Agile | 26th May 2020

Agile Movers & Shakers (6): The Liberators Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview w/ Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem Today we welcome Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem. Christiaan and Barry are both Professional Scrum Trainers… Read more

Agile | 18th May 2020

Good Remote Agile Practices — First Insights from the Survey

TL; DR: Good Remote Agile Practices The first insights are available from the Remote Agile Survey: What are good remote agile practices, and what are possible low-hanging fruits that haven’t… Read more

Agile | 13th May 2020

Remote Agile Survey — Let’s Stop Guessing, Join the Study

TL; DR: Join the Remote Agile Survey There has been no shortage of articles on how to work remotely recently, including our series on remote Agile. While most of the… Read more

Agile | 4th May 2020

Remote Agile (Part 8): Daily Scrum with Distributed Teams

TL; DR: A Remote Daily Scrum with a Distributed Team We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools; we explored virtual Liberating Structures, and how… Read more

Agile | 29th April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams

TL; DR: A Remote Sprint Review with a Distributed Team We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools; we explored virtual Liberating Structures, and how… Read more

Agile | 22nd April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams

TL; DR: A Remote Sprint Planning with a Distributed Team We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by exploring virtual Liberating Structures, and… Read more

Agile | 19th April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 5): Remote Retrospectives with Distributed Teams

TL; DR: A Remote Retrospective with a Distributed Team We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by exploring virtual Liberating Structures, how to… Read more

Agile | 12th April 2020

Agile Movers & Shakers (5): Mark Kilby

The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Author Mark Kilby Today’s guest is Mark Kilby. Mark is coaching, teaching and writing books on successful distributed agile teams. (Mark co-authored “From… Read more

Agile | 9th April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 4): Anti-Patterns — Pitfalls Successful Distributed Teams Avoid

TL; DR: Remote Agile Anti-Patterns — Pitfalls Successful Distributed Teams Avoid We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by delving into virtual Liberating Structures,… Read more

Agile | 1st April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 3): Mastering Zoom

TL; DR: Mastering Zoom — Remote Agile (Part 3) In this third post of the Remote Agile series, we address the tool at the heart of working with a distributed… Read more

Agile | 1st April 2020

Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures

TL; DR: Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures Last week, we addressed basic practices and tools of remote agile with distributed teams. This follow-up post now delves into virtual… Read more

Agile | 22nd March 2020

Remote Agile (Part 1): Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches

TL; DR: Remote Agile, Part 1: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners Agile has always been about colocation, about direct communication, physical boards, and all… Read more

Agile | 11th March 2020

Development Team Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Development Team Anti-Patterns After covering the Scrum Master and the Product Owner, this article addresses Development Team anti-patterns, covering all Scrum Events as well as the Product Backlog… Read more

Agile | 2nd March 2020

32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily… Read more

Agile | 25th February 2020

27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

TL; DR: 27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams Welcome to the Sprint anti-patterns article from our series on Scrum anti-patterns, covering not just the three Scrum roles, but also… Read more

Uncategorized | 17th February 2020

Liberating Structures for Scrum (6): The Successful Scrum Master

TL; DR: The Successful Scrum Master Meetup During the 19th Hands-on Agile meetup, 30-plus people addressed the path to becoming a successful Scrum Master or agile coach, following up on… Read more

Uncategorized | 12th February 2020

Agile Movers & Shakers (4): Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Dave West of Scrum.org Welcome to the Agile Movers & Shakers interview series. Today’s guest is Dave West. Dave West is… Read more

Uncategorized | 5th February 2020

Product Owner Anti-Patterns — 31+2 Ways to Improve as a PO

TL; DR: Scrum Product Owner Anti-Patterns If you are working as a Product Owner, there is—very likely—room for improvement. This list of some of the most common Product Owner anti-patterns… Read more

Agile | 27th January 2020

20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Sprint Planning is a core event, defining how your customers’ lives will improve with the next Product Increment. Learn more on how to improve… Read more

Agile | 21st January 2020

Scrum Mastery in 300 Words

TL; DR: Scrum Mastery How to make Scrum work? Read on to learn more about my top three objectives for Scrum Masters striving to achieve Scrum Mastery.

Agile | 14th January 2020

Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team

TL; DR: Product Mindset and Ownership in Scrum Teams There is one product, one Product Owner, one Product Backlog — a simple rule. How is that supposed to scale, you… Read more

Agile | 7th January 2020

Agile Movers & Shakers (3): Ben Linders

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Ben Linders Welcome to the Agile Movers & Shakers interview series. Today’s guest is Ben Linders: “As an independent advisor, trainer,… Read more

Agile | 23rd December 2019

Agile Movers & Shakers (2): Diana Larsen

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Diana Larsen While Diana Larsen continues her coaching, mentoring, and consulting practice in a limited way, she has shifted more toward… Read more

Agile | 20th December 2019

Agile Movers & Shakers (1): Viktor Cessan

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Viktor Cessan Welcome to the Agile Movers & Shakers interview series. Today’s guest is Viktor Cessan. Viktor has dedicated his career… Read more

Agile | 19th December 2019

Agile Movers & Shakers (1): Viktor Cessan

TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Viktor Cessan Welcome to the Agile Movers & Shakers interview series. Today’s guest is Viktor Cessan. Viktor has dedicated his career… Read more

Agile | 8th December 2019

Scrum Master Career 2020 — Using Ecocycle Planning to Identify Opportunities

TL; DR: Scrum Master Career 2020 Last week, about 30 members of the Hands-on Agile community in Berlin came together to identify opportunities for personal and professional growth for the… Read more

Agile | 5th December 2019

Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

TL; DR: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns Scrum Master anti-patterns: The reasons why Scrum Masters violate the spirit of the Scrum Guide are multi-faceted. They run from ill-suited personal traits and the… Read more

Agile, Conferences | 2nd December 2019

📅 Agile Camp Berlin 2020 — Sold Out & Introducing the Waiting List

Save the Date: Agile Camp Berlin 2020 The Agile Camp Berlin 2020 will happen from April 17-18, 2020, at the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum right in the center of Berlin. Join the Agile… Read more

Agile | 23rd November 2019

21 Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns Impeding Scrum Teams

TL; DR: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns What event could better embody Scrum’s principle of empiricism than the Sprint Retrospective? I assume all peers agree that even the simplest retrospective—if only held… Read more

Agile, Uncategorized | 21st November 2019

Agile Metrics Survey 2020

TL; DR: The Agile Metrics Survey 2020 Let’s stop guessing and start crowdsourcing data and information on this critical topic: Who is using what metrics under which context to what… Read more

Agile | 11th November 2019

15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

TL; DR: 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the Scrum Team as well as internal (and external)… Read more

Agile | 29th October 2019

Daily Scrum Anti-Patterns: 20 Ways to Improve

TL; DR: 20 Daily Scrum Anti-Patterns In my experience, the Daily Scrum is the Scrum event with the highest anti-pattern density among all events. Learn more about the Daily Scrum… Read more

Agile | 20th October 2019

Liberating Structures for Scrum (5): Strategy

TL; DR: The Liberating Structures Strategy Meetup During this Liberating Structures strategy for Scrum meetup we addressed dealing with uncertainty — a particularly useful skill in highly competitive markets. Learn… Read more

Agile | 7th October 2019

Faking Agile Metrics or Cooking the Agile Books

TL; DR: Faking Agile Metrics — An Eye-Opening Exercise Imagine you’re a Scrum Master and the line manager of your team believes that the best sign for a successful agile… Read more

Agile | 29th September 2019

The Agile Workspace: The Undervalued Success Factor

TL;DR: Agile Workspace Means Choice Among a Diversity of Spaces If you want your organization to become agile, adding more whiteboards to the workspace will not suffice. You have to… Read more

Agile | 24th September 2019

Scrum Master Engagement Patterns: The Development Team

TL; DR: Scrum Master Engagement Patterns Last year, I ran a (non-representative) survey on how Scrum Masters are allocating their time when working with a single Scrum Team. Much to… Read more

Agile | 10th September 2019

Hey Scrum Master — What Are You Doing all Day? [Survey Results]

TL;DR: Scrum Master Duties, Serving a Single Team Scrum Master Duties: supposedly, a great Scrum Master serves only one Scrum Team—that’s at least a popular narrative in the Scrum community…. Read more

Agile | 3rd September 2019

Scrum Accountability

TL; DR: Scrum Accountability ‘Autonomy without accountability equals anarchy’ summarizes an essential design element of any agile organization. Without these checks and balances in place any aspiration to transform an… Read more

Agile | 27th August 2019

The Meta-Retrospective — How to Get Customers and Stakeholders Onboard

TL; DR: The Meta-Retrospective A meta-retrospective is an excellent exercise to foster collaboration within the extended team, create a shared understanding of the big picture, and immediately create valuable action-items…. Read more

Agile | 19th August 2019

Liberating Structures for Scrum (4): The Daily Scrum

TL;DR: The Liberating Structures Daily Scrum Meetup This Liberating Structures for Scrum meetup addressed the Daily Scrum, particularly the notion that it is barely possible to create a Liberating Structure… Read more

Agile | 6th August 2019

Scrum First Principles — How to Elon Musk the Scrum Guide

TL; DR: Scrum First Principles Popularized by Elon Musk, utilizing first principles thinking to solve problems in an innovative, creative, and less biased way has proven popular in the tech… Read more

Agile | 26th July 2019

Liberating Structures for Scrum (3): The Product Backlog

TL;DR: The Liberating Structures Product Backlog Meetup The fourth Liberating Structures for Scrum meetup addressed the Product Backlog, more precisely the issues with Product Backlogs that subsequently cause Sprint Plannings… Read more

Agile | 22nd July 2019

The Scrum Guide Reordered

TL;DR: The Scrum Guide Reordered The Scrum Guide Reordered is based on about 90 percent of the text of the 2017 Scrum Guide, extending its original structure by adding additional… Read more

Agile, Training Classes | 10th July 2019

Liberating Structures 4 Scrum: Lessons from a One-Day Immersive Workshop

TL; DR: The Liberating Structures Immersive Workshop for Scrum Why running a Liberating Structures immersive workshop? Since the beginning of 2019, the Hands-on Agile meetup in Berlin has been exploring… Read more

Agile | 2nd July 2019

Agile Leadership — A Brief Overview of Concepts and Ideas

TL; DR: Agile Leadership I recently started aggregating my notes, links, and references related to agile leadership to understand better what it — in the context of an agile transition… Read more

Agile | 24th June 2019

28 Product Backlog Anti-Patterns

TL;DR: 28 Product Backlog Anti-Patterns Scrum is a simple, yet sufficient framework to build emerging products, provided you identify in advance what is worth building. But even after a successful… Read more

Agile | 17th June 2019

Scrum Master Problem Solving — The Survey Results

TL;DR: Scrum Master Problem Solving — The Survey Results Scrum Master Problem Solving: We all know it; changing the way we work is extremely difficult. It requires us to find… Read more

Agile | 8th June 2019

Liberating Structures for Scrum (2): The Sprint Planning

TL;DR: Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Planning The fourth Liberating Structures Scrum meetup addressed the Sprint Planning, more precisely the reasons why Sprint Plannings fail—despite all the efforts put… Read more

Agile | 21st April 2019

Liberating Structures for Scrum (1): The Sprint Retrospective

TL;DR: Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective Liberating Structures Sprint Retrospective: A few weeks ago, I started an event series with my Berlin-based Hands-on Agile Meetup group on how… Read more

Agile, Conferences | 15th December 2018

📅 Agile Camp Berlin 2019: April 26–27, 2019

Save the Date: Agile Camp Berlin 2019 The Agile Camp Berlin 2019 will happen from April 26 to April 27, 2019 and the Agile Camp Berlin 2019 venue will be… Read more

Agile | 24th August 2018

Agile Fluency™ Model

The Agile Fluency ™ Model by James Shore and Diana Larsen The Agile Fluency ™ model was developed by James Shore and Diana Larsen to guide teams new to agile… Read more