Tag archives: scrum

Is it necessary to be an experienced Scrum Master to coach a Scrum Master?

From time to time I hear people say that an Agile Coach should have specific experience in the role they coach, in this post I share my opinion

8 June 2015
agile coaching, scrum, scrummaster

My understanding of the intention behind the necessity

A good coach needs empathy for the client, needs to understand the job of the client well enough to help him and needs to be respected by the client.

Some people have the opinion “You need to work in the role from time to time, so that you know what you are coaching about”,  or “Without actual hands-on experience in the job there is the risk that you start to live in an ivory tower”. I respect that this opinion has some validity. It could be difficult to guide the client if ...

agile42 Thought Leadership at Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015

Brad Swanson, Dhaval Panchal and Mike Caspar are happy to be presenting at Scrum Gathering 2015 in Phoenix. (#SGPHX). Come by and say hi.

30 April 2015
Scrum Alliance, Events
scrum, scrum alliance, scrum gathering, sgphx

We're pleased that agile42 coaches are leading five sessions at the Scrum Gathering 2015 in Phoenix on May 4-6, 2015

  • Getting Your Team from Good to Great, by Brad Swanson (Tuesday May 5th, 9:00 - 10:30)
  • Better Portfolio Prioritization with Lean Canvas by Mike Caspar and Brad Swanson (Tuesday May 5th, 10:45 - 11 ...

Thoughts On Scrum From A Newbie

Scrum isn't something only rugby players do. I had no idea, for example, that Scrum is the most popular approach to agile software development.

Here’s what I understood before attending CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) training earlier this month (a week after I joined agile42):  Scrum is something boys in short shorts do on the rugby field and women do when they’re fighting over a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s on sale.  I went in, suitably garbed in boots and leggings (just in case I had to break out into a sprint) and was surprised to find techy-types in long pants and shirts.  They seemed to me, woefully unprepared.

Training started with Dave separating the class into groups of people who had ‘lots of ...

Learning by doing: CSPO class video

Coach Dhaval Panchal explains how he used video production to teach teamwork in Scrum during his training class

27 November 2014
Scrum, Training
cspo, scrum

For my recent Certified Scrum Product Owner class, I asked participants to make a video that they can take back to their colleagues at their work places. This post captures the activities of one such team and their progression to making an awesome final video. Here is the final video after their fourth sprint. (each sprint was 20 mins duration)

How does this compare to their product vision statement?

Folks who made this video did not have any video editing experience and they had to learn technology (windows movie maker) and develop content during their sprint working time (20 mins ...

Five books every ScrumMaster should read

agile42 coaches have selected a short list of titles that should be on the bookshelf of any ScrumMaster

31 March 2014
book, scrum, scrummaster

This is a new series by agile42 coaches to help you build your Agile library (bookshelf or virtual that is!) It follows up on the great success of last year's Summer Reading List that included an eclectic selection of titles ranging from business books to military history.

This first installation of Top Five Books is devoted to the key role in the Scrum process – the ScrumMaster. We have interviewed our colleagues and here's a (difficult) selection.

Books, photo by RLHyde

Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile Software Development

As a ScrumMaster you don't only need to know what Agile and Scrum are ...

Safe and unsafe words…

A look at online reviews and discussions about the Scaled Agile Framework®

28 March 2014
etf, safe, scrum

The worldwide Agile community is debating these days mostly about one single thing, and this is the Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe™ as it's commonly known. We have studied extensively the subject both in the fields and as part of our Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF) approach which may include SAFe as a component according to the organization needs.

We will publish something very soon but as an end-of-week read we suggest you a selection of a few posts by popular leaders in the Agile and Lean community who have weighted on this Framework from their own points of view ...

Agile Testing Days 2013: Agile Testing is nonsense, because Agile is testing…

Testing is an attitude, an approach and a practice: notes from my experience at Agile Testing Days 2013 and the opening keynote I presented

4 November 2013
agile, agile testing, keynote, scrum

Some impressions

The Agile Testing Days has definitely been an experience for me. I wasn't sure what type of people I would have met at such supposedly very "vertical" and specific conference, focusing on testing in the Agile world. It's definitely one of a kind, and I was positively surprised about the amount of people who are actually getting closer to Agile through the testing experience.

The quality of the speakers has been very high, I have attended almost all of the keynotes, and were all very well followed, and engaging too. I have learned that there are ...

The State of Scrum 2013: a Report from the Scrum Alliance

New report shows Scrum is growing rapidly, not only in software development, but in industries far beyond.

13 September 2013
scrum, scrum alliance

At agile42 we practise Scrum each day and we've been very pleased to see earlier this year the publication of the 2013 State of Scrum Report by the Scrum Alliance. The work is now available for free download and includes a PDF report, a webinar to watch online and a webinar presentation deck.

State of Scrum 2013Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit professional membership organization providing Advocacy, Community and Education to encourage and support the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. This industry report is based on input from almost 500 business professionals in more than 70 countries. Participants represented various industries ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, September 2013

Next Berlin Scrumtisch on September 25th; Time: 18:30; Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108

20 August 2013
Scrumtisch Berlin
scrum, scrum berlin, scrumtisch berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for our next Scrumtisch in Berlin:

  • Date: 25th of September, 2013
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)


Success Story and Press Release about agile42's job at Atrada AG

agile42’s agile and Scrum competence adds value for Atrada AG

5 November 2012
agile, agile42, agile coaching, atrada, scrum

Atrada AG had some big expectations when they introduced agile methods in the organization: reduced reaction and development time, increased efficiency, and greater customer and employee satisfaction. In order to reach these goals the online marketplace specialists brought in the agile coaches from agile42.


Read more here: Success Story Atrada


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Meet The Coach: Dhaval Panchal

in this interview, Agile Coach Dhaval Panchal shares his inspiration for doing what he does as ...