Meet the Coach: Konrad Pogorzala

We met with team coach and ScrumMaster Konrad Pogorzala to discuss his background, startups in Berlin and more

7 August 2015

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

31 July 2015
Scrum Alliance, Scrum
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

28 July 2015

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

24 July 2015
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™.

Follow agile42 on social networks

You can follow agile42 on a number of social networks

16 July 2015

The raise of social networks has been tumultuous in the past few years, and the Agile community has embraced them with gusto, finding new ways to discuss and coordinate efforts, and also to promote methodologies and theories. If you like the updates we post on this blog and you want to keep constantly in touch with agile42 we have a presence of a number of networks as well but sorry, no Instagram profile: we are not picture-pretty (yet).

You can follow us on Facebook and Google+, you will find posted our latest article and news with comments from our large ...

Definition of Done : Why it matters?

The Definition of Done is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in order to help them develop practices and behaviors that drive quality, consistency, and transparency.

2 July 2015
Scrum & XP, agile

Acceptance Criteria -vs- Definition of Done.jpg

One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish is what’s called the “Definition of Done”.  The DoD is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in helping them develop practices and behavior that drive quality, consistency and transparency.

Why it matters

A useful product has two key aspects. Features in this product are not only useful to users but are also usable, in other words, features actually work. The product owner and stakeholders help the delivery team understand the “right thing” to be developed and the delivery team uses their development expertise to build it the “right ...

Herding cats, or the art of scaling Agile teams

Slides for Dave Sharrock presentation on applying Agile at scale at CWC PMI meeting on 15 April 2015

2 July 2015
Agile at Scale, Events

I enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts on applying Agile at scale at the Canadian West Coast Chapter PMI meeting in Vancouver a few weeks ago.

Managing the evolution of a single product working with a small number of teams is somewhat straightforward. Working from a single backlog, the product roadmap becomes relatively easy to visualize, and planning and tracking is simple. As we increase the complexity of the product, things become harder. Different teams require different backlogs. Different products require work from different teams. Before you know it, there are lots of independent moving parts, and coordination costs ...

How Do I Know Agile is Succeeding?

Agile is an ongoing journey of continuous improvement, so how do you know if you're heading in the right direction? Here are a few things to look for to know that you're succeeding with Agile.

1 July 2015
Coaching, agile, Transition, lean startup

Thumbs Up

When talking to potential customers, we often get told that a team or program has been ‘agile’ for months, or even years. It’s not uncommon for us to find teams applying those agile practices we associate with successful teams: retrospectives, shared code ownership, decent product management. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily translate into what we consider to be a successful agile delivery process. So this got us thinking:

  •  What does a successful agile team or organization look like?

  • How do we know a good agile team when we see one, or a great agile organization when we see one ...

Scrum and ETF in German journal BANKMAGAZIN

Marion Eickmann is interviewed in BANKMAGAZIN June 2015 to illustrate Scrum and the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework

26 June 2015
Transition, Press
etf, transition

Agile methodologies are discussed in an article by Christian Kemper appearing this month on the German publication BANKMAGAZIN, specialising in topics for the finance professionals.

BANKMAGAZIN Juni 2015Titled Innovation goes different (Innovation geht anders in original), it explains that “the digital revolution in German banking institutions is taking place in an orderly fashion. However, in order to develop new ideas flexibility is needed.” In Germany, when a new digital bank service is set up online, it is usually already outdated. Long, drawn-out decision-making processes delay the release to the market. That’s the reason why it has been so difficult for these ...

Meet the Coach: Andrea Tomasini

An interview with agile42 founder and strategic coach Andrea Tomasini on Agile Transitions, values and the path ahead for Agile

22 June 2015

Andrea Tomasini is a strategic coach, one of the founders of agile42, and one of the few Scrum experts who are both Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer by the Scrum Alliance. He’s also a prolific public speaker, talking often at technical and managerial conferences. In October he will deliver the keynote at the annual Manage Agile conference in Berlin, titled "Stop scaling… Start growing an Agile Organization".

Can you summarize for us the career path that led to founding agile42?

Andrea TomasiniWell, that is a pretty long story… once upon a time, I was thinking that mechanical engineering ...

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