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Management 3.0 Course (in German) for Line Managers in Agile Organizations

Agile management is an often overlooked part of Agile. There is much information available for Agile developers, testers, and project managers, but very little for development managers and team leaders. However, when organizations adopt Agile software development, not only developers, testers, and project managers need to learn new practices. Development managers and team leaders must also learn a new approach to leading and managing Agile organizations.

Mischa Ramseyer and I will be offering the first Management 3.0 course in Switzerland - in German of course.  Based on Jurgen Appelo's popular book of the same name, this course will teach you about:

Agile software development Complexity science and systems thinking -- the cornerstones of an Agile mindset. How you as a manager can to keep people active, creative, and motivated. How to make self-organization workHow to manage and lead a self organized team How to develop competence and skills of your team membersAgility in…

Getting Unstuck: An Interview with Deborah Hartmann Preuss

One of the best kept secrets of next weeks Lean Agile Scrum Conference is Deborah Hartmann Preuss's Workshop on Getting Unstuck. Originally from Canada but now based in Germany, Deborah is a long time figure in the Agile and Retrospective Communities and is known for her ability to bring out the full potential of a team. Deb and I chatted about her upcoming workshop.

Peter Stevens: Your workshop at the LAS Conference is about getting unstuck. What does a "stuck" team look like?

Deborah Hartmann Preuss: These teams want to get the benefits of applying Agile values to their work: products customers love, sustainable team, sustainable codebase. But a stuck team is significantly underdelivering in one or more of these areas, while being satisfied that "this is the best we can do, given our constraints". All teams have constraints and challenges, but not all are stuck - I define "stuckness" as the team attitude that says it's…

Eclipse Stammtisch in Zurich

Tursday, October 13th, 18:00 - 21:00, Technopark Zürich

Engage in the Eclipse community in Zurich at the Eclipse Stammtisch! The organizers have invited several interesting speakers to talk about their projects. The talks cover a broad variety of topics such as Eclipse Long Term Support, Eclipse Scout, Jubula Testing Tool, RT/RAP, Mylin/Git/Gerrit and Code Recommenders. We’ll have a short break with bear and snacks, but for real dinner we’ll move on. For all those in the mood for food (or more frosty beverage) please sign up on the Doodle.

Interested in any of these topics? Participation is free.

Please register by October 7 as described on their homepage.

Scrum Breakfast in October - Swisscom Project Vivo Casa

Last spring, I attended a Swisscom internal gathering of project leaders to present Scrum. There, I was stunned by the approach described in one the keynotes: a project case study on how they conceived, designed and launched Vivo Casa, their new Digital TV offering. When I heard this talk, I knew two things: 1) agility is finding it's way into corporate thinking, and 2) I had to convince this speaker to come tell us about this project at a Scrum Breakfast.

Urs Geiser leads a Swisscom team of Experience Designers in the Private Customer segment. 'The dream of every large organization is get a big project done in a short period of time.' Swisscom tried a new approach for the development of Vivo Casa and was largely successful. The formal project management process took a back seat to the composition of the teams, freedom in designing the experience and the enthousiasm of the team members. Urs will tell us about the project and the success factors that made it possible.

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Agile Software Development or Radical Management?

In any case, an idea who's time has come!

Steve Denning, recently wrote a 5 part series of articles on the forbes.com blog: Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA. The response was extraordinary for a management article and unheard of for an Agile article - as I write this, the first article alone has been read over 280'000 times. The follow up articles had another 100'000 reads.

Radical Management is taking the message of Lean, Agile and Scrum to general management.


Now, when I talk to thought leaders in business, I often hear - 'yes, I have been teaching 'this' for years! -- where 'this' means self-organization, short feedback loops, working with or delighting the customer, minimizing waste, removing impediments, creating a learning organization, or other values, principles and practices of Scrum, Lean, and Agile.

Finally the message is getting through!

IT and manufacturing organizations doing Agile, Scrum and Lean were the evangelists and ear…