Scrum@Scale – The Business Agility Operating System

I was honoured to be one of the keynote speakers at TAL Consulting’s Virtual Agile Community of Practice this year. In this talk, I show how Scrum@Scale enables you to: Assess the current state of your organisation using Scrum@Scale’s built-in assessment framework Incrementally craft an organization to better meet your business objectives Answer the question…

Perspectives on Agile vs Waterfall

Having been a trained and qualified project manager for several years before joining ScrumCenter, the world of Agile and Scrum was entirely new to me. I can’t believe this whole movement had entirely slipped by my radar. In November last year, I began a marketing role for ScrumCenter, an agile methods consultancy company based in…

Product Ownership: It’s a Business Thing!

Is your Product Owner just a development manager with a new title? Are the real decisions about the product made by marketing, or product management as part of marketing so that the product owner is purely tactical? Splitting responsibilities can lead to conflicts of interest, e.g. product success (product management) vs on-time, in-budget delivery (project…

The Retrospective Prime Directive

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand. and in German: Egal was wir heute herausfinden, wir wissen und glauben ernsthaft, dass jeder sein bestes gegeben…

Radical Management Workshop in Berlin with Stephen Denning

Making the Entire Organization Agile Learn the Biggest Secret in Management Today I am delighted to announce a very special event in Berlin. On July 9th-11th, Stephen Denning will be leading this workshop drawing on his award-winning book, “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management”, his path-breaking work in leadership storytelling and long managerial background as…

10 Mistakes that (some) Managers Make

1. Putting Most of their Energy Into Avoiding Getting Blamed The main objective for some managers is to avoid getting blamed for a problem. The result is that they reduce transparency and that decision makers are not able to make rational decisions because the information that they get is misleading. This is a deep cultural…

Using the Cartoon Story Board Technique in Retrospectives

Cartoon Story Board (also called Comic Story Board) is one of my favourite creativity techniques and it can be used to good effect in retrospectives. I have used it in the “setting the stage” phase of retrospectives to help a team to frame the key question to be tackled during the retrospective, and for helping…