Posts filed under: Agile approaches

Tasks of an Agile Coach as poster – as promised in 2015

One year after describing the tasks of an agile coach via a whiteboard animation video you can now download your printable poster v ersion....
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Magical team size numbers – 2, 3, 5-7, 12, 50, 150, 1500 and how to avoid wasting everybody’s time

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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Scrum 3.0 and Organization 4.0 – impressions from a great evening with Boris Gloger at ImmobilienScout24

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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Migrating legacy applications – 7 points for doing it the agile way (and avoid BIG BANG, intransparent approaches)

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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Being a presenter – learnings, next steps, tips for conferences – based on my impressions fron Netlight’s Edge conference

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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Scrumban including #NoEstimates and #NoSprints presented at the EDGE conference hosted by Netlight

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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Scrumban – Get the highscore in GetScrumBan – a great Scrumban simulation

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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Analogue versus Digital board solutions – and the winner is …

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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Scrumban [R]Evolution of Scrum – recorded presentation from the Berlin Scrum Meetup

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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Scrumban as an Evolution of Scrum – Presentation at the Berlin Scrum Meetup

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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Discipline and Professionalism – Are you a Software Craftsman?

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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Time to abandon Scrum sprints? 14+7 arguments for your next steps towards agility

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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How I use Personal Kanban to gain high motivation and productivity … a practical guide

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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The waste of the Definition of Done and Definition of Ready (…when not actively used in your daily work)

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 ūüėČ Nicely printed DOD/DORs hanging on walls or hidden in Wiki...
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Are you still estimating, apply #NoEstimates and simplify your process – a practical guide

#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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The waste of scaling – typical traps when scaling and hints to stay agile and people focussed

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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Scrum and ScrumBan as it’s next evolutionary step … and is it worth starting with Scrum at all

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 to replace the diluted term Agile

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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Animated role overview Agile Coach/ScrumMaster (EN) – Whiteboard Animation Video

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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Watch the new Scribe video describing the Role of an Agile Coach/ScrumMaster as (DE)

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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The breakfast lesson – keep everyone engaged and foster knowledge sharing

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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Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban – a fast overview and rough categorization when to use what method

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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The next step on my agile path – ontheagilepath.net

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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ScrumMaster. Clarify roles to boost your teams productivity!

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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Refreshed Agile – Scrum’s foundation – between becoming an endangered mainstream buzzword and it’s evolution to THE management driver

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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To commit or not commit – that’s the questions here

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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Avoid technical debt and address software architecture in Scrum with the help of team architects

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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Evolving sprint planning II – split only stories that you start working on

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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How switching the Scrum Master and developer perspective enlarged my scope

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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Visualize sprint progress – an alternative to burndown charts

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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