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Agile With a Purpose

Agile might still be a small niche which apparently is not yet recognised by the “serious” business thinkers’ community. There seem to be people out there who are rethinking management and business for the 21st century, and we are not connected to them although collaboration between us could produce great results.

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12 January 2012
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Agile with a Purpose
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agile, anarchy, blast, community, purpose

“Happy New Year! 2012 won't know what's hit it”.

                      Dave Sharrock after the agile42 Internal Coach Camp

We want to make Dave’s prediction a reality with the Agile with a Purpose blast (projects don’t hit, right?). We want you to know why we’re doing it.

Prepare to be astonished!

Agile Linchpins

Some Background

Stephen Parry (@leanvoices) said at the ALE2011 conference that he would like to see agile/lean practitioners joining forces, using their distributed open social network to amplify their knowledge of how Agile works and how it should not be used ("to do the wrong ...

Agile/Lean As I Wish It Would Be

Agile and Lean have a single purpose: to continually challenge the status quo. If you’re not doing that, you’re probably an impediment to it.

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22 December 2011
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Agile with a Purpose, agile, Lean Management
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agile, kanban, lean, management, scrum

It’s nearly Christmas: time for wishes. This is how I envision and wish Agile and Lean to be (and I’ve seen it work, multiple times).

Dreamy

Value and Delight, On Time

The two pillars of Lean, as defined by Toyota, are continuous improvement (Kaizen) and respect people. Scrum and Agile are based on the Lean principles and disciplines. Agile and Lean (done right) enable your organisation to create the most value in a given amount of time—and to continuously increase your organisation’s capability to discover that value, shape scope and build awesome solutions.

To achieve predictability and ...

Feature Injection Applied to Service Delivery

What is Feature Injection? And how and why should that be applied to service delivery?

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18 September 2011
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Scrum, Scrum & XP
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backlog, pull, real options, vision

Recently, I worked with a service delivery team in a company that is currently changing into an agile product development organisation. The company develops and runs one of Germany's biggest websites. Let's call them Awesome Online. After introducing Scrum and Kanban to all development teams over the past two years, executive and product management have started to introduce agile and lean thinking into the organisational structure and culture.

Motivation

A main motivational factor for the development teams was the definition of product visions for all products, and the application of Feature Injection as introduced by Liz Keogh to ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Stephen Parry

We honor Stephen Parry as Awesome Coach of the Week 36, 2011!

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10 September 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week, Lean Management
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

Stephen LeanVoices Parry is an unusual addition to our list, as he is not an agile coach. Stephen is a management coach working on the same goal as we are: business transformation. What I like about his approach is that he recognises the similarity and relationship of Lean and Agile. When he submitted his talk on “Creating an Integrated ICT Value Stream Using Lean and Agile Thinking” for ALE2011 which took place this week in Berlin, I was delighted to have such an experienced Lean expert at the conference, but at the same time... Wondered why he wanted to come ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Chris Matts

We honour Chris Matts as awesome coach of the week 32, 2011!

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10 August 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

Chris Matts is one of the most inventive, creative and illustrative guys I have the pleasure to know. We collaborated on a few half-fun, half-serious projects, only one of which made it to being published—LeanProcrastionation. Chris and Olav Maassen contributed important ideas regarding the identification of the Last Responsible Moment, which lead to a game being created that’s going to be played at the Agile2011 in Salt Lake City tomorrow… Unfortunately, without me.

Chris at XP2010 

I only once met Chris in person so far, on my first night in Trondheim where we attended the XP2010 conference. We had much fun ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Andreas Leidig

We honour Andreas Leidig as awesome coach of the week 31, 2011!

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1 August 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

I first met Andreas @leiderleider Leidig at last year’s AgileCoachCamp. Since then, we met at a few other (un)conferences, collaborated in organising a new one, helped the ALE network grow… In short, we became much more than colleagues. Having met Andreas at the Deutsche Scrum in Stuttgart the week before my holidays, I was reminded of a compliment by Sebastian Schürmann that I wrote about before…

Will Disobey Anyone If Required

Andreas takes this mindset to another level. If there was a word for “dogmatic about being undogmatic”, I’d use it for him:–)
Andreas at Play4Agile
Let me give ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Michael Sahota

We honour Michael Sahota as Awesome Coach of the Week 27, 2011!

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5 July 2011
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StrategicPlay, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

I first met Michael Sahota at the XPDays Benelux 2010. I had heard his name before, but not much about him… A funny connection was our first topic of conversation: A colleague of mine from Berlin had moved to Toronto in the Summer, and had been looking for a job as a ScrumMaster there. Tuesday before the XPDays we chatted on Skype, and she told me she had just signed a contract: “And do you know what’s really funny? You’ll meet my boss in two days!” That was not Michael, but a friend of him in Toronto, and ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Sebastian Schürmann

We honour Sebastian Schürmann as awesome coach of the week 26, 2011!

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1 July 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

I first met Sebastian Schürmann at the ScrumGathering 2009 in Munich. We’ve been in touch on Twitter since and met again at Play4Agile in February and the AgileCoachCamp two weeks ago. This week, I’ve been at his company and could gain first-hand experience of his awesome achievements…

(Non-)Violent Communication

Sebastian is a man of strong opinion and blunt communication. To phrase it differently, he’s a natural talent of violent communication—which can be quite effective…

Sebs Smiling

At the ACCDE11, we both attended a session on non-violent communication. We talked a lot about that technique during the ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: J. B. @JBRains Rainsberger

We honour J. B. Rainsberger as awesome coach of the week 25, 2011!

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24 June 2011
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Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

I met J. B. Rainsberger at the XP2011 conference in Madrid, only a few weeks ago. We’ve been connected on Twitter since and I must say we resonate in a way as it seldom happens to me… So, what's special and awesome about @JBRains?

Wisdom for Life

JBrains retired at the age of 34. Not because he was so rich. He calculated the units of lifetime he invested per dollar earned and didn’t like the result. He evaluated his and his wife’s actual needs and discovered they differed a lot from those surmised previously. They didn ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Yves Hanoulle

We honour Yves Hanoulle as Awesome Coach of the Week 24, 2011!

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17 June 2011
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General, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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awesome, awesomecoachoftheweek, coach

Yves Hanoulle has been one of the first people I met whom I identified as an agile coach. From the many amazing people I met at the AgileCoachCamp Germany, he was one of the few where I noticed they asked questions rather than gave answers… And he’s been a role model for me in the way he intensively connects to the international community.

PairCoaching

One of the hardest challenges for a coach is how to replenish your energy, and, more important, where from. Coaching in pairs and working in a team of coaches is the most efficient way to ...

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