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Lessons for an Agile Transformation Coach

AUTHOR: Vanessa Martens, Agile Coach I was reflecting on the Business Agility conference we went to about a month ago and the talk that really resonated with me was lessons from an Agile Transformation Coach….I have kept the lessons but put my own flavor to it, I hope she doesn’t mind:) These lessons humble me as I quickly forget where people are in their Agile journey, I may have done this many times over the …

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Is agile dead? What should we focus on in 2020?

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! 2020! Wow, time flies. How was your 2019? Was it hard? Successful? Challenging? Take a moment to think about it. What word would describe your 2019? Maybe you are sitting with a thought of why should I look back? 2020 is already here and I am ready for it, let’s get going… With the agile mindset of inspecting and adapting, it …

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How to energize your sessions

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach Have you ever been part of or facilitated a session where the energy felt low? Where some of your participants were half asleep or struggled to stay focused? Or do you have teams that feel they are ALWAYS in meetings, indirectly saying it is boring and they would rather be coding? You are not the only one. The problem with these sessions is that when the attendees have …

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Silos – The death knell of farmers and agility

AUTHOR: Ryan Griggs, Scrum Master Good developers and good farmers are the same people… I have an appreciation for farmers, but not for their actual farming abilities. Successful farmers represent the closest example of what it means to be cross-functional. Not only do they know how to farm, but they are also engineers, accountants, scientists, meteorologists, and a host of other titles that are needed to run a farm. This is not to say that …

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My favourite takeaways from the 2019 Global Scrum Gathering in Austin (2 of 2)

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach There were a lot of interesting topics and talks at the gathering but I will try to keep this blog post short and just share what really stood out for me. “Emergent Design” is Not Agile – Pete Krueger Due to time constraints and other commitments, I could not attend this whole talk, but what stood out to me was the below image that represents how to deal with …

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My favourite takeaways from the 2019 Global Scrum Gathering in Austin (1 of 2)

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach Since I’m finally over the jetlag and back to my daily schedule in Cape Town, I thought it is time for me to look back at what happened at the 2019 Global Scrum Gathering in Austin. Once again, this Scrum gathering showed me what an amazing community we have and how grateful I am to be part of something that special. If you have not yet experienced a …

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Top takeaways from the 2019 Agile Coach Camp ZA

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach The first Agile Coach Camp in South Africa is over and what a weekend it has been! When you put together like-minded people with a huge passion for what they do, magical things happen. If you have never attended an Agile Coach Camp please do yourself a favor and attend one as soon as possible – I don’t think anyone will be able to truly explain the experience, …

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Does size matter?

AUTHOR: Ryan Griggs, Scrum Master Being 6.1 feet tall is great, I can reach most things and I can sit on most motorcycles without resorting to using my tiptoes when stationary. I also have some tall friends, one, in particular, is well over 7 feet tall and we share the same sentiments. However, he has a few scars in and around his head from all the doorways and low bridges he’s had to dodge in his …

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Happy New Year – What can we expect from 2019?

AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach 2019 – a fresh start, a new beginning The agile mindset teaches us to inspect the past so we can adjust the future. 2018 is over and it is a chance to look back, how did it go? Did you achieve what you expected? Was 2018 a successful year for you? What would you have done differently? There are a lot of questions that can be asked. For …

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