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Training / Improvements for 2010

At the Scrum Gathering, Andreas Schliep, Peter Beck and I joined together to form Das Scrum Team. Our goal is to provide the best Scrum training in Central Europe. We're still working on the details, so watch this space. Next year, I will make a number of changes to my program:
Public Jumpstart and PPO Courses will be upgraded to certification course (CSM / CSPO). I will be offering co-training with my Partners in Das Scrum Team. Andy, Peter & I will continue to offer a CSM for Advanced UsersDue to the strong interest in Scrum in Bern, public courses will alternate between Zürich and Bern.Effective December 1, courses will start at 9.00 and continue to 17.00 (a shift of 1/2 hour) so that people traveling to the venue from afar can travel on the same day. I will offer a Scrum Jumpstart (non-CSM) in Geneva, in French. The first course will take place on January 14 & 15.  I haven't updated the web yet, but will be posting the schedule for 2010 and other changes shortly.

Scrum Gathering and Scrum Breakfast Presentations

I am terribly behind publishing presentations and announcements on the blog, so here are various presentations that I have promised to publish:

From the Scrum Gathering in Munich:
Making Change Happen - How to get the ball rolling in your company or community10 Contracts for Your Next Agile Project - some thoughts about various contract forms and how they impact the execution of the project.Jean Pierre König presented a fascinating concept at the last Scrum Breakfast in Zürich: Developing an application in just 3 days. The ultimate Agile project. His slides are also online.

Italian Agile Day (and Scrum Workshop) in Bologna

The Italian Agile Day 2009 is the sixth edition of the free conference dedicated to Agile methods for development and management of software projects like eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, DSDM, Crystal and Lean Software Development.

I am honored and pleased to support their efforts as a Key Note speaker. My talk will be about Fixed Price Projects and Agile - It can be done!
What: Italian Agile Day
Organizers: Italian Agile Movement
Where: Bologna
When: November 20, 2009

Registration (more in English than Italian): http://iad09.eventbrite.com/
I believe in supporting the community, so I try to speak at communityevents (like this or the Agile Tour in Luxembourg) when asked, andgenerally without charge. This is a free event, so they are asking for donations to offset the costs of the event. Please contribute!

Just before the Agile Day, Alberto Brandolini and I are organizing a one day Scrum Workshop to help people discover Scrum:
Scrum today is becoming the leading agile ma…

The Scrum Team

At the Scrum Gathering, Andy Schliep and Peter Beck and I decided to collaborate to form Das Scrum Team, a group of Scrum Trainers and Coaches (and Scrum community leaders) dedicated to providing first class training and coaching in Central Europe.

At the moment, all you can see is the web page, but more will be coming soon....


Scrum Gathering: The Doctor is IN

The Scrum Gathering in Munich is now behind us. So much interesting information, so many interesting people, so many things to do, so many ideas which I'd like to deploy tomorrow, and so little time for it all. My personal highs and lows:

Highs
The dialog room. It took a while for it to get in the swing of things, but interaction is what Agile is all about. Deborah Preuss and Tobias Mayer brought games, poetry and Open Space (back) to the Gathering. My personal favorite was "The Doctor is In" a booth for free private consulting between conference participants. I'd like to start doing that at the Scrum Breakfast.
Networking with everybody imaginable.
Boris Gloger's Scrum Brazilian Cooking Stand - real coffee, fresh pressed juices, hostesses, and more. It felt almost like the Geneva Auto Show (and what was that Hummer doing parked out front?).
Scrum Alliance Confronts its Own Dysfunction - more transparency coming from the board, but its command and control mindset is …

Saving Great Companies from Paralysis

Gary Hamel of the WSJ recently asked, "What really kills great companies?" He observed that established, successful companies become encrusted and unresponsive. During this time they either make insubstantial changes or realize that they are dying of sclerosis and go for the quadruple bypass surgery of dramatic change. So if inertia is a corporate form of sclerosis, what is the cause and what is the cure?

Looking at a large company - a large company is any company where common sense does not universally apply, a situation which probably starts at around 4 to 5 levels of management - we see that top management can become quite isolated from the base. Noise, propagation delay and information loss distort initiatives coming down from the top, so these are only partially or incorrectly implemented. The chain of command filters information coming up from the base. Problems that are obvious at the base don't get the required attention from the top. Communication and feedback br…

Formation Scrum en français

The success of the Agile Tour proves it, Scrum and Agile Project Management are becoming a hot topic in France and French speaking Europe. My popular Scrum Jumpstart course is now available in French. I will offer the course publicly in for the first time in French in Geneva in January.

Check my training website for full details or jump directly to http://www.sierra-charlie.com/course to register.

And of course, I can also do in-house Scrum trainings in French too.

Scrum is Awesome! Agile is Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

Last spring, I coached a company that wanted to get started with Scrum. I had trained a team on Scrum and accompanied them through the first few sprints. The team itself was very keen on implementing XP engineering practices, something which management did not support. My mandate ended before the project did, and so the question is, how did they do?

A big conflict between the developers and the project leader (who officially wore the ScrumMaster title, but who also had a fixed price project to deliver on time and budget) was how much effort to invest in automated testing. The customer was the P-O, so he thought quality was a great idea. The project leader wasn't so sure, he saw testing as an impediment to velocity. The team insisted, and as my mandate ended, they still had conflict on this subject.

Yesterday, I caught up with one of the developers. "How did it go?" I asked. "Scrum is awesome! Awesome! Just Awesome" he replied, repeating himself several times. (…