Posts tagged with: tweetable

Cost of Delay – a key economic metric

During the last weeks I read quite a lot about portfolio management and proper ways to include economics in our decisions. With this post I summarize some of my key learnings so far (most impressions I got from the great source...
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Cost of Delay and how to find the best sequence for feature development

After reading Principles of Product Development Flow I started implementing a small tool to calculate a proper development sequence for features based on given cost of delay and duration for features. This post marks a start in a series of posts regarding...
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Key take aways from The Principles of Product Development Flow

Recently I finally read one of the most important books regarding product development and economics The principles of product development flow by Donald G. Reinertsen. I can highly recommend reading that book as it explains the fundamentals of economics for...
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#NoEstimates – 10+1 new principles for software development presented by Vasco Duarte

I’m proud to be able to share a recording of our #NoEstimates meetup with Vasco Duarte that took place in December directly at idealo. Vasco provided 10+1 new principles for software development and gave an inspiring speech and Q&A on...
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Dynamic team setups – the presentation recorded at Manage Agile 2016

This time I share our presentation about dynamic team setups that my colleague and friend Jan Hegewald and me presented at the Manage Agile in Nov. 2016. The presentation is in german language. To explore more about dynamic team setups please check...
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The primes – how any group can solve any problem – book teaser

Recently I read the book The primes – How any group can solve any problem by Chris McGoff. I discovered a rich set of patterns that one has to consider when working with/leading groups and I think it really moves leadership to the next...
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Dynamic Team Setups – presented on the Manage Agile conference 2016

Jan Hegewald and me gave a presentation about dynamic team setups at this years Manage Agile  (#manageagile) conference in Berlin. Find below the presentation slides and summary picture (free to use). Soon there will be a (german language) video version too....
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Dynamic team setups presentation at Berlin Scrum Meetup

This week I had the opportunity to discuss the topic of dynamic team structures at the Berlin Scrum Meetup. Together with Jan Hegewald (Agil-gefuehrt) and Andreas Ulrich we first gave a presentation as an introduction to that topic and later on discussed...
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Dynamic team setups – armageddon and happy ending insights

In a previous post I already described the need for dynamic team setups. This time I’ll elaborate a bit more on that topic and share some insights from a great Club of Clubs session. First of all, lets have look...
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11 books next on your reading list? About simplicity, major change, trust and speed

Just finished 11 interesting books and would like to provide you some inspiration to maybe add it to your reading list too. TL;DR Radical Focus by Christina R. Wodtke Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap by Roman Pichler – and please consider my summary...
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Why one size fits all #slacktime is not working and what you can do about it

Slack Time, an often mentioned way to foster innovation and education by providing an amount of free time that one can use on its own and that is not fully connected with project work. Based on a great discussion at the Agile Meetup I...
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Build TRUST using these 3 simple ways to get to know each other

Recently we used three interesting ways to get to know each other that I would like to share with you. The described formats use different perspectives and help to discover various areas. Investing in learning more about a team member is...
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Why you should work with agile coaches on a freelance contract base

Shall you work with agile coaches based on a freelance contract? Nowadays I see many companies that struggle with hiring agile coaches (or ScrumMasters) as the current market in Germany is highly competitive. Based on past experience working with freelancers...
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Why we need more dynamic team setups to foster motivation and self organization

With this post I explain my current opinion about team setups, aiming to create high performance teams and/or working with dynamic team setups. I try to answer the question: Is the focus to remain long running, stable teams to build...
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Learnings from Leading the Transformation – Applying Agile and DevOps principles at scale

Recently I read the interesting book – Leading the transformation – applying agile and DevOps principles at scale by Gary Gruver and Tommy Mouser. With this post I’ll summarize my insights and hope to inspire you to add it to...
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Swarm stupidity – why you should urgently reconsider your teams, meetings and working environment – part one

Swarm stupidity – what a brilliant book by Gunter Dueck, showing why groups/teams in companies often fail at finding intelligent solutions. For me an eye opener to start having a deeper look behind teams and groups and their environment –...
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7 core competencies of new leadership … leading with new authority

Based on the great book “Leading with new authority/Mit neuer Autorität in Führung” I created a short summary of important points to consider for modern leadership. It’s by far just an extract from the rich description provided by Frank Baumann-Habersack...
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Coaching using the 5-minute-coach approach – impressions and questions

Based on the great book The Five Minute Coach – Improve performance rapidly with this post I share my current experience using that approach in my daily work. A short summary of the 5 minute coaching approach It’s a coaching approach...
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Will you use these 9 hints to improve your appraisal interviews?

With this post I share my insights and learnings about (semi)annual employee talks (appraisal interviews). Done right – an important way to sync between employee and lead, done wrong a real killer for motivation. Like already nicely described in the...
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12 next books for your reading list? About complexity, coaching, teams, leadership and modern agility

Lets update the reading list. This time with great books about complexity, teams, coaching and leadership. TL;DR Complexity Organize for complexity by Niels Pflaeging  (german version is Organisation für Komplexität) Komplexithoden (Complexitools – Tools to be used in complex environments) by Niels...
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Will you try this fast group synchronization and replace your one on ones?

With this post I describe our newly introduced group synchronization – 8 on 8 – where all Agile Coaches synch together regarding their current situation and feelings. So far we used 1 on 1 sessions where every team member synced with...
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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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Identity symbols and celebrate learnings – two more management 3.0 workouts applied

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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A solution focused format of a project retrospective (the complete retrospective examples series)

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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Lazy team members … about social loafing and ways to prevent it in your teams

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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Better decisions by considering the brain fallacies – my top 10 from the art of thinking

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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Define great team goals – an awesome 10 steps workshop facilitated by Judith Andresen

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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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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ENDPUNKT – solution focussed goal criteria for defining your meaningful, motivating and sticking goals

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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12 complexitools for learning and agility to succeed in complex environments

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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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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9 komplexithoden for agility to succeed in complex environments

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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Agile Coaches Connected – 7 ways we share knowledge and learn together

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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An example of a complete retrospective – Part I – the multitasking and team drawing version

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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Let the team draw it … and open new perspectives to discover, interpret and see each other

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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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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Complexity and methods to succeed – Thanks for the books Organize for complexity and Komplexithoden

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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Read the brilliant #NoEstimates book by Vasco Duarte – a must for being up to date regarding agility

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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How to amplify learning by creating your own workshop format (an experience from a workshop about facilitation and retrospectives)

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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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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5 must read books for agile coaches + 7 next books on my reading list

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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Release planning using a great extension of Little’s Law (found during reading the Scrumban Revolution)

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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Use the Release Burndown Chart to forecast your release date

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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What about your retrospective action items – use the active learning cycle or PLAN – DO – CHECK – ACT board

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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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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Agile Metrics – Why, What to consider, Examples and a checklist for your metrics

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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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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Discover Ideation … a highly motivating, engaging and enlightening way to innovate, build and enhance your product

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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Agile coaching – 4 questions asked by Stefan Müller and answered in an expert round

#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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Will you try the disruptive retrospective exercise – WE PROCESS?

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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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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Great games for learning lean and connecting people – Lean Penny and BINGO

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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Huddle – a claim for more efficient group discussions among Agile Coaches/ScrumMasters

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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Advanced Moving Motivators sessions – don’t miss these 6 expert hints

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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Awesome product management with Roman Pichler – Roadmaps, Products, Personas, Teams – your next training?

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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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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Efficient group decisions using the 7 levels of decision making – an agile coach must have

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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Unleash predictability by using Actionable Agile Metrics (6 Key Learnings from Daniel S. Vacanti’s awesome book)

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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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 😉 Nicely printed DOD/DORs hanging on walls or hidden in Wiki...
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Not knowing as a reference system – use self creating systems, structure and your imagination instead of just knowledge

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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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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Coaching and its importance for agile environments – an interview with the awesome agile coach Stefan Nowaczynski

 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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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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The double-sided sword of using future-oriented loyalty incentives

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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Hey recruiting agencies – there are 9 points that help to build the bridge between an applicant and the company

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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3 key benefits of writing a blog and learn how to build your successful one

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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12 hints for your next application that support you to find your best job (Recruiting Part II) – perspective applicant

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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Pimp your Daily Standup

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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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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Recruiting – 5 important points to succeed in the war for talents – perspective company

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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SketchNotes from Lean Change Workshop with Jason Little and Torsten Scheller

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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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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Project credits – SketchNotes from the new management 3.0 workout

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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It’s time to check your management style – to validate why not to get rid of management

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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Champfrogs – SketchNotes from the new Management 3.0 Workout

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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A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part II – Inspiration (Lost generation, Beauty of Nature, Cultural hacks, Not Knowing, Happy Melly, Good work)

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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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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Using personal maps to get a better understanding of each other and shrink the mental distance

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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Delegation Poker and Delegation Board – to clarify roles and responsibilities and foster faster decision making

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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