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agile42 Summer Reading List 2013

We have asked our coaches to compile a reading list of titles that would be appropriate in the bag of an Agile practitioner while heading for summer

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23 July 2013
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Dear friends of agile42,

summer is upon us at least in the Northern hemisphere (and if you’re living in the Southern part of the world you shouldn’t complain either) and we have decided to use our community newsletter for something different. Even for Agile practitioners there is a vacation time, not only for relaxing with the loved ones but also for keeping up with new thoughts and ideas.

We have therefore asked our coaches to help us compile a “summer reading list” of titles that would be appropriate in an agilista’s bag while heading for the beach ...

agile42 sponsor of Manage Agile conference in Berlin

agile42 will be a sponsor and strategic coach Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "The Anatomy of an Agile Organization" at Manage Agile 2013

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18 July 2013
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For the second year running agile42 is proud to be a sponsor of Manage Agile, the conference about agile project management and agile requirements management, two important supporting columns of the modern software development. Manage Agile 2013 takes place on October 22nd (Workshop Day) and October 23rd/24th (Conference Days) in Berlin.

Target audience of Manage Agile 2013 are project managers, requirements manager, IT directors and directors of methods and practices departments. Manage Agile addresses management topics – no straight technological aspects – hoping to be a networking platform where each year experts and managers can compare notes to establish agile themes ...

The Dark Champions of Agile: Gathering Allies for Change

As the resistance to change continues, the Agile Knight gathers allies to his cause, with squires leading the way. Leadership thru action carries the day!

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15 July 2013
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Click here to read Part 1: Know Thy Enemy, which identifies the resistors to change and how to defeat them.

In order to be Champion, you demonstrate strength with Victories.  You are the champion and battle is part of your persona. Some have argued against this battle/fight mentality, but I resist them with the obvious business parlance; “we must dominate the market”, “crush the competition”, “hostile takeovers”, “kill or be killed”, etc.

The Champion needs his own personas to help with change; mini-change agents that are responsible for one aspect of change, so that one person does not become ...

agile42 to host a Webinar on Empirical Control

The Webinar will be hosted on 18th of July at 4 PM

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11 July 2013
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The agile42 Coach in the Netherlands Niels Verdonk will explain the importance of Empirical Control in your agile approach. This is one of the most fundamental principles of agile, and is often misunderstood and forgotten when organisations implement scrum.

This talk will explain why Agile requires a mindset shift and you need to replace defined process control with empirical control. That through transparency, inspection and adaptation the best processes are emerging while you're working, and that only retrospectively it is possible to recognize successful adaptation from non successful ones.

Video from Agile Adria 2013 Keynote

Full video for "Why Practices are not as important as Principles?" the closing keynote of Agile Adria 2013, by agile42 senior coach Andrea Tomasini

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10 July 2013
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In April, our senior coach Andrea Tomasini delivered the closing keynote at the Agile Adria conference 2013 in Terme Tuhelj titled Why Practices are not as important as Principles?. It was the biggest agile event in south-east Europe and now thanks to our friends at Agile Croatia a full video of the keynote is available. You can watch it embedded here or at the conference page.

Comprion goes agile

Test equipment specialist COMPRION moves to next level with agile methods with the help of experienced agile professionals of agile42

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8 July 2013
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Berlin, July 4th, 2013 - The agile experts of agile42, specializing in agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban as well as their own Agile Transition Framework, were COMPRION’s choice for introducing and implementing the agile working approach throughout their Paderborn located company. According to COMPRION’s executives being more agile enables them to faster react to customer requests and changing markets, which they consider to be a real competitive advantage.

The first step of the agile transition was to help the management to a basic understanding of agile processes and leadership-methodology and the advantages connected to these methods. In a ...

Agile Failure Modes: IBM Innovate Attendees Weigh In

Here are the failure modes and challenges in Agile Transformations, submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate 2013 and organized into some common themes

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25 June 2013
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What are the biggest failure modes in Agile transformations? We posed this question to attendees at the IBM Innovate conference in Orlando in early June, where agility at scale was a prominent topic. 

Agile Failure Modes

We already posted our own list of the top 8 failure modes in Agile Transformations (along with some success modes). Here are the failure modes, anti-patterns, and challenges submitted by attendees at IBM Innovate, organized into some common themes.

Commitment and buy-in for change

  • no executive sponsor - lack of commitment
  • lack of middle management support
  • management is the stumbling block
  • management understanding of agile
  • no consensus for ...

I do my job for the email I get half a year later

Over time I realised that seeing long lasting changes for many of my clients is my key motivation

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20 June 2013
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The job of an external agile coach can be quit challenging and stressful. At the client side we are in the centre of attention. In addition, travelling is stressful. To be honest, from time to time I ask myself, "why am I doing this?" This post is my answer to this question.

In all of my previous jobs, I had the feeling that identifying problems and possibilities for improvement offended others. In my work as agile coach I observe that this "talent" helps others to change and improve.
Seeing people changing and improving, whose work has been more of a ...

The Product Owner (PO) Board - making PO workflow visible

The transparency brought about by the Product Owner Board brings to the PO team many of the benefits we see with development teams

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17 June 2013
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One of the principles of agility is transparency - making the flow of work visible. It is common for the development team to use task boards and burndown charts, and we've found that extending this practice to the product management team is just as valuable. No surprise there.

We have found this to be especially valuable, as the PO Team tends to be less agile due to their background. Most accept that the dev team is doing something weird and that they are required to provide different “specifications” but if you manage to set up a board and make their ...

Scrum Day 12.06. Berlin: Are you reaping the possible benefits of scaling agile?

Scrum day - 11.-12. June 2013 - Berlin

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11 June 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile

I am looking forward to have my talk tomorrow at the Scrum-day!

The idea behind my talk arose from the last Scrumday. 

There was already the focus on scaling, but the most of the attention was direct to "how it looks like" and "how you should do it", but not so much on WHY doing it.

For me finding the best solution for your organization, your team is highly depending on where you are and where you want to be.
This is the reason why I tried to focus my talk on "Is your organization reaping the possible benefits of ...

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