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Making Agile Stick

So many experts tell us mgmt is broken. Agile would fix many problems. Why is mgmt innovation so hard to apply?" I asked this question Friday in my Radical Management Thought for the Day. Don Reinertsen quickly replied, "Status quo is often a Nash Equilibrium."

For those of you (like me) who need to look it up, the Nash Equilibrium was named for its inventor, John Forbes Nash, the schizophrenic Nobel Prize winner who was the subject of 'A Beautiful Mind'.  Given a group of several players in game, "a group of players is in Nash equilibrium if each one is making the best decision that he or she can, taking into account the decisions of the others." (wikipedia) This does not optimize for all players achieving the maximum gain possible. Some higher profit strategies may expose an individual player to higher risks if the other players do not share a common goal (which they probably do not).

I have long believed that command-and-control hierarchies are dy…

New Certified ScrumMaster/Jumpstart in Zurich (Summer Sale Price)

My partners at DasScrumTeam and I have scheduled an additional Certified Scrum Master/Jumpstart for August 23 to 25 in Zurich.

Our three day CSM/Jumpstart meets the requirement of the Scrum Alliance for certification and includes enough time for questions, networking and some advance topics.

The course will be held at Digicomp, Limmatstrasse 50, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland.

As a special offer for the the summer, we have extended the early booker price until August 18. 

For details and registration, check out our home page at

A Month of Thoughts for the Day

One month ago, I started tweeting regularly a Thought for the Day on Scrum and Radical Management. It's hard to find old tweets, so here is a compendium of my #RMTftD's since I started.

Do you like these? Then follow me at @peterstev and be sure to retweet the thoughts that you think are worth repeating...

8.6 To be smart, first play nice. "The Wisdom of the Dog"
9.6 Better to have 80% of your features 100% done then 100% of your features 80% done.
10.6 Radical Mgmt = Scrum + (Delight the Customer, Leadership Storytelling) - (Product Owner, ScrumMaster, Software Baggage).

12.6 Tomorrow is a bank holiday. It's OK to let the battery on your smart phone run down.
13.6 Today is a holiday. Leave your Smartphone off. Who are those people at the kitchen table? Enjoy the day with them!
14.6 Do you follow your own advice?
15.6 I know having less work in progress is the key to better response times. How do I clear my todo-list?
16.6 What was your best w…

Scrum Breakfast July/Scrum @ Facebook

Facebook has set new records for growth: From 0 to 50 Million users in two years. Nothing demonstrates the need for speed, creativity and flexibility like a rising star on the Internet. Scrum was created to let teams approach the edge of chaos for the maximum in creativity and productivity, without falling over the edge.

How has Facebook applied Scrum values, principles and practices? Jens Meydam has researched this topic extensively and will share his insights with us at this month's Scrum Breakfast in Zürich.

Where: SwissICT, Vulkanstrasse 120, 8048 Zürich
When: 6 July, 8.00 to 11.00
Registration and more information: At the SwissICT

BTW - the Scrum Breakfast is going on vacation. August is vacation time in Zurich, so no event. And there will be no September event to make room for the LAS Conference. So we will be back in October with an experience report from Urs Giesser with a Project Case Study on Vivo Casa at Swisscom.

Lean Business Lunch with Don Reinertsen

"I believe that the dominant paradigm for managing product development is fundamentally wrong. It is as wrong as we were in manufacturing, before the Japanese unlocked the secret of lean manufacturing. I believe that a new paradigm is emerging, one that challenges the current orthodoxy of product development. I want to help accelerate the adoption of this new approach. I believe I can do this by helping people understand it."

For the last 30 years Don Reinertsen has focused on creating fundamental changes in the way organizations manage product development.  His 1997 book, Managing the Design Factory: A Product Developer's Toolkit, was the first book to describe in detail how the principles of Just-in-Time manufacturing could be applied to product development.

Don recently published 'Second Generation Lean Product Development' and will be speak about it at the first meeting of the newly formed Zurich chapter of the Limited…

Lean Agile Scrum Conference in Zurich - Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the third annual Lean Agile Scrum Conference in Zurich!

As a community event organized by the SwissICTSpecial Interest Group "Lean, Agile & Scrum" and supported by our Sponsors, the conference offers an interesting Program of hands on Workshops and Talks to encourage the exchange of information among all members of the community: C-Suite Managers, Project Leaders and Managers, Business Analysts, Developers and Testers.

The Conference begins at 08.30 am with a free entrance event: Keynote Speaker Steve Denning on 'Making the entire organization agile'. The paid admission part of the conference starts at 10.00 Uhr with a choice of 90 minute Tutorials on Scrum in and around the enterprise.

The afternoon starts with a keynote by David J. Anderson, on Kanban, "A Counter-intuitive Approach to Creating a Lean Technology Organization" Eight Sessions (45 Minuten) in four parallel Tracks round out the afternoon. We close the Progra…