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Agile in the Bathtub

How does a company produce bathtubs in an agile way?

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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!

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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 ...

First agile42 University iBook: Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting

Agile42 Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. We published our first paper "Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting" and we are looking forward for your feedback

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6 August 2012
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Tags
agile, transition

Agile42

Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. The problem is that nobody else really got to appreciate such insights, as we fail to publish many of them. To address that issue we have been working throughout the year creating a series of internal initiatives which work on a common aim: to share knowledge with a broader community. You may notice more blogs at agile42.com.

The next step

From my perspective the blog posts are a great starting point ...

agile42 @ Agile2012 in Texas!

Visit us at the Agile2012 conference in Dallas, Texas!

On
30 July 2012
In
General, agile, kanban

agile42 will participate in this year's Agile2012 conference in Dallas, Texas, presented by the Agile Alliance!
Make sure to visit us at "… the world’s largest conference for Agile teams, developers, managers, and executives. Experience the full array of Agile development methodologies, technologies and tools, leadership principles, and management philosophies and processes. Select from over 200 talks, tutorials, and workshops, then return home with transformative new skills, ideas and perspectives that you can put into practice immediately" (see http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/)!

 

Here's a list of what agile42 will present at the conference:

  • On Tuesday 14th at 13 ...

Tips for the Product Owner: Planning - Part 1 - Theory

Planning is the art of predicting the future as accurately as possible by assuming that past events - which brought to a positive outcome - would happen again in the future if we are able to recreate the same conditions.

Long Term Planning

A good plan allows better decisions

 Planning is the art of predicting the future as accurately as possible by assuming that past events - which brought to a positive outcome - would happen again in the future if we are able to recreate the same conditions. You could argue about the past being a good reference to make prediction about the future. I like to see it in a pragmatic way: as human beings, we base almost all our decisions about the future on what we have learned in the past. So far at least, the past has proven ...

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO?

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO? We are the many! How many Product Owners do you need? Basically, this article is about why it is a bad idea trying to counter a dysfunctional situation by adding more people to the job. A phenomenon that I encountered often ...

Tips for the beginner Product Owner: How many PO?

We are the many! How many Product Owners do you need?

Basically, this article is about why it is a bad idea trying to counter a dysfunctional situation by adding more people to the job.

A phenomenon that I encountered often is that companies tend to hire more Product Owners when their setup with one does not seem to work. Can the reflex to just hire more people when the existing ones are not doing what is expected from them help?

Before we take a deeper look into what can go ...

Professional help with the switch to agile methods

Agile product development and agile project management bring about rapid realisation of objectives, whilst delivering exactly the result with the greatest possible commercial benefit. Ensuring a smooth switch to agile processes calls for professional support: coaches with extensive project experience and certified trainers are on hand to support teams and companies of all sizes through this change – worldwide, and with customised coaching.

On
11 June 2012
In
Press

(Deutsche Version, s. u.)

Berlin, 11 June 2012 – Agile methods and agile development of software and hardware bring great flexibility, whilst being leaner than traditional models. Instead of defining the full details of a project in advance via sets of specifications, under the agile approach it is only the next key stage that is targeted. The individual stages (sprints) rarely last more than two weeks, meaning that it is easy to maintain an overview at all times. Adaptations – which are necessary on all major development projects as they progress – can be implemented more easily using this empirical approach than using ...

Revive Your Daily Standup

A mature team must understand the goal, follow the principles, and then apply the appropriate techniques to achieve the goal for the daily standup

On
29 May 2012
In
Scrum, agile, kanban
Tags
daily, outcome, standup

Be honest: is your daily standup meeting (or daily Scrum) highly valuable, or is it really just a status meeting where everyone goes through the motions, answering the standard three questions like zombie automatons?

Why a Daily Standup?

Let’s start with why. What is the purpose of the daily stand up?

  • To agree as a team on how to deliver the most value in the next working day
  • To inspect and adapt the sprint plan if necessary, in order to deliver the most value in the sprint

We also have a set of lean & agile principles to guide us ...

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