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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 Agilit├Ąt leben.

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 partner management.

. . . → 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 DFN Scheduler – Scheduling Skype – Video and voice conferencing Chatzy – Private web based chatrooms (port 80 only, mobile access) Trello – Scrum and Kanban . . . → Read More: Lightweight Collaboration Tools

Impediment Number One to Agile Adoption

Scrum is in many respects very different from traditional project management approaches, especially waterfall models. It requires a different mindset in which it is ok to say:

“I don’t know yet exactly how long the project is going take, but give me some time to get to know the requirements and the team. After some . . . → Read More: Impediment Number One to Agile Adoption

Trapped in the Comfort Zone

Many agile techniques such as Kaizen, Sashimi or Kanban correspond to terms and principles found in asian culture. A less known principle is:

“Do not develop an attachment to any one weapon or any one school of fighting” – Miyamoto Musashi

In the context of agile it means that one should change the process if . . . → Read More: Trapped in the Comfort Zone

Bug or Change – Cause of Conflict in Agile Projects

According to the second rule of the agile manifesto working software is more important than comprehensive documentation. This is definitely true! To be clear, this does not mean that software developed by agile teams is not documented. If comprehensive documentation brings value to the organisation, agile teams produce this as well. Specifications are written as . . . → Read More: Bug or Change – Cause of Conflict in Agile Projects