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Notes from the Scrumtisch 2011

Again our famous Scrumtisch took place on November 10th, 2011 at the Cafe Hundertwasser in Friedrichshain.The Scrumtisch is interesting for everybody who wants to discuss Scrum, share problems and find solutions.

Andrea Tomasini started the meeting with his impressions of the Scrum Gathering in London and as usual topics were chosen by the group.  The following issues which were discussed:


  • 3 teams but how many backlogs
  • My teams do not like cross-functional
  • Team changing at every sprint, what to do? Scrum is empowerment...
  • How to trace dependencies between stories in the product backlog
  • Planning meeting is too long, estimation is hard 

3 teams but how many backlogs?

  • stable and performing
  • people shuffling every sprint
  • The management decide how to sort things: sometimes the team has 2 to 3 members
  • 20+20 ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

How long is your backlog? Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this. A newbie Product ...

How long is your backlog?

Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this.

A newbie Product Owner is often frightened about his backlog being too short. Having 15-20 User Stories ready for the next Sprint Planning is often hard for a beginner. After a while, it turns into an obsession, as a long Product Backlog gives a feeling of safety.

Guys, and the few Gals out ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Ralf Kruse

We honour Ralf Kruse as Awesome Coach of the Week 44, 2011!

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3 November 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

My first pair-coaching endeavour with Ralf was arguably the toughest setting I’ve ever been in for an agile transition. We started training teams who had basically been told by their management that all the specialisation they had accumulated over decades would be unneeded in their bright future, using Scrum... And this was an engineering company producing mechanically and electronically complex and innovative goods for a challenging small market. The setup couldn’t have been worse, and within a few days Ralf and I developed this image of standing back to back, shielding each other from the mud we were ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginning Product Owner

Envision a vision for a better PO I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature ...

Envision a vision for a better PO

I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature as something that is a prerequisite.

In my experience, most companies lack a vision for their products. On rare occasions,  there existed a product vision, but it led a gloomy existance in a dusty drawer.

A good product vision is short, concise, broad, understandable and most important - engaging! With a ...

Awesome Coach of the week: Marius de Beer

Having moved to Vancouver, Canada to share the magic that is agile42, I was surprised to meet another foreign agile coach in Vancouver. Marius de Beer, from South Africa, had also identified with the beauty of Vancouver (his wife liked the city) and decided to settle down here (his wife ...

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25 October 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week

Having moved to Vancouver, Canada to share the magic that is agile42, I was surprised to meet another foreign agile coach in Vancouver. Marius de Beer, from South Africa, had also identified with the beauty of Vancouver (his wife liked the city) and decided to settle down here (his wife really liked the city). Over the intervening months, I've had the pleasure of working more closely with Marius, and see something very special in him. Therefore, this week Marius is our Awesome Coach of the Week.

Marius has worked with agile for nearly a decade, and has been coaching ...

Agile@University - 1st Lesson: How to handle complex project situations

Software is getting more and more complex and a lot of projects fail. The students experienced this problem simple exercise: The marshmallow challenge. The students had to build a tower out of spaghettis, cover-tape, a string and with a marshmallow on top in a fixed timebox of 18 minutes.

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24 October 2011
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agile@university
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agile, hamburg, haw-hamburg, lego, marshmallow, scrum, university

Best Team or Last Tower standing ;-)

Well, the exercise worked out as expected. Three of four teams had no tower at the end. Pretty comparable to real software projects  :-)

What happend?:

I gave them a complex environment with fixed circumstances and rules. Instead of trying and failing fast and often, they discussed nearly until the timebox was over or they added the marshmallow in the last second and the tower broke under the weight.

After also some other interactive sessions like the well known ball point game the students got the message and learned:

  • Assumptions lead to wrong results - proof them fast and often
  • Build your ...

Agil zu werden ist nicht schwer, agil zu sein dagegen sehr ...

The article „Agil zu werden ist nicht schwer, agil zu sein dagegen sehr...“ (in engl. "Becoming agile is not so difficult but staying agile can be...") by Marion Eickmann was published in the magazine www.objektspektrum.de on October 20th, 2011.

Becoming agile is not so difficult, but staying agile can be. The introduction of agile practices such as Scrum and Kanban may seem simple at first glance, but is not trivial. The reason for this is that the transition to agile methods are not only changing processes within the company but also the "mindset" of all participants. Teams have more responsibility, management style will change from "Command and Control" to "Agile Leadership" and also the strategic management has to support "Agile Change" with the right communication strategy. But how is it possible to introduce all these changes successfully? The answer ...

Agile@University

When I studied „Computer Science“, I did not learn much about agile software development, although, according to my curriculum I should have.Now, being an Agile Coach, I like to go back to the roots, helping “Agility” to become a part of the universities topics. My old university, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), gives me the chance to do so.

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17 October 2011
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agile@university, Scrum, agile
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agile, hamburg, haw-hamburg, lego, marshmallow, scrum, universitywesome

As we all know a lot of projects failed in the past for various reason. Agile methods like Scrum seems to help solving that issue and therefore more and more companies start moving in the agile direction. My goal is to give the students an understanding of agile beyond the pure mechanics, so that they are learning the theory as well as real ways to work agile in order to prepare them for the real work environments. 
In the lecture we will see and experience well known agile approaches like Scrum and Kanban, get an understanding of their background (Lean ...

Agile Strategy Map - Mapping at ACCUS

At the AgileCoachCamp US in Columbus, OH, I facilitated an open space session on Agile Strategy Mapping

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14 October 2011
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Scrum, agile, Lean Management
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agile strategy map, leadership, transition

Two weeks ago, Olaf and I had the pleasure of participating in the AgileCoachCamp US (#accus). We played our brand new Kanban Pizza Challenge on the Games Day, and hosted multiple open space sessions. One of my sessions got exceptionally good feedback, so I decided to provide a little more information on the agile42 Agile Strategy Map...

Dave in Full Flow

The opening question was how to effectively manage the work of the leadership or transition teams in large enterprise agile adoptions. The group quickly identified two scenarios: one in which the traditional backlog and task board approach worked extremely well; and one in ...

Scrumtisch November 2011

Hello All, I am happy to announce the next Scrumtisch in Berlin, an I hope many of you will come. Andrea will tell you a bit about the last Scrum Gathering which is happening right now in London, and about some news regarding the Scrum Certifications. The other topics we ...

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13 October 2011
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

I am happy to announce the next Scrumtisch in Berlin, an I hope many of you will come.

Andrea will tell you a bit about the last Scrum Gathering which is happening right now in London, and about some news regarding the Scrum Certifications. The other topics we will found on the "fly" :-)

 

  • Date: 10. November 2011
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

 

We are looking forward to meet you there.

Marion

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