My colleagues and I, we work as Agile coaches. Every now and then new clients invite us to take a look at their Agile teams. These clients typically introduced Agile software development several months before, and they usually say that it was, in general, a good decision. They release more often with fewer bugs, changes to the products are made much more easily, customer happiness is increased, and so on. Yet we see also another picture: the client’s organisation and the client’s team are bull riding together. Continue reading
At the WebTech Conference in Mainz I was very lucky to support Marko Schulz with his first keynote called “Can you Kata?”, together with Sebastian Sanitz. It was hilarious! We had a lot of fun on stage and received lots of feedback. Watch the video! Continue reading
The American businessmen Robert Townsend once wrote: “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.” In that sense, let me tell you that my star will be Australia: At the end of this year I’ll migrate from Germany to Australia. Continue reading
Talking about the pull principle means to talk about not having authorities and hierarchies, but talking about responsibility and commitment. The pull principle means to have the freedom and autonomy to be responsible and committed. And vice versa people who like practicing pull and having their freedom don’t like authorities: Continue reading
No need for him: In a pull system,
decisions are made by the responsibility
and commitment of experts doing the work.
At the Play4Agile 2012 conference in Rückersbach, Germany, in February, I especially enjoyed two sessions. Both sessions were about short games which can be played in trainings and workshops with groups, e.g. to warm up or to make a point in demonstrating team dynamics like collaboration or the like.
Below I describe 8 games from these sessions; there were more, but these were my favorites – or I simply couldn’t remember the others. Continue reading
At the OOP Conference 2012 in Munich I presented another version of my session “How Agile and Lean Changed My Organization” (in German, called “Wie Agil und Lean meine Organisation veränderte“). This was actually the outcome of the 2nd iteration of a previous version. Continue reading