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Q&A with Learning Consortium on Scaling Agile

Members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium were guests at our annual Coach Camp and took part in a Q&A on Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

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17 September 2015
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It's been a great pleasure to meet with members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium and to have them as guests during our company-wide Coach Camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan last August. The rationale for their presence has been explained by Andrea Acheson, Managing Director of agile42 in North America: "visiting the other Learning Consortium sites I had a big question about how to explain agile42 company culture to other members of SALC and we thought the best way was to invite them to our annual company coach camp". The same feeling by agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann: "At the ...

Meet The Coach: Dhaval Panchal

in this interview, Agile Coach Dhaval Panchal shares his inspiration for doing what he does as well as his 3 top tips for agile managers.

Q: Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

Right after college, I joined one of the biggest outsourcing Indian IT firms. It was a great feeling to play my part in the IT revolution of late 90’s and early 2000’s. We were truly good engineers and we worked hard, really hard. In about 4 years of working in the Indian IT outsourcing industry, I was ready to call it quits. I had emotionally burned out.

         For the first two years, I worked on a project that had users ...

3 Reasons Why Agile Training Is Not Enough

Agile has a tendency to throw surprises at you, and having a co-pilot with you can be invaluable

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10 September 2015
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Agile at Scale, Coaching
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agile coaching, scrum training

I just got off the phone from talking to a potential client about their agile transformation. They are looking to adopt agile practices across 4-6 teams, they have some idea of what they want (Scrum) and why (to speed up time-to-market), and are looking for some training. Just training. With the belief that that will get the teams to be agile. Please, no.

As a coaching company, of course we believe in coaching. We've  already written about  - why we train - as part of that coaching strategy. And there are many times that just training is an excellent strategy for ...

A message from AstroSamantha

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti carries the "Don't Panic" tag on her uniform

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9 September 2015
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We have followed in the past few months the mission of Europan astronaut Samantha "AstroSamantha" Cristoforetti, not only for the great scientific value of their work aboard the International Space Station but also because the mission number 42 led the crew to pose in full HHGG costumes for the mission poster. Also, Sam revealed herself as a proper geek with her sci-fi references and she brewed the first espresso in space while dressed as a Star Trek character.

Now Samantha, "adjusting back to being an Earthling on our beautiful spaceship Earth", gives us the most important of messages: Don’t ...

Introducing the Team Coaching Framework

The Team Coaching Framework™ (TCF) is an initiative by agile42 to speed up the team learning process and performance, and to help new Agile coaches

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21 August 2015
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Coaching
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A lot of things are happening at agile42 and we are happy to share with you the latest addition to the set of tools we use to coach and train organizations that start an Agile transition or want to improve their Agile workflows.

The Team Coaching Framework™ (or TCF) creates a structured approach to coaching which aims at improving team performance by providing clear guidance and structure with the help of the coaches. It allows for members of an organization or the larger professional community to share everyone's experience and improvements.

The TCF defines Coaching Tools, instruments that a ...

Grow a pair

At a recent SUGSA open space in Johannesburg someone posed the question “where do I find Scrum Masters?”. ...

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18 August 2015
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Scrum Sense

At a recent SUGSA open space in Johannesburg someone posed the question “where do I find Scrum Masters?”. I hear this question asked repeatedly in different forms by people trying to transition to lean-agile ways of working. I believe such questions are born out of the historic machine model we have of organisations, that people are fungible resources. At least in the world of knowledge workers this is both untrue and damaging.

 
Moreover, if everyone in a rapidly growing number of companies adopting Scrum, chases after the same pool of experienced Scrum Masters, we are not addressing the need. We ...

Scrumtisch September 2015

07. September 2015 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 7th of September, 2015
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly known as Restaurant "Deseo")

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 or seeing you again! :-)

Alexandra

 

agile42 participates in the Learning Consortium

We are one of the 12 companies sharing innovative practices as part of the Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy presented by Scrum Alliance

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13 August 2015
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Scrum Alliance

At agile42 we are really excited to be one of the twelve companies participating in Learning Consortium, led by the Scrum Alliance. The purpose of this consortium is to bring together pioneers in applying innovative management practices associated with the emerging creative economy, such as goals, values and practices of Scrum.

Learning Consortium

Members of the Consortium will select five organizations and arrange a one-day site visit to each. The host organization will present and discuss its innovative management practices with participants at each site visit. Once the visits are complete, Scrum Alliance will organize a conference where the Learning Consortium will ...

Meet The Coach: Dave Sharrock

In this interview Senior Agile coach Dave Sharrock, shares his top tips for Agile managers as well as details on his own career path.

Q: Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

I've worked in product development for over 15 years, continually looking for the best way to help software development teams develop awesome software.  I've re-structured countless production teams, and scaled productivity many times, project and program managed projects and teams to deliver on time and on budget.  I finally found myself as a product manager for a startup in Munich.  

At Christmas time, after months of frustration, I wrote a memo to the COO/CEO explaining why IT was such ...

Meet the Coach: Konrad Pogorzala

We met with team coach and ScrumMaster Konrad Pogorzala to discuss his background, startups in Berlin and more

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7 August 2015
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Konrad Pogorzala is one of the agile42 coaches based in Berlin that provide training and coaching throughout Germany and Europe. We asked him some comments and views based on the day-to-day work with real Agile teams in startups and larger companies. The interview first appeared in the “Meet the Coach” section of our monthly newsletter.

You have been a coach with agile42 for quite some time. Can you tell us about your background and career?

I started my journey as member of an agile team in 2006 working for a Canadian IT consultancy called CGI, a project including more than ...

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