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Awesome Coach of the Week: Marc Bless

We honour Marc Bless as Awesome Coach of the Week 18, 2011!

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6 May 2011
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Marc Bless is a passionate agile coach and one of the most prominent German members of the agile community. We met at and organised conferences and coach camps together, created games and funny business.

Agile Principles Analyser

Marc has been coaching teams in a company developing medical devices for a few years now. With this experience, he analysed the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto and published his findings in a series of 12 blog posts, starting here. We find this work concise and intriguing.
This is how Marc reacts if you do not understand the agile principles:
Marc

Agile in ...

Ask the Team!

There are some questions asked by Product Owners and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

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5 May 2011
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burn down, product owner, team, user story

There are some questions asked by Product Owners

... and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

Story good enough for the Sprint

When a PO ask: “Is the user story good enough, that it can be taken in the sprint?” or “Does this user story have enough acceptance criteria?”

The answer to this question is “Ask the team!”

The team will work with the story, so the story has to be good enough that the team can work with it. For a story to be good enough for the sprint it has to be small (6 to 10 stories ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Mike Sutton

We honour Mike Sutton as Awesome Coach of the Week 17, 2011!

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2 May 2011
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Mike Sutton is currently working with us on a project, which gave us a first-hand impression of his awesomeness... I first met Mike at the ScrumGathering in Munich in 2009, where we discovered our mutual interest in the topic of diversity. That lead to a joint session at XP2010 in Trondheim, a CoachCamp we both participated in and lots of nights on Skype... Mike

Open Space

Mike is an experienced Open Space facilitator. His commitment to the community is such that he even offers free Open Space facilitation to community events. I experienced his awesome facilitation skills at the AgileCoachCamp Germany ...

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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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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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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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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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, 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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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 ...

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