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What Is Agile?

  In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused ...

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20 April 2015
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In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused with being flexible and nimble methods that are light-weight at best, chaotic and undisciplined at worst, rather than disciplined iterative and incremental methods.

Today, over 80% of IT departments say they are using agile methods to deliver at least some IT projects, up from 49% just a few years earlier.

But ...

Why Principles are more important than Practices?

Write up from Agile Development Practices conference in Berlin

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5 March 2013
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Agile with a Purpose, Events, agile

Write up from the Keynote at the Agile Development Practices conference in Berlin

The fact that many new to Agile focus a lot of energy in doing Agile right, brings them to end often in situation where many Agile Practices stop to make sense as such, and get adapted... unfortunately in not-really-agile ways.

With the keynote today, I tried to pass across that "doing" Agile, requires at least a bit of understanding about why most of the Agile practices are made the way they are made. Starting out by trying something without having understood why it has been created in ...

Why We Play

We want players to understand concepts that increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn methods that help their teams

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22 February 2013
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Agile with a Purpose, StrategicPlay, Training
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games, kanbanpizzagame, play, scrum lego city game

As agile coaches, we regularly want to create a learning environment for people. We use concepts like Training from the Back of the Room to step aside and let them learn. We facilitate and regularly use games. Playing is an integral and very effective part of learning, as it opens people's minds and hearts and creates the emotional connections that makes experiences stick.

What makes learning agile challenging?

We want participants to understand concepts that in our experience increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn practical methods that may help their teams as well ...

Meetings We Want

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. Use Meet protocol to create the meetings we want.

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21 November 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Training
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alignment, core protocols, meeting, purpose, retrospective

Meetings as we commonly organize and execute them are dreadful. They don’t make us feel productive. They encourage alienation by coercing us into a situation where we are not sure how we can contribute. No wonder we want to spend our time elsewhere to be more effective.

A few colleagues and me are currently exploring the Core Protocols, a set of communication practices known to be helpful to create great teams. I recently started to experiment with the Meet Protocol. Meet is one of the additional protocols, combining Check In and Alignment. It let’s us establish a clean ...

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders

Over the past 5 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations

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16 November 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Transition, Lean Management

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? This presentation is focusing in particular on those aspects which are related to transforming a corporate into an agile company, and ...

Agile Leadership

The survival of corporations in today’s competitive environment depends on new management thinking.

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4 October 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, agile
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agile leadership, leadership

“Skills shortage” is an awkward phrase, but the issue it describes is relevant for many companies. Finding the employees you need is hard. Next, you want to keep them. Money alone doesn’t make them happy. Knowledge workers expect more from a job than "just" being paid well. Attractive work environments allow their employees to work autonomously. The required responsibility needs to be encouraged by managers who change their own ways first. They have to go from classic "managing" to "agile leading".

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The introduction of agile thinking and practice is a proven way to align autonomous work with your company ...

Effect Mapping at the Nordstrom Innovation Lab

Effect Mapping is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

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26 September 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Product Owner
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effect mapping, feature injection, innovation

Effect Mapping (or Impact Mapping) is a facilitation technique popularised in the agile and lean community by Gojko Adzic. Use it to save lots of money, by deliberately discovering the scope you need. It helps you finding out which features you really want, and eases your decisions to drop features (projects, systems) you don’t really want.

In June, I had the pleasure to be invited to the Nordstrom Innovation Lab in Seattle to introduce a team to Effect Mapping and Feature Injection.

Effect Mapping ProcessWhile I tell you the story of my session, I’ll highlight the impact you can achieve ...

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

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16 August 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
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agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

The session has been recorded, and while we're waiting for the video to be edited, download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

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Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

Agile Inspires Betterness

We currently witness the beginning of a new era. It has been given various names, as nobody is yet able to predict its nature. It’s been called the conceptual age, information is not enough anymore. Relationships become more important, where “knowledge stacks are replaced by knowledge flows”. Abundance, connections and choice change the game: “Mass is dead. Here comes weird.”

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2 February 2012
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Agile with a Purpose
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agile, betterness, purpose

Classical strategic planning is based upon the assumption of a slowly changing future. This assumption is wrong.”

Noah Rahford 

We currently witness the beginning of a new era. It has been given various names, as nobody is yet able to predict its nature. It’s been called the conceptual age, information is not enough anymore. Relationships become more important, where “knowledge stacks are replaced by knowledge flows”. Abundance, connections and choice change the game: “Mass is dead. Here comes weird.” 

It’s a paradigm shift. We haven't yet figured out where it will lead our kind, as we can ...

Agile With Non-Software Teams

It is quite interesting to note how little most software developers know about hardware development. Many of us take it for granted that hardware development cannot match the pace of software. While this might be true for the case of the best software teams, able to update a software system every few minutes using continuous integration, for the common pace of biweekly software delivery this is nothing more than a false assumption.

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26 January 2012
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Scrumtisch Berlin, Agile with a Purpose
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agile, hardware

At today’s ScrumTisch, the first chosen topic by the crowd was how to do Agile with non-software teams. We started the discussion with a short list of questions:

  • What to show at the end of the timebox?
  • How to set the length of the timebox?

Interestingly, these questions, although raised by the audience, apparently were not hot enough to actually get discussed... (the topic Agile Beyond Software is much broader than this post, I’m just covering what was discussed tonight—a touch on the surface...)

Hardware

It turned out, that the person suggesting the topic actually had a ...

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