Meet us at Agile Open Southern California 2016

agile42 sponsors Agile Open Southern California on September 15-16, 2016

13 September 2016

Agile Open California is a coalition of agile practitioners and advocates intent on economically providing an opportunity for learning, networking and growth to the Agile community in California and to others who are interested. We are extremely happy to be sponsors of Agile Open Southern California 2016 that will take place at the University of California Irvine on September 15th and 16th.

Agile Open Southern California 2016

It's an event where experienced Agile practitioners and newcomers alike come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today.

The topic of this year is ...

Insights from the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016

At the Large Scale Scrum conference 2016 in Amsterdam sponsored by agile42 LeSS practitioners got together to share experience, learn and collaborate

9 September 2016
Agile at Scale, Events, Scrum

agile42 sponsored the Large Scale Scrum Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, a conference organized by the LeSS community to share insights and bring together the large scale Scrum community.

Bas Vodde and Craig Larman, who build out the Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) approach at Nokia, both were in attendance to share the history of LeSS and bring out new insights. You can read our 2009 case study on introducing Scrum at Nokia here. The talk by Craig Larman was especially close to our hearts, as he raised a topic agile42 has been adament about: you need to own your agile knowledge ...

In Hamburg, meet Solutions

Join us on September 8th at 2016 for a day of discussions about Agile solutions for the enterprise

7 September 2016

agile42 is a Quality Partner of the great 2016 that started today in Hamburg, Germany. Tomorrow, September 8th, we will host half a day of presentations devoted to Agile solutions for the enterprise. 2016

I will introduce with a new talk about improving the chances of success of your organization: explicitly measuring and designing culture is an enabler towards agility and can provide incredible advantages to an organization development. Understanding how to lead such change is the one thing that might save your company in the rough waters of todays market. Are you ready for the challenge?

Together with ...

Scrumtisch September 2016

Scrumtisch Berlin September 2016

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 19th of September, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 
  • PlaceCafe 100 Wasser, Krossener Str. 14, 10245 Berlin 

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

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



Sponsoring LeSS Conference in Amsterdam

agile42 sponsors the Large Scale Scrum Conference dedicated to the LessFramework in Amsterdam, 30-31 August 2016

26 August 2016
Agile at Scale, Events

LeSS ConferenceWe're glad to be able to contribute to the LeSS Conference in Amsterdam on 30-31 August as a sponsor.

The event will feature Bas Vodde and Craig Larman, co-creators of the Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework, together with other important speakers of the community. It promises "less booths and more practitioners" and also "Experiments and Experience"
and "Teams and Communities".

Join us in Amsterdam!

Growing Agile

Andrea Tomasini and Dhaval Panchal published on InfoQ an article on the importance of growing your own agility instead of taking shortcuts

8 August 2016

At agile42 we dislike the term scaling applied to agile, or better agility. The reason for our not liking it, is because it evokes metaphors which are bound to manufacturing such as: “scaling a plant”, “scaling production” and all the rest that can evoke assembling and building things.

Effectively establishing continuous improvement to an organization at large requires to develop quite some discipline, infrastructure and most of all openness and trust. Senior coaches Andrea Tomasini and Dhaval Panchal have spent a significant amount of time in analyzing data and cases from different case studies all around the world and the ...

The Scrum Guide updated for 2016

Highlights and comments on the 2016 update to the Scrum Guide and the associated message from Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in their recent video

2 August 2016

The Scrum Guide is a simple definition of the Scrum framework created in 2011 by founders Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the response the the rapidly growing popularity of Scrum. It has been updated a few times since, always aiming to clarify and simplify the description. The one and only change to the July 2016 edition of the Scrum Guide is the addition of the Scrum Values: Openness, Focus, Commitment, Respect and Courage. This is at once a trivial and an important change.

Ken and Jeff have released a video that explains the changes. I was fascinated to listen ...

Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey

Video and slides from the Lean Kanban North America 2016 talk by Dhaval Panchal & Kevin Tidball

19 July 2016
lkna16, youtube

At LKNA16 I presented togeher with Kevin Tidball the talk Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey. Thanks to the team of the Lean Kanban Conference I am able to offer a video recording of the session.

The session was about managing a large program where the organization is in the midst of Agile transition. There are some Scrum teams and many traditionally managed resource pools. How do you manage a large program when there are incremental and iterative agile teams that are working alongside traditionally managed resource pools? Using a magic wand to wish all traditionalists will start “being scrummified ...

Agile – in Education

Several schools are implementing agile methods for class, and universities have long begun including agile courses in their curricula

One of the most typical FAQ’s during agile coaching & training is “Can we apply it in our company?” “Will it work for us?”. Obviously, there’s no knowing before you try, yet usually the answer is “Yes” :) Here is why: Agile is not a rigid frame, a set of rules, a ‘process’ or ‘project management method’. Rather more, it is an approach, a way-of-working, a mindset. Being customer-first, based on trust & transparency, having the ability to expose the entire process, focusing on waste & bottlenecks..all these aspects make it very powerful, yet flexible. It enables you to see & seek ...

Estimating is NOT planning at Keep Austin Agile

Slides and video from the presentation at Keep Austin Agile 2016

27 June 2016

I presented at Keep Austin Agile 2016, on Thursday, May 26 on Estimating in an Agile context.

Agile Manifesto Values and Principles do not, not even once, mention “estimates” any where. Yet rapid adoption of estimation techniques labeled as “Agile Estimation” techniques puzzle me. In my experience as practitioner, advisor and coach: I have experienced very limited benefits from estimating and often find that estimates create more harm than good. There are however legitimate business concerns that need active management. Estimates hinder real business agility by servicing temporary comfort through plausible but highly improbable plans.

I started ...

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