Capacity Based Velocity Calculation for Dynamic Agile Teams

Traditionally the velocity (V) of agile teams is calculated as number of story points (SP) delivered per sprint. If our team is static, that means, it consists of the same or at least the same amount of people in each sprint we can get a velocity that really reflects the team performance.
Although highly desireable, from my . . . → Read More: Capacity Based Velocity Calculation for Dynamic Agile Teams

Understand your Team with SCARF

If you are a Scrum Master or coach you might sometimes wonder why people act and react the way they do.
The SCARF model can help you to understand which factors are driving peoples reactions.
The model lists factors that cause a reaction of either approach or avoid. The factors are:

Status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness

Here are some . . . → Read More: Understand your Team with SCARF

Team Complexity – The Underestimated Factor

Most people would agree to say that an IT project is complex if it has to cope with difficult technology and a challenging business context.
But it is not just technical complexity that threatens the success of a project. Team complexity is an important and often underestimated factor that highly affects the likelyness of success and failure . . . → Read More: Team Complexity – The Underestimated Factor

Agile Games Released

Today my Windows 8 app Agile Games passed the Microsoft certification process. It is now available in the Windows Store.

The app acts a a host of typical games that are utilized in agile projects. The first game is planning poker which can be now played by distributed teams over the internet. Other games will be added . . . → Read More: Agile Games Released

Agile Process Management with Open Source

Are you interested to know how to combine process management, agility and Open Source software? Then the roadshow Agile Process Management with Open Source is for you. It is going to take place in several German cities during autumn 2012. I am going to present ways to achive efficiency in the area of process automation using . . . → Read More: Agile Process Management with Open Source

Collocation Is Vital!

What does collocation mean? The concept is very simple. It means bringing together the people who work on a software product in a physical environment. This seems to be natural. But in highly distributed work environments that we have today it is not anymore.

I’ve been working on agile projects for many years and I always hear . . . → Read More: Collocation Is Vital!

Scrum in Reinsurance

On 5. July 2012 I am going to give a presentation introducing an agile Project in the area of reinsurance which I accompanied as Scrum master and solution architect. The conference is going to take place in the SAP Service Center in St. Leon-Rot near Walldorf.
The presentation is called Scrum in reinsurance – a success story. . . . → Read More: Scrum in Reinsurance

Management Attitude and Agility

The German IT magazine Computerwoche published my article about agility and management. The article describes ths difficulties when scaling out Scrum in larger organisations.
You can read it online. Wann Scrum funktioniert: Das Management muss . . . → Read More: Management Attitude and Agility

Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Today I would like to share a success story of a project I accompanied as Scrum Coach and Solution Architect from analysis to production.

Main success factors were:

Scrum (Agile Development)
Cross functional Team
Service-oriented Design (SOA)
Silverlight RIA

You can read more in the case study Modernization of business . . . → Read More: Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Lightweight Collaboration Tools

When you work with distributed teams it is important to have lightweight tools for efficient communication. Here are some free tools that I would recommend:

Surveymonkey – Online polls
Doodle – Scheduling
Skype – Video and voice conferencing
Chatzy – Private web based chatrooms (port 80 only, mobile access)
Trello – Scrum and Kanban boards (highly interactive)
Kunagi – Scrum boards (includes . . . → Read More: Lightweight Collaboration Tools