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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.

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2 July 2015
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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

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2 July 2015
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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 ...

Scrum and ETF in German journal BANKMAGAZIN

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

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26 June 2015
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Transition, Press
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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

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22 June 2015
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Transition

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 ...

Scrum Gathering South Africa 2015

This year’s Scrum Gathering South Africa will be happening on 19th and 20th of October in Johannesburg

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18 June 2015
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Scrum Alliance

We are very happy to announce the date and ticket availability for SUGSA 2015 – the yearly Scrum Gathering South Africa sponsored by the Scrum Alliance to be held in Johannesburg 19-20 October, and also a massive discount to the first 100 tickets!

SUGSA 2015

The theme for this year is Unlikely Heroes: "the Agile and Scrum world is littered with Unlikely Heroes, those who see beyond the ordinary to find extraordinary superpowers in the values and techniques. Whether you are a hero in training or a superhero, come and find new superpowers and uncover the kryptonite at this year’s gathering of ...

Coaching Structure introduced at the Scrumtisch Berlin

At the Scrumtisch Berlin of May 2015 we introduced the agile42 coaching structure

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11 June 2015
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Scrumtisch Berlin, Coaching
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coachingcard

A couple of weeks ago, we met once again at the American Diner in Friedrichshain for the Scrumtisch Berlin, the official Scrum Uses Group for all practitioners in the German capital. During the gathering we introduced the agile42 Coaching Structure and participants were able to create coaching cards for the topics that were picked from suggestions. Here are the photos from the evening and some examples of cards that were created. 

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Is it necessary to be an experienced Scrum Master to coach a Scrum Master?

From time to time I hear people say that an Agile Coach should have specific experience in the role they coach, in this post I share my opinion

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8 June 2015
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Scrum
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agile coaching, scrum, scrummaster

My understanding of the intention behind the necessity

A good coach needs empathy for the client, needs to understand the job of the client well enough to help him and needs to be respected by the client.

Some people have the opinion “You need to work in the role from time to time, so that you know what you are coaching about”,  or “Without actual hands-on experience in the job there is the risk that you start to live in an ivory tower”. I respect that this opinion has some validity. It could be difficult to guide the client if ...

Manage Agile 2015 sponsored by agile42

agile42 happy to sponsor of Manage Agile 2015, in Berlin 5-8 October 2015 with keynote by Andrea Tomasini

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1 June 2015
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Events
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agile, manage

Manage Agile 2015, the conference for agile managers and those who want to become, takes place from October 5th to 8th 2015 in Berlin for the fourth time. The conference is divided into two workshop days (October 5th and 8th) and two conference days (October 6th and 7th).

The conference is focused on Leadership and organisation, Economic aspects, HR management, Agile project- and requirements management.

Manage Agile 2015

The topics are completed by numerous use cases from Siemens Healthcare, Siemens, Otto, Capgemini, eBay, Continental, The Boston Consulting Group, Zalando and many more. and there will be an ...

Meet the Coach: Roberto Bettazzoni

A short interview with agile42 coach, DevOps expert and community organizer Roberto Bettazzoni on his background and what lies ahead

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28 May 2015
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Coaching

Following up on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter feature titled “Meet the Coach”, we asked some questions to one of our coaches from Italy, Roberto Bettazzoni. Thanks to his solid programming background Roberto often coaches development teams starting with Agile or DevOps techniques. He is one of the leading figures in the Italian DevOps community, and he recently co-organized IDI 2015, a one-day event sponsored by agile42.

What is your background and how you started with Agile techniques?

I have a technical background: I started programming in high school, I wrote my first commercial program when I was a freshman at ...

Looking for the perfect recipe

Everyone can use recipes… but a good chef knows both chemistry and the ingredients. Naturally, the same applies to organizations

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26 May 2015
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agile42 has a tradition of visiting Vito’s for our company dinners (that’s Vineria Fraschetta in Friedrichshain in Berlin, for those not in the know). We of course enjoy the cozy atmosphere and interesting discussions over some bottles of Sangiovese. Then again these ingredients can be found in any restaurant. We come back to Vito's every time, because he is an excellent chef — a formidable wizard when it comes to italian food.

Each culture has its own recipes. There are Italian recipes, French recipes, Indian recipes and so on. But there is no perfect recipe, as each culture ...

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Definition of Done : Why it matters?

The Definition of Done is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in order to help them ...

 

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 ...

 

Scrum and ETF in German journal BANKMAGAZIN

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

 

Meet the Coach: Andrea Tomasini

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

 

Scrum Gathering South Africa 2015

This year’s Scrum Gathering South Africa will be happening on 19th and 20th of October in ...