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Tom & Mary Poppendieck return for a Lean Leadership Course May 25/26, 2011

If any one has made Agile understandable to top management, it has been Mary & Tom Poppendieck, whose Lean Software Development series has bridged the gap between understanding how business works and how software development works.


If you are a C-Level executive and your company develops software, this course is for you. (Even if you don't develop software, you will profit tremendously.) You learn how to focus your company on the right problems, so it can learn systematically to produce more value more quickly for your customers, with less waste.

You can now register online for Mary & Tom Poppendieck's Lean Leadership Course. May 25/26. There is special super-early bird pricing if you register before December 31. (You won't get an invoice until 2011, unless you specifically ask for it this year.)

DasScrumTeam is on the starting blocks!

One year ago, Peter Beck, Andreas Schliep and I decided to form a marketing partnership called DasScrumTeam (The Scrum Team).  Our goal was to leverage each others strengths, pool resources when appropriate and share information and experience to guarantee and continually improve the quality of our coaching and courses, and have a common platform for delivering international projects.

It quickly became apparent that DST was a good idea, but we needed to work even more closely together. So this summer, we formed our GmbH in Zurich, got a bank account and VAT number and we are slowly but surely getting ready to start operations. Starting January 1, 2011, we will be doing business as DasScrumTeam GmbH.

What does this mean for you, our customers and partners? On one level, not much. We will continue to offer top quality Training and Coaching in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Administratively, we have new accounts for payments and a new VAT number, and of course, new email addresses.

M…

Podium for November LAS in Switzerland Event

Earlier, I announced the LAS November Event on Lean & Scrum in Switzerland. (Just a reminder: Dagmar Gawenda will present the Pull Principle: Lean Production at Griesser. Mario Magnanelli and Kai Windhausen will present their experience migrating a large financial organization to Lean and Scrum).  Now we have the speakers lined up for the podium discussion.

Francois Bachmann will moderate a Podium Discussion on the realities of migrating to learning, self-improving organizations. Speakers Kai and Dagmar will be joined by
Patrick Scheuerer, Head of Services, Amt für Migration Kt. Bern, andMike Kästner, Chief Information Officer, COMIT AG  to discuss the highs and lows of their transformations: "Help, we're going Agile!"

Personally, I am looking to see if/how well Griesser's practical experience with the Pull Principle matches up with the theory. If you believe the simulations, applying the Pull Principle should increase production, decrease turn-around time and fre…

Scrum Breakfast/November (and December)

Life is what happens while you are planning to do something else. This is why we do Scrum.

Scrum Breakfast/November: Scrum Introduction: An example from medical IT.

The Scrum Breakfast in November will welcome Yves Aeschbacher, Product Owner and Consultant in the areas of Care and Para-medical Applications  for MCS Parametrix. He will share his experiences introducing Scrum into the development of medical applications. In particular, how the Agile approach required rethinking at all level of the organisation.


As usual, First Wednesday of the month: November 3, 8.00 to 11.00 at SwissICT, Vulkanstrasse 120, 8048 Zürich (map). And the Doctor is IN! Register online at SwissICT.


Scrum Breakfast/December: Stories for Samichlaus (St. Nick) 

Watch this space for the announcement of a special Christmas Scrum Breakfast!


BTW - Postponed does not mean cancelled. Deasun O'conchuir's talk 'People Challenges in Virtual Working' will be held early next year.

More Lean, Agile & Scrum in Switzerland

Any of these talks could have been included in the LAS Conference, but their just wasn't room. So we made space for them! This evening event is for Scrum-Masters and Scrum Product Owners who want to see how Scrum can be introduced into a large company and for entrepreneurs, C-level executives and top managers, who want to bring the companies into a state of flow. The talks are in German.
Das Ziehprinzip - Lean Production bei Griesser (The Pull Princple at Griesser)
Scrum im harten Projektalltag - Ein Einblick in die Einführung von Scrum in der SIX Card Solutions AG (Scrum in the trenches of everyday project management)Podiumsdiskussion (Podium discussion with various experts). See the annoucement on the SwissICT homepage more information.

Time, Location:
Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2010Time: 16.30 to 19.30 (followed by an Apéro)
Location: Conference Center Hallenstadion, Wallisellenstrasse 45, 8050 Zürich
Registration through the SwissICT

Lean Agile Scrum Conference High Points

Speaking as the organizer, the conference was one high point after another: The high caliber sessions from Switzerland and abroad, the keynote speakers, the interactions among the participants. Judging from the participants feedback, the workshop with Henrik Kniberg and Tom & Mary Poppendieck received the highest notes.

There was really only one low point: the long wait for food at lunch. As lean thinkers we should have thought more about the flow!

SwissIT Magazine published a short article online and more detailed article in their latest print edition. My favorite quote in the print edition came from Adrian Honegger, Co-CIO of Baloise Insurance (and speaker at the Conference):

"The organizers of the Lean Agile Scrum Conference 2010 succeeded in bringing together interested participants from Coders to the IT Executive, including people from numerous branches of industry and experienced speakers. Summary of the successful eve…

Getting to Good User Stories

User Stories have become so popular for identifying Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that the term 'Story' is often used as synonym for PBI — regardless of whether the item in question is formulated as a user story or not. Not all user stories are created equal - good user stories can be turned into functionality rapidly and predictably by a good Scrum team. Bad stories clog up the works and teams have troubles finishing them in the sprint. So what makes a good story and how do you get it small enough to implement in a sprint?

A user story answers three questions: Who? What? and Why? A user story leaves open the questions How? and When? Mike Cohn popularized the canonical form of a user story: As a <class of user> I want <some function> to achieve <some purpose>. For example:
As a Job Hunter, I want to find and apply for interesting jobs, so I can find a good job and earn a living.As an Internet shopper, I want to select books from a catalog and order them. (Tech…