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Autumn is Good For Lean Kanban Talks

In the next few weeks I am going to talk about Lean Kanban at various events in Europe

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4 October 2013
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Events, kanban
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kanban, lean


Gaetano Mazzanti speaking

I will cover different topics:

Each of these talks has a different focus and objective. They all share a common theme though: change.

Our environment is so complex and dynamic that there is no way to avoid dealing with change

Capability to effectively deal with change is a key trait of Agile and Lean ...

Kanban Pizza Game at Agile Development Conference East 2013

The Kanban pizza game is a fun and memorable way to learn the Kanban method. Brad Swanson from agile42 will facilitate the game at ADC East in Boston

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1 October 2013
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kanban
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games, kanban, kanbanpizzagame, lean

Brad Swanson, agile42 Senior Coach, is facilitating the Kanban Pizza Game at the Agile Development Conference East in Boston in November. The game has been highlighted now at numerous events worldwide, including Agile2012, Limited WIP Society Hamburg, and DARE 2013.

The Kanban Pizza Game is a hands-on simulation designed to teach the core elements of a kanban system—visualize the workflow, limit your work-in-process (WIP), manage flow, make process policies explicit, and improve collaboratively. Join Brad Swanson as the proprietor of your very own pizza shop to experience how kanban helps eliminate bottlenecks, minimize waste, and keep up with customer ...

The State of Scrum 2013: a Report from the Scrum Alliance

New report shows Scrum is growing rapidly, not only in software development, but in industries far beyond.

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13 September 2013
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Scrum
Tags
scrum, scrum alliance

At agile42 we practise Scrum each day and we've been very pleased to see earlier this year the publication of the 2013 State of Scrum Report by the Scrum Alliance. The work is now available for free download and includes a PDF report, a webinar to watch online and a webinar presentation deck.

State of Scrum 2013Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit professional membership organization providing Advocacy, Community and Education to encourage and support the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. This industry report is based on input from almost 500 business professionals in more than 70 countries. Participants represented various industries ...

The Dark Champions of Agile: Hark… Who goes there?

Finally the Agile Knight can identify the Dark Champions against change and defeat them

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3 September 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 and “Part 2: Gathering Allies for Change” which explains how to show leadership through action.

In part one of The Dark Champions of Agile we discussed the struggles of an agile transition and the forces and people, who will align against you to protect their status quo. The Dark Champion of Mediocrity and the Baron are personas we discussed with strategies on turning resistance into momentum. Part two discussed more personas and some perspectives on turning enemies into friends and ...

Retrospectives that Rock

If your retrospectives are timely, targeted and without undue influence the tendency to skip them, or direct their outcome, is diminished

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28 August 2013
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retrospective

The Team Retrospective may be the most critical activity of an Agile or Scrum team. Building the habit of learning from retrospectives is an important skill. Especially as a strong influencer (whether as a manager, team lead or simply through force of personality), there is a delicate balance between directing the outcome and allowing the outcome to emerge from the team. Ideally the team will take ownership of the learning, drive identification and collation of issues and their root causes, and brainstorm, discuss and decide on best possible actions. However, many times we see the impact of strong personalities on ...

The first Italian Certified Scrum Product Owner training

The first Italian language CSPO training in Bologna has created a new class of Certified Scrum Product Owners

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23 August 2013
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Product Owner, Training
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cspo, italy

One of the main activities of agile42 team between coaching assignments is to train new Scrum professionals and prepare them for Scrum Alliance certifications. Trainings are usually done in English but local communities can often enjoy a local-language course thanks to the network of coaches from different countries. It's therefore been a thrill to witness the first Certified Scrum Product Owner training completely in Italian, run by Andrea Tomasini and Roberto Bettazzoni in Bologna at the end of July.

The training offered the full agile42 treatment consisting of background information about Lean, Agile and Scrum, teamwork games, interactive sessions ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, September 2013

Next Berlin Scrumtisch on September 25th; Time: 18:30; Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108

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20 August 2013
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum berlin, scrumtisch berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 25th of September, 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know 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! :-)

Marion

Lean Product Management at SDEC13 in Winnipeg

Talking about Lean Product Management and Lean Startups at SDEC13 in Winnipeg, Canada

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20 August 2013
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Events, Lean Management
Tags
lean

In October, I will talk at the Software Development and Evolution Conference (SDEC) 2013. It's an annual conference where industry professionals share their own real-world experiences gained through delivering solutions and my talk will be on Lean Product Management.

The rise of the Lean Startup has led to a deeper understanding of the importance of validating business ideas, from new features to new business models. But many tools available to the Product Owner aren't adapted to rapid validation. Starting from the principles and practices of agile product management, from defining the product vision to creating story maps and ...

Listen, be curious and ask the great questions!

Professional coaching in the context of Agile teams requires being silent, active listening and awareness of which level you are listening on

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16 August 2013
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Working as a ScrumMaster or Agile Coach for a team, you know that one of your most important objectives is to help people better themselves. "Ask the team" we often hear, but actually, our job is a bit more complicated than that. Asking the right questions can be a challenging task, especially if you already have the "right" answer in mind. If this sounds familiar to you, there is help in the curriculum of professional coaches.

A question and exclamation mark of jigsaw puzzle pieces

The first important ability you have to learn is to be silent and listen. When coaching individuals and teams, you are not the important ...

agile42 Summer Reading List : Quiz

Here is your chance to win one of the books on the Summer Reading List!

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12 August 2013
In
General

Dear friends of agile42,

Recently we posted our Summer Reading List, a collection of books compiled by our coaches of which we thought should be in your bag while you were heading out for the summer.

Now we offer you a chance to win the books by participating in a twitter quiz. We will post questions on twitter with the hashtag "#a42quiz".

The rules are simple:

  1. You need to reply with the right answer and the hashtag "#a42quiz".
  2. You will have 24 hours to enter the competition, to allow all timezones to participate.
  3. We will randoly select the winner from ...

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