A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part II – Scrum (IDEO, PO in a nutshell, Fibonacci, 30 days, great conductors)

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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A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part I – Motivation, Ideas, Productivity

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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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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Recently read books – some recommendations (Flow, ScrumBan, Networking, Unconferences, Bonus)

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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My summary of agile world #awrld2013

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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Impression from Agile World (#awrld2013) – Day 1

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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Recap on #DARE13 – my highlight agile conference 2013 so far

  😉 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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Impressions from DARE13

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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Upcoming agile events in June (DARE, Agile world, Scrum day)

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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW7+8+9/2013 (Personal Kanban, Management 3.0, Metrics, Employee handbook)

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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Impressions from the awesome management 3.0 course with Juergen Dittmar

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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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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Playing Jurgen Appelo’s moving motivators with Scrum teams (Team development)

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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW05+06/2013 (Productivity, Teams, Responsibilities)

  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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW02-04/2013 (Career development, Stifle innovation, Comraderie, Motivate, Meeting killers)

  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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW01/2013 (Agile Atlas, Team traps, Agile Guide as a subway plan, management secret)

  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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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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW52/2012 (Way to Agile, Personal Development, Work Expo, Books)

  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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW51/2012 (Metrics, Performance Appraisals, Software in 30 days)

  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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW50/2012 (Metrics – Measure up, Pay for performance, Story Points)

  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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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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW49/2012

  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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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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW48/2012

  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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW47/2012

  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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Foster innovation by creating a learning and social networking environment for your teams

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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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW46/2012

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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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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Evolving retrospectives – variations to avoid boredom – energize it

Retrospective can get boring over time In the beginning, starting with a new team or starting with Scrum at all, retrospectives are really interesting and you have a lot of energy in this meeting. As with most things – the same...
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Evolving retrospectives – inspect & adapt every sprint

a simple version of the sprint retrospective when Do the retrospective every sprint on the last day of the sprint after the sprint review to get all topics that occured during the sprint including the outcome of the sprint review...
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Top Scrum books (Part II)

Nonviolent communication Marshall B. RosenbergArun GandhiVera F. BirkenbihlIngrid Holler;2007 For me one of the most impressive books about respectful communication and how to work with people.WATCH – FEEL – EXPRESS NEEDS – ASK   “WATCH – there are less things that...
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It started with reading … lets start the blog with my top Scrum books (Part I)

Drive Daniel H. Pink;2010 Learn what is motivation. What are differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and how to foster growing motivation. Daniel H. Pink combines science background and stories about motivation in a nice to read way. How it...
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