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...
Team Awesomeness

Team Awesomeness

Team Awesomeness, a great way for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches to facilitate group dynamics and team’s awesomeness. A common goal for our teams at King is to strive to be a high-performance team that communicates and collaborates well both within and outside the team. In that spirit, we are testing a concept that I call “Team Awesomeness”. Generally, it’s a lightweight questionnaire, which the team answers together as an extension to the retrospective. The team fills out a questionnaire with 25 questions divided in five different areas: contribution to King, contribution to the team, innovation, communication, and quality. The team members read each question out loud and then do “fist of five” voting. Those members with the highest and lowest votes should explain their choice. The whole team listens and discusses, then votes again, as in planning poker. The team tries to reach a consensus on a score, makes notes, and then moves to the next question. After going through all the questions, the team should clearly see in which areas it needs to improve. The first Team Awesomeness exercise takes approximately two hours. The exercise offers good input for an improvement theme (see picture). The team can also easily measure progress. Make sure the results are transparent for the whole team, and put the score on your Scrum/kanban board. We don’t tell a team which methods or processes it needs to put in place to strengthen its weak areas; if a team, for example, finds that they need to improve quality, the company doesn’t tell them to fix more bugs or start with TDD. The team must find a solution...
O Ελληνικός Οδηγός του Scrum (a.k.a The Scrum Guide in Greek)

O Ελληνικός Οδηγός του Scrum (a.k.a The Scrum Guide in Greek)

Με μεγάλη χαρά, ανακοινώνουμε ότι δημοσιεύθηκε ο Ελληνικός Oδηγός του Scrum στο Scrum Guides. Ο οδηγός αυτός, γραμμένος από τους Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, συν-δημιουργούς του Scrum, αποτελεί τη “Βίβλο” του Scrum. Είμαστε ιδιαίτερα περήφανοι για τα μέλη της ομάδας του Agile Greece, τα οποία μετά από πολλή προσπάθεια κατάφεραν να ολοκληρώσουν την ελληνική μετάφραση και να την προσφέρουν στην κοινότητα του Agile στην Ελλάδα. Today, we are happy to announce that Scrum Guides has published the Scrum Guide translated in Greek. The Scrum Guide is the official Scrum Body of Knowledge. It was written by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, co-creators of Scrum. We are really proud for the members of our team that, with their hard work, managed to complete the guide’s translation in greek and share their work with our community. Πολλά συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ στους (Special thanks to): Dimitris Dimitrelos Twitter / Linkedin Yorgos Saslis Twitter / Linkedin Byron Georgantopoulos Twitter / Linkedin Vagelis Antoniadis Twitter / Linkedin Nikos Batsios Twitter / Linkedin Yiannis Mavraganis Twitter / Linkedin Giorgos Psistakis Twitter / Linkedin And to Petros Athanasopoulos (Twitter / Linkedin) for initiating the whole project one year ago....