Culture is the catalyst

Playing Agile Games with Kids: Culture is the catalyst to grow agile concepts

25 July 2017

As an agile coach, I always look at everything in my life with my agile glasses. I always follow the agile philosophy. This happens while working professionally in my business life, and it also happens while pursuing family and other affairs in my private life.

Agile Mommy

I have a six year old daughter. My inspection about her learning journey on new skills and knowledge is that she gets the best results while playing games with her friends or me. Children like playing games all the time and every time they gain new knowledge and enhance their skills in the particular topic ...

Meet the Coach: Joanne Perold

agile42 coach and CST Joanne Perold explains her background, her love for conferences and the Agile community in South Africa

18 July 2017
Meet the Coach

For our Meet the Coach series we meet with Joanne Perold, agile42 coach based in Johannesburg that will be a Keynote Speaker at the annual Scrum Gathering South Africa in November 2017.

Q: How did you start your Agile path and end up coaching with agile42?

That is a long story. :) I started out as an 'everything' person at a small company building HR and Payroll systems. We were small, and I had so much to learn. There I did some of everything from development to systems support and testing.I had fun there, but when I went on my ...

How to get your conference submissions accepted

How to create a submission that has a better chance of getting accepted at a conference

17 July 2017

I have been part of either reviewing or organising multiple conferences, both locally and internationally. I am grateful for this because it helped me to learn about how to create a submission that has a better chance of getting accepted. During my reviewing for the AgileXX conferences I had the opportunity to pair with some experienced reviewers and agilists, which also helped me to grow and learn.

I’m going to share what I have gained from the experience, and hopefully, it can help others out there…

Conference schedule board

This is what I look for when I’m reviewing a submissions:

  • It ...

Scrumtisch August 2017

Scrumtisch Berlin August 2017

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin :

  • Date: 22nd of August, 2017
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceNewstore GmbH, Schiffbauerdamm 22, 10117 Berlin 

If you would like to attend, please send a message to, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you and seeing you again! :-)



Announcing: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Agile Coaching

agile42 coaches are happy to publish the first version of the introductory reference for new Agile Coaches as well as experienced ScrumMasters

11 July 2017

As agile42 coaches we are proud to announce that our first proper coaching book has been released! This is the book we wish we had had when we started out as agile coaches, and it’s now available for download free of charge.

We take great pride in our tradition of coaching, which is continuously being adapted to the needs of our clients and our own company. Our approach is simple, but not necessarily easy. With this book we wanted to create an introductory reference for new agile coaches as well as experienced ScrumMasters. It contains much of the theory ...

Agile cultural approach in Midrange Magazin

"Efficient development needs an agile corporate culture" in German magazine Midrange Magazin

7 July 2017
Transition, Press

Midrange Magazin, 6/2017In German magazine Midrange Magazin, number 6 of 2017, we published an overview of our Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) and the cultural approach needed for an Agile transformation.

The article is under the title Effiziente Entwicklung braucht eine agile Unternehmenskultur (Efficient development needs an agile corporate culture). You can read the full article online.

This was part of an issue focused on modern software and change management.

Dhaval Panchal and Dave Sharrock podcasts at Agile Amped

Dhaval Panchal and Dave Sharrock were guests of the Agile Amped podcast talking about their coaching experience

29 June 2017

The Agile Amped podcast is a series that brings Agile news and events to life, fueled by inspiring conversations, innovative ideas, and in-depth analysis of enterprise agility. 

Howard Sublett hosted Dave Sharrock for an Agile Amped episode during Keep Austin Agile 2017 in Austin, Texas. Howard and Dave discussed Dave’s talk What Does the Agile Manager Actually Do (full of Dilbert references) and his coaching experience. Listen in to learn how  teaching your kids how to cross the road can help you be a better agile manager.

Dhaval Panchal was a guest of Agile Amped during Mile High Agile ...

Interview on Dutch TV

Niels Verdonk explains what Scrum is and how it has helped a customer of agile42, AAFM Facility Management

28 June 2017
netherlands, youtube

The Dutch television visited one of our customers and interviewed me about what Scrum is an how it can help organisations like AAFM Facility Management. 

This customer, which is providing facility servives to organisations is not a typical software organisation implementing Scrum. They don't develop software, but they are dealing with many different aspects of facility management, like catering, cleaning, security, reception, etc. for which they have experts in-house and on location at customer sites.

Each of their clients is different and by bringing the different disciplines of their organisation together in Scrum teams, these teams can work towards ...

Bridging the Unknown

In an Agile transformation small steps and reassuring inspections of the path ahead are not random practices, they are necessary for everyone

22 June 2017

Cover of AgileVox issue 3This article has been previously published in the Coaches’ Corner section of issue 3 (Spring 2017) of AgileVox, the magazine published by the Scrum Alliance.

In the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones follows three clues that lead him to the Holy Grail. One of those cluse implores him to “leap from the lion‘s head.” Faced with a deep, wide chasm – with a lion’s head on one side and empty space ahead – he must step into the unknown. In leaping from the lion’s head he suddendly finds himself standing on an invisible bridge ...

Article on Agile Leadership in Swiss magazine Computerworld

New article published in the issue 6/2017 of Swiss Computerworld

6 June 2017

On the May issue of Swiss magazine Computerworld we discussed how many companies need to become more agile, but in order for this to happen, it also requires a new understanding of the roles of all involved parties. The article (in German) is titled Das Team ist der Chef, which translates as "The team is the boss".


The article is available in the newstand edition and also as a downloadable purchase from the Computer world site.

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