

The quality of the speakers has been very high, I have attended almost all of the keynotes, and were all very well followed, and engaging too. I have learned that there are ...

Presenting at SDEC13, Winnipeg

I joined a long list of agile experts presenting at this year's SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg

30 October 2013

The program had a great mix of basics and opportunities to learn from thought leaders in Lean and Agile.  I've really enjoyed both Keynotes. @MarkGraben widened our understanding of lean in healthcare, showing how lean manufacturing practices for process improvement are being adopted in the field of healthcare across the globe, from the UK to Canada and the US. One of the most lasting images Mark shared was a 'paper prototype' for a new children's hospital, providing the opportunity for all those working in the hospital to be involved. Mark has written up his account of the talk ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, November 2013

The next Berlin Scrumtisch will take place at 18:30 on 20th of November 2013, at the American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly "Deseo")

28 October 2013
Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for our next Scrumtisch in Berlin:

  • Date: 20th of November, 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)



Agile Testing Days sponsorship and Keynote

agile42 proud to be a sponsor of Agile Testing Days 2013, Andrea Tomasini delivering keynote "Agile Testing is nonsense, because Agile is Testing"

27 October 2013

Agile Testing Days 2013, starting tomorrow October 28 in Potsdam, Germany, and running until the 31st, is an annual European conference for and by international professionals involved in the Agile world, Europe’s greatest Agile event of the year. Working title for 2013 is “Setting, Increase, Early Veraison and Ripening of Agile Testing”. Just as good wine – agile testing is maturing and getting better with every added year. This year the conference expects about 450 agile minded or interested software professionals and testing experts from all over the world.

Our senior coach Andrea Tomasini will deliver a Keynote titled Agile ...

Slides for Manage Agile Keynote

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

25 October 2013

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?

16 October 2013

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"

15 October 2013
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

11 October 2013
Events, kanban
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

7 October 2013

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 ...

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