Agile With Non-Software Teams

It is quite interesting to note how little most software developers know about hardware development. Many of us take it for granted that hardware development cannot match the pace of software. While this might be true for the case of the best software teams, able to update a software system every few minutes using continuous integration, for the common pace of biweekly software delivery this is nothing more than a false assumption.

26 January 2012
Scrumtisch Berlin, Agile with a Purpose
agile, hardware

At today’s ScrumTisch, the first chosen topic by the crowd was how to do Agile with non-software teams. We started the discussion with a short list of questions:

  • What to show at the end of the timebox?
  • How to set the length of the timebox?

Interestingly, these questions, although raised by the audience, apparently were not hot enough to actually get discussed... (the topic Agile Beyond Software is much broader than this post, I’m just covering what was discussed tonight—a touch on the surface...)


It turned out, that the person suggesting the topic actually had a ...

Financial Times Germany: Project Management can be agile

This article, published in the Financial Times Germany in December 2012, is about Landau Media, one of agile42s long time customer.  Unfortunately the article is only available in German, but maybe google translate will help :-) Marion        

25 January 2012
General, agile, Press

This article, published in the Financial Times Germany in December 2012, is about Landau Media, one of agile42s long time customer.

Unfortunately the article is only available in German, but maybe google translate will help :-)


Agile With a Purpose

Agile might still be a small niche which apparently is not yet recognised by the “serious” business thinkers’ community. There seem to be people out there who are rethinking management and business for the 21st century, and we are not connected to them although collaboration between us could produce great results.

12 January 2012
Agile with a Purpose
agile, anarchy, blast, community, purpose

“Happy New Year! 2012 won't know what's hit it”.

                      Dave Sharrock after the agile42 Internal Coach Camp

We want to make Dave’s prediction a reality with the Agile with a Purpose blast (projects don’t hit, right?). We want you to know why we’re doing it.

Prepare to be astonished!

Agile Linchpins

Some Background

Stephen Parry (@leanvoices) said at the ALE2011 conference that he would like to see agile/lean practitioners joining forces, using their distributed open social network to amplify their knowledge of how Agile works and how it should not be used ("to do the wrong ...

Scrumtisch Berlin January 2012

Next Scrumtisch Berlin will happen in January 2012

11 January 2012
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.



Cynefin Lego Game

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

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


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.

22 December 2011
Agile with a Purpose, agile, Lean Management
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).


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.

5 December 2011
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.

23 November 2011
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 ...

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