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What makes a good Agile game?

Just playing a game for learning isn’t working and in this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game in the Agile environment

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3 March 2015
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In my previous blog post Why we play, I focused on the value of agile games in our training. They build a safe-to-fail environment and let participants get a first hand experience of new concepts. One the one hand, playing games for learning is especially helpful for concepts, which can be easily misunderstood because they are different from existing ways of working. While on the other side, just playing a game for learning isn’t working. In this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game.

Clear Learning Objectives

A good game is oriented towards clear learning ...

Why we train!

We call ourself “the agile coaching company”. Our focus on interactive training is in line with our approach to coaching. We see training as an essential success factor to support our coaching and enable the client. This is why we train!

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20 February 2015
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Training
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training

Learning the underlying concepts

First of all training delivers the underlying concepts and enables us to work with the client on another level. For many people the concepts are different to their current way of working. 

Reading books and articles with the wrong mindset often leads to more confusion, as opposed to a better understanding of the concepts. Sometimes it feels like people read books using their “glasses of the past”. 

It’s too easy to say “We already do this more or less and this is something, which is impossible for us”. Many underlying concepts can’t be taught ...

Meet us at Manage Agile 2014

Andrea Tomasini and Ralf Kruse will run special events at Manage Agile 2014 in Berlin on 27-30 October

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16 October 2014
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Events

We are very happy to be part of Manage Agile 2014, event devoted to Agile project management and requirements management in practice, and sponsored again this year by agile42.

Andrea Tomasini will lead the World Cafe on Agile Project Management on the first day of the conference. The free and lively discussion will be in the style of Scrumtisch Berlin, the Berlin Scrum User Group organised by agile42 and meeting regularly in the German capital.

Ralf Kruse will faciltate instead The Marshmallow Challenge: a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in ...

Co-location, no matter what?

Many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way, is this still the case today or has the world changed?

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28 August 2014
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It's common sense in the Agile community that co-location of teams is beneficial and many people see co-location as a necessary condition to working in an Agile way. Ten years ago this was definitely the case. But is this still the case today, or has the world changed? Are there scenarios where maybe other aspects are more important?

Why do/did we see co-location as essential?

A team works closely together to achieve their collective goals. Close collaboration is a key for fast and efficient problem solving. It creates a dynamic where the performance of a team as a ...

My understanding of effective Agile Coaching

Effective Agile coaching is the process of supporting the client to improve by becoming Agile: it's guiding without prescribing

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15 April 2014
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Coaching
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agile coaching, coaching, consulting, scrummaster

Since years I work as external Agile Coach. From the beginning I searched for a good definition on what is agile coaching and was never satisfied on what I found. In this blog post I want to describe my understanding of our way of agile coaching and what is makes essential for our success at our client.

So many people call themselves agile coaches. My impression is that the impression on what agile coaching is is quite divergent.

One definition of coaching: “Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping people to learn ...

I do my job for the email I get half a year later

Over time I realised that seeing long lasting changes for many of my clients is my key motivation

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20 June 2013
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Coaching

The job of an external agile coach can be quit challenging and stressful. At the client side we are in the centre of attention. In addition, travelling is stressful. To be honest, from time to time I ask myself, "why am I doing this?" This post is my answer to this question.

In all of my previous jobs, I had the feeling that identifying problems and possibilities for improvement offended others. In my work as agile coach I observe that this "talent" helps others to change and improve.
Seeing people changing and improving, whose work has been more of a ...

Scrum Day 12.06. Berlin: Are you reaping the possible benefits of scaling agile?

Scrum day - 11.-12. June 2013 - Berlin

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11 June 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile

I am looking forward to have my talk tomorrow at the Scrum-day!

The idea behind my talk arose from the last Scrumday. 

There was already the focus on scaling, but the most of the attention was direct to "how it looks like" and "how you should do it", but not so much on WHY doing it.

For me finding the best solution for your organization, your team is highly depending on where you are and where you want to be.
This is the reason why I tried to focus my talk on "Is your organization reaping the possible benefits of ...

Kanban Pizza Game at Limited WIP Society Hamburg

Let's Play Kanban...

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6 June 2013
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kanban

I am looking forward to play the Kanban Pizza Game™ at Limited WIP Society Hamburg.

It’s difficult to teach the principles of Lean and Agile simply by lecturing. People have to experience the principles by themselves to get a feeling for how it all works. By playing the Kanban Pizza Game™, you will enter the Kanban world in an playful way. The game looks simple, but the facilitation has it's pitfalls. :-) 

Since we invented the Kanban Pizza Game™ two years ago we played it with various customers and Agile User Groups.Through these experiences we improved the game ...

Kanban Pizza Game at DARE 2013

Kanban Pizza Game by agile42 at DARE 2013 on Saturday 15th June - Antwerp Belgium

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29 May 2013
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Events, agile, kanban

Get the chance to play with us!

I am happy to announce that Saturday, June 15th I will be at the Lean & Kanban conference DARE 2013 in Antwerp with the Kanban Pizza Game.

Nick Oostvogels, one of the organizers of the conference, describes DARE 2013 as “a conference for those brave souls who want to change the ordinary and take changes. A place to get fresh ideas how to turn your business into a success.”
So I am sure that this is the right place where play to our Kanban Pizza Game ;-) 
 
We invented the Kanban Pizza Game a year ...

I Think We Should Do «another fancy practice»

Every environment is different. Is the practice you want to try going to be helpful in yours?

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23 April 2013
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Scrum & XP, agile

As agile coaches, we frequently observe and get involved in discussions around practices, methods and tools. Many of these start with someone suggesting "I think we should try …".

Many of these discussions focus directly on the advantages of the specific method. Often, they lack focus on fitness for purpose or context. There are so many things that we could do. Many methods that work amazingly well for others. Is that enough to start trying them too?
We need to decide which method or tool is important and potentially useful for us in our environment, for our specific, current challenges. Discussions ...

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