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Scrumtisch Berlin January 2012

Next Scrumtisch Berlin will happen in January 2012

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11 January 2012
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Hello All,

I wish you all a great 2012. Success, fun and health!

I am happy to see you soon at the next Scrumtisch:

 

  • Date: 26. January 2012
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: Cafe Restaurant Hundertwasser, Simon Dach / Ecke Krossener Strasse

 

There is no special guest, but I am sure we will have as usual very interesting topics to discuss.

Marion

 

Cynefin Lego Game

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework

On
25 December 2011
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Training, Lean Management
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cynefin, game, leadership, management

Context

The Cynefin Lego Game is part of agile42’s management training for the Agile Management Framework. 

It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

What It Is

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework.

Cynefin Framework

Using Lego, you go through four exercises where the problem to solve and the context you work in is designed to create a simple, complicated, complex and chaotic system. While it does not introduce you to the full potential of the sense-making framework, it is well suited to get a ...

Agile/Lean As I Wish It Would Be

Agile and Lean have a single purpose: to continually challenge the status quo. If you’re not doing that, you’re probably an impediment to it.

On
22 December 2011
In
Agile with a Purpose, agile, Lean Management
Tags
agile, kanban, lean, management, scrum

It’s nearly Christmas: time for wishes. This is how I envision and wish Agile and Lean to be (and I’ve seen it work, multiple times).

Dreamy

Value and Delight, On Time

The two pillars of Lean, as defined by Toyota, are continuous improvement (Kaizen) and respect people. Scrum and Agile are based on the Lean principles and disciplines. Agile and Lean (done right) enable your organisation to create the most value in a given amount of time—and to continuously increase your organisation’s capability to discover that value, shape scope and build awesome solutions.

To achieve predictability and ...

Agile@University  - 4th Lesson: From building a great vision to building a good backlog

The focus of the 4th lesson was on the product owner side. The preparation and organization of the work on the product is crucial for the success of product development. In small groups the students walked trough the whole process of creating a good vision and preparing & organizing the product backlog.

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5 December 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, haw-hamburg, requirements, university, user stories, vision

We started by building a product box to foster the ideas. It brought creativity and fun into this exercise and allowed to establish the foundation for a great vision. Here are some impressions of the product box exercise to build the vision:

From the vision we moved on by highlighting those requirements that represent our product differentiators.

The students then, starting from those requiremetns, created user stories and placed them into the Product Backlog. To structure it we used requirements and Minimal Marketable Features (MMFs). The MMFs are used to build minimal sets of functionality (by grouping together user stories ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

Embrace to fail fast! Product Owner @riskmanagement Most people are afraid to fail. Shame, is the core of the fear of failure, as psychology research (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED) concluded, which is quite intuitively understandable. Fearing failure is helping you to fail, it does nothing else than that. In ...

Embrace failing fast!

Product Owner @riskmanagement

Most people are afraid to fail. Shame is at the core of the fear of failure, psychologists say (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED). The problem with fearing failure, though, is that it does nothing but help you fail.

In our western culture, shame is a driver to get others to do things. By using shame and guilt as tools, we do not only burden us with an emotional baggage that is wearing us down emotionally, but we also create a lot of dysfunctions as we hide mistakes in order not to be blamed.

Transparency ...

Agile@University - 2nd Lesson: How to reach a common goal?

In the second lesson I built awareness among the students that a common goal, good communication and teamwork is crucial for the success of a project. Therefore we played the agile42 Scrum Lego City Game.

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23 November 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, lego, scrum, team, university

We formed three teams, who worked together to build a Scrum Lego City.

In fixed timeboxes and with a clear vision, the teams made 3 sprints in order to build the city. They made a Sprint Planning and an estimation but the first sprint was a disaster. A lot of half done User Stories, there where no real integrated results and a lot of wrong assumptions about what was expected.

Why? Because they only worked together as individuals but not together as a team. Everybody was doing what he thought would be best. No right communication and no common understanding ...

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
In
Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
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 ...

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