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Managing Work Without Resource Managers

Moving to self-organized teams causes a manager’s role to change focusing on creating a safe-to-fail environment, a learning path and collaboration

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Recently, my daughter passed her driving test. She’s now legally able to drive on her own on the roads of British Columbia. Experts have ruled that she has the necessary skills; she is able to control a ton or more of steel in a fluid environment filled with other drivers at the wheel of their own ton or more of steel. Mum and dad aren’t so sure. Well, let’s be fair. We are confident in the skills of our daughter. She’s an excellent driver. But letting her drive unsupervised on the roads of BC fills us ...

Sponsorship of Mile High Agile 2017 in Denver

agile42 sponsoring MHA17 in Denver, 22-23 May 2017 featuring a talk by Richard Dolman and Dhaval Panchal

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16 May 2017
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agile42 is happy to be again a sponsor for the 2017 Mile High Agile Conference “Elevating the Agile Organization”. The event, organized annually by non-profit Agile Denver, will take place May 22 and May 23 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado.

This year, they are introducing a new, 2-day format to give participants more opportunities to expand their Agile skills. On Monday, May 22nd, the conference will consist of the kick off keynote with Joshua Kerievsky and a full day of sessions. On Tuesday, May 23rd, participants will contribute to what we discuss and learn together through an innovative ...

The Agile Pubcast from SGMUN with Andrea Tomasini

Andrea Tomasini was a guest episode 13 of the Agile Pubcast podcast to discuss the coaching clinic at Global Scrum Gathering in Munich

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10 May 2017
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A few months ago, on the way back from the Global Scrum Gathering in Munich, agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann and senior coach Andrea Tomasini have been guests of Geoff Watts for a special episode of The Agile Pubcast, a great podcast he co-hosts with Paul Goddard.

In the pubcast usually Geoff and Paul share their musings over an informal drink, but for this segment the conversation happened in a taxi so it was more of a… taxicast. The main topic discussed was the coaching clinic that Andrea coordinated at the gathering, and general views about what it means to be ...

Selected Notes from Global Scrum Gathering 2017: San Diego

A report from SGCAL that took place in San Diego 10-12 April 2017

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5 May 2017
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I recently had the pleasure of attending the Global Scrum Gathering in San Diego. The event had over 1000 attendees, 9 simultaneous tracks and a day of open sessions. The keynote speakers were Jeff Sutherland and Joel Neeb. I thought I’d write something up from some of the sessions I attended and share.

If you must go to a conference, there are worse places to go

 

Keynote: Jeff Sutherland: The Shu Ha Ri of Scrum @ Scale

Jeff Sutherland spoke at length about Scrum at scale, adding his voice to a common topic in the industry. The point he hammered ...

Meet the Coach: Marius de Beer

Interview with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver

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27 April 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver, Canada.

How did you "discover" Agile?
By accident :-)  In 2002, during an interview, the hiring manager asked me if I do eXtreme Programming.  I had no idea what he was talking about, and obviously did not get the job.  I immediately ordered Kent Beck's book and my life changed in an instant when it arrived 4 weeks later.  For years I felt there was something wrong with the way my teams and I worked, but I could never put my finger ...

Epic Budgeting, or how Agile teams meet deadlines

Slides from Dave Sharrock based on a discussion of Epic Budgeting at this year's ProductCamp Vancouver 2017

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26 April 2017
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According to this year's State of Agile survey, the most common success measure for agile initiatives, at 53%, is on-time delivery. But if agile teams can choose how much work they take into a sprint, how can teams be sure of delivering pre-committed scope on time and on budget? There is more to agile delivery than product owners ordering a backlog of work for teams to work on.

From Dave Sharrock presentation

Recently at ProductCamp Vancouver 2017 I ran a workshop where I introduced Epic Budgeting, a practice that allows the product owner to steer a product across the line, delivering the expected ...

Lasse Ziegler interviewed in Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti

Interview appeared on the leading Finnish economy newspaper

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25 April 2017
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Finland, Press

agile42 Finland coach Lasse Ziegler has been interviewed by Kauppalehti, the main economy newspaper in Finland, explaining how an Agile culture allows companies to respond faster to changes than their competitors, and how it needs to be entrenched in the company culture.

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Here the full article in Finnish.

Scrum Gathering San Diego

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

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6 April 2017
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The Scrum community will gather once again in San Diego for the Global Scrum Gathering organized by the Scrum Alliance. It will be a whirlwind of meetings and talks for three full days, 10-12 April, and I will be present at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina together with the other agile42 coaches.

SGCAL

Being in California, the theme for #SGCAL is Looking Back, Looking Forward — Surf the Tides of Change. Conference co-chairs Vic Bonacci and Kim Brainard can’t think of a better town than San Diego for a Scrum gathering devoted to looking back and looking forward. “San Diego ...

New coaching technique: Full-Violence Communication

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

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1 April 2017
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Full-violence communication

At agile42 we are always interested in trying out new approaches. We have applied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for a while now but feel that it doesn't necessarily give the desired results fast enough. In our search for instant gratification we instead created the Full-Violence Communication (FVC) approach.

Unlike the many ancient Japanese methods available for finding out the next steps, including genchi genbutsu and heijunka, FVC is a quite recent technique from the US. It follows the basic agile tenet of just doing it and asking for forgiveness later. As you will see, FVC embraces diversity and ...

Meet the Coach: Niels Verdonk

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

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31 March 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Niels Verdonk, agile42 coach and founder of agile42 Netherlands.

What is your background and how you became involved with Agile and agile42?

I started working as a Developer in 1996 and in 1999 I came across the book Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change. At the time I worked in an organisation which prided themselves in the fact the were the best in delivering fixed time fixed price projects. A colleague and I were trying to spread the gospel but back then it was unthinkable we would sell an eXtreme Programming ...

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