Interview with Ben Linders – Agile Retrospectives

Interview with Ben Linders – Agile Retrospectives

We are really happy to have Ben Linders in Agile Greece Summit 2015 (did you get your ticket? NO??? get it now!). Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Agile at InfoQ [1] and as an expert on TechTarget[2]. He is also tweeting a lot and you may find him as @BenLinders. Ben is the author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives & What Drives Quality. So, we are very excited to have him talk about “The Why, What and How of Agile Retrospectives“. He is also facilitating two workshops (more on this later)[1]. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I work as an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. I live in The Netherlands and I love to write and blog. As an adviser, coach and trainer I help organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In my opinion, you can only get real benefits from if teams work intensively together with stakeholders and customers, and continuously look for ways to improve themselves. Agile retrospectives are crucial to do this. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Well, there are actually three sessions, much learnings in all of them 🙂 Attending my sessions helps people to pick and deploy agile practices, do agile retrospectives more effectively, and increase their agility and the value...
Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

“Organizations do not and cannot manage chaos, or complexity. Saying that is like claiming that crash test dummies manage impact.” This is a quote from Niels Pflaeging one of our Keynotes. Niels is an acclaimed public speaker and combines two roles in his client work. On one hand, he is a world-class speaker. On the other hand, he helps organizations internationally with triggering, mapping and leading profound and robust change initiatives as a highly effective advisor. Therefore, Niels will speak about “Organize for Complexity: How our organizations will become agile, radically decentralized and networked. Sooner than you think.” Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started being part of the Beyond Budgeting movement in 2003, when I became a director of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Since then, my work has been completely focused on supporting organizational transformation – acting as an influencer, speaker, advisor and consultant. I wrote two books on Beyond Budgeting, and then three more on leadership and organizational transformation. My passion is helping organizations of all kinds, and internationally, to leave “management”, or the command-and-control model of the industrial age behind, and move towards an organizational model that is fit for complexity and also fit for human beings. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My last book is called “Organize for Complexity – and that is also the title of my keynote session at the Agile Summit. I believe the main reason why so few companies have ultimately overcome the social technology that we call “management“ is that most of us actually don´t know the alternative...
Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

In 2011, Jurgen Appelo published “Management 3.0“, concentrating the main ideas of a modern leadership approach. Since then there is a whole series of official management 3.0 Coaches and one such coach is Jurgen Dittmar. We are glad that Jurgen accepted our invitation to speak to Agile Greece Summit 2015. Jurgen has more than 20 years of broad experience in IT and IT Management and is known as the most established management 3.0 trainer in Germany. Therefore, Jurgen will speak about “Management 3.0 – the essential perspective and toolset for agile managers“. He is also going to facilitate a full 2-day Management 3.0 Course, in Athens! Here is his small interview.     Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My Name is Jürgen Dittmar. I’m living in Munich, I’m 52 years old, married, managed to raise 3 daughters, proud grandfather of already 4+ grandchildren. Based on more than 25 years of experience in IT and IT management I focus of the on the “human factor” and psychological aspects in agile and non-agile projects and organizations. Based on my master degrees in Geography I started my IT-carrier as a developer for Geographical Information Systems. With a increasing focus on “Peopleware” I completed an education as “Systemic Coach and Consultant” as well as a masters in “Industrial and Organizational Psychology” Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In agile transformations the new responsibilities of management are addressed too late and often remain unclear. But without clear perspective and responsibility especially middle Management often is sidelined and rather seen and acting as an obstacle or impediment. My talk...
Interview with Gunther Verheyen – Scaled Professional Scrum

Interview with Gunther Verheyen – Scaled Professional Scrum

We are very happy to hosting Gunther Verheyen from Scrum.org. Gunther will talk about Scaling Scrum, “Scaled Professional Scrum, it takes two to scale“. Gunther partners with Ken Schwaber and directs the Professional series at Scrum.org. He represents Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. He is creative with the right touch of anarchy. It helps to transcend mediocrity and strive for excellence. Gunther is author of the highly acclaimed book Scrum – A Pocket Guide (A Smart Travel Companion). Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Gunther Verheyen, a seasoned Scrum professional. I partner with Ken Schwaber, specifically targetting Europe, and shepherd the Professional series at Scrum.org. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will introduce “Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS)“, the framework by Scrum.org that describes how to implement Scrum at scale. At the heart of SPS is the Nexus, an exo-skeleton that connects 3-9 Scrum Teams creating one product. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Participants will learn how to scale product development through Scrum, while respecting and even re-enforcing the principles and foundations of Scrum. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? In my session, I start by defining Scaled Scrum as any implementation of Scrum that employs multiple Scrum Teams creating one or multiple (related) products. The organization surrounding such scaled implementation of Scrum is bound to be impacted by this. Scrum’s principles and empiricism can be employed to lead such change, as defined by Scrum.org in the “Agility Path” framework, but it is...
Interview with Claudio Perrone – A new model for continuous evolution

Interview with Claudio Perrone – A new model for continuous evolution

Claudio Perrone will give a talk at Agile Greece Summit 2015 about “PopcornFlow, Continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation“. Claudio Perrone is a well-known Lean & Agile management consultant, entrepreneur and startup strategist with over 20 years of commercial experience and a strong focus on leadership, agility and operational excellence. He is the inventor of the PopcornFlow thinking model of continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation which he will present at Agile Greece Summit 2015. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m an independent Lean and Agile management consultant, based in Dublin, working with ambitious organizations all over Europe. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will be talking about PopcornFlow, a new method to introduce, sustain, and accelerate change at personal and interpersonal level. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The session is not about philosophical discussions about the history of change management: it’s about getting the mindset, models and practical advice to introduce ultra-rapid change at work and, why not, at home. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? Agile is not about mindlessly following ceremonies, but rather about adapting to change. There is no “transition” to Agile, because Agile is not a “state”. It’s an endless journey of continuous improvement, where failure is an integral part of learning. The trick is to introduce small change continuously rather than to deal with the risks and consequences of the more traditional big change initiatives. Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the...
Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Erhan Koseoglu will give a talk at Agile Greece Summit 2015 about “Agile transformation inside Vodafone Turkey“. In big organizations like Vodafone Turkey, it is always a challenge to start a change initiative. That is why we are happy to have him with us in the summit and he was very kind to provide this small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, I am Erhan. I am an Information Technology Executive, with ~ 15 years of continuous advancement and expertise in Demand Management, Business Relationship Management, Service Assurance, Performance Management, Agile Software Delivery, Application Operations and Information Technology Management. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? This session talks about the real case study of how Agile transformation has started as a pilot inside the Vodafone IT and how in just a few months that pilot turned into an organizational change initiative via the establishment of Agile Solutions unit leading to innovation culture and a superior customer experience as a result. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The starting motivation of the agile transformation is, the achievements via Scrum, the motivation achieved via empowered Scrum teams, the improved transparency via evidence-based management, the KAIZEN culture that is triggered with the transformation, the more effective collaboration between the parties and the significant positive reflections of all these on the customer side as results will be explored in details through the session. This session is for everyone who is interested in starting an Agile transformation inside a big company and growing that initiative through the whole...