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Awesome Coach of the Week: Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta

We honour Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta as Awesome Coach of the Week 16, 2011!

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20 April 2011
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Paolo came to mind as the second coach who earns the Awesome Coach of the Week award by writing the awesome comment about our first laureate, Richard Lawrence.

Nusco

Ruby

As with Richard, one contribution of Nusco is very obvious when you read his blog: He's a Ruby guy. I've read a bunch of books about programming, heard about many more, but I have to think hard to come up with any one title that I've seen recommended as often as Metaprogramming Ruby. Thinking in Java comes to mind, but I think that's from another century... I ...

StrategicPlay: Make Systems Thinking Tangible the Playful Way

Why do adults start playing with LEGO® at work? StrategicPlay® is a method where you model systems using LEGO® bricks and gain understanding within the team of their parts and interactions. For this understanding to actually lead to new insights and opportunities, the full creative potential of the group is included. Find out how that works with lots of colourful examples!

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15 April 2011
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General, StrategicPlay, Training, agile
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creativity, games, lego, play, strategy

Build a tower, higher than everybody else's! Now a raptor, exactly according to specification! And now you've warmed up a bit: Model your biggest challenge for next year!

Raptor

Why do adults start playing with LEGO® at work? Let's start big...

Systems—Complex, Adaptive, Hard to Understand?

Complex adaptive systems are alluring to human understanding. The world, climate, a swarm of bees... To understand them is an intellectual challenge. I can't escape them—most projects I come across develop complex adaptive (software) systems for complex adaptive (organisational) systems. Wow.

To govern them, you need to understand them ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Richard Lawrence

We’ve known Richard Lawrence for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

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15 April 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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We’ve known Richard for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

Richard

ATDD

Richard’s most obvious contribution to the Agile world has been to the methods and tools of ATDD. He contributed to Cucumber and is the creator of Cuke4Nuke.

An Agile Family

Richard and his wife use a lot of ...

The Breakfast of (Agile) Champions  

Meet agile42 at the Scrum Gathering in Seattle. Dave Sharrock, VP agile42 North America will talk about: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day.

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7 April 2011
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General, Scrum, agile
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Breakfast - the most important meal of the day. Certainly, if you miss breakfast around mid-morning you can find yourself lacking the energy and motivation to keep on working; Missing out on a good breakfast can doom you to an ineffectual and frustrating day. The kick-off of a major transition has a similar impact on the success of the transition.

But how can we increase the chance of success on a large transition? What is a 'good breakfast' when starting a large transition? What should be avoided? Drawing from our own experience of many successful transitions, and learning from the experiences ...

Which Role does Testing Play in an Agile Development Organisation?

Last Thursday, I had a session on Agile Testing at the QualityConf in Munich. It was a first-time event, intended ...

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2 April 2011
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Scrum, Scrum & XP, agile
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agile, quality, scrum, tester, testing

Last Thursday, I had a session on Agile Testing at the QualityConf in Munich. It was a first-time event, intended for intensive exchange of the HP QualityCenter user community. My talk was a bit off-topic, as I was not talking about software tools, but about organisational change.

Not knowing what level of experience with Agile to expect from that audience was a bit of a challenge for my talk preparation. I chose to create a presentation with a strong focus on two topics: Why is Agile a good solution for 21st century software projects? How does “Agile Build Quality In ...

Scrum Fairy Tale

The dwarves were working quite happily before snow white arrived. They had their mountain, the cave, their cosy little home... And each of them worked according to his role. They did not perceive any problem. One day, coming back home, they found a guest in their house. Snow White had arrived—I guess you know that part of the tale—and had started to initiate some changes.

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31 March 2011
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Scrum, Training, Scrum & XP
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scrum, training, transition

Snow white and the dwarves

The dwarves were working quite happily before snow white arrived. They had their mountain, the cave, their cosy little home... And each of them worked according to his role. They did not perceive any problem. One day, coming back home, they found a guest in their house. Snow White had arrived—I guess you know that part of the tale—and had started to initiate some changes. First, there were struggles. Snow White challenged the status quo. Some dwarves did not like that. But Snow White was insisting, treating them as impediments. Things changed. Through ...

Why You Need a Vision

“Moving from Stories to Requirements feels like moving against the flow. Start with a Vision! Working down from there, eliciting requirements and then starting to write user stories is much easier.”

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30 March 2011
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Scrum, Training, agile
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requirements, user stories, vision

As agile42 coaches, we have a weekly CoachingCircle, where everyone who's available meets on Skype and we discuss topics we stumbled upon during the week or that our clients have been struggling with. We strengthen our team this way and continually coach each other to continually improve our coaching skills.
Today we talked about backlogs and requirements. The way we teach our clients to do this has been written about by Andrea on this blog before: Product Backlog: Requirements or Stories
Today, we talked about the situation where you coach product owners on the writing of user stories and ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, April 2011 with Andrea Tomasini and Richard Lawrence

You wanna know more about TDD and ATDD?

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22 March 2011
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile42, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch

Hello everybody,

we have 2 of the best technical Scrum Coaches in the world joining our next Scrumtisch in Berlin :-)

Andrea Tomasini and Richard Lawrence will be at the Scrumtisch in April to talk about TDD (Test Driven Development) and ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development)

As far as I know them, they might do a real session and developing some test together with you.

Date: Monday 11th April 2011
Time: 18:30
Place: Klosterstr. 71, Berlin (at Hypoport)
After we go for Dinner and Drinks somewhere :-)

Please let me know as usuall if you like to join the Scrumtisch Berlin ...

New documentation landing page

we're always working hard to make it as easy as possible for all of you to use Agilo - and to that end we've created a new documentation landing page that brings all the documentation on Agilo together in one spot.

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25 February 2011
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Agilo
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agilo

Here's our documentation landing page

Enjoy and please send us feedback on our google group.

Scrumtisch with Lyssa Adkins 2011

Meeting Minutes by Isabel Drost... Thanks for it Isa :-) The February Scrumtisch Berlin featured a talk by Lyssa ...

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18 February 2011
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Meeting Minutes by Isabel Drost... Thanks for it Isa :-)

The February Scrumtisch Berlin featured a talk by Lyssa Adkins, famously known for her publications on Coaching Agile teams. A mixture of fifty developers, scrum masters, coaches and product owner as well as one project manager followed Marion Eickmann's invitation. Thanks for organising the event, as well as thank you to Hypoport, Berlin for providing the venue.

In her one-hour presentation she mainly focussed on two core topics: On the roles agile coaches have to fullfill as well as on the skill set needed by agile coaches. Being an agile ...

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