Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles - "Trapped in Wagile"

13 October 2014
agile, transition, waterfall

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates encounter agile transformation efforts. In this article I will dive into Large Batch handoffs.

Working in large batches is based on thinking that handling large batch sizes during each phase optimizes:

  • Resource (people) Utilization
  • Quality : By use of people’s primary skill set
  • Reduction in rework
  • Decisions : through a broad holistic perspective

Expected System Behavior:

Fractal Nature:

At portfolio or ...

Scrum Gathering Berlin - September 2014

Some info on the Scrum Gathering in Berlin which took place in September 2014

9 October 2014
Scrum Alliance, Scrum
scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch
Recently we had the amazing opportunity to sponsor the scrum gathering in Berlin. Since our company Headquarters are also in Berlin, this was of course an opportunity we couldn't pass up. Because we had the home advantage, many of us attended the Gathering (some who were there were not even in the picture, if can you guess who's missing, let us know in the comments.)

This year the Scrum Alliance got some amazing keynote speakers, from very different ...

Phase-Gates : Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

6 October 2014
agile, transition, waterfall

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.


 Phases are are strictly linear sequence of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These activities are divided along process lines. Funding and progression to the next sequential phase is gated to ensure quality of deliverables handed-off between silos. Many decisions are concentrated at gating decision points. The Phase-gate approach provides an illusion of control, delaying feedback on product. 

For example:

 Requirements → Design → Implementation → Verification → Maintenance

Gates or gating criterion accompany typical phase-gates. Gates establish GO ...

The Expedition 42’s Guide to the Galaxy

Good luck to our friends of the International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew which parodies "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!

3 October 2014

The official crew poster for the International Space Station's 42nd expedition parodies "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It's nearly too good to be true: you probably know that "42" in agile42 name is a reference to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and that Don't Panic is our company motto.

We have therefore shouted with enthusiasm when we learned that the crew for the NASA International Space Station Expedition 42 (six of the bravest and most competent astronauts and scientints including flight engineer Samantha "Sam" Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman astronaut) had chosen a HHGG-themed poster for their mission and posed in full character group photo.

Good luck then, and Don't ...

Notes from the Scrumtisch Berlin - September 29, 2014

Here are some notes of the Scrumtisch of the 29th of September.

1 October 2014
Scrumtisch Berlin
scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch

Thanks to everybody who joined the Scrumtisch in Berlin on Monday. Here are some pictures of the flip charts we created at the Scrumtisch.

Agenda Scrumtisch Sept.2014

After collecting the suggested topics we selected the following ones to discuss in 4 groups:

  • Accepting user stories by the Product Owner
  • Can a team work without a Product Owner?
  • Do you need a Product Roadmap, how much do you plan ahead?
  • How can you facilitate dynamic meetings with distrubuted teams.

See below what the outcome of the breakout sessions was.   

Session outcome

Topics Scrumtisch Sept.2014

It turned out 3 of the 4 groups chose to further deepen the ...

Trapped in Wagile

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently.

29 September 2014
agile, transition, waterfall

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe manifestation of these tendencies in organization systems will help you uncover impediments to your organizations Agile metamorphosis.

After reading this series of articles, you may realize that your organization is still being waterfall but thinks otherwise i.e., Wagile

In this article series I want to explore deeper into the “waterfall” label and lay bare the fundamental characteristics that make up such a system. And subsequently I will dive deeper into each characteristic to highlight expected systemic behaviors and ...

Effectively Coaching Agile Teams at Scrum Gathering Berlin

At the Scrum Gathering Berlin 2014, coaches Bent Myllerup and Andrea Tomasini, facilitated a workshop called “Effectively coaching agile teams”

23 September 2014
Events, Scrum

The goal of the workshop was introducing attendees to a more structured approach to coaching teams, which uses a framework developed by agile42, called the Coaching Structure. More information about out approach and workshop material can be downloaded for free.


The first part of the workshop focused on understanding what is coaching and what is not… and developed introducing the concept of keywords, and curiosity when listening to a person during a coaching conversation. We didn’t have the time to go through level of listening, but we moved on to presenting a strategy to create Powerful Questions, based on ...

Scrumtisch September 2014

29. September 2014 - Scrumtisch in Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 29th of September, 2014
  • 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, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

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



Welcome Turkey!

agile42 is expanding with activities in Turkey and last month we explained in Istanbul the vision of the company for this exciting market

12 September 2014

We travelled to Istanbul last month to meet the local community together with the new Country manager Ercan Küçüközen. The event has been really well organized and there has been quite some interest. Many different companies sent people to attend and there has been a very positive feedback. We have to thank AVEA one of our first customers in Turkey, since 2010, to have supported our initial event by offering to present the amazing results they have been able to achieve in the demand management since the introduction of Agile. Many local company are now looking at them ...

Dhaval Panchal joins agile42

Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer Dhaval Panchal is latest addition to the US coaching team of agile42

3 September 2014

Let me introduce Dhaval Panchal, our latest addition to the US coaching team. Dhaval and agile42 have known one another for many years and I first worked with Dhaval at the Agile2012 Coaches Corner: it was a huge success, and Dhaval excelled then as now in being fun to work with, calm under pressure and creative and inspirational in how he worked.

Dhaval is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Traner, making agile42 the only company in the world with 5 CSC/CSTs on the team. Something that says a lot about the quality of the whole organization.

I ...

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