• Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Product Backlog

    The 14th Hands-on Agile meetup continues exploring Liberating Structures for Scrum events. Liberating Structures cover a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team—even as a large team—, overcoming traditional communications approaches like presentations, managed discussions, or another disorganized brainstorming at which the loudest participants tend to prevail. Throughout the coming months, we will create exciting new ways how to improve classic Scrum events like the Daily Scrum, the Sprint Review or the Sprint Retrospective. Moreover, we will use Liberating Structures for difficult challenges that agile coaches, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners face, for example, reviewing the existing product design process. This fourth meetup of the “Liberating Structures for Scrum” series will address the Product Backlog. OUR HOST Our host is LucaNet AG. LucaNet has been synonymous with intelligent software solutions and professional expertise in consolidated financial statements and controlling since 1999. Our aim is to simplify your day-to-day processes with the help of our financial performance management software. Learn more about LucaNet AG: https://www.lucanet.com/en/. MEETUP #15 The Hands-on Agile meetup #15—“Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Review”—will take place in July 2019.​

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  • Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Planning

    The 13th Hands-on Agile meetup continues exploring Liberating Structures for Scrum events. Liberating Structures cover a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team—even as a large team—, overcoming traditional communications approaches like presentations, managed discussions, or another disorganized brainstorming where the loudest participants tend to prevail. Throughout the coming months, we will create exciting new ways how to improve classic Scrum events like the Daily Scrum, the Sprint Review or the Sprint Retrospective. Moreover, we will use Liberating Structures for difficult challenges that agile coaches, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners face, for example, reviewing the existing product design process. This third meetup of the “Liberating Structures for Scrum” series will address the Sprint Planning. OUR HOST Our host for the Hands-on Agile meetup is Delivery Hero. Learn more about Delivery Hero here: https://www.deliveryhero.com. MEETUP #13​ The Hands-on Agile meetup #14—“Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Product Backlog Refinement”—will take place in June 2019.​

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  • Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective

    ThoughtWorks Berlin Deutschland GmbH

    The twelveth Hands-on Agile meetup continues exploring Liberating Structures for Scrum events. Liberating Structures cover a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team—even as a large team—, overcoming traditional communications approaches like presentations, managed discussions, or another disorganized brainstorming where the loudest participants tend to prevail. Throughout the coming months, we will create exciting new ways how to improve classic Scrum events like the Daily Scrum, the Sprint Review or the Sprint Retrospective. Moreover, we will use Liberating Structures for difficult challenges that agile coaches, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners face, for example, reviewing the existing product design process. This second meetup of the “Liberating Structures for Scrum” series will address the Sprint Retrospective. OUR HOST Our host for the Hands-on Agile meetup is ThoughtWorks. Learn more about ThoughtWorks here: https://www.thoughtworks.com. MEETUP #13​ The Hands-on Agile meetup #13—“Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Product Backlog Refinement”—will take place in early May 2019.​

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  • Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Basics

    Delivery Hero

    The eleventh Hands-on Agile meetup will kick-off a series of meetings to help you create Scrum events based on Liberating Structures. Liberating Structures cover a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team—even as a large team—, overcoming traditional communications approaches like presentations, managed discussions, or another disorganized brainstorming where the loudest participants tend to prevail. Throughout the coming months, we will we create exciting new ways how to improve classic Scrum events like the Daily Scrum, the Sprint Review or the Sprint Retrospective. Moreover, we will use Liberating Structures for difficult challenges that agile coaches, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners face, for example, reviewing the existing product design process. This initial meetup of the “Liberating Structures for Scrum” series will address the basics of the underlying idea of Liberating Structures and introduce the first of the 33 microstructures that will be used during the upcoming meetups. OUR HOST Our host for the Hands-on Agile meetup is Delivery Hero SE—the easiest way to your favorite food. Learn more about DH here: https://www.deliveryhero.com/ MEETUP #12 The Hands-on Agile meetup #12—“Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective”—will take place in early March 2019.​

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  • HoA #10: A Game without Thrones v2.0 — An Agile Organization Build from LEGO®

    PLEASE NOTE To make this game work, we need a certain number of people. We can play with either 15--18 people or 30-36. There is no way to make this work with less than 15 people. Also, it does not work with 27 attendees either. (In this case, nine are redundant.) Hence the team-building will work strictly on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, please, consider your RSVP carefully—this time it is more of a commitment. Thank you! INTRO A ‘Game without Thrones’ is a playful, intense, hands-on simulation using Lego®. Moreover, it’s a Game without Thrones because of the self-organization rules. We use Lego® to learn how agile organizations work, with no command and control, but instead chapter meetings, tribal treaties, small councils, and leadership as a service. The game aligns autonomous teams into self-managing streams, and the wit and wisdom of Wildlings. You don’t need to have read or watched any “Game of Thrones” related material, we just use castles and dragons as a metaphor for real-life organizational activities and challenges. But who builds? Everyone builds. These roles are analytic perspectives, not hierarchical positions. Everyone loves to work with the Lego so it isn’t fair to shut anyone out of it. Learn more about the game from its creator, Peter Merel: https://www.slideshare.net/PeterMerel/a-game-without-thrones OUR HOST: The tenth Hands-on Agile meetup will host by Delivery Hero, the leading global business in online food ordering. Learn more about Delivery Hero here: https://www.deliveryhero.com/about/. THE ORIGIN OF THE GAME A Game without Thrones is a key training game in XSCALE Alliance’s eXponential Business Agility (XBAP) practitioner course. Learn more about the XSCALE agile open source framework here: http://xscalealliance.org TRADEMARK NOTE Trademark notice: LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, the Brick, DUPLO®, and MINDSTORMS® are trademarks of the LEGO® Group. ©2012 The LEGO® Group: https://lego.com/

  • HoA #9: Building the ‘Why Agile Works’ Toolbox

    THE CHALLENGE You have just been hired as a coach by an organization that wants to become agile. The challenge you are facing is that most of the stakeholders are skeptical at best, and several of the engineers outright despise anything of what you hold dear. What games, exercises, and tools would you use for an introductory 2-hour long workshop to convince the naysayers that ‘agile’ will work? THE TASK Our task at this ninth Hands-on Agile meetup is to design the Why Agile Works workshop by sharing and playing suitable games, exercising our agile muscles and figuring out a way to mold all of this into a well-designed team exercise. The exercise shall be so compelling that it will turn naysayers into advocates and heretics into evangelists. Which means that everyone attending shall bring something that will contribute to the creation! RSVP now at the Hands-on Agile Meetup-page. OUR HOSTS​ The ninth Hands-on Agile meetup—Building the Why Agile Works Toolbox—will be hosted by Flaconi.de on Thursday, September 27th, 2018, from 6 pm to 9 pm at their office in Berlin, Franklinstraße 13. Flaconi is a multiple-award winning online shop, with a wide selection of trendy niche products as well as classic premium highlights. For more information on our host, see: https://www.flaconi.de

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  • HoA #8: The Agile Fluency™ Game

    ThoughtWorks

    UPDATE[masked]: All available eight tickets have been allocated. Thank you! THE AGILE FLUENCY™ GAME: The Agile Fluency™ Game is a simulation of how a team adopts agile practices, referring to the Agile Fluency™ Model, developed by James Shore and Diana Larsen. The strength of the Agile Fluency™ Game is derived from its emphasis on collaboration: the team wins, the team loses. The simulation thus helps to overcome the often observed chasm between the business and the engineering part of a newly formed product team. The Agile Fluency™ Game supports the understanding of good practices from a successful agile team, for example, why technical debt needs to address regularly or why technical excellence is at the core of any agile transition that deserves this label. HOUSEKEEPING: This game evening is designed to host 8 attendees — four each for the two available game-sets. We may get along with six, but it won’t work with eleven participants. Given the unpredictability of any Meetup event regarding who of those that RSVP’ed will come in the end — HoA #7 had a no-show rate of 70%—, I ask for your understanding that: a) Reservations will only be accepted via Eventbrite, see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoa-8-the-agile-fluencytm-game-tickets-48298720774 b) I will charge € 7,46 for a ticket. (This will probably not avoid the no-show effect completely, however, I hope that the number will become smaller. Please note, that we cannot play the game with 2 people per game set.)

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  • HoA #7: A Game without Thrones — An Agile Organization Build from LEGO®

    INTRO A ‘Game without Thrones’ is a playful, intense, hands-on simulation using Lego®. Moreover, it’s a Game without Thrones because of the self-organization rules. We use Lego® to learn how agile organizations work, with no command and control, but instead chapter meetings, tribal treaties, small councils, and leadership as a service. The game aligns autonomous teams into self-managing streams, and the wit and wisdom of Wildlings. You don’t need to have read or watched any “Game of Thrones” related material, we just use castles and dragons as a metaphor for real-life organizational activities and challenges. But who builds? Everyone builds. These roles are analytic perspectives, not hierarchical positions. Everyone loves to work with the Lego so it isn’t fair to shut anyone out of it. Learn more about the game from its creator, Peter Merel: https://www.slideshare.net/PeterMerel/a-game-without-thrones OUR HOST: The seventh Hands-on Agile meetup will host by Signavio! Signavio is a grown Berlin-based IT startup offering the best solutions for Business Process and Decision Management worldwide to more than 1000 customers. Learn more about Signavio here: https://www.signavio.com THE ORIGIN OF THE GAME A Game without Thrones is a key training game in XSCALE Alliance’s eXponential Business Agility (XBAP) practitioner course. Learn more about the XSCALE agile open source framework here: http://xscalealliance.org TRADEMARK NOTE Trademark notice: LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, the Brick, DUPLO®, and MINDSTORMS® are trademarks of the LEGO® Group. ©2012 The LEGO® Group: https://lego.com/

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  • Hands-on Agile #6: Improv Theater & Agile Coaching

    (1) OUR SPEAKER Edoardo Binda Zane is a communication and leadership trainer. He trains leaders, teams and individuals to communicate better, using skills from improvisation theatre, his own personal management experience, and research compiled by respected external sources. He provides teamwork training for top-level companies and has developed a parallel career in 7-figure EU project management and improvisational theatre, performing internationally and studying with several top-level schools (UCB, David Razowsky, ComedySportz). He exploits contact points between these realities and uses them to transfer skills between them. He is the author of two books: • “Effective Decision-Making: how to make better decisions under uncertainty and pressure” • “Writing Proposals: A Handbook of What Makes Your Project Right For Funding” (2) OUR HOST Blacklans This time our meetup will be hosted by Blacklane. The company was founded to create a place where its employees would thrive. This is a deep part of the culture, and it shows that life at Blacklane really is more than just a job. Blacklane provides an outstanding ground travel experience in over 250 cities and 50 countries worldwide. (3) HOW TO GET TO BLACKLANE The easiest way to our venue is by S-Bahn. Blacklane is merely a 5-minutes walk away from the S1 station Julius-Leber-Brücke. (4) LINKS https://www.linkedin.com/in/edoardobinda/ https://www.edoardo-binda-zane.com https://www.blacklane.com/en https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvisational_theatre

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  • The Agility Assessment Framework (Workshop 3)

    ThoughtWorks

    0. TICKETS: Get your ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-agility-assessment-framework-workshop-3-tickets-44400917339 . The workshop is scheduled from 9:30 am to 16:00 pm. I. The Purpose of the Workshop: This class will be the third workshop on the agility assessment framework (AAF). The AAF will be a set of questionnaires that supports agile practitioners in assessing an organizations suitability for agile practices at the beginning of an intended transition. Moreover, it will be open source. Get your ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-agility-assessment-framework-workshop-3-tickets-44400917339 II. The Intended Outcome: The prototype shall support agile practitioners in assessing, for example: • Whether an organization shall consider embarking on a journey to become agile? • What level of agility might be suited for a specific organization? • What may the return on investment of such a journey be? • How an organization in transition may track progress over time. The outcome of the workshop will be available to all participants — feel free to fork it for your purposes. III. Your Preparation: Please check out the survey results of the Agile Maturity—Fad, Trend or Holy Grail (https://www.slideshare.net/wolpers1/handson-agile-agile-maturityfad-trend-or-holy-grailsurvey-results) poll in advance as it provides an essential taxonomy of factors, elements, patterns, and influencers. Also, please have a look at the slide-deck of the first workshop — see https://www.slideshare.net/wolpers1/handson-agile-the-agility-assessment-framework-workshop — as it provides insight into some agility indicators that were not identified by the original survey. IV. Please Note — Participation in the Workshop Requires a Fee of € 10: It is hard to organize a useful workshop based on no-show-rate of anything between 20 to 60-plus percent. Hence we decided to charge € 10 for the participation. The fee will be used to cover expenses, for example, lunch. Get your ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-agility-assessment-framework-workshop-3-tickets-44400917339

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