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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

On
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

On
21 August 2015
In
Coaching
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tcf

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?”. ...

On
18 August 2015
In
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 ...

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

On
13 August 2015
In
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 ...

The 2015 State of Scrum report

The 2015 State of Scrum Report has been released from the Scrum Alliance

On
31 July 2015
In
Scrum Alliance, Scrum
Tags
scrum alliance

The 2015 State of Scrum ReportThe Scrum Alliance just released their updated State of Scrum report based on their investigation of the industry. The survey uncovered findings that not only reflect where Scrum is today, but what we can anticipate it will look like tomorrow. These include who is practicing Scrum, how they are practicing it, success levels associated with Scrum, and plans for its continuing use.

Report statistics provide intriguing insights and information such as:

  • 87% say Scrum improves teams' quality of work life    
  • 81% believe certications improves the practice    
  • On average, Scrum is successful 62% of the time    
  • 95% will continue to use ...

Speaking at Agile2015

Dhaval Panchal and Richard Dolman will speak at the Agile2015 conference organized by the Agile Alliance

On
28 July 2015
In
Events
Tags
agile2015

We are excited to be speaking at this year's Agile Alliance conference in Washington, August 3-7.  With nearly 17,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. 

Speaking at Agile2015Richard Dolman will present his discussion on Backlog Refinement (the Scrum ceremony that "gets no respect") while Dhaval Panchal together will Thomas Perry will invite attendees to share unsettling questions about prevalent management practices in Swarming: The Birds, the bees and Agile -or- How Managers influence self-organization.

The event is sold out and ...

Talking about the 3 stages of scaling Agile organizations

Dave Sharrock discusses with Rick Waters what scaling Agile organization means on the Agile Chicago Style podcast

On
24 July 2015
In
Agile at Scale

Agile Chicago StyleI have been the guest on a recent episode of the Agile Chicago Style podcast to discuss with Rick Waters the different stages of scaling Agile organizations. It’s not necessarily all about making your Agile footprint bigger, ideally it’s about making it better (and then bigger later).

It's been a lively discussion with great leading questions and we discussed some of the things we are actively working on as part of our Agile at Scale training offer and the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™.

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