Scrumtisch March 2014

27. March 2014 - Scrumtish in Berlin

14 March 2014
Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

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

  • Date: 27th of March, 2014
  • 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, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

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



Certified Scrum Product Owner Workshop (CSPO) in Austin

CSPO training with Brad Swanson leading to Scrum Alliance certification

7 March 2014
Scrum, Training

For all Agile practitioners in Texas, I will facilitate a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Workshop in Austin, May 12-13. Hurry up for the few "Super Early Bird" tickets available until April 21!

This 2-day course leads to Scrum Alliance certification and highlights how strong Product Ownership is key to a successful agile transformation. Not only will the course enable you to understand the product owner role in depth, it will also enable you to learn the practices necessary to succeed as a product owner.

In this course we will explain how particular agile or Scrum roles typically manifest themselves ...

SAFe in the words of an experienced Agilist

Certified Scrum Trainer Peter Saddington has published a long review of his experience when attending a training of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

26 February 2014

Peter's review at Agile Scout is a point by point discussion of what he's witnessed in the training and his insights into the methodology. It's very interesting for experienced Agile practitioners.

“I have no crystal ball. I can’t tell the future. One thing I can see happening is this: The SAFe model is the lowest barrier to entry for scaled agile work at the current moment.”

SAFe workbook, photo by Peter Saddington

photo by Peter Saddington

Invitation to STWC – Software Testing World Cup

Extending the invitation the first annual Software Testing World Cup (STWC): May the best win!

24 February 2014

Software Testing World Cup (STWC)The Software Testing World Cup (STWC) is an event for testing practitioners to show off their skills and compete with other testing professionals. It brings the testing craft into the spotlight and gives the profession a competitive event on a global scale. STWC is a global event with a sportive, competitive character for the testing community.

It will consist of a continental round of testing, done online, so that all the testing professionals out there have the chance to participate.


Project User Experience Testing

The continental champions will be invited to the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam, Germany!

Check out the official website ...

Agile Embedded Software Development, what's wrong with it?

On February 18th we will give the keynote to the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich

17 February 2014

We are in 2014 and still someone is challenging the fact that you can't use an Agile approach to develop embedded systems, why? What's wrong with embedded software development? Well, there are somethings which makes it harder than needed: Dependencies with hardware releases, fixed delivery dates, inadequate software tools, limited adaptation possibility due to hardware costs… and yes, one more thing, really special: culture!

Agile embedded software development at Ericsson

We would like to focus the keynote we are giving to Embedded Meets Agile 2014 in analyzing some example cases that include the “limitations” listed above and also give you some hints on how ...

Introducing the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework

We present the Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF) allowing an organization to implement continuous improvement and to experience Agile change

10 February 2014

Enterprise Transition Framework agile42 has always believed that Agile is more about a change in mindset than yet-another-process-definition. Becoming Agile as an organization goes beyond focusing only on Product Development and Delivery dimensions. It permeates the whole organization.

Over the past years we have been helping many companies to successfully convert into Agile organizations and we have created from our experience the Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) that leads and supports an organization through the process of becoming more Agile. The focus of ETF is to allow an organization to implement continuous improvement and to experience change in an empirically controlled way.

The ETF ...

The Anatomy of an Agile Organization presented in Helsinki

Full video and slides of the presentation given at Scan Agile 2013 in Finland

5 February 2014
Events, Transition
etf, scanagile

Agile is mainstream. More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal successful experiments, or just because their competitors are doing it. Unfortunately though, the cultural change that follows the adoption of Agile within an organization can't be constrained to the IT department - Here things become tricky…

I was happy to discuss these issues in Helsinki last fall at Scan Agile 2013. Thanks to Agile Finland the full video is available on Vimeo or can be viewed here.

You can check and download the slides as well.

Article in Finnish magazine Tietokone

The largest computer magazine in Finland, Tietokone, has published a three-page feature on organisational agility.

3 February 2014
Finland, Press
interview, tietokone

Photo of magazine

The largest computer magazine in Finland, Tietokone, has published a three-page feature on organisational agility based on an interview with agile42 coach and trainer Martin von Weissenberg (Tietokone, 1/2014, pp. 66–68). The article touches on agile assessments, dimensions of change, leadership and storytelling, as well as the fundamental cornerstones of structured organisational change.

"We are happy to see articles like this in mainstream computer media," says Lasse Ziegler, managing director of agile42 Finland. "This signifies that more and more companies are becoming aware that agility should not be restricted only to the development teams, and want to take ...

The kids go Lego shopping (or: a case study in batch sizes)

Business is not about fairness, it’s about grabbing opportunities and avoiding risks and you can’t cater to everyone all the time

27 January 2014

What I’m going to relate here is a true story. I have two kids, aged seven and four, that are veritable fountains of ideas.
For some time now they have been earning a small allowance based on keeping their rooms clean, helping in the kitchen, leaving out the Friday candy, and so forth. Sometimes the “wage negotiations” can be a little tiring, but overall it appears to work out quite nicely. Greedy little worms as they are, they are always making plans about how to spend their well-earned money... even before they’ve earned it!

I’ve tried to ...

Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!

Double hands-on workshop at Agile Denver and Agile Austin will use Lean Startup concepts of Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and validated learning

21 January 2014

The workshop will be presented on Monday, January 27th, at the meeting of Agile Denver and on Tuesday, February 4th at Agile Austin.

Too many companies focus on maximizing output rather than outcomes. Studies show over 60% of features built in the software industry are rarely or never used. You might deliver a lot of features, but if they are rarely or never used, does it matter how fast you do it?

To deliver the right outcomes, you need to learn your customers needs and validate your assumptions as early as possible. This means getting an early version of your ...

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