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Swiss Lean Agile Scrum Event: Call for Participation

Mark your calendars: Zurich, June 4. 2009. Under the motto of 'Beyond the Hype, Agile in Practice', the SwissICT Lean Agile Scrum Group is organizing its first agile project management conference in Zürich.

In the morning we plan to hold introductory workshops  'Scrum 101', 'Lean 101' and 'XP 101'. In the afternoon, the conference will have two tracks dedicated to reports from people - managers, project leaders, developers, coaches, etc. - with actual experience will Lean or Agile Software projects. Experience, good or bad, positive or negative, management or technical, success or ... whatever,  with all flavors of Lean and Agile software methodologies are welcome: XP, Scrum, Scrum-ban, Crystal... if it's lean or agile, it's welcome, but we're looking for honest reports on real projects.

The event is basically a full day event. Our target is 100 participants, but how many will come? Well, that depends on how good you talks are ;-)

How to subm…

Scrum Breakfast in Zürich, March

Under the heading of Agile development meets not so agile operations.We are once again privileged to have a distinguished speaker from abroad:

Agile Methods in Crisis Management in IT Operations
Dana Stoll, ehmalige IT-Leiterin WEB.DE

In crisis situations as in rapidly changing markets, there is a conflict between the need to innovate and the need to standardize. This often produces permanent conflict between IT operations and development. As IT Manager, you success depends on the smooth integration of new products into your existing production environment. For sustainable success as well as effective responses to crisis situations, this conflict needs to be transformed into an effective cooperation. How do you create a balance between an agile and process driven approach?

The last Scrum Breakfast filled up quickly! Register online (also for the Webinar) at

The Scrum Breakfast will be held as always the first Wednesday in the month, with the friendly…

Scrum Breakfast: Team Building and the Daily Scrum

Todays Scrum Breakfast set a new record for attendance both on site and on the webinar: 28 registered on site, 19 registered for the webinar and unfortunately some people who wanted to come had to consoled with the webinar, because there just wasn't enough room.

Was it because of the speaker, the interesting topic, or being anchored into the largest IT assocation in Switzerland? Surely a combination of all of the above!

Hans-Peter Korn led us through an interesting discussion about how teams form - under the right circumstances, they do it themselves, but you can't make them do it!

Most provocative was his proposal to modify the 3 questions of the daily Scrum:
What did I finish since yesterday's meeting?What was particularly helpful?What will I finish by the next meeting?What do I need in addition or differently to accomplish that goal?When was that help available previously? Question 2 reminds me of an appreciative retrospective and I can see how some daily stroking of the…

Thought for the day: Interactive Documentation, Otherwise Known as a Play

Last week, I was at the OOP in Munich and attended Linda Rising's Workshop on Fearless Change. While we learned many interesting things about patterns for effecting change in an organization, one story really stood out:
"We developed an application using patterns and we thought that would help us hand over the application to the maintenance group.

"So we sent them the code. They didn't understand. Hmm. OK, Let's try writing some documentation. So we write some documentation. They still didn't understand. OK, let's try giving them some training. So we trained them. Better, but they still didn't get it. Hmm. What now?

"Despair, desperation.

"Someone in my group came up with the idea of doing a play, to explain the roles. So we all put on silly hats and acted out the architecture. 'I am the dispatcher and forward requests to interested parties.' 'I am a user agent, I submit requests on behalf of a user' etc. Lacking a better ide…

Call for Participation: Talks for the Scrum Breakfast

What is the Scrum Breakfast?

The Scrum Breakfast is a monthly exchange of information around Scrum. The breakfast offers discussion, information and hands-on experience to CIO's, executive and operational project managers. The program starts with a short presentation on an interesting topic around Scrum. Then follows a moderated discussion among the participants to encourage an exchange of know-how and experiences.

For 2010, I would like to re-emphasize the experiential & discussion aspects and limit formal presentations to about 30 minutes.

The Scrum Breakfast always needs speakers! Do you have an interesting topic related to Scrum (or Lean or Agile)? If so, please send me a proposal!

Getting People to Come

The secret to a a good turn out  -- a room filled with the right people -- is formulating the announcement so that it grabs peoples attention.

Put yourself in the head of your potential listeners and answer the following questions with complete sentences as your listeners…