Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Scrum Breakfast in Bern: Introducing Change

Today it was my honor to kick off the Scrum Breakfast in Bern.

A new start seemed like a good moment to talk about how to introduce change into an organization. So I talked about the roles from Crossing the Chasm and the Patterns from Fearless change.

For me, the high point was the feedback from Tudor Girba, who described how he selected the location for and equipped his office during a summer job:
I was given the choice of an isolated, out-of-the-way office or a desk in the entrance foyer. So of course I chose the entrance foyer.

I always kept a big bag of peanuts in the shell and a supply of cold Coca-Cola at hand. People would come by and munch on the peanuts. And of course, it took time to shell them. So while they were shelling, the had to do something, and they talked to me. In two weeks I knew everything about that organisation!
Congratuations to Ralph Jochim and Joscha Jenni for organizing the event. 22 participants from around Bern got together for interesting discussions and networking afterwards. (And yes, big companies and small companies, both as potential users of Scrum and Scrum consultants are getting seriously interested in Scrum and Agile.)

You can find my slides online: Introducing Change (and thanks to Julian Yeandel for his insights into the roles and challenges of middle management).

And if you missed the talk, you can join us on September 16 in Basel.

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