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How to Plan the “Perfect Retrospective” - a.k.a. Ditching a Good Plan

Planning too far ahead is a waste: it is best to stay flexible and decide as late as possible to make more informed decisions

“In preparing for a battle, I have found planning is indispensable, but plans are useless.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I love it when a plan comes together — but sometimes, you just have to let it go.

When coaching teams, you will soon find out that every team is different and even every meeting of every team is different. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike. The key is to be able to adapt your plan to the team’s needs, at every moment of time. Even the best plan is made based on the knowledge and assumptions of that current state ...

The Advanced Team Coaching Course comes to California

Invitation to the Advanced Team Coaching Course classes in Sunnyvale, Cal. starting April 24, 2017

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3 March 2017
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As our world of Agile has expanded from single teams to larger concerns at organizational level, ScrumMasters and Agile change agents are in need for greater toolset of techniques to accelerate their organization’s Agile journey.

“Only now we have a structured framework and a toolset at hand that we can use on a daily basis"

Therefore we are really excited to announce public offering for our Advanced Team Coaching Course (ATCC) in Sunnyvale, CA starting April 24, 2017. This highly successful coaching skills development program is used by us in developing internal coaching competencies for our Agile transformation clients ...

Marius de Beer in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Join coach Marius de Beer for a "Breakfast of Champions" in Cape Town and Johannesburg to talk about Preventing Burnout in an Agile organization

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22 February 2017
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This year marks the tenth anniversary of our activities in South Africa and we want to start the celebrations in style. We are organizing a Breakfast of Champions, a thought-provoking event to discuss organisational agility.

Marius de BeerWe will discuss Preventing Burnout with agile42 coach Marius de Beer: many so-called “Agile” teams find themselves sprinting endlessly from one deadline to the next. Leaders are understandably frustrated at the missed promises of Agile. People are feeling unbearable pressure from the endlessly growing demands of modern life. No less a person than Adriana Huffington is these days focussing her energy on helping people to ...

Sponsoring ProductCamp Vancouver 2017

agile42 is a sponsor of Product Camp Vancouver, the unconference held at UBC Robson Square on Saturday February 18th

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13 February 2017
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We are happy to sponsor once again ProductCamp Vancouver 2017, the premiere event in the British Columbia area for Product Management, Product Marketing, and Marketing professionals to teach to, learn from, and network with each other.

ProductCamp is an un-conference, meaning that participants can bring ideas, lead a session in their area of expertise, facilitate a round table discussion, network, or volunteer. This year's event will take place at UBC Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver, BC next Saturday, 18 February.

A couple of years ago I have been asked what I like about ProductCamp Vancouver in this short video:

Scrumtisch Berlin: February 8th, 2017

Report and photos from the February meeting of the Berlin Scrum User Group, facilitated by agile42 coaches Konrad Pogorzala and Javier Perez

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10 February 2017
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Scrumtisch Berlin

Thanks to everybody who joined the Scrumtisch in Berlin on Wednesday and special thanks to Newstore for providing such great hosting facilities.

As usual we started collecting topics. The list according to your votes (in brackets) was as follows:

  • Encouraging self-organisation (23)
  • Team metrics and Management (17)
  • Visibility in distributed environment (15)
  • Scrum Master vs Agile Coach responsabilities (15)
  • Predictability (9)
  • Distributed teams in far locations. How to deal with them (7)
  • Product Owner and scaled environments (6)
  • How to become obsolete as Scrum Master (5)

Then, we split in five different groups and each group discussed one of the ...

Presenting resilience and anti-fragility at OOP 2017

Join agile42 at OOP 2017 in Munich for a talk about organization resilience and anti-fragility

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30 January 2017
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OOP 2017We are happy to be again sponsors of OOP 2017 in Munich, the platform for both technical and business professionals to update their knowledge and share their wisdom.

I will present How to grow your organization resilience and anti-fragility tomorrow, January 31st, in the Agile Transition Management track.

In an ever changing market organizations needs to survive through the adoption of more light and flexible governance structures. Culture plays a fundamental role when it comes to allowing more autonomy and decentralization, both in terms of ownership and responsibility. Resilience is the capability of an organization to readapt very rapidly to ...

Scrumtisch February 2017

Scrumtisch Berlin February 2017

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 8th of February, 2017
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceNewstore GmbH, Schiffbauerdamm 22, 10117 Berlin 

If you would like to attend, please send a message to scrumtisch@agile42.com, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

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

Alexandra

 

Backlog Refinement in MBA Podcast

Richard Dolman talks backlog refinement on episode 107 of MBA Podcast

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23 January 2017
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Coach Richard Dolman has recently been a guest on the Mastering Business Analysis Podcast by Dave Saboe. In episode MBA107: Backlog Refinement – From Misunderstanding to Collaborative Discovery, Richard helps us take backlog refinement from an underutilized meeting that doesn’t get the respect it deserves to a powerful forum for collaborative discovery, as he wrote previously on this blog.

MBA Podcast episode 107

Backlog refinement is the act of the team reviewing the items in the backlog and discussing the detail to get clarity as to priorities and plan their work.  It’s an opportunity for the team to come together and collaboratively discover ...

Sipgate – The slightly different company

Handelsblatt magazine profiled VoIP provider Sipgate to understand how a cultural change turned their organization around, with the help of agile42

agile42 client Sipgate was the focus of a profile in German magazine Handelsblatt. The full article is available as Kulturwandel bei Sipgate: Das etwas andere Unternehmen (“Cultural change at Sipgate: the slightly different company”) and features some comments from agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann. The description of the company is very interesting and we thought it would be good to have a translation here on our blog.


 

Handelsblatt

Here’s how the Düsseldorf based VoIP (voice-over-IP) provider Sipgate multiplied their productivity.

When you come to Sipgate, in the ‘hip’ media hub Düsseldorf, the first thing you notice is the punch ...

Highlights from a successful 2016

It’s been a great 2016 for agile42

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29 December 2016
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The end of a calendar year is always a moment when we look back to gather new energy for the upcoming months: it’s been a great year and agile42 has been chosen as Winners at Red Herring Top 100 Europe 2016 and listed in the TOP 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Germany in the survey prepared by FOCUS magazine!

We worked with fantastic, inspiring and challenging clients but our greatest delight has been the growth of our team to better accommodate projects at all latitudes and the ever changing environment in the Agile world.

Andrea Tomasini, Bent Myllerup and ...

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Lasse Ziegler interviewed in Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti

Interview appeared on the leading Finnish economy newspaper

 

Scrum Gathering San Diego

Meet with agile42 coaches at the Global SCRUM GATHERING® San Diego on 10-12 April, 2017

 

New coaching technique: Full-Violence Communication

We feel Nonviolent Communication (NVC) doesn't necessarily give the desired results fast enough and we created ...

 

Meet the Coach: Niels Verdonk

A discussion with agile42 coach and manager of agile42 Netherlands Niels Verdonk

 

Scrumtisch April 2017

Scrumtisch Berlin April 2017