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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 ...

Injecting advanced questions

An Agile coach can help a Scrum ceremony by injecting advanced questions, to help the team and the ScrumMaster make better use of the time

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11 May 2015
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Scrum

One of the great problems with Scrum is that the ceremonies become repetitive. The ScrumMaster runs all meetings using the same agenda, and small omissions never get rectified. This means that even with the best intentions, after six months or a year, you may be routinely missing out on something.

For example, the daily standup can become a repetitive meeting where you just rehash the three basic questions. People think that the daily standup is just a reporting meeting, and forget the opportunities to improve flow and reduce risks.

Photo "Scrum standup seriousness" by vishpool

One way that an external coach can help is by injecting ...

The word from Finland, Agile development at Siemens

An article about Agile developments at Siemens appeared in Finnish magazine "Tekniika & Talous" with comments from agile42 Finland CEO Lasse Ziegler

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28 April 2015
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Press
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embeddedagile

The Finnish magazine Tekniikka & Talous has published a great article by Tero Lehto on the agile advancements at the electronic giant Siemens. The article describes how agile development is becoming more common in the industrial equipment sector. It also tells about the benefits Siemens is reaping after investing into agility.

Siemens Motion Control deployed agile methods end-to-end from product management to developers. Through targeted pilots involving multiple teams, they grew and are now continuously improving their own just-in-time portfolio management system that fits and supports their strategy. Thanks to a much faster time to market, they have now cut the ...

Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Changes in the cosmic energy change the future of your Scrum team too. Be adaptive and flexible and read the signs

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1 April 2015
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Scrum
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agile-fools, april-fools

It is with sadness that we have followed the discussions on predictability in software development, as well as the raging Twitter debates on #NoEstimates. On one hand, Scrum practitioners are much aware of the difficulties inherent in estimating and predicting, but on the other hand we are all drawn towards the perceived certainty in a well-defined plan.

However, since software development is a complex-responsive system, it is clear to any thinking and knowledgeable individual that changes in the constellations will for sure affect the events happening to a Scrum team*. The experienced coaches and trainers from agile42 have gazed into ...

Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division improves collaboration, motivation and efficiency with agile42

Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division learned how to build better products faster while improving collaboration and increasing motivation

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18 December 2014
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Press
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swedbank

With the help of agile42, Swedbank Group IT Baltic Banking Division learned how to build better products faster while at the same time improving the collaboration and increasing the motivation among employees.

Swedbank is arguably the strongest bank in the Baltics, the market leader overall as well as in all segments where they are active. Of all large companies in Estonia, Swedbank has received the award for the strongest brand — for six years running and with increasing scores.

But even Swedbank is feeling some pressure. The whole banking industry is facing large changes driven by the digitalization of society. While ...

ETF and scaled Agile frameworks

How does agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ compare with other large size Agile approaches like SAFe or DAD?

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3 April 2014
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Transition
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dad, etf, safe

Following the heated discussions about SAFe (and our own bit of fun), it's worth checking how agile42 approach matches the expectation and solutions of large size Agile models that are being evaluated by corporations involved in transitioning their methodologies.

The agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) supports the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and other scaled agile frameworks. The ETF enables structured and strategic organizational change, and will help you deploy SAFe, DAD or any other framework.

We recognize that organizations are complex systems. We also know that in a complex system, no best ...

agile42 introduces Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™

agile42 introduces the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale

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1 April 2014
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Press
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april-fools

We see that many big enterprises want big enterprise agility. For this reason, agile42 is today introducing the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale.

The framework is based on stuff that worked a couple of years ago for a couple of large companies. These companies used continuous improvement techniques to develop the methods that we have now copied into the framework, and they have also evolved on from there. Unfortunately continuous improvement is old news and difficult to sell, so our framework carefully omits the underlying philosophy and jumps ...

Article in Finnish magazine Tietokone

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

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3 February 2014
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Finland, Press
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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

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27 January 2014
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Learning
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lego

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 ...

Change… what is change?

Change is at the core of agility. If you don’t know what change is, how can you be agile?

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29 November 2013
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Transition
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change, lizard brain, pyramid of results, transition

Almost exactly one year ago I stood in the kitchen waiting for the coffee water to come to the boil. Watching water coming to the boil is somewhat boring and my idle eyes dropped onto a towel someone had brought in, which said “Happiness is not a goal, it’s a way of life.” Still waiting for the hot water I digested this piece of information, and it dawned on me that, although I myself of course have no misconceptions about agility whatsoever, so many people have got agile wrong. They think agility is a goal, but it’s really ...

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