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Tips from the agile trenches

In 2001 the first book on Scrum was published. Since then thousands of people have been trained in scrum & other agile ways of working. In these 20 years, many people have gathered experience working with agile teams. This presentation is based on the book “tips from the agile trenches”, that collected wisdom from 89 …

Learning to unlearn igniting the thinking

‘Learning by doing’ is a commonly used phrase in agile training today, with at lot of focus on ‘having fun’– but what really is having fun? And how exactly do we as coaches make our sessions fun, apart from using all sorts of games and energizers? Inspired by sports coaching, I will explain 3 forms …

Underpants Gnomes in Kanban

If your Kanban implementation feels like Phase 1: Collect underpants; Phase 2: ? Phase 3: Profit, you’re not alone. In this session, you’ll learn how to detect Underpants Gnomes in your organization’s Kanban process, and how to combat them. We’ll investigate three concrete solutions—by-the-book, and beyond—and fill your toolbox with simple, proven strategies for restarting …

Why do you need to care about DevOps

I would say there are more than just one reason why we should care about DevOps. Agile is not complete without enabling infrastructure and bringing the culture together from top to bottom making the entire engine run smoother. In this talk, we will look at a few reasons that will highlight the need for our …

What happened to agile and will we end up in hell?

Did you ever ask yourself what Agile has in common with your Dad’s old Ford Cortina? It may sound surprising but this is a question of more relevance than you might think…. Agility targets a business problem. Good! Agility is culture. Very good! This means change. Good, but demanding and not always easy.  Agile has …

Agile on steroids: taking context seriously

Do experienced coaches adopt/adapt practices by taking context into account? Of course they do! Do a chosen set of principles produce a valuable, enduring outcome in every kind of context? Of course they don’t! Failure to sufficiently take context into account is the number one factor that limits success when adopting methods. The tendency to …

Portfolio Management in Hybrid Organizations

This talk is about realizing strategy with good Portfolio Management in hybrid organizations. In hybrid organizations the governance of traditional projects and programs is changing. The mix of stable (agile) teams in one part of the organization (bringing work to teams) and traditional project teams (temporally sourcing people around work) in other parts of the …

Drawing Together — Even When We’re Apart

Moving to predominately remote ways of working has increased the challenges we face in reaching shared understandings of complex problems. And we need to be able to see the big picture together in order to really work effectively towards a common goal, especially when working as distributed teams. It’s hard enough to get people on …

Agile Strategies: How to go from Projects to Products

A big trend in the Agile community is to move from projects to products, where an organization sees all work as the creation or modification of its products. The organization funds products for the long term and allows persistent teams and their product owners to determine how to spend that money. Here’s a three-step guide …