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Interview with Özlem Yüce

It is always an eye-opening experience when you hear real-life cases of successful Agile implementations. This is even more profound for cases of companies that were more legacy oriented. Enter Agile Transformation. Özlem has 12+ year of experience in e-commerce, software and product development, she is a frequent speaker at conferences all over the world and an avid surfer.  Özlem will take us a trip into the waves with the real case of Agile transformation of Maersk Line.  Let’s read her interview. We are really excited to have Özlem in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to her speech. Did you get your ticket? Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I have been working in product management and software development teams for more than 14 years. Throughout my career, I worked with various companies from Fortune 500 behemoths to fast-growing Inc 5000 startups. I lived in 7 different countries including 5 years in Denmark working for Maersk. Along the way, I have lead and been part of many Agile transformations across multiple industries. I have engaged with all sorts of organizational cultures and have a passion for helping them learn and improve. I love building high-performance teams that deliver products that delight customers. When I am not traveling around the world consulting, teaching and speaking, I enjoy reading and going surfing. Most of all though, I love bringing people together and helping them change the way they work – so they love what they do. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will be talking about how a massive Fortune 500 company transformed the way they delivered products and... read more

Interview with Gil Zilberfeld

Is Unit Testing worth the effort? What is Test Driven Development? Which are its benefits? Gil is a well-known speaker in the area of Agile. What is interesting is his expertise in unit testing and TDD and that is why I think his talk would be really interesting and relevant for us as developers. He is also running a workshop in Agile Greece Summit 2016 on Advanced Agile Programming Techniques. It is a full day workshop of coding, for developers who want to improve their design, coding, and testing practices. Let’s see his interview. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his speech. Did you get your ticket? Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Gil and I’m an agile coach. I’ve been in software for more than 20 years now and have done almost everything in many ways, some more successful than others :). In the last 10 years, I work with developers (on development practices, proper design techniques, unit testing, and TDD), testers (strategy, automation, and planning) and product managers (building MVPs, creating roadmaps and backlogs and living in peace with the development team). And of course, working with the entire teams and management to be more effective and productive. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m giving two sessions as part of the summit. The first one is a full day tutorial called “Advanced Agile Programming Techniques”. This is a full day of coding, for developers who want to improve their design, coding, and testing practices. I’ve done this tutorial a couple of times,... read more

Our Agile ‘Game Plan’

This summer, I will speak about my new business model at Scrum Day Europe in Amsterdam and Agile Greece Conference in Athens. The business model I invented is derived from computer games and game mechanics. Really? Yes really. But a lot of these mechanics can also be found in scientific models, loads of management books and are often part of agile and lean methodologies. Let’s say I applied ‘game thinking’ or gamification to organizational thinking. It’s apparent that organizations are forced to continuously change their mix of people and properties in order to remain relevant to their buyers, consumers and users. It takes a lot of energy commitment and guts to transform whole organizations. Not many people are willing to change, not even capable or just scared that change might lead to undesired consequences (losing their job or sense of control). In fact, when I was in the proces of uncovering why people do or do not undertake necessary actions, fear is often the most dominant factor. Taking actions that change the way you work, live or a complete organizations need: willingness, knowledge, physical action and the right amount of guts. In other words, change needs: Want to Know what to Able to Dare to It requires the right amount of drive and motivation to make people want to change. Then they should know what to do to start the change. Then they should be enabled (given the right amount of freedom or responsibility and necessary means) to physically act in the right direction with decisiveness and power. And finally… if the three mentioned previous elements are executed well, they will feel... read more

Interview with Bart Hufen

gamification /ˌɡeɪmɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service. “gamification is exciting because it promises to make the hard stuff in life fun” Bart Hufen is author of several books on Applied Games and Gamification and CEO of BrandNewGame. Games can be this: -or- can be this: Bart creates ideas to help his clients to progress their business. He does that by changing the behavior of people using game mechanics. Enter the world of GamePlan. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his speech. Did you get your ticket? Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Bart, I create ideas to help our clients to progress their business. We do this by changing the behavior of people using game mechanics. I wrote two books about the potential and practical use of games and game mechanics and their effects in business. My first book ‘A Brand New Playground’ can be downloaded for free from our website BrandNewGame.com. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk will be about my new book ‘Playing on the job’ (available in English in 2017). I explain briefly our Game Plan for organizational transformation and continuous progress. The most important model in that book is the ‘Progress-loop’, which is based on the game loop of FarmVille. It describes four processes (or actions) that you should manage as a company (or as... read more

Interview with Giuseppe De Simone

Giuseppe is from Italy. He lives in Sweden and works as Lead Agile coach at one of the Ericsson Product Development Units. He is one of the prominent Agile influencers and we are really happy to have him with us this September. You may be interested to know that Giuseppe  started his Agile journey in Greece, in Patras more specifically. Read more about it in his interview. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his speech. Did you get your ticket? Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Giuseppe, I am Italian but I live in Stockholm with my wife and our two kids. I work as Lead Agile coach at one of the Ericsson Product Development Units and I am a member of the Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches community. I have been working in product development for 17 years and I have been helping organizations with Lean and Agile transformation since 2009. I am passionate about anything related to agility, primarily Agile leadership, Change management, Software craftsmanship and Coaching. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? The need (and even the urgency for me I would say) to propose my talk comes from the observation of a strident clash. On one side a new world is shaping up, where everything and everyone which benefits of being connected is being connected. Daily innovations, collaboration beyond boundaries, more interdependencies in the eco-systems are profoundly modifying the ability and the way people and enterprises create value. On the other side, many companies are still influenced by management practices invented in 19th century for achieving totally... read more

Interview with Brendan Marsh of Spotify

This is me hearing Spotify. Yeah the man in the suit… If you know Spotify only for its music and its company culture then you are missing one more perk. Yep, it’s their agile culture! In Agile Greece 2015 we had  Kristian Lindwall & Cliff Hazell presenting our keynote on “Why autonomy is at the heart of Agility” and we got a whiff of Spotify’s agile culture.  Missed the last one? This year we are proud to have Brendan Marsh from Spotify! Brendan is Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team and IMHO one hell of a person to talk to and learn from him. And what a session that will be: Spotify Running: Lessons learned from building a ‘Lean Startup’ inside a big tech company. We are really excited to have Brendan in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket?   Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Brendan and I’m a Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team. In the 3 years I’ve been working at Spotify, I’ve spent most of that time as an Agile Coach, coaching various teams ranging from Data Infrastructure to Spotify’s Running experience. I’m the guild coordinator for our Innovation Guild and I’m passionate about Innovation, Product Discovery and all things Agile/Lean. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m going to talk about how I coached a cross-functional team to build Spotify Running. Specifically, how we discovered what to build and what my learnings were from essentially trying to build a Lean Startup within a big tech company. I believe Product Discovery... read more

3 necessary management mindshifts in a fast-changing world

Changing an organization (irrespective whether big or small) into being Agile and Anti-fragile in a world changing at an exponential pace requires such a radical paradigm shift that no successful transformation can happen without a top-down approach, in terms of Company values, Management culture, Vision and Business goals. Nevertheless it is far too easy and far too common to fall into temptation that becoming an Agile organization means making a bunch of development teams work with Scrumand that managers, well, they are clever enough that can handle themselves. But, given the importance of the top-down part in the enterprise change, the very first step is actually starting from managers, for them to understand the why, be able to share and communicate the Vision, embrace the Agile values and be ready to support people with a new leadership style. Based on the empirical evidence I collected both in the organizations I coached and in others I observed, below are the three top management mindshifts needed to create the right conditions for people and teams in the trenches to succeed and get astonishing results. I will also offer some hands-on suggestions to change agents and coaches about how to trigger the different mindshifts. 1. FROM Excluding themselves from the change TO Taking onwership of the change Many managers (especially senior managers) think that Agile and Scrum is just for development.They seems not to understand all implications, especially what for instance Scrum really means for them. They often think that transitioning to Agile is just the umpteenth process improvement program, which can be delegated to process people: they have just to allocate... read more

Interview with Jurgen Appelo

Agile Greece Summit 2015: Level Achieved Agile Greece Summit 2016: Booting up! Have Jurgen Appelo as Keynote speaker: Pure Awesomeness!   Great Tony… Now tell me who is Jurgen Appelo? Jurgen is a top keynote speaker and writer, pioneering management in creative organizations. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. The rest I will leave it for him. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket? Now that you are done with it, let’s proceed to Jurgen’s interview then. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Jurgen Appelo, I have been a manager for many years and I’ve learned a lot about how to manage agile organizations. First as CIO of a web development company, now as CEO of Happy Melly, my own little global company. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will discuss managing the system for happiness. I find it important that employees enjoy their jobs. Because only when they are happy, they will play, run experiments, learn, innovate and create meaningful products and services. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I offer some concrete examples of practices that you could try with your own teams. But more importantly, I will try to inspire people to come up with their own experiments. Q: Can you give some... read more

Where do we religiously follow Scrum

First of all the title is wrong! You either do or do not follow Scrum religiously. After a 2 year experience in Scrum, our organization has inevitably slipped from Scrum many times and most of the times we regret it and switch back to discipline. There are some things though that we never compromise: Steady Cadence We started Scrum with one week Sprints and when the teams matured we switched to 2 week sprints. So in 2 years most of the teams have only changed their Cadence once. Changing the Cadence is a decision that came organically from the teams not necessarily in the same period. But having a standard day and time when the events take place is non negotiable, even when stress and pressures comes from above. Scrum Events Every sprint ends with a Sprint Review followed by a Sprint Retrospective and starts with a Sprint Planning Meeting. Sometimes, many team members think its better if we skipped this sprint’s retrospective. In this case I choose to make the meeting much shorter and ensure that we get out of it with at least one action item that most of the team agrees is important to deliver. Daily Scrums (standup meetings) take place on the same time and place every day and never last more than 15 minutes. When valuable conversations arise, we arrange a meeting right after the stand up which most of the times does not need to include the whole team. When someone doesn’t appear in stand up, they have to send an email to the team answering the Daily Scrum’s 3 questions. Well I’m pretty confident that breaking... read more

CSM, PSM, PMI certifications explained

In our agile work, we all hear acronyms about CSM, PSM, PMI certifications. What are these acronyms, do I need such a certification, how can I get it? A short and sweet post by Dimitris. There are two well-known Scrum Master Certifications in the Global Market + 1 and some smaller initiatives. Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by Scrum Alliance Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) by Scrum.org Project Management Insitute’s ACP (Agile Certified Practicioner) Lets see them in more detail: Certified Scrum Master (CSM)  by Scrum Alliance Prerequisites: Attendance of a CMS course by a certified Scrum Alliance partner Cost: Included in seminar cost, which is rather pricey (last course in Greece in 2014, cost 950 Euros) Certification test type: Online Passing score: 24/35 Questions (69%) Duration: No time limit Expiration: Two years from test Renewal prerequisites: None Renewal cost: 100$, for 2 years. Market perception: CSM was the first Scrum Master Certification on the market and had the ‘first mover’ advantage. Until March 2012, the certification was awarded to all course attendees regardless of score. The certification is still considered ‘very easy’ to obtain and, I believe, is perceived by the job market more as a ‘certificate of attendance’ of a Scrum Alliance course, and less as a professional certification. Nevertheless, it is by far the most popular. At the time this article was written, Dec 2015, 319.385  CSM certifications had been awarded. Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) by Scrum.org Prerequisites: None Cost: 150 $ Certification test type: Online Passing score: 68/80 Questions (85%) Duration: 1 hour Expiration: Never Renewal prerequisites: N/A Renewal cost: N/A Market perception: PSM I was introduced... 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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