Erfahrung gebloggt.

Wir teilen, was wir bei der Arbeit mit Scrum entdecken. Ihre zuverlässige Quelle im Netz zu Scrum-Wissen und Erfahrungen seit 2004.

5 Online-Spiele für das verteilte Scrum-Team

Submitted by Peter Beck on 05/13/2020

Welches Spiel kann ich spontan mit meinen Teamkolleg*innen online spielen? Heute ist eine kleine Liste bei unserem täglichen DSTKaffee zusammen mit unserer Pfad-zum-CSP-Community entstanden:

(Remote) Working Setup

oder wie man sich einen Platz zum fokussierten Arbeiten schafft

Submitted by Malte Sussdorff on 05/06/2020

In diesem Blog Beitrag will ich das Thema von einer etwas anderen Seite beleuchten: Wie schaffe ich mir einen Arbeitsplatz, der mir Fokussiertes Arbeiten ermöglicht. Und dies explizit nicht in besonderen Situationen wie Covid-19, wo wir eben nicht nur von zu Hause arbeiten, denn Arbeiten in der Quarantäne ist nicht gleich Remote Working.

 

10 Jahre DasScrumTeam - 10 Jahre verteiltes Unternehmen

Submitted by Peter Beck on 04/27/2020

Seit 10 Jahren helfen wir Unternehmen mit Scrum agil zu werden. Seit 10 Jahren sind wir ein verteiltes Unternehmen. Eine kleine Geschichte vom Tag -1 des Lockdowns, als klar wurde, dass 80% unseres Geschäfts in den nächsten Monaten nicht mehr so stattfinden wird wie es einmal geplant wurde.

Botschafter für Scrum

Wie Trainerkandidaten und wir das Unmögliche möglich gemacht haben

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 04/07/2020

Der Weg zum Certified Scrum Trainer ist beschwerlich. Bis zum Certified Scrum Professional gibt es klare Lernziele und eine Vielzahl von Fortbildungsangeboten. Wenn man dann aber die sogenannten Guide Level der Scrum Alliance anstrebt, ist man auf sich selbst angewiesen. DasScrumTeam hat schon immer werdende Trainer auf ihrer Reise unterstützt. Eine große Herausforderung stellt dabei die Prüfung durch das Trainer Approval Committee - TAC - der Scrum Alliance dar. Dort scheitern viele Kandidaten an ihrer Nervosität, dem Fokus, an anderen vermeidbaren Fehlern. Deshalb haben wir die Probe-TAC ins Leben gerufen. Mehrmals im Jahr bieten wir oder andere CSTs aus unserem Netzwerk neuen Kandidaten die Gelegenheit, ihre Präsentation, ihre Klarheit, ihre Botschaft vor dem letzten Schritt zum CST zu optimieren.

How to run a remote course

The ultimate howto guide derived from our experience

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 03/20/2020

Here are some suggestions for using Zoom and Miro for remote courses – or other collaborative online meetings.

Coronavirus: Gut vorgesorgt

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 03/09/2020

Wir verfolgen die Lage um die Ausbreitung von COVID-19 (Coronavirus) sorgfältig und folgen den behördlichen Vorgaben und sinnvollen Vorsichtsmassnahmen.

From idea to mass production

6 Key-learnings from a start-up developing a new robot generation

Submitted by Peter Beck on 02/26/2020

Kazunori Yamasaki is a ScrumMaster like in the book. Wearing a bag on this belt filled with markers and Post-its, he is always ready to jump in as facilitator when his teams need navigation to conquer complex challenges. And the teams at Groove X in Tokyo have many of these to overcome these days. Their first product, the robot Lovot, is close to final mass production, and most probably, while you are reading this, you can already buy it.

Agile Trainer Retreat

Das erste Agile Trainer Retreat, was einen exzellenten Trainer ausmacht und "Open Space 2.0"

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 01/30/2020

Mit rund 40 begeisterten Teilnehmern haben wir am vergangenen Wochenende das erste Agile Trainer Retreat veranstaltet. Was einen Trainer ausmacht, warum diese Veranstaltung, und worüber wir so alles gesprochen haben, möchte ich gerne mit euch teilen.

Vergleich Scrum-Zertifizierungen Scrum Alliance und Scrum.org

Die Unterschiede zwischen CSM und PSM I

Submitted by Kai Simons on 01/22/2020

Agiles Projektmanagement (auch häufig kurz bezeichnet als „Agile“) liegt im Trend. Mittlerweile gibt es über 240 Scrum Zertifizierungen weltweit. Gerade in den vergangenen Jahren ist die Anzahl der Zertifizierungs-Anbieter geradezu explodiert. Scrum.org PSM, Scrum Alliance CSM, TÜV, PMI, PMI-ACP…. Da ist es schwer, einen Überblick zu gewinnen. Auf Xing und LinkedIn wird es für Unternehmen zunehmend schwieriger, Scrum-Könner so zu identifizieren. 

Doch mit der Wahl des falschen Anbieters verschenkt man nicht nur vorhandenes Budget sondern auch wertvolle Zeit eigener Mitarbeiter. Daher zeigen wir hier auf, welche bedeutenden Zertifizierungs-Anbieter am Markt existieren - und wie sie sich unterscheiden.

Ein Scrum Gathering hinter den Kulissen

Meine Arbeit für den Pfad zum CSP

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 11/18/2019

In diesem Jahr haben wir nicht nur am Scrum Gathering teilgenommen - wir haben zudem als Sponsor und hinter den Kulissen einen ordentlichen Beitrag zur Arbeit der Scrum Alliance geleistet. Unsere vielen Besucher, Freunde, Mitstreiter, Kunden, Partner und Familienangehörige haben mich dabei recht selten auf dem Stand angetroffen.

Stattdessen steckte ich viel in einem kleinen Meetingraum, versteckt im ersten Stock, bescheiden gekennzeichnet als "Business Suite". Was ich dort gemacht habe, möchte ich in diesem Beitrag teilen.

Scrum ist Agile Leadership - Teil 4

Von der Theorie in die Praxis

Submitted by Peter Beck on 10/24/2019

Als ich den Begriff Agile Leadership zum ersten Mal gehört habe, hatte ich umgehend Bauchschmerzen damit. Schon wieder wird Agile vor altbekannte Konzepte geschrieben, um diese aufzuwerten. Wie Agile Requirements Engineering, Agile Testing oder Agile Wollstricken. Gut, dachte ich, aber Leadership braucht es. Bis ich festgestellt habe, dass der Begriff doch nur verwendet wird, um den Wunsch nach Elitenbildung voranzutreiben, alte Karrierepfade zu festigen oder als Ausrede für Manager, durch ein schwammiges Leadership-BlaBla, erst recht keine Verantwortung mehr zu übernehmen. Hinter all diesem Frust verbirgt sich hinter dem Begriff Agile Leadership aber auch ein grosse Chance zu verstehen, wie Führung in einer Arbeitswelt funktioniert, die sich den agilen Werten verschrieben hat. Die Teile 1 - 3 habe 2 Geschichten von 2 Unternehmen erzählt, um aufzuzeigen, dass Scrum Agile Leadership ist. Dieser Teil fasst die Theorie zusammen und gibt ein paar nützliche Tipps, um in die Praxis zu starten.

Scrum ist Agile Leadership - Teil 3

Wie führt das Team

Submitted by Peter Beck on 10/24/2019

In den ersten beiden Teilen wurde anhand der Geschichte von 2 Unternehmen gezeigt, wie ScrumMaster und Product Owner führen. Sie sind eingebunden in einem Führungssystem, welches sich über die Zeit entwickelt. Dieser Teil wird sich ganz dem Team als wichtigste Rolle mit Führungsverantwortung widmen und die Geschichten fortsetzen.

Neue Räume - neue Freunde

Unser neuer Kurs-Standort bei den INNOArchitects in Bern

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 09/13/2019

Kontinuierliche Verbeserung ist einer unserer fundamentalen Werte. Deshalb schauen wir auch ständig, wie wir die Gesamterfahrung für unsere Kursteilnehmer verbessern können. Dazu gehört auch das Umfeld. Statt in perfekt organisierten, aber unpersönlichen Hotels geben wir unsere Kurse lieber an besonderen Orten. Einen für uns neuen solchen Ort haben wir jetzt in Bern gefunden.

Certified ScrumMaster accelerated wird zu Certified ScrumMaster kompakt

Submitted by Kai Simons on 09/11/2019

Alles neu macht der Mai? Der September ist auch nicht schlecht:

Wir haben unseren beliebten 2-tägigen Certified ScrumMaster accelerated - Kurs umbenannt.

Der Agile Podcast auf Deutsch - Jetzt hören

Willkommen beim Agile Growth Podcast!

Submitted by Kai Simons on 08/23/2019

Du interessierst Dich für agile Vorgehensweisen - und Du möchtest in Deinem Leben voran kommen? Dann bist Du hier genau richtig. 

Wie entgehe ich der Einzelgänger-Lethargie?

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 08/21/2019

Wer kennt es nicht? Wir arbeiten Sprint für Sprint als Scrum Master oder als Coach mit dem Team. Es stellen sich gute Erfolge ein. Die Kunden geben Feedback, das ermuntert, wir gehen den Weg weiter. Der PO hat ein zufriedenes Lächeln in den Meetings. 

Trotzdem beschleicht uns von Sprint zu Sprint ein Gefühl der Leere. Ist das überhaupt noch sinnvoll, was ich hier mit dem Team tue? Bringe ich das Team als Scrum Master noch weiter?

Warum ein Product Owner Produkt-Dekomposition beherrschen sollte

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 06/14/2019

Wer im Internet nach dem Begriff „Produkt Dekomposition“ sucht, wird im Moment nicht sehr viele Treffer landen. Jedenfalls nicht im dem Zusammenhang wie er in der Agile Produktentwicklung verwendet wird.

Gemäss Wikipedia ist der Begriff in der Informatik folgendermassen definiert: „Sequentielle Zerlegung eines Systems in seine Teilfunktionen.

Im wesentlichen geht es darum, dass sich ein Product Owner (PO) damit auseinandersetzt, wie er sein Produkt an den Markt bringen möchte. Natürlich gibt es dazu in den entsprechenden Foren und Medien sehr viele Praktiken und Prinzipien, die helfen sollen das Produkt gut zu schneiden.

Schauen wir hier einmal die Produkt Dekomposition an.

Ich hätte einfach bleiben sollen

Scrum Gathering Austin Teil 5 - Ende

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/24/2019

Mein Bericht über das Scrum Gathering in Austin wäre nicht komplett ohne die Würdigung der Austin-Scrum-WG. Der Besuch des Scrum Gatherings wäre nicht der gleiche gewesen ohne diese bunte Runde. Ich habe zwar nur zweimal in dem AirBnB mit übernachtet, aber die Gesellschaft wurde zu einer besonderen Gemeinschaft.

Backstage-Access

Scrum Gathering Austin Teil 4

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 12/13/2019

A Scrum Gathering is not just lectures and Open Space, it also brings a lot of work and background activity. The Scrum Gathering Austin offered a whole range of special promotions for Certified Scrum Professionals, Trainers, and Coaches. 

Von Anfängen, Mittelpunkten und Enden

Scrum Gathering Austin Teil 3

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/21/2019

Die hauptsächliche Veranstaltung auf dem Scrum Gathering ist natürlich das Gathering selbst. Drei Tage voller Impulse, Konversationen, Begegnungen, Feiern und Reflektionen. Hier möchte ich meine Eindrücke vom ersten Tag des Gatherings teilen. Für mich ein sehr runder, gelungener Tag im Zeichen meiner freiwilligen Arbeit bei der Scrum Alliance. Der schon mit einem absoluten Highlight anfing: Der Keynote von Daniel Pink zum Thema Timing.

Wenn sich Scrum-Trainer und Coaches treffen

Scrum Gathering Austin Teil 2

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/20/2019

Für uns Trainer und Coaches ein Muss: Das Scrum Trainer and Coach - ScrumTCC- Retreat auf dem Scrum Gathering. Einen Tag lang lernen wir die neuesten Entwicklungen und Strategien der Scrum Alliance kennen, tauschen uns zu Zertifizierungen und Kursformaten aus, und sprechen generell über alles, was uns wichtig ist. Abgesehen davon ist das Scrum TCC Retreat natürlich auch ein Wiedersehen mit alten Bekannten und die Möglichkeit, neue Trainer und Coaches in die Guide-Community zu integrieren.

Ankommen

Scrum Gathering Austin Teil 1

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/18/2019

Die Scrum Gatherings der Scrum Alliance kennen viele. An diesem Wochenende startet das globale Scrum Gathering Austin 2019. Die Veranstalter rechnen mit ungefähr 1500 Teilnehmern und Teilnehmerinnen aus aller Welt. Was viele nicht wissen: Für viele Mitarbeiter und Freiwillige der Scrum Alliance beginnt das Gathering schon viel früher. Was passiert jetzt gerade, am Samstag vor dem Gathering?

Meine persönliche Retrospective Facilitator Gathering – Retrospektive

Retrospective Facilitator Gathering 2019

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/13/2019

Das RFG 2019 war eigentlich nichts besonderes. Im Grunde genommen hätte es überhaupt nicht klappen dürfen. Die Anzeichen standen schlecht. Durch ein Kommunikationsproblem mit dem Hotel musste der Termin um einen Monat vorverlegt werden. Beinahe hätte ich terminlich gar nicht teilnehmen können. Das Organisationsteam, ja der Gastgeber, wechselten mehrfach. Die Vorbereitung des Open Spaces lief sehr dynamisch ab. Vor meinem Abflug nach Boston dachte ich mir, “das war es jetzt wohl”. Wie Norm Kerth schon am Anfang dieser Initiative 2002 gesagt hatte: Wenn sich keiner mehr finden würde, das nächste Gathering zu organisieren, würde es kein Gathering mehr geben. Und doch lief alles anders. In allen Belangen war dieses Gathering in der Nähe von Sheffield, Massachussets, eines der besten Gatherings an denen ich jemals teilgenommen hatte.

Wie merke ich als Scrum Master, ob mein Team gut ist?

Sein Team entwickeln durch die 5 Dysfunktionen

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 05/09/2019

In den vergangenen Wochen habe ich mich wieder mehr mit der Frage beschäftigt, wie merke ich überhaupt ob ich meinen Job als Scrum Master gut mache? Und das hat recht viel damit zu tun, ob mein Team eigentlich "gut" ist...

Scrum ist Agile Leadership - Teil 2

Wie führt der ScrumMaster?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 03/18/2019

Im ersten Teil wurde an zwei Beispiel-Unternehmen gezeigt, wie Product Owner führen. Der Product Owner ist Teil eines agilen Führungs- bzw. Managementsystems, das für jede Organisation entwickelt werden muss. Scrum liefert einen Rahmen für dieses Führungssystem.

Dieser Teil führt die Geschichten der beiden Unternehmen fort, und zeigt auf wie der ScrumMaster führt.

Neu gestartete Scrum User Group in Zürich

Das Erfolgskonzept aus Bern nun auch in Züri!

Submitted by Franziska Stebler on 03/11/2019

Im Januar 2019 habe ich die Scrum User Group in Zürich gegründet. Das Konzept der Scrum User Group wurde bereits von Ruedi sehr erfolgreich in Bern eingeführt. Damit wir auch in Zürich den Austausch zu Themen wie Scrum und Kanban fördern können, wurde die SUG Zürich gegründet.

Alles nur Spielkram?

Die Play4Agile ist eine ernsthafte Konferenz für agiles Spielen.

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 03/04/2019

Einer Konferenz mit dem Namen "Play4Agile" hängt schon das Stigma des "Spielkrams", der fröhlichen sinnfreien Freizeitbeschäftigung an. Zudem diese Konferenz auch noch am Wochenende stattfindet! Was macht also ein ernsthafter an agilen Techniken interessierter Profi auf diesem Spielplatz? Erstaunlich viel.

Die besten 7 Blog-Beiträge von 2018

Entdecke die "Perlen" des letzten Jahres

Submitted by Kai Simons on 03/01/2019

Auch wenn wir uns gefühlt bereits mitten im neuen Jahr befinden, haben wir uns für Dich nochmal mit 2018 auseinander gesetzt.

Unser Blog hatte auch im letzten Jahr reichlich Zugriffe aus dem deutschen Sprachraum. Wir haben für Dich die am meisten gelesenen Beiträge des letzten Jahres hier zusammengestellt, damit Dir keine "Perlen" entgehen.

Was ist das nächste „Grosse Ding“ im post-agilen Zeitalter?

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 01/31/2019

Als Coach wurden mir in der letzten Zeit öfter die Aufgabe gestellt, nicht die Maturität der Teams in Sachen Scrum zu verbessern, sondern ich soll den Teams helfen endlich den Schritt in die Selbstorganisation zu wagen.

Mir ist ein Beitrag von Guido Bosbach aufgefallen. Da schreibt er, das Agilität im Zentrum vieler neuer Bewegungen steht und das wir uns als Gesellschaft und vor allem als Führungskräfte auf  Veränderung einstellen können oder gar müssen.

Scrum is Agile Leadership – Part 1

How Does the Product Owner Lead?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 01/23/2019

The Scrum roles are prototypes for agile leadership and agile management. The Agile Manifesto was formulated in 2001 with contributions from the two authors of the first Scrum publication. Scrum is a framework used to optimise an organisation to become more agile. In addition to a basic understanding of the artefacts and processes required, the framework also divides leadership duties into three roles. Scrum also follows a lean approach based on the idea that less is more. The framework thus only prescribes rules that are absolutely necessary.

The benefit of this is that each organisation can develop a suitable leadership system tailored to its needs within the triangle of Scrum roles. On the downside, it does make the concept of agile leadership somewhat less accessible and means it is often interpreted in very different ways.

To help clarify matters, in this article – the first of four – I will answer the question How does the Product Owner lead? using two companies as examples.

  • A young, fast-growing company with an initial 20 employees.
  • A medium-sized company that has grown to 450 employees over the course of two decades.

Wenn das Team nicht tut, was es soll

Ein Erfahrungsbericht von der Scrum User Group Bern

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 01/14/2019

Am 10. Dezember war in der Scrum User Group Bern das Thema der Gruppendynamik und Widerstand gegen Veränderungen im Fokus. Die Psychologin Kristina Hermann hielt einen anregenden Vortrag und liess uns auch an uns erleben, warum Widerstand eher natürlich als ungewöhnlich ist und worauf im Umgang mit Gruppen zu achten ist.

Happy Birthday Scrum in Bern!

Zum 1. Geburtstag der Scrum User Group Bern

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 01/14/2019

2017 haben wir uns entschlossen, die Scrum User Group Bern ins Leben zu rufen. Jetzt, im Januar 2019 schauen wir schon auf ein ganzes Jahr SUG Bern zurück!

Organisatorisch haben sehr viel gelernt. Jetzt organisieren wir die Treffen über Meetup und haben im Coworking Space im Effinger eine Heimat gefunden. Das Organisationsteam kann sich nun wieder fokussiert der Suche nach spannenden Vorträgen und Beiträgen machen.

Statt Weihnachtsgeschenken: Spende zur medizinischen Behandlung verletzter Kinder

Submitted by Kai Simons on 12/18/2018

Statt großer Weihnachtsgeschenke für unsere Kunden spenden wir jedes Jahr für einen wohltätigen Zweck. Im letzten Jahr haben wir einen Vater aus der Agile Community darin unterstützt, sein krankes Kind behandeln lassen zu können.

Dieses Jahr haben wir gleich drei neue Teammitglieder für uns gewinnen können. Viktoria hat dabei nicht nur einen guten Blick auf die Zahlen - "Teammitglied mit Schwerpunkt Finanzen und Buchhaltung" wie ich als ScrumMaster sagen würde - sondern auch für das Menschliche:

5 einfache Wege, Scrum Educational Units (SEU) zu sammeln, um sein Zertifikat zu verlängern

Neue Rezertifizierungs-Bedingungen bei der Scrum Alliance

Submitted by Kai Simons on 12/18/2018

Es gibt neue Auflagen ab 2019 seitens der Scrum Alliance, um sein Zertifikat zu verlängern. Scrum anzuwenden ohne dabei weiter zu lernen ist für die meisten Scrum-Praktiker ein Widerspruch in sich.

Ab Februar 2019 reicht es für eine Zertifikats-Verlängerung daher nicht mehr aus, sich einfach nur bei der Scrum Alliance zu melden. Man muss zusätzlich nachweisen, dass man sich in den zwei Jahren mit dem Thema Scrum / Agil weiter beschäftigt hat. 

Der Weg zum Agile Coach - Karriere und Wirkung im neuen Berufsbild

Was ist das überhaupt, wie komme ich dahin und warum nennen wir das Scrum Master?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 12/12/2018

Wir sagen: Ein ScrumMaster ist ein Agiler Coach. Vielleicht am Beginn einer Reise. Und noch mehr. Wer mit uns den Pfad zum CSP geht, verfügt bereits über die Basis für die sogenannten Guide–Stufen der Scrum Alliance. Welche Bereiche das inhaltlich sind, kann man schon in meinen vorherigen Titeln nachlesen. Im Kern geht es darum, Teams und Organisationen effektiver, wirkungsvoller zu machen. 

In diesem Artikel greifen wir noch einmal auf, was für uns ein Agiler Coach ist, wie man es werden kann – und was das mit dem Weg des Scrum Masters zu tun hat.

Wie ein Ingenieur bei BMW eine Large Scale Scrum Adoption ins Rollen brachte

Submitted by Kai Simons on 10/23/2018

Konstantin Ribel war leicht geschockt, als er in einem Large Scale Scrum - Training bei Craig Larman am zweiten Seminartag feststellen musste, dass sein bisheriger Job in der Lean-Philosophie als "Waste" bezeichnet wird - überflüssige, nicht wertschöpfende Arbeit. 

Als Ingenieur auf unterster Hierarchie-Ebene machte er sich sorgen über die Komplexität einer autonomen Fahrzeugentwicklung.

Wir hängen Agilität und Verantwortung zusammen?

Scrum User Group Bern im September 2018

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 10/02/2018

Am Montag 3. September traf sich im Effinger Coworking Space in Bern die Scrum User Group. Im Effinger wurde grade umgebaut und wir haben uns entschieden etwas später zu starten dafür einen grösseren Raum zu erhalten. 

Wir hatten das Thema: Verantwortung übernehmen - der Responsibility Process und Agile Leadership.

Du bekommst was du verlangst, du ermutigst, was du tolerierst.

Eine unbequeme Aufforderung

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 09/28/2018

Diesen Satz habe ich kürzlich gelesen. Er soll von einem Coach im American Football stammen. Mit dem ersten Teil konnte ich mich sehr schnell anfreunden. 

Der zweite Teil hat mich hingegen länger beschäftigt. Ermutigen wir als Coaches oder Scrum Master was wir tolerieren?

Weil Agile zum beliebigen Buzzword wurde, packten wir den Stier bei den Hörnern

Submitted by Kai Simons on 09/13/2018

Vor gut sechs Jahren erblickte unsere alte Internetseite das Licht der Welt. Die Welt rund um agiles Vorgehen hat sich seitdem sehr verändert.

Agile ist zu einem nahezu beliebigem Buzzword verkommen: Agiles HR, Agiles Führen, Agiles Verkaufen, Agiles Lernen. Was einmal eine starke Bezeichnung für das Vorgehen nach dem agilen Manifest war, ist aktuell der Marketing-Turbo-Begriff für alles, was modern klingen soll.

Ich schreibe das ohne Verbitterung.

LAS 2018

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 07/03/2018

The LAS (Lean-Agile-Scrum) conference took place this year on June 12th for the 9.5 time in Zurich at X-tra. This year only half a day, as next year's 10th anniversary will be a memorable highlight.

However, back to LAS 2018.

David Snowden opened the conference with his keynote speech lasting just over an hour and the promise to excite the audience. He would have intended to upset some people, and he would not have to apologize - he was doing it on purpose. With the message "Agile has arrived at the end of the lifecycle", he immediately gained all the attention.

Agile Marketing

And: How to Sell "Agility"

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 04/14/2018

I am no sales person. When I was 12, my granny gave me a heap of clothes to sell at a local yard sale. My booth became one of the best frequented spots on the market. No wonder - I gave away most of the stuff virtually for free. My granny was a little shocked about my low revenue. Maybe I could have sold the camel hair coat for more than a Deutschmark?

Even as a freelance coach and trainer, I never valued the maximization of my income so much. I do not have exaggerated requirements for my standard of living. As long as I do not have to worry about money, I am just fine. No need for a large house, expensive watch or tailored suit. Thus I have never cared a lot how to sell, market or present myself or my products.

Mike Beedle

Message from Lisa Hershman, Interim CEO, Scrum Alliance

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 03/27/2018

The entire Agile world is saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Beedle, one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, author of multiple books, founder of the Enterprise Scrum scaling framework, and passionate teacher and mentor for so many in our community.

Mike was killed Friday night in Chicago. He leaves behind his family, including six children. Contributions to support them during this incredibly difficult time can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/mikebeedlesupport. Scrum Alliance will be making a contribution as well.

Mike and his companies have introduced Scrum, Enterprise Scrum and Business Agility, to tens of thousands of people and thousands of companies, providing training, consulting, mentoring, and coaching. He is the creator of the Enterprise Scrum framework and was the first CEO to manage an entire company in an Agile way using Enterprise Scrum. He was a keynote speaker at countless Agile and Scrum conferences world-wide.

Become Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster with DasScrumTeam

Just passed the driving test? Become a race driver!

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 03/15/2018

You think our way is interesting? You want to convince your boss - or yourself - why it is worthwhile, to take the path to Certified Scrum Professional with DasScrumTeam? Here are some thoughts and statements, that can help you making your decision.

Scrum isch!

Scrum User Group Bern

Submitted by Rudolf Gysi on 02/28/2018

Last Autumn Bern has founded their own Scrum User Group. The first occasion has been hosted in an old machine factory with the topic LeSS. About 50 people attended the first event.

The group is for all interested in Agile or Scrum from the Northeast of Switzerland (Bern, Basel, Luzern, Zürich)

Saving Linnea

Submitted by Kai Simons on 12/20/2017

We believe in the power of the community. And that every single person counts. This year we've been particularly touched by how much the community is behind a family's efforts to save little Linnea. Therefore, we support the campaign Saving Linnea with our Christmas donation.

Got Scrum - and now?

New Offers for ScrumMasters

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 09/16/2017

I have been working on a Scrum Alliance project to create better and more transparent offers for students of the basic CSM, CSPO and CSD classes over a year. We are about to launch the program publicly soon: The first trainers and coaches are ready to offer their curricula for Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster®, Advanced-Certified Scrum Product Owner and their extensions towards Certified Scrum Professional.

Help, My Organisation is Doing SAFe!

Survival Guide for Agile Coaches

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 11/20/2016

You have given everything. You have shown in countless meetings, conversations and intranet articles why it makes sense for an organisation to become agile, what being agile means, why defined process protocols don't make sense in a complex context. You have assisted agile teams to formulate a challenging Definition of Done, and helped alleged Product Owners, to contribute as requirements specialists on a team. You insisted that the management take Lean thinking to their heart, you have put a lot of effort into our change, transition or transformation team. Finally everybody agreed that organisations need to become agile nowadays. There even was a big talk by your management with images of oil tankers and speed boats.

And now that: External consultants convinced your management that SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework - is exactly the right solution for your company.

Using Return on Team to Enhance Business Agility

Guest Post by Brent Barton, SolutionsIQ

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/26/2016

At this year’s Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando, SolutionsIQ President John Rudd and I presented on the topic of Agile portfolio management. During our presentation, Andreas Schliep (long time Certified Scrum Trainer, Agilist, and hilariously dry-witted guy based in Germany) tweeted, “Brent Barton and John Rudd gave the term business agility a useful meaning. Think portfolio.”

What is Business Agility?

Prior to the presentation, Andreas told me how concerned he was with the term “business agility” because it lacks meaning and can water down a company’s ability to derive the real benefits from being “Agile”. Luckily for Andreas and many people attending our session who were uncertain about what exactly business agility is, thinking about it from a portfolio perspective provided a pragmatic way for business to support a modern organization. Now I’d like to share here what we shared to participants that day. Simply put, business agility means leveraging iterative delivery capability and actively managing organizational investments. The bottom line is that, if we do not align our portfolio practices to leverage what Agile has to offer, we miss out on opportunities to maximize returns and adjust plans. The rest of this blog is dedicated to “thinking portfolio” and one of its most important components: Return on Team.

One possible low-cost way to earn SEUs

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 05/11/2016

What requirements must be met before you can submit the CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) application to the Scrum Alliance?

  • A valid CSM, CSPO or CSD certification.
  • 36 months of work experience in Scrum, collected during the last 5 years.
  • 70 SEUs (Scrum Education Units or learning hours), collected during the last 3 years. Actually, there are only 54 or even fewer SEUs to collect, because the first SUEs are earned during the CSM, CSPO or CSD certification courses.

Agile Leadership

New Scrum Alliance Program

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/07/2016

Agile Leadership – what is that supposed to mean? If you ask a leader or manager today, the claim to having been agile ever since. Particularly corporate leaders like the idea of being able to deliver more in less time, while being able to influence the scope. This was the promise of „Agile“, after all? The „Manifesto for Agile Software Development“ might have sounded revolutionary 15 years ago. Nowadays, managers and consultancies have „adopted“ the topic. Sometimes they twist the idea, proposing „agile“ approaches that are quite opposite to the original ideas, values and principles.

Backlog Ranking Video

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 04/25/2016

The Participants of our last Work Study Program for Certified Scrum Professional Candidates in Bern had a community project in which they developed a ceremony for Backlog ranking by customer benefit.

"Become a Retrospective Rock Star"

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 04/19/2016

To carry out a good retrospective is not easy. It’s great if there is someone who can do it well and is willing to give you a few useful tips. The team of Retrium (a tool for virtual Retrospectives) has managed to gather such tips from 21 agile experts and create an e-book which can be downloaded for free.

Distributed Retrospective with Story Cubes

Stories connect over long distance

Submitted by Kai Simons on 04/11/2016

Anyone who has worked in a distributed team, knows the challenge of making good retrospectives across locations.

We are a distributed team too and like all distributed teams, we have the special task of making virtual meetings. We regularly try out new tools and new scenarios and try to share our experiences with other virtual teams.

SLASHe

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 04/01/2016

After our explorations of LeSS, and the study of an SAFe, DAD and Nexus, we have kept on looking for the ultimate Scaling solution for Lean and Agile organizations. Thus, we have come to develop our own approach SLASHe, the Scrum, Lean, Agile Scaling Hybrid. SLASHe addresses all the issues coming up with DAD, SAFe and LeSS, and other approaches to Scaling.

Play4Agile 2016

Or: The Session I Did Not Attend

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 02/22/2016

I don't always go to weekend conferences, but if I do, I could consider attending Play4Agile again. There was one session I did not attend on the second day, that really made me curious. Explore mindfulness through playing after Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Ari-Tekka Lappi and Juha Heimonen from Finland.

Agile Fluency™ for Embedded Development

embedded meets Agile 2016 Conference Talk

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 02/22/2016

So many buzzwords in a single headline. An experiment, a conference, a workshop. What is this all about? Agile Fluency™ is an approach created by Diana Larsen and James Shore, to support agile teams in the assessment and improvement of their own skills and abilities. You can compare Agile Fluency to language learning.Agile Fluency™ was developed with software teams in mind. We have been discussing the application of agile principles to product development beyond software at DasScrumTeam for a while. How could Agile Fluency™ work for embedded systems with more or less small software portions? Is it possible to transfer agile principles and Agile Fluency™ concepts to development projects, that are mostly driven by [V-Model] (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-Modell) ?

Personas - The user tangibly close

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 02/05/2016

That is the subject of the next Agile Monday Rhein – Necker, we co-organize.

It will take place on Februar 22 at 7 pm in Mannheim in a cool tapas bar with a fantastic view of the river.

Working differently

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 01/22/2016

The last episode of the YouTube broadcast "Working differently", which deals with the methods and tools of modern working, contains the Interview with Dr. Klaus Leopold - "Kanban in der IT" gemacht.

The Scrum Guide Poster (DE)

A gift idea for your Scrum team

Submitted by Peter Beck on 12/07/2015

The Scrum Guide is today the undisputed definition of Scrum. So that the Scrum Guide can escape from the dusty environment of a drab website article and can easily be accessible by your team and your colleagues, we have designed the German Scrum Guide Poster. PDF of it can be downloaded from our website free of charge. Those who want to have a high quality print can order a copy here .

The first 100 copies of the poster have already been sent for free. We are pleased to observe the high demand our poster evokes and increase the number of free prints to 200. So there are 100 more free copies for you to have!

Agilität mit internen Coaches und Moderatoren

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 12/07/2015

Does an organisation necessarily need internal coaches? When are internal coaches better than external? What qualifications do internal coaches and facilitators need? How can you get such skills?

The Interview „Agile with Internal Coaches and Facilitators“ with Peter Beck and Andreas Schliep taken by InfoQ during the Agile Testing Days answers these questions.

Startup Weekend Bremerhaven

No show, all action!

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 10/21/2015

We did it! The great crew of our Startup Weekend, the participants, the sponsors and a whole bunch of volunteers have spent a creative, inspiring weekend turning ideas into ventures. I had the pleasure and the privilege to look upon this event from different perspectives.

LeSS class with Bas Vodde

LeSS is more

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 09/30/2015

I had the opportunity to join a Certified LeSS Practitioner class by Bas Vodde in mid September. I wanted to be able to understand and evaluate LeSS better, and wanted to take a next step to adopt and spread LeSS concepts. Hold it, what is LeSS? The class is very clear about that. LeSS is Scrum. To be exact, the consequent application of Scrum principles and rules to a scaled environment. This is a quite similar approach to our ScALeD principles. This applies to further foundations of LeSS and Scrum like Lean, System Thinking and, yes, people. Just like Scrum, LeSS is easy to explain and hard to adopt. It offers no blueprints, or a model that needs to be tailored to the own context. It merely provides the starting point for an effective scaled application of Scrum.

When Does Scrum Make No Sense?

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Submitted by Sebastian Lauber on 09/07/2015

Some time ago there was an Open Space event of SAQ (Swiss Association for Quality) and Swiss Agile Leaders Circle entitled "Managament Wake Up Call". The aim was to find arguments and ways how you can convince management to support a Scrum Transition.

One of the outcomes of this meeting was the "checklist" which helps to answer the question: "To Scrum or Not to Scrum?".

Agile Conferences and Events in Autumn

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 07/16/2015

The summer holidays will begin soon, in some areas it is even this far and holiday weather is already everywhere. We are all faced with an important task – relax, relax, refuel energy! Because after the summer comes autumn, and it will be very intense this year. Autumn will be filled with events on various tropics from the agile world.

Our team will participate in many of these events as a sponsor, co-organizer, speakers or just as participants.

An agile hiring procedure

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 07/14/2015

In my experience the traditional recruitment process looks something like this:

  • The company publishes a vacancy in the media and/or career websites. 
  • A few candidates for the advertised position are chosen by the HR department and possibly by the future supervisors . These candidates will be invited for a personal interview. 
  • There will be one or two interviews with the employees of the HR    department, the future supervisor and/or the area expert. 
  • After that the candidates will either receive a rejection or a contract with a trial period of 3 month.

What is wrong with this way of hiring?

Kai Simons joins DasScrumTeam

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 06/18/2015

We are happy to welcome Kai at DasScrumTeam. Kai is a Scrum Coach and Trainer from Mannheim. After his studies of computer science in Aachen, he has worked as software developer, architect, team lead and technical project manager. Kai came across Scrum back in 2007, on the search for better ways to organize team work. He has worked since then in and with agile teams and organizations. 

A warm welcome to Kai!

Integrating Business Functions into Scrum

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/12/2015

"I manage a team of business project managers who are responsible for all non-IT aspects of a project. If we move to Scrum, how does marketing / communication / training / legal / compliance / transition and hand-off/etc., etc. to operations align with the Scrum process? Meaning, the software is only a portion of what needs to be accomplished to "launch" something. I am in a very complex business in which the contribution of up to 20 functional is required to "launch" something. All I see is the actual Scrum process but not how it integrates with the other functions to get something to market. Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated."

Book Recommendation: Joy, Inc.

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 04/27/2015

I recently read a book that describes how an agile enterprise found its way to success and joy. I would like to recommend this book because it, unlike many other books on agility, is not focused on the company itself but on people inside of it. It does not answer the question: "How can a company quickly react to changes in our very dynamic time?" But it answers the question "How work can be fun and bring joy?" The book is by Richard Sheridan (keynote speaker at the Global Scrum Gathering in Berlin, 2014) and is called "Joy, Inc. / How We Built a Workplace People Love".

Scrum Guide and Scaling: Part 4 - Scrum Artifacts

Submitted by Peter Beck on 03/24/2015

Scrum artifacts or process documents provide guidance or links in the process framework.

4.1 Product Backlog

The Product Backlog is the core artifact of Scrum. In larger organizations management of the Product Backlog is unnecessarily complicated. What are the key messages, what are the rules for a Product Backlog, which also apply in scaled environments?

First of all, there is only one product backlog. For this there is a very clear statement in the Scrum Guide:  

The Product Backlog lists all features, functions, requirements, enhancements, and fixes that constitute the changes to be made to the product in future releases. […,] Multiple Scrum Teams often work together on the same product. One Product Backlog is used to describe the upcoming work on the product. A Product Backlog attribute that groups items may then be employed.

Scrum Guide and Scaling: Part 3 - The Scrum Events

Submitted by Peter Beck on 03/02/2015

Scrum events include the Sprint and the Scrum meetings. If we consider the definitions in the Scrum Guide as rules for the scaled implementation, all Scrum events apply both for the individual Scrum teams and for the whole product organization.

Prescribed events are used in Scrum to create regularity and to minimize the need for meetings not defined in Scrum. All events are time-boxed events, such that every event has a maximum duration. Once a Sprint begins, its duration is fixed and cannot be shortened or lengthened. The remaining events may end whenever the purpose of the event is achieved, ensuring an appropriate amount of time is spent without allowing waste in the process.

Scrum Guide and Scaling: Part 2 - The Scrum Teams

Submitted by Peter Beck on 02/03/2015

One of the most difficult decisions in the formation of an agile product organization is the team composition. Many elements of Scrum affect largely the process organization. The set-up and the constant increase in performance of Scrum Teams joggle the existing organizational structure.

The Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner, the Development Team, and a Scrum Master. Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional.

Let's look at this quotation in reverse order in detail.

Scrum Guide and Scaling: Part 1 - Scrum Theory

Submitted by Peter Beck on 01/12/2015

This is the first blog post in a series of articles, where we interpret the Scrum Guide and try our best to create the Guidelines for the "rule-abiding" Scaling of Scrum.

The Scrum Guide defines Scrum as follows:

Scrum (n): A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Handling Dependent Tasks across Sprints

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 12/29/2014

"How can we handle tasks which are related to each other but belong to different Sprints? For an example of a game. Suppose we planned to design a Weapon System in Sprint 2. Like Weapon index, bullet and other weapons settings. After a few Sprints we add a Weapon Upgrade system which may come in Sprint 6. Now when we implement this update system, we need to make changes to weapon system as well. And so we need to code and test the Weapon system again in Sprint 6. How can we handle this kind of situation?"

Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 10/07/2014

At 22.-24 September my colleagues and I were together at the Global Scrum Gathering in Berlin. It was my first Global Scrum Gathering and it was a great, very inspiring event.

The third conference day was an Open Space day. There were crazy sessions as for example „Leave the hotel“, the participants of that session left the conference to make a sightseeing tour till the lunch break. Alongside with that there were by all means enough serious open space topics. One of the sessions, I picked out for me, was called "Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?".

Team Responsibility Game

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 09/22/2014

At the 9th of September the 6th Lean Agile & Scrum Conference took place in Zurich. In an interactive session Markus Wittwer presented "team responsibility game"

This game is really fun and shows how important it is that all team members take responsibility for their joint work equally. It also helps to understand the influence of certain personnel group changes on working together and the success of a group.

Stefan Roock and Peter Beck about ScALeD at the Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference

Submitted by Peter Beck on 09/15/2014

Stefan Roock and I talked about being Agile and Lean with the ScALeD Principles.

Our slides are available in German only. To Slideshare

Scrum beyond software - Some clues on Scrum in the hardware and mechatronics development

Submitted by Peter Beck on 06/13/2014

Scrum is a framework to develop complex products and services. Scrum doesn’t tell how to develop software. The knowledge of how to develop software must bring  and work out the development team. The same applies to the development of hardware and mechatronic products.

How can you work according to Scrum as a company and use external staff? What kind of service contracts would be proper in this case?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 05/22/2014

"I have recently looked intensely into the subject of Scrum. But the intersection "Scrum and the use of external staff" (especially on service contracts) has left a lot of confusion in me. Even after the most detailed research on the internet, I could not obtain accurate and helpful information. Do you have a tip or information for me, how to work as a company with Scrum and external personnel on service contracts successfully, without disregarding the rules? My question concerns first of all the legislation in Germany (such things as authority to issue directives, prohibition to handle the agency staff as your own etc.) "

Was sagt Scrum zu Releases während des Sprints?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 05/22/2014

"What does Scrum tell about releases during the Sprint? I mean not only one release at the end of the Sprint but regular releases during the Sprint as soon as one of the features from the Sprint Backlog is done."

Should Developers Make Estimates?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 05/22/2014

"Should developers estimate?" - This is the title of the next session of a regular developer meeting with the name Archib@le, which takes place in Basel on the 25 of May.

I have discovered this event by chance on XING and thought: "Why does someone asks this question? Are there any doubts that development needs release or project planning? Does someone want to talk about the accuracy level of estimation within software development projects? Or maybe they want to exchange experiences about which estimation units (e.g. hours, days, ideal days, story points, etc.) are more suitable for software development projects?

How to get away from the in-house suppliers in the project?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 03/27/2014

"I have no Scrum team yet, but I would like to introduce Scrum on a project I’m currently working on. In our company usually a project has a core team of about 5 people and additionally there are up to 20 so called delegates or suppliers, who fulfill some of the tasks during the project. The competencies are therefore distributed over a very large number of people and the Scrum team would therefore be huge. Working with several Scrum teams would not make sense either, since many of the delegates serve as suppliers on a large number of projects simultaneously. To meet the demand of Scrum that cross-functional teams should have all competencies needed to accomplish the work without depending on others not part of the team, one would have to enable the so-called core to trust themselves more respectively to produce more independently and to use the suppliers less...."

ScALeD - Principles Over Frameworks And Processes

Submitted by Peter Beck on 02/06/2014

"Values and principles scale, but practices are context sensitive." - A statement by Ken Schwaber, one of the founders of Scrum. One also could say: Every organization is unique because its products and services are also unique. This also means that each organization has its own practices (= processes) to deliver these products and services. What can be compared between organizations are certain basic patterns that we like to call principles. Agile is defined by a collection of such principles, which have been immortalized here: Agile Manifesto. This remarkable manifesto was created in the context of software development, first of all to organize not too large working groups in a, for that time, revolutionary way and thus make them more powerful. The authors were so brilliant and didn't go into practices, because they knew that many roads lead to Rome, and it is an idea of Agile approach, not to set the way from the outset.

Agility, Scaling And Employee Satisfaction

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 01/28/2014

Since the last Global Scrum Gathering I have worked with a number of Scrum trainers and experts on principles for scaling agility. We are now so far that we would like to share the results. In this blog entry I'm going to look at our thoughts on employee satisfaction in more detail.

In product development staff offers the greatest potential for improvements. Satisfied employees lead to higher productivity. Therefore, it is important to create a working environment that ensures a high level of employee satisfaction.

What does employee satisfaction have to do with scaling agile approaches? The employees should naturally feel comfortable, their lives and work should be balanced, frustrating and wearying overtime should be avoided - all that is well known and firmly anchored in the companies.

To what extent can you combine Scrum, Kanban and Lean Startup for sales pilot projects?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 01/13/2014

"To what extent can you combine the various agile methodologies like Scrum, Kanban and Lean Startup for sales pilot projects? I would be delighted if you could give me some helpful tips or comments in this respect. Optionally, also tips for some literature, magazine articles or brochures."

Which certification course should an IT PM choose?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 01/02/2014

"Which certification course should an IT PM choose?"

You should look at where your main responsibilities and personal priorities lie. A Product Owner bears all the responsibility for the product (which functionalities will be delivered) and for the release planning. A ScrumMaster is responsible for the process. The role definitions should help you to make the decision.

Retrospective for distributed teams, here's how

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 12/16/2013

A good friend of mine asked me recently how we would do a retrospective in a geographically dispersed team that has no chance to come together? He asked if we could recommend any tools for a virtual realisation?

Are there any statistics on the use of Scrum in Germany?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 11/28/2013

"For my bachelor thesis I am looking for statistics on the use of Scrum in Germany or worldwide. I'm interested in what large companies are already using Scrum and, if such a statistic exists, how many companies work with Scrum in Germany or worldwide?"

How do agility and fixed price fit together?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 11/11/2013

“Customers want security through a fixed price. Therefore often a product backlog is made and the stories are estimated in advance. But am I still agile then? The estimated stories and the resulting fixed price reveal how many man-days I may need at most and also how many stories have to be processed per sprint.”...

Scrum Beyond Software: How an engineering team at Soplar industrial plants develops with Scrum

Submitted by Peter Beck on 09/18/2013

In 2012 I had the pleasure to have Alexander Müller and Martin Hammerle of the Soplar company in my Scrum course and was able to advise the team and the management. Since then I have repeatedly followed the „hardscrum“ blog posts by Alexander Müller, who writes about the insights gained by the team. The unusual thing is: The team develops hardware with Scrum. Something that doesn't surprise an experienced Scrummer, but is still a rarity.

Can you use Scrum outside software development?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 09/07/2013

"Since Scrum is usually used in the field of IT and software development it would be interesting to know whether this method would also be suitable for a larger construction project?"

Small development teams or single developers work on several products at the same time. How can you do Scrum in such a situation?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 08/22/2013

"My development team consists of 6 people, almost all of them work in different projects. These projects stand for different systems or I would say products. My problem is that the development teams responsible for one product consist of only one or two persons and thus are actually too small, so we could use Scrum usefully...."

What problems await us in a collaboration between Scrum and waterfall teams? What are the antidotes?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 08/20/2013

"I work in a relatively conservative company, and often come to the point that in large projects Scrum teams and waterfall teams need to work together. This gives us many problems with coordination, the "change processes" and the cultures..."

How do I become a Scrum Coach?

Consult and develop teams and organizations

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 06/21/2013

“I want to become an Agile Coach.” “How do I become Scrum Coach?” “What do I need to learn, to take better care of my team, my organization?”

Several people talked about this topic at the recent Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas. We addressed the question during the Scrum Clinic sessions, between talks and even at dinner. How do I become an Agile - Scrum - Coach? The question occured to us as unusual in the first place. Everybody, who works as an internal or external Scrum - Agile - Coach today, started as a career changer from a different profession. While there are several sound coaching trainings available, it is still quite unclear what one needs to accomplish, to become a specialized consultant for the introduction and improvement of agile principles, processes and practices. 

Woran scheitern Agile Projekte?

Gründe und Gegenmaßnahmen

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 06/14/2013

Sorry, this content is only available in German language.

Im aktuellen Newsletter von pragmatic solutions beschreiben Mischa Ramseyer, Fredi Schmidli und Cem Kulac, mit welchen Herausforderungen sie bei einer Anfrage für einen Management 3.0 Kurs in Italien konfrontiert worden sind. Neben den regionalen und kulturellen Besonderheiten wie der geringen Verbreitung der englischen Sprache und der aktuellen Wirtschaftskrise kam insbesondere ein Problem-Thema zur Sprache: Das Management.

Ein Backlog voller Entscheidungen

Session mit der SUG Karlsruhe - 5.6.2013

Submitted by Peter Beck on 06/04/2013

Sorry, this content is only available in German language.

Peter Beck hat am 5.6.2013 bei der Scrum Gruppe Karsruhe die Session "Ein Backlog voller Entscheidungen" moderiert. Mehr Informationen zum Treffen hier!

Schon einmal versucht ein Backlog für eine Industrieanlagenentwicklung zu erstellen? Oder schon einmal versucht einen Product Owner, verantwortlich für ein komplexes Mechatronik-Projekt, zu überzeugen Scrum einzusetzen? User Stories sind sicherlich die am meisten propagierte Technik um ein Backlog zu erstellen. Kein Wunder, wurden sie doch in der boomenden Softwareentwicklung als Technik entwickelt. Anderen Gebieten fällt es zunächst schwer User Stories einzusetzen. Die Gründe sind schnell genannt. Komplexität, Ziele und vorhandene Entwicklungspraktiken scheinen nicht dafür zu sprechen. Wie aber soll ein Prodcut Owner nun sein Backlog aufsetzen um sein Entwicklungsprojekt zu starten?

How can we ensure the development of a good software which is able to evolve and change alongside with short delivery times?

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 05/21/2013

"As you usually work with User Stories in Scrum and the Product Owner is actually not interested on the technical part of the implementation, you would think that the focus of the implementation is always on the Sprint content and the reusability aspekt is often ignored, especially if it means additional work. How do you see that? How can you develop products with a good architecture which is able to evolve and change if you should deliver shippable products or product parts in short periods of time? ..."

Where is the right place for software architecture discussions in Scrum?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 05/21/2013

"Where is the right place for software architecture discussions in Scrum? Maybe in a backlog refinement meeting?"...

Should the Product Owner participate in Planning Poker?

Submitted by Peter Beck on 04/29/2013

"Regarding Planning Poker, in the material you provided to us, it says "Planning Poker works ... mostly because the people who estimate are those who will do the work." That's all I could find in the documentation about the participants and estimators in the planning poker session. The question at hand is if the Product Owner estimates?..."

Scrum team and third-party suppliers, how do they work together in Scrum?

Submitted by Yuliya Mijuk on 03/27/2013

"Can a Scrum team give parts of the increment they have to deliver in order to third-party suppliers? Should in such a case the third party supplier be part of the Scrum team?

Example: A Scrum team should create e a sales presentation. In the first part oft he Sprint the Scrum team would create the first idea of ??the presentation and then in the second part oft he sprint it would work together with an advertising agency, which would work out the first rough draft of the Scrum team and convert it into a graphically professional presentation. The advertising agency would not be part of the Scrum team and could send no one to the Scrum team, as the person in charge of the advertising agency works for several clients respectively. the presentation should anyway be created by several people in different steps (concept developers, copywriters, graphic artists, etc). It’s hardly possible to make all of them part of the SCRUM team." 

 

The Scrum Team - And Why We Should Not Be All The Same

Submitted by Andreas Schliep on 12/10/2011

There is a topic that frequently comes up when we're talking to people new at Scrum. If we want to have a Scrum Team that is able to deliver everything about a desired product, do all team members need to have the same skills? Our everyday life tells us that nobody can excel in more than a single area. For instance, Peter Beck is the most creative guy in DasScrumTeam. My sister Julia is extraordinarily diligent. And I am a good analyst. We need all these talents in our business. The different talents come together when we are working as a team. Our products - Scrum trainings and coaching engagements - require this combination to be successful.