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Agile Greece is a community for agile practitioners with a mission to promote the application of agile practices (Scrum, Lean/Kanban, XP, BDD, Agile Product Management) in Greece.

Interview with Eric Bowman

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m Eric Bowman, VP Digital Foundation at Zalando in Berlin. I was Zalando’s first VP Engineering, and lead the growth of the tech team from about 300 engineers to over a thousand. During that time we introduced Radical Agility in 2015 to help unlock our tech teams, which seemed to get slower the more people we hired. Since then we’ve continued to grow the business and the tech teams, and now I am focused on large-scale enablement through technology and organization across Zalando Group. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m talking about autonomy, since lots of people see autonomous teams as one of the keys to unlocking rapid product development, but there are a lot of potential problems depending on how you do that. I’m going to talk about how we did it, all the good and bad things that resulted, and how we pivoted our approach while keeping our aspirations intact to overcome some of the early problems, and unlock some secrets for scaling a modern organization. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? There’s a lot of good advice to help avoid common problems as you try to unlock parallelism through autonomy in an organization. We’re a bit opinionated in what we think works, now, and I think some people will resonate with those opinions, and others may disagree. Either way I’m expecting a spirited conversation. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Agility should be the goal, not agile. It... read more

Interview with Hendrik Esser

Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am Henrik Esser and I am working as Manager for Special Project at Ericsson. I have more than 20 years of leadership experience in product development, leading small (20 people) to very large (>7000 people) organizations. I am one of the drivers of Ericsson’s enterprise transition. Outside the company I also work as voluntary program director for the Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption initiative and I am a frequent speaker at international conferences and company events.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will talk about experiences with the agile transformation at Ericsson. The company is very large and I have seen a lot of things over the years. Working for the Agile Alliance I have met a lot of people from other companies and I see many having similar challenges. So I want to share what we have found: what worked for us, how we approached a successful transformation and also what problems we faced and how we coped with them.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Participants will hear about experiences I made myself working in a large transformation over more than 10 years. So they will get a realistic and unfiltered view on how a transformation can be approached and how it can be kept “on track”. I will especially share how we managed to not only spread agile practices, but also an agile mindset – maybe one of the biggest issues in many enterprises.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations... read more

Interview with Xavier Albaladejo

Could you briefly introduce yourself? I work in organizational transformation, change strategy and cultural change, in order to help companies to be simpler, customer centric, more flexible and enjoyable. I coordinate a Master in Agile, I write in a couple of blogs (on Agile and Transformation) and I was co-founder of Agile Spain and Agile Barcelona. I also enjoy hiking, sci-fi and playing the bass guitar.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk will be about the “compulsory” organizational re-factoring needed in order to be more Agile. It has a lot of wins but, as any organizational design, it also has flaws and typical issues you should expect (e.g. silo effect in teams, not ready technology base, how to deal with middle management). So, this talk will give some options for dealing with these situations before they get tough.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I will also talk on the non-sense of the “corporate transformation” concept and what to do if you are in this situation.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Focus on simplicity and make their people think as if they were “owners” of the company in order to make decisions. For this to be a success, work on growing their skills and give them the needed information to develop the best possible decisions.   Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? I think there is a need to go to the basics of the Agile... read more

Interview with Elisabeth Hocke

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Lisi and my Twitter bio says I’m an agile tester, sociotechnical symmathecist, team glue, volleyball player, and game lover which puts it in a nutshell. I’m especially interested in testing, learning and collaboration in agile environments.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk is about my personal experience as a tester working at FlixBus. I joined the company nearly three years ago as the second tester overall and found a great place to be. We have faced lots of challenges, have driven lots of improvements, are still doing lots of experiments and learned lots from that. In this talk I will share our insights from a tester’s perspective so others can benefit from our experience.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The main gain is to learn what we tried and what worked in our context to get inspired to drive improvements yourself.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? My general advice would be to do many small experiments or probes and to learn from them so you can continuously improve anything that could use improvement. Many people out there tried lots of things where you can get inspiration from, still, you have to try it in your context and see what works for you. Stay open and stay... read more

Interview with Gwen Diagram

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Gwen Diagram, I’m a Principal Test Engineer at Sky in Leeds, UK.  I’m one of the co-organisers of the Leeds Testing Atelier, a free, twice yearly punk rock testing conference.  I’ve spoken all over Europe and I absolutely adore going to new conferences and meeting new people to talk about Agile with.  I spend a lot of my time working on the Test Atelier, writing talks or helping with other meet ups such as Agile Yorkshire.  I’m currently working on changing the culture in my workplace by holding workshops on testing, pairing and generally trying to get people talking to each other.  I believe with engaged teams you build quality software – and so I’m trying to engage the teams! Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m speaking about how one of my old teams in Leeds inherited a project with fragmented, abandoned automation around it.  The automation used so many different frameworks that people couldn’t really run it – and it wasn’t running on any build servers.  From this, we built an automation framework covering multiple testing layers to improve confidence in releasing (and saved us a bunch of time!) We also had to convince the higher ups this was a good thing so I speak about how to sell your ideas to hard to please people. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Ideas on how to build an automation framework that will get the entire team involved – not just testers.  How to get... read more

Interview with Tony Grout

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself?  I’m Tony Grout, and help lead the thinking at Atlassian on how teams of teams can ship better solutions. I’ve worked in industries from military aerospace to collaboration tools at a global scale. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?   My talk is about five signs your scaling of agility is failing. I chose this topic as I’ve lead some huge agile and devops transformations and have observed many more and see some common failure patterns that I thought it would be sharing; along with some potential solutions. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?  Increase the likelihood of avoiding the traps I’ve fallen in to or I’ve seen others fall in to when trying to scale agility. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile?  Start small, focus on both engineering excellence and defining value through experimentation making sure to bring the rest of the organisation with you Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future?  Succesful organisations will avoid the trap of adopting a single agile framework. Instead they’ll avoid rhetoric; they’ll be customer focused while not losing sight of responsibilies to society and the people that work in their organisation; they’ll hire smart people; they’ll use data to build insight; encourage experimentation in product and process where it makes sense, value wisdom and manage risk using enabling constraints. We’ll call this something else other than agile so that we get another chance to fix what we didn’t get... read more

Interview with Alison Coward

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself?  Alison Coward, founder of Bracket, and author of A Pocket Guide to Effective Workshops. Bracket is a consultancy that helps creative and digital teams work better together. I’m a workshop facilitator and I’ve been working in and leading creative teams for more than 15 years. I’m passionate about finding the perfect balance between creativity and productivity, helping teams to use the best of their talents to develop great ideas and make them happen. I’ve worked with clients across many sectors from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Designing a high-performing team We all need to work in teams to solve complex problems, innovate and create great products. Yet effective collaboration remains a challenge for many. How can we make the most of the collective expertise in a team, whilst ensuring that each person can work in a way that enables them to do their best work? In this talk Alison will share her insights on characteristics of high-performing teams, principles for designing an effective team culture and how to create good team habits that stick.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Starting to think more intentionally about how to create the environment for everyone in their team to do their best work together. There will be practical tips as well as broader ideas to get them thinking differently about how they approach teamwork. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile?  I’m not an agile expert ?   Q: You have given... read more

Interview with Dave Snowden

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? Dave Snowden – I’m CSO of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre.   Cognitive Edge is a commercial company building methods and training as well as the SenseMaker® product range.  The Cynefin Centre is an R&D base focused on Government and NGO programmes Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’ll be talking about Complexity and uncertainty and how to navigate it.  That will include the latest version of my Cynefin framework and ideas on ‘pre-scrum’ techniques within Agile and non-linear approaches to design thinking Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Ways to reduce the risk on projects. and understanding that uncertainty is often a good thin and should be navigated not eliminated.  New methods and techniques Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Do it in small stages building on your current strenghts – think transition not transformation.  Avoid the big scaling frameworks at all costs, don’t abandon non-Agile methods they still have a role Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? Increasing commodification so we need to think hard about how we restore some of the original vision before its toolate. Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you? Absolutely, I’m still waiting for... read more

Interview with Linda Rising

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee, in the US. I’m interested in the brain, how we think, solve problems, make decisions. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? The title of the talk is “Overcoming resistance” and addresses one of the most important issues we face today. How to communicate ideas to people who disagree with us. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? We tend to believe that if you can just outline the reasons for our stance that others, if they are intelligent, will see our point of view and adopt it. What scientific evidence shows is –this is a bias–we are not convinced by argument. In fact, it’s very difficult to convince others to change. What is effective is to be open to listening and learning and possibly changing ourselves. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Don’t expect major change to happen overnight. Don’t expect to see the hyped benefits that others might report. Take small steps and learn. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? Agile is the name for a step along the way. It has already changed from its inception. I started doing Scrum in the mid-1990s. Scrum now is very different. The fact that agile has changed and continues to change means that it is really “agile.” That is its future — change. Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have... read more

Interview with Marcus Hammarberg

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m Marcus Hammarberg, a software developer that got interested in how to work effectively together about 2004. This led me to examine and learn from agile, Kanban and lean to find better and better ways. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk is about how we use kanban and lean to save a hospital in Indonesia from ruin (physically and financially). It’s a roller coaster of a story that shows the power of the principles we are using in IT and how they can be applied outside our normal sphere. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Inspiration and deeper understanding of what the principles behind lean and agile. At least they was what I got during the adventures there. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Start by finding The one metric that matters and that the whole organization can rally behind. Make that visual and in-your-face-present for everyone in the org. Start doing fewer things at the same time. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? For starters I think that term Agile soon will grow out of fashion. We will talk about flow or value driven development instead. Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you? Can you sign my arm? Seriously – any question that was not asked because it was deemed “too stupid” is waste. There are... read more

Scrum Guide (in Greek)

Agile Greece has translated the official "Scrum Guide" in Greek and this is the result. Hope you like it. Any comments or additions are welcome.
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Ο Οδηγός του Scrum

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