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Sponsoring ProductCamp Vancouver 2017

agile42 is a sponsor of Product Camp Vancouver, the unconference held at UBC Robson Square on Saturday February 18th

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13 February 2017
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Events

We are happy to sponsor once again ProductCamp Vancouver 2017, the premiere event in the British Columbia area for Product Management, Product Marketing, and Marketing professionals to teach to, learn from, and network with each other.

ProductCamp is an un-conference, meaning that participants can bring ideas, lead a session in their area of expertise, facilitate a round table discussion, network, or volunteer. This year's event will take place at UBC Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver, BC next Saturday, 18 February.

A couple of years ago I have been asked what I like about ProductCamp Vancouver in this short video:

Scrum Master vs. Project Manager

Similarly to how a Project Manager is the central authority of a traffic light junction, the ScrumMaster can be seen as the “RoundaboutMaster”

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4 November 2016
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Scrum

Project Managers are the lubricant that makes projects run. According to the PMI, the role of the PM is the director of action, the key role responsible for delivery of the project. But how does that role change as agile practices are introduced, and a pool of resources manipulated by PMs becomes a swarm of dedicated agile teams? We’ve often struggled to explain the difference.

As agile coaches we are tempted to give the irresponsible response that agile teams “don’t need project management” or agile companies “don’t do projects”. While true, the answer is uninspired and unhelpful ...

Talking Experience Canvas at IIBA Vancouver

Dave Sharrock spoke at the IIBA Vancouver on May 16 to explain how to effectively estimate the value of requirements with the Experience Canvas

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31 May 2016
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Events, Product Owner
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I spoke about Experience Canvas and Agile at the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Vancouver Chapter on May 16 during a sold-out event. The title of the talk was Estimate Value to Deliver Value: Effectively Estimate the Value of Requirements with the Experience Canvas.

Dave Sharrock at IIBA Vancouver in May 2016

Agile organizations move work to dedicated teams, rather than move people to projects. In order to succeed, the Business Analyst needs to continually compare the value of different projects or work requirements to make sure that the teams are working on the most valuable items at any one time. But how can you compare new ...

Take off in Florida

agile42 coaches will be present in force at the Scrum Alliance event in Orlando, Florida, April 18-20

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5 April 2016
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We are very happy to be present at the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016 organized by the Scrum Alliance and to follow our continuing participation in the premier event of the worldwide Scrum community.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Orlando 2016

This year Andrea Tomasini will present Stop scaling... start growing an agile organization! in the Agile Galaxy track. Growing an agile organization should be the goal of any successful change. See how startups and enterprise alike share common principles.

Together with Daniel Lynn I will present 7 Things Your Agile Transition Can Learn From Star Wars in the Mission Control track. In this talk, starting with ...

Agile & Gaming Companies

Handling rich creative content in a traditional Scrum team doesn’t always work as we might think: a single cross-functional team might simply be too large

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28 January 2016
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Product Owner, Scrum & XP, agile

In many cases, the artwork and creative elements of a product, such as a game, requires work from many skilled artists, from graphic artists and UX to animators and audio engineers. Creating an art team to deliver art assets, and having them operate as a Scrum team can work. But there can be challenges with this too. In the following article I describe the experience of a gaming company that experimented with art Scrum teams and ended up combining engineering Scrum teams with art Kanban teams. This change was driven by the art team as an experiment, with the clear ...

Why People Are Turning to Agile

Iterative and incremental product delivery methods have been used for decades to define and develop some of the most challenging projects in history

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19 November 2015
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agile
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agile, coaching

From using ½ day sprints to delivering some of the most complex and critical hardware and software products in history, iterative and incremental delivery is, quite literally, rocket science1, used to manage risk and maximize learning in the most challenging situations.

Agile methods are the most recent incarnation of iterative and incremental methods, gaining acceptance over more traditional, sequential methods, as a result of a changing paradigm for software delivery. In today’s development environment, product development teams are battling five significant trends that directly impact the work they are doing:

Product Complexity: Products that 10 years ago were relatively ...

Q&A with Learning Consortium on Scaling Agile

Members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium were guests at our annual Coach Camp and took part in a Q&A on Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

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17 September 2015
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Scrum Alliance, Agile at Scale
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It's been a great pleasure to meet with members of the Scrum Alliance Learning Consortium and to have them as guests during our company-wide Coach Camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan last August. The rationale for their presence has been explained by Andrea Acheson, Managing Director of agile42 in North America: "visiting the other Learning Consortium sites I had a big question about how to explain agile42 company culture to other members of SALC and we thought the best way was to invite them to our annual company coach camp". The same feeling by agile42 CEO Marion Eickmann: "At the ...

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

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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 ...

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

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13 August 2015
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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 ...

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

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24 July 2015
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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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