All posts by: Sebastian Radics

Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management 3.0 exercises IDENTITY SYMBOLS and celebrating success and failure with this post I describe how we apply it in our department. Have fun while reading and building your own new picture of your environment. It started...
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With this post I continue the series of examples for retrospectives. It describes a solution focussed version that I recently used as a format for a project retrospective (a project that lasted 3 months and 2 teams were working together)....
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Some years ago I was presented with an interesting article describing the social loafing effect. Social loafing is the phenomenon of people exerting less effort to achieve a goal when they work in a group than when they work alone....
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Thanks to my parents in law who gave me the book Klar denken, klug handeln: 104 Denkfehler und Irrwege, die Sie besser anderen überlassen (EN version is The Art of Thinking Clearly)written by Rolf Dobelli I got a comprehensive overview about 104...
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Based on the initiative by Stefan Nowaczynski and with the important help by Gerald Fiesser we hosted our first Coach Reflection Day aka. CoReDay at idealo. With this post I provide an overview on the format, share some of my learnings and hopefully inspire...
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What an amazing journey along my agile path in 2015. Time to shortly recap the most important steps. Clustered in the topics: RecruitingThe role of an agile coachScrumban and Scrum 3.0Agile metricsWorking in a team of agile coachesRetrospectivesComplexityAwesome workshop experiencesReading...
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What a great day – I’m still deeply impressed by an awesome goal definition workshop facilitated by Judith Andresen. Together with my teammates (what an amazing group we got already – I’m really proud to be part of it) and the...
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Helping and guiding teams to become highly successful is the focus of being an agile coach. I’m currently reading Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations – an amazing book about important aspects to consider for teams. With this...
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Today I had the opportunity to join a great and inspiring presentation by Boris Gloger talking about Scrum 3.0 and organization 4.0 (thanks to Immobilienscout24 for hosting a great event). With this post I provide a short summary of my notes...
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With this blog post I start a series of posts related to solution focussed coaching. Based on the awesome book Agile Teams lösungsfokussiert coachen (DE) I’m going to share my insights starting with some helpful criteria to define goals. First of...
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This post is part three to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 12 complexitools for learning and agile project work.By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support learning in complex environments.I...
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After spending some time rebuilding the main page for OnTheAgilePath (your feedback is highly appreciated) this weeks update is a short learning recap regarding migration projects. I just share some insights that might help you in your current project or upcoming ones...
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This post is part two to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 9 komplexithoden for agility. By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support agility in complex environments… in my opinion...
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This time I share insights from our team of Agile Coaches and explain the way we learn together, exchange information  and knowledge in 7 different formats. Have fun trying it in your environment too. #1 Agile daily (daily 15’) Lets...
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Having hosted retrospective workshops and learned through many retrospective facilitations in various teams and environments I would like to start sharing some complete retrospective formats and provide comments what worked and what maybe did not work. Introduction How A brief...
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Recently I had the opportunity to join a session about painting exercises that one can embed in e.g. retrospectives to open another channel for discussions. Thanks to Lisbeth Ott for arranging a great learning experience. Double Doodle A simple exercise, just...
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With this blog post I’d like to share some experiences from my presentation at Netlight’s awesome edge conference. What I learned  to present a topic from various perspectives forces one to drill down deeper on areas. Ones learns more about...
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What a great experience joining Netlight’s awesome EDGE conference . Networking, high communicative engagement and a joyful environment. Congratulations to Netlight for hosting a great event and making it a highlight for the presenters too. It was inspiring and challenging to prepare...
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Taken from Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo What a reading week, I  finished Nils Pfläging’s  Organize for complexity and Komplexithoden (written together with Silke Hermann) and I’m on the way reading Führen mit flexiblen Zielen (Leading using flexible goals). Both books helped my to further...
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Source:http://noestimatesbook.com/ This week I read Vasco Duarte’s brilliant new book about #NoEstimates and I just have to write a post advertising it. Finally there is a ground setting summary about the #NoEstimates movement and I can highly recommend reading it. For...
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During the last weeks we were preparing a workshop for effective meeting facilitation and having great retrospectives. We … because preparation was done in a team of 3. A great experience I would like to share with you with this...
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Some days ago I discovered the awesome Scrumban Simulation Game GetScrumban and got infected playing it. With this post I share some learnings and hints how I reached the highscore leading position for both categories (full mode play and quick play)....
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With this post I’ll share some of my recently read books, link to some of my summaries and provide an overview on upcoming ones. Maybe you can add your current favorites to help me discovering and filling my reading queue...
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Based on my previous post where I explained how you can apply Little’s Law for Release Planning this post describes how to add a necessary buffer to consider that project delivery rates follow a fairly predictable S-Curve and that Little’s law...
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I’m currently reading the advanced ScrumBan book Scrumban [R]Evolution – Getting the most out of Agile, Scrum and Lean, Kanban by Ajay Reddy and found a nice extension of Little’s Law that I would like to share with this post. A...
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With this post I share with you a template for creating a simple Release Burndown Chart. The chart was originally described by Mike Cohn as the alternative release burn down and shows some additional information in comparison to the default burn down...
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Retrospectives are established as the standard way for continuous improvement reflection in Scrum and ScrumBan environments. Having the meetings itself optimized it’s still a question how to best ensure that action items resulting from the retrospective really get done. With...
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So far I was a strong believer in using analogue (physical) boards but experiencing the advantages of digital solutions I’m changing my orientation. In this post I aggregate some advantages and disadvantages for both solutions. Maybe you can add your...
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With this post I share my slides about agile metrics that I presented originally at the Management 3.0 regular table in Munich. As I’m currently preparing a more detailed workshop about agile metrics I share parts of it during my...
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Special thanks to my fellow team member Ludger Wagner for recording my provoking presentation about Scrum’s evolutionary next step ScrumBan, that I would like to share with you today (presentation slides and more information about the context of this presentation I...
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Ideation, what a highly energizing experience during the last weeks. With this post I’ll summarize my insights and I hope to inspire you to try the same (and maybe share your insights too). Some years ago I watched this great...
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#1 – How is the holistic company transformation influenced by agile coaching? I think agile coaching has a significant impact on a holistic company transformation. To work with the agile perspective needs expert knowledge and experience in areas like Lean,...
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This week I had the opportunity to join the great Berlin Scrum Meetup as a speaker and evening facilitator. I selected Scrumban as an Evolution of Scrum as the topic for the evening and it was an interesting experience with a...
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With this post I share with you my experience with an extraordinary retrospective format I tried the first time this week – the  WE PROCESS.  It’s based on the amazing work by Scott M. Peck about community building and the extended...
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This week I attended the great Software Craftsmanship Berlin Meetup to listen to Daniel Irvine‘s  great talk about Discipline and Professionalism in Software Development. I was deeply impressed by the high value attitude and with this post I share my notes and insights from...
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Recently we arranged a kick off for our department consisting of 4 teams. Aiming to connect people we applied a gamification approach using 4 cool games and exercises that I share with you through this post (this time 2, maybe...
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During the last years I attended several ScrumMaster/Agile Coaches teams and we experimented with various formats for efficient synching in our group (among the ScrumMasters). I can highly recommend syncing regularly as it shows common topics to discuss and allows...
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With this post I describe some advanced topics to consider for your next Moving Motivator session.  If you’re not yet familiar with this great game – to discover your (teams) intrinsic motivators – please start with reading Playing Moving Motivators with Teams....
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This week I had the opportunity to join an awesome two day workshop – PRODUCTMANAGEMENT – facilitated by Roman Pichler.  High intensity input regarding Products, Roadmaps, Stories, Teams, Personas and Product Management. WOW. In this post I share my Sketchnotes...
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Starting with Scrum back in 2008 I was a strong believer in the concept of using sprints. It provided a nice frame for starter teams, ensured regular feedback cycles and was a key to remove old delivery and product building...
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A key success factor for efficient team work is to be able to make decisions (and in an efficient way). Best fully supported by every team member. Learning how to best facilitate decision making is an important skill for an...
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I just finished reading the awesome book Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability by Daniel S. Vacanti. For me a must read to get a deep insight in metrics for agile environments. With this blog post I summarize my highlights and key learnings....
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In this blog post I describe my approach to organize my daily work using Personal Kanban. Starting with answering: Why Personal Kanban?, followed by the structure of my board, an explanation of my daily planning session, tooling and how my...
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I guess your are already using a Definition of Ready (DOR) and a Definition of Done (DOD)?(If not – there are some hints at the end of this post 😉 Nicely printed DOD/DORs hanging on walls or hidden in Wiki...
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Not knowing (NICHTWISSEN)  Some time ago I had the opportunity to watch an awesome presentation by Daniel Juling about Not Knowing. It was a great session with really exciting input about that (at least) for me so far unconsidered perspective.  Learning...
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#NoEstimates – simplicity first WHY #NoEstimates instead of using story points or detailed time estimations? … Please check the great input by the #NoEstimates movement and the great new book on #NoEstimates by Vasco Duarte.  This post is a short summary how I introduced it....
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 Interview with Agile Coach Stefan Nowaczynski Currently I have the opportunity to work with the awesome agile coach Stefan Nowaczynski and learn a lot about coaching. This post replays an interview with Stefan about Coaching. Learn why coaching and agile...
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Scaling and staying agile is the real challenge many companies face currently. Having started with small agile cells that became successful it’s the next step to use it in many teams. Coupled with strong growth pressure, scaling can create a...
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In this post I’ll describe the evolution towards ScrumBan as a natural way for the growth of Scrum teams. Let’s in addition ask the questions why to start with Scrum at all. There is a lot of discussion ongoing and...
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Agility A short summary of the great talk The Death of Agile | ThoughtWorks by Dave Thomas. What a great presentation – starting with the heavy monetization around the term Agile. “Create fear, make it sound difficult, bright and shiny and sell it...
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Many companies use loyalty incentives promised to be available at a later point in time as a way to provide recognition for their employees and to bind the employees to the company (e.g. a salary increase in future, stock options,...
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Agile is about being fast and flexible. I love reading books about AGILE and surrounding topics (motivation, management, happiness, nature,…) but always struggled reading a lot of text and having the need to condense relevant information afterwards. I guess you...
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In part 3 of the recruiting blog post series I’ll consider the perspective of a recruiting agency/headhunters. A really competitive market, trying to find talents in a employee market situation. Read about the agencies connection to the applicants/talents and the...
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What’s blogging all about For me – it is learning, connecting and networking and storing information. I write posts now for some years and I notice how often I refer to my posts when engaging in discussions.  Learning is covered...
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This time let’s take the perspective of the job applicant searching for a new position (check companies perspective too). This post describes a good preparation and organization, provides hints for working with agencies and will support your next decision and...
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Just came across a nice discussion about the Daily Standup and what (3) questions to use. Condensed some cool variations for questions in you Daily. Nice connection with the goal getting it done: “DONE” – Delivered – Obstacles – NEx...
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Based on the awesome list of 42 tasks for a ScrumMaster by Bernd Schiffer I created a Scribe with VideoScribe describing the role of an Agile Coach/ScrumMaster. Now the English Version is available too. Have fun watching it! Your feedback is highly appreciated. A german version...
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Based on the awesome list of 42 tasks for a ScrumMaster by Bernd Schiffer I created a Scribe with VideoScribe describing the role of an Agile Coach/ScrumMaster. Have fun watching it and your feedback is highly appreciated. The EN-Audio version will follow...
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As I just had the opportunity to search for a new position I monitored current recruiting practices,compared it with my experience during recruiting and would like to share my observations with you. With this post I’ll use the perspective of...
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Based on the Webinar – A River (of Requirements) Runs Through it – by Dave West and Derwyn Harris I share with you my sketch notes and key takeaways.  Key learnings Consider Requirements in an agile and adaptive way and not as...
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SketchNotes I’ve taken during a workshop with Jason Little and Torsten Scheller/AgilWerden and based on Jason Littles Lean Change initative. The SketchNotes are available as Pdf and printer friendly PDF version too....
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Saturday morning – family is up and waiting for a common breakfast. Kiddies are asking – Daddy – can we help you, can we help, please can we help, … did I mention that I like the way kids discover...
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It’s time to close 2014 regarding goal achievements and to plan new goals for 2015. Is it your task to define and administer the system? Or are you the one who’s performance gets evaluated via goals? With this post I’ll...
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Another awesome management workout – Project Credits – by Jurgen Appelo – helped me to get a better picture how to continue with job titles, roles and it’s connection to personal brands and reputation. I learned why titles are important in...
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Short before 2013 ends it’s a good time to gather feedback on how management is doing. Seeing management as the servant for the teams – the teams are the ones to ask. The following provides a suggestion for a 20...
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Based on the new management 3.0 CHAMPFROGS by Jurgen Appelo I tried to summarize my readings with Sketchnotes (see below). The 10 intrinsic motivators – Curiosity – Honor – Acceptance – Mastery – Power – Freedom – Relatedness – Order – Goal...
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Inspiration There are so many sources of inspiration, a nice video is one source working for me.I like Lost generation – a great idea for transporting an important message.I got really inspired by watching The Beauty of Nature. Another source of inspiration...
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The following table (thanks to Alin) was compiled to get an fast overview on the 3 mostly used agile approaches – Scrum, Kanban and the combination of both Scrumban. Maybe you’re currently thinking about your environment and what agile method...
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Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management workout Personal Maps I created my first sketch note (thanks for the brilliant idea of using sketch notes to Angel Medinella). Please be patient with the format – still a lot to improve for me there...
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Overview Maybe you already know the Delegation Poker game by Jurgen Appelo. We Taken from Jurgen Appelo’s Delegation board description differentiate the following 7 levels of delegation: 1 – Tell – you tell how it has to be done, you decide 2...
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Scrum In part II you’ll find some videos to help in our daily Scrum life.  Did you ever wonder about the cross functional team and how it should look like – maybe the IDEO shopping cart video provides some inspiration. ...
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Motivation Part I is collection of videos I found really useful to understand more about motivation, idea generation and productivity. As motivation is one of the most important areas to work with as an agile manager I think it’s a...
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On the agile path 6 years ago I started my agile journey with Alistair Cockburn’s Agile Software Development. Combined with the inspiration by Tom De Marco’s Peopleware – Productive Projects and Teams and his ideas about the way we should work...
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It has been quite for some time now on my blog. Sorry for letting you wait – but I needed some break to collect new ideas and process all the impressions I got from the conferences, books and activities in...
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First of all Thanks to all organizers, speakers and attendees. It was a pleasure!The #awrld2013 was a success. Well organized tracks and sessions. A lot of interesting talks, new ideas and insights in other companies agile world.Some highlight sentences I remember 😉...
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Agile World in Munich – Day 1 After having some nice chats in the beginning during the morning coffee we started with really interesting keynotes about  Agil and Lean at Telefonica Infineon and there chances with going agile Agile Transition...
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  😉 I started my #dare13 day 2 with a cool AIKIDO session facilitated by Ángel Medinilla. It was amazing and for me a key learning – elegance, intelligence and not much power – a convincing style to “dance” with your...
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Wow – what a nice day full of impressions from the #DARE13 conference in Antwerp, Belgium.Today early in the morning – I guess around 7am – I was on my walk to Rijnkaai 96 in Antwerp to join the agile conference #DARE13.    I think...
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Some interesting upcoming agile events in June Yesterday I got an nice information from Jurgen Appelo about the upcoming Dare 2013 and I thought to provide a short overview about interesting events regarding AGILE in June. DARE 2013 Jun 14-15, Dare 2013 (Antwerp,...
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Background This time you’ll find inspiring input on designing an employeer handbook, how to organize yourself by considering Henrik Kniberg’s presentation, some input for hiring and more about using agile metrics. An Appropriate Use of Metrics (Blog Post by Martin...
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My last 2 days where full of impressions and learnings about the new way of management. I took the management 3.0 course hosted by Juergen Dittmar based on Jurgen Appelo’s management 3.0 ideas.One and a half year ago I read...
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Background Did you ask yourself – What’s going on here? Why don’t we come to a decision? Why is this task pending forever? Who are all the attendees in this meeting? … Unclear roles cause unclear situations and produce a...
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Background You’re a ScrumMaster or in a role interested in developing teams? You heard about intrinsic motivation and would like to understand your current state of motivation in the team? Based on Jurgen Appelo‘s fascinating game Moving Motivators this post explains...
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  Background The past 2 weeks were a bit busy with inspiring feedback talks and a nice workshop with Andre Häusling. Readings were about cross functional teams, problems with multitasking, human responsibilities, agile architecture and productivity. Readings Overview Cross functional...
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  Background The past 3 weeks my readings followed the direction career path, innovation and motivation.  This time you’ll find a collection of nice and compact resources about leadership, agile carrer development, Love-Comraderie-Adventure and innovation. Readings Overview Lessons learned in...
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  Background The first week in 2013 passed with interesting input regarding agile management. Through exploring I found a cool agile practice subway and stumbled upon an good talk about team traps by Esther Derby. Readings Overview Agile Atlas (Scrum...
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Background VersionOne, Inc. [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Today I face the word AGILE everywhere. Often it seems to me that its not clear what it means to be AGILE and to use agile development. With this post I try...
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  Background This week passed with some interesting sources about book recommendations for 2012 and the work expo by Jurgen Appelo, a nice daily update on Agile by Gil Broza.  Readings Overview 12 recommended books by Jurgen Appelo (Blog post...
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  Background Again a week of learning and cross reading with the resulting hub connection. This weeks topics covered/started – performance appraisals, metrics – continued, productivity tools and Scrum input for the management.  Readings Overview Performance management for agile people...
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  Background This week was full with readings in the direction metrics. As the year ends and performance reviews and setting new goals and objectives is knocking on the door – a lot of reading investment went in this direction. ...
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Background Following the Scrum guide the sprint commitment is now transformed into the sprint forecast – and again my previous way of thinking about the commitment evolves.    “However, enough work is planned during the Sprint Planning Meeting for the Development Team...
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  Background The last week passed with reading in various areas. I learned more about How to help Melly?, found an amazingly simple and nice summary of the Product Owner Role and scanned various cool games to play with your...
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Background It took us some time to figure out a good way of handling architectural topics within our Scrum environment. In this post I’d like to share how we deal with technical debt vs. feature development, how teams contribute to...
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  Background This time you can follow my readings about agile metrics, the professional ladder (HR) and a nice input how to improve your way of doing code reviews. In the middle – find the relaxing moment 😉 Readings Overview...
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  Background It’s time for the 2nd weekly Scrum reading post. This time around creativity, incentives, agility and decision helpers. Readings Overview How to build a high performance agile team (Blog post by Michael Lant) Agile Transition – What you...
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Background How many new ideas did your team have during the past 6 months? And how many were transformed to innovations?  With this post I’ll try to share thoughts on becoming more innovative by building an environment that supports learning...
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Background See this kind of post as an experiment, how to best spread my favorite readings of Scrum related input and gain possible input for additional valuable sources from the agile community – meaning YOU. Along with this I’d like...
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Background During our agile journey we discussed and tried various improvements to the way we do our sprint planning II – the Scrum artefact to get to the tactical sprint level and decide how the implementation for stories looks like...
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Background After being Scrum Master for the last 4 years, in my recent project I had the opportunity to work as a developer again. This post will describe my new insights and learnings from this journey.  When you’re stuck, seek...
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From traditional burn-down-charts to the sprint flow When I started with the Scrum implementation I followed descriptions from Scrum books and the Scrum Master training and started with a “traditional” burndown chart. In the beginning we used the hour-based burndown...
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