Posts filed under: Agile approaches

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ūüėČ Nicely printed DOD/DORs hanging on walls or hidden in Wiki...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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