agile42 Summer Reading List : Quiz

Here is your chance to win one of the books on the Summer Reading List!

12 August 2013

Dear friends of agile42,

Recently we posted our Summer Reading List, a collection of books compiled by our coaches of which we thought should be in your bag while you were heading out for the summer.

Now we offer you a chance to win the books by participating in a twitter quiz. We will post questions on twitter with the hashtag "#a42quiz".

The rules are simple:

  1. You need to reply with the right answer and the hashtag "#a42quiz".
  2. You will have 24 hours to enter the competition, to allow all timezones to participate.
  3. We will randoly select the winner from ...

Scan Agile 2013: The Anatomy of an Agile Organization

I am happy to speak at the Scan Agile in November in Finland about agile Agile Frameworks and more.

7 August 2013

Agile is mainstream. More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal successful experiments, or just because their competitors are doing it. Unfortunately though, the cultural change that follows the adoption of Agile within an organization can't be constrained to the IT department - Here things become tricky…

Here you can find the full abstract and general information are provided on the conference website

Cynefin Lego Game at Agile2013

The Cynefin Lego Game workshop by agile42 will be featured in a workshop at #Agile2013 in Nashville on August 8th

6 August 2013
Events, Training
agile2013, cynefin

Our coaches Brad Swanson and Dave Sharrock are in Nashville at Agile2013 where they will present a workshop on August 8th titled The Cynefin Lego Game: Recognizing the Complexity Domain of your Problem.

The Cynefin Lego Game is a game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework and part of agile42’s management training for the Agile Management Framework.

From Dave and Brad workshop presentation:

We expect leadership teams to find innovative solutions to business challenges, and yet rarely give any consideration to how to solve these challenges. Current thinking is leading ...

agile42 Summer Reading List 2013

We have asked our coaches to compile a reading list of titles that would be appropriate in the bag of an Agile practitioner while heading for summer

23 July 2013

Dear friends of agile42,

summer is upon us at least in the Northern hemisphere (and if you’re living in the Southern part of the world you shouldn’t complain either) and we have decided to use our community newsletter for something different. Even for Agile practitioners there is a vacation time, not only for relaxing with the loved ones but also for keeping up with new thoughts and ideas.

We have therefore asked our coaches to help us compile a “summer reading list” of titles that would be appropriate in an agilista’s bag while heading for the beach ...

agile42 sponsor of Manage Agile conference in Berlin

agile42 will be a sponsor and strategic coach Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "The Anatomy of an Agile Organization" at Manage Agile 2013

18 July 2013

For the second year running agile42 is proud to be a sponsor of Manage Agile, the conference about agile project management and agile requirements management, two important supporting columns of the modern software development. Manage Agile 2013 takes place on October 22nd (Workshop Day) and October 23rd/24th (Conference Days) in Berlin.

Target audience of Manage Agile 2013 are project managers, requirements manager, IT directors and directors of methods and practices departments. Manage Agile addresses management topics – no straight technological aspects – hoping to be a networking platform where each year experts and managers can compare notes to establish agile themes ...

The Dark Champions of Agile: Gathering Allies for Change

As the resistance to change continues, the Agile Knight gathers allies to his cause, with squires leading the way. Leadership thru action carries the day!

15 July 2013

Click here to read Part 1: Know Thy Enemy, which identifies the resistors to change and how to defeat them.

In order to be Champion, you demonstrate strength with Victories.  You are the champion and battle is part of your persona. Some have argued against this battle/fight mentality, but I resist them with the obvious business parlance; “we must dominate the market”, “crush the competition”, “hostile takeovers”, “kill or be killed”, etc.

The Champion needs his own personas to help with change; mini-change agents that are responsible for one aspect of change, so that one person does not become ...

agile42 to host a Webinar on Empirical Control

The Webinar will be hosted on 18th of July at 4 PM

11 July 2013
control, empirical

The agile42 Coach in the Netherlands Niels Verdonk will explain the importance of Empirical Control in your agile approach. This is one of the most fundamental principles of agile, and is often misunderstood and forgotten when organisations implement scrum.

This talk will explain why Agile requires a mindset shift and you need to replace defined process control with empirical control. That through transparency, inspection and adaptation the best processes are emerging while you're working, and that only retrospectively it is possible to recognize successful adaptation from non successful ones.

Video from Agile Adria 2013 Keynote

Full video for "Why Practices are not as important as Principles?" the closing keynote of Agile Adria 2013, by agile42 senior coach Andrea Tomasini

10 July 2013
agileadria, youtube

In April, our senior coach Andrea Tomasini delivered the closing keynote at the Agile Adria conference 2013 in Terme Tuhelj titled Why Practices are not as important as Principles?. It was the biggest agile event in south-east Europe and now thanks to our friends at Agile Croatia a full video of the keynote is available. You can watch it embedded here or at the conference page.

Comprion goes agile

Test equipment specialist COMPRION moves to next level with agile methods with the help of experienced agile professionals of agile42

8 July 2013

Berlin, July 4th, 2013 - The agile experts of agile42, specializing in agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban as well as their own Agile Transition Framework, were COMPRION’s choice for introducing and implementing the agile working approach throughout their Paderborn located company. According to COMPRION’s executives being more agile enables them to faster react to customer requests and changing markets, which they consider to be a real competitive advantage.

The first step of the agile transition was to help the management to a basic understanding of agile processes and leadership-methodology and the advantages connected to these methods. In a ...

Agile Failure Modes: IBM Innovate Attendees Weigh In

Here are the failure modes and challenges in Agile Transformations, submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate 2013 and organized into some common themes

25 June 2013

What are the biggest failure modes in Agile transformations? We posed this question to attendees at the IBM Innovate conference in Orlando in early June, where agility at scale was a prominent topic. 

Agile Failure Modes

We already posted our own list of the top 8 failure modes in Agile Transformations (along with some success modes). Here are the failure modes, anti-patterns, and challenges submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate, organized into some common themes.

Commitment and buy-in for change

  • no executive sponsor - lack of commitment
  • lack of middle management support
  • management is the stumbling block
  • management understanding of agile
  • no consensus for ...

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