• Vienna Scrum Meetup @ mySugr: How S3 brings agility to the whole Organisation

    mySugr HQ – home of the monsters

    Hello All, We at mySugr are happy to invite you to the June edition of the Vienna Scrum Meetup! Agenda: 17:45 - 18:15 Arriving, welcome drinks 18:15 - 19:00 Beyond Scrum - How S3 brings agility to the whole organisation, Bernhard Bockelbrink + Q&A 19:00 - 19:30 Office Tour* 19:00 - 20:30 Networking & Drinks ~ Beyond Scrum - How S3 brings agility to the whole organisation ~ Sociocracy 3.0 provides a guide for enabling agile and resilient organizations. It creates an environment where people thrive and Scrum, Kanban and Lean Startup can reach their full potential. Bernhard Bockelbrink has 18 years of experience as a coach, CTO, scrum master, product owner, project manager, technology consultant and developer in startups, small-/medium-sized businesses and enterprises, and a passion for agile and lean software development that goes back to the late 1990s. He is a co-founder and steward of Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) and lives with his wife and three kids in Berlin. This Meetup will be held as part of a three-days workshop on Sociocracy 3.0 and Agile Organization (S3 Dojo). More information and tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.at/e/sociocracy-30-and-agile-organization-tickets-59214409894 * Last year we moved into our new office. If you haven't visited us yet, but would like to see how we are building our office the Agile way, please let Petra Bodis (organizer) know you are interested in the Tour.

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - Agile UX, continued

    In the Meetup last September Conny Hasil and I did a retrospective on how we addressed the challenge of integrating UX in a Scrum cadence. We had overcome some challenges, identified reasons why we faced them, but were not quite happy with the situation we found ourselves in. Cooperation had improved, but the team was still struggling to deliver UX and functionality as one single sprint increment. 6 months have passed and we did not rest. We reflected, experimented, improved, started over and finally found a promising way forward. Join us for an update on how to do the thing that can't be done!

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - case study introducing agile at a software company

    This time Alexander Franz, Product Portfolio Management at RadarServices, will talk about introducing agile at a software company and how the link between software development teams and top management can look like on a practical level. Topic: Agility at companies that produce software as a product. Different types of companies need a slightly different approach to agility. A company that just uses software as tool for their business might need an IT strategy that supports the business strategy. However, in a software company the IT strategy and the business strategy might be the same thing. Therefore, the link between strategy and daily dev work might look slightly different. Similar is true for the difference between companies that develop custom software or integrate systems versus companies that produce a more or less standardized product. The case study based on Alexander’s previous job at CELUM will cover two aspects: Lessons learned from introducing agile into a company that produce software as a product, and a concrete way how to link daily dev work to strategic decisions in such a company. Alexander Franz: Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to the CPO & Founder at software company CELUM, a digital asset management provider recognized by Forrester Research. Originally from Germany, Alexander came to Austria in 2002 to help build up the then new mobile operator DREI (“3”). Around year 2000, he worked in Hamburg at digital consultancy Razorfish, delivering some of the first web and mobile solutions for enterprise customers. Since then, he has shared his experience at universities by teaching case-based seminars on strategy and innovation in Germany and Austria. Alexander holds a business degree from Vienna’s WU and spent his exchange semester at Babson College near Boston, MA, one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world.

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup @ mySugr

    mySugr HQ – home of the monsters

    Dear All, We at mySugr are happy to invite you to the March edition of the Vienna Scrum Meetup, at our new office. Agenda: 17:45 - 18:00 Arriving, welcome drinks 18:00 - 18:40 Designing a kanban delivery system at the Company level 18:40 - 18:45 A short break 18:45 - 19:30 Balancing Focus and Collaboration: how we create our new office to empower creative problem-solvers & a Tour 19:30 - 20:30 Pizza & Networking ~ Designing a kanban delivery system at the Company level ~ Thanassis Bantios, VP of Engineering at Beat, will share with us the story of Beat as it grew from a 5 people startup to an almost 600 people organisation. He will cover the journey of growth and structural challenges: how Beat, with an experimentation mindset and an Agile spirit, applied different models to go from the early adoption of the Spotify inspired model to the Kanban land. ~ Balancing Focus and Collaboration: how we create our new office to empower creative problem-solvers & a Tour ~ Together with a small team, Florian Hackl-Kohlweiß is creating a visionary way of working in the mySugr office. He will tell us how the new mySugr office relates to our culture, what it is like to have an agile mindset on a construction site and what are the key learnings of that experience. A short presentation will be followed up with a Tour of our office.

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - Case Study Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG

    Together with weXelerate - the Vienna Startup Center - we would like to invite you to the next Vienna Scrum Meetup. Agenda: 18.00 Arriving/ Welcome / Registration - have some drinks 18.20 Start of talk by Andreas Opelt 19.05 Networking with drinks and snacks powered by BearingPoint ~20.30 end of Meetup This time Dr. Andreas Opelt, Director Managing Director Sales bei Saubermacher will talk about Agility at Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG and how they introduced innovation Agility into the company. Topic: Innovation through Agility Many aspects of agility are the basis for real innovation. This talk explores what frame conditions and agile procedures as well as mind set needs to be set in an industry environment to tackle the changing digital world and the innovation chances that come with such a change. But not just based on theory but on a real world example showing how step by step an organization created one of the world leading platforms in their business – wastebox.biz! Dr. Andreas Opelt: From the perspective of a developer, project manager and managing director with a constant focus on agile methods, Andreas Opelt has been able to study the challenges of implementing a large number of IT projects in recent years. Since 2010 he has been responsible for Sales, IT and Consulting at Infonova, Newcon, Boris Gloger. Since 2015 he is Sales Director at Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG. Andreas Opelt is author of the book 'Der agile Festpreis'.

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - Design Sprints

    RBI Main Building

    Together with the Austrian Design Sprint Meetup Group, Trendig.com, RBI and BearingPoint we are inviting you to our next Vienna Scrum Meetup. This time, we are talking about Design Sprints. We are happy to announce, that Ina Hölzel will share her experiences. TOPIC: Design Sprints - Hurdle Racing Challenges (30 min. Talk + 15 min. Q&A) + open discussion after the presentation + Pizza ;) ABSTRACT: Running a Design Sprint is a not easy … but sooo worth it - Here is why! During her time with trendig, Ina has collected some memorable experiences when facilitating Design Sprints. She will share some of the most inspiring, meritable, amusing and sometimes defiant moments with you - not without a certain wink of irony, here and there. (Note: The examples, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in the session are anonymised and subject to a heavy load of stereotyping.) It is almost certain that great things are to happen when interdisciplinary teams meet - a diverse bunch of people that might never meet in “real” business life. Give them a time-box, a full-grown challenge, a set of strict rules, half-a forest of sticky notes, some sharpies and paper and you will see magic happen right before your eyes. So much for the theory. What about the hours of doubt, sweat and really hard work that come with it? What are the trap-doors, pitfalls and hurdles the sprint members have to circumvent? How might facilitators guide the sprinters through this endurance race without draining the players or losing scope? Get ready for a very grounded, practical, and honest session, drawn from real life, with real people and real challenges. Forget ideal and best-practice! Leave your books at home. Bring nothing but an open mind and heart and take back some stories and lightning moments for your next sprint. Bio from Ina Hölzel: Ina is currently working as Product Owner & Design Sprint facilitator at trendig in Berlin. Dedicated to spreading “the agile with love” attitude to the community and beyond, she is also responsible for the annual Agile Testing Days USA conference. She is particularly passionate about people and the choices they make and seeks new ways to create a communal, team-oriented and fun work ambience. You will commonly find Ina hanging on to some rock in her spare time. Mountains high or low, granite or limestone, mediterranean or arctic, she will scramble to the top, throw down the rope, pull you up, and share the great view! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This Meetup is not only for UX Designers, Developers or Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Coaches - it's also for CEOs, COOs, CDOs, CTOs, Sales People, Portfolio Managers and any kind of Stakeholder. Be part of the first 2 days of the Design Sprint. Understand your users, develop ideas, save time and money - be a part of the creative process to optimize the value chain and to help build up a new form of organizational teamwork.

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup: Agile vs.(?) Enterprise Architecture (repeat)

    Our friends at Codefactory Vienna volunteered to help us out and provide us with the location for December as well. This is the repeat event of November 19, for those of you who couldn't attend the first time round. Why Agile Solution Development will never scale without (Business-) Architecture There is currently much debate about whether and how agility scales at the enterprise level. Many approaches exist, such as scaled Agile frameworks (SAFe, LeSS, DaD), Beta Codex, Beyond Budgeting, Sociocracy or Open Space, but success stories are rare.. Design thinking and Agile are the methods currently used to implement innovative point solutions at short notice. Companies rarely take enough time for long-term thinking. Fast innovation, sloppily integrated into the existing IT landscape, however, has lead to a complexity explosion that made IT tremendously expensive and increasingly sluggish for change. And this is not an IT problem but the result of bad funding decisions by business executives. Therefore it must be addressed at a business- and governance level, not by autonomous solution development teams. Many people of the Agile community perceive IT governance and architecture management as too rigid and heavyweight to be integrated with Agil. This is not surprising given the prevailing heavy and immature enterprise architecture frameworks and their ivory-tower use in practice. This presentation discusses why Agile will never scale without a consistent model of the business (=’business architecture’) that is understood, maintained an accepted by everybody, from CEO to software developer. It presents a lightweight, business-focused approach to architecture that should be integrated with common scaled agile frameworks (such as SAFe, LeSS, DaD) to really make them scale. Bio In addition to his job as an IT consultant at iteratec in Vienna, Wolfgang Goebl is President of the Architectural Thinking Association® and the creator of the first draft of the Architectural Thinking Framework®. He has been working in the field of Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) and as a solution architect in Agile teams in several large companies in Austria for twelve years now. He is a recognized speaker at various EAM conferences and author of several publications in journals in Germany and Austria. His impetus is to bridge the gap between ‘Agile’ and ‘Architecture’ to enable true scaled Agile. You can find him on LinkedIn

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup: Agile vs.(?) Enterprise Architecture

    CodeFactory Vienna

    Our friends at Codefactory Vienna volunteered to help us out and provide us with the location for the upcoming Meetup. Please not the updated limitation according to the maximum number of people we can invite. To allow everyone who's interested to join we will repeat the event on December, 3rd. Why Agile Solution Development will never scale without (Business-) Architecture There is currently much debate about whether and how agility scales at the enterprise level. Many approaches exist, such as scaled Agile frameworks (SAFe, LeSS, DaD), Beta Codex, Beyond Budgeting, Sociocracy or Open Space, but success stories are rare.. Design thinking and Agile are the methods currently used to implement innovative point solutions at short notice. Companies rarely take enough time for long-term thinking. Fast innovation, sloppily integrated into the existing IT landscape, however, has lead to a complexity explosion that made IT tremendously expensive and increasingly sluggish for change. And this is not an IT problem but the result of bad funding decisions by business executives. Therefore it must be addressed at a business- and governance level, not by autonomous solution development teams. Many people of the Agile community perceive IT governance and architecture management as too rigid and heavyweight to be integrated with Agil. This is not surprising given the prevailing heavy and immature enterprise architecture frameworks and their ivory-tower use in practice. This presentation discusses why Agile will never scale without a consistent model of the business (=’business architecture’) that is understood, maintained an accepted by everybody, from CEO to software developer. It presents a lightweight, business-focused approach to architecture that should be integrated with common scaled agile frameworks (such as SAFe, LeSS, DaD) to really make them scale. Bio In addition to his job as an IT consultant at iteratec in Vienna, Wolfgang Goebl is President of the Architectural Thinking Association® and the creator of the first draft of the Architectural Thinking Framework®. He has been working in the field of Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) and as a solution architect in Agile teams in several large companies in Austria for twelve years now. He is a recognized speaker at various EAM conferences and author of several publications in journals in Germany and Austria. His impetus is to bridge the gap between ‘Agile’ and ‘Architecture’ to enable true scaled Agile. You can find him on LinkedIn

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - Do it agile @ A1 Telekom Austria

    Gemeinsam mit weXelerate - dem Wiener Startup Center - möchten wir euch zum nächsten Vienna Scrum Meetup einladen. Dieses Mal wird Herr Dr. Alfred Mahringer, Director Portfolio- und Projektmanagement / Business Owner Smart Home bei A1 Telekom Austria sowie Stefan Erschwendner, Managing Partner bei LHBS berichten, wie A1 Telekom Austria sich zur agilen Organisation transformiert. Achtung: Das Meetup wird diesmal in Deutscher Sprache durchgeführt Titel Do it agile - Wie ein kleines, kundenzentriertes Team ein digitalgetriebenes Smart Home Geschäftsmodell umsetzt und A1 verändert. Abstract Etablierte Organisationen werden immer häufiger von Startups und digitalen Over-The-Top Playern in ihren Kernmärkten herausgefordert. Um konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben hat die A1 Telekom Austria angefangen, selbst wie ein digitaler Challenger zu denken und zu agieren. Mit A1 Smart Home wurde ein kleines, interdisziplinäres Team ins Leben gerufen, um ein neues digitales Geschäftsmodell in Rekordzeit zu entwickeln und zu launchen. Durch die konsequente Anwendung kundenzentrierter und agiler Innovationsmethoden wurden traditionelle Denk- und Handlungsmuster umgangen. Heute ist A1 Smart Home die führende Smart Home Plattform in Österreich und ein Best-Practice-Beispiel, wie etablierte Organisationen sich mit Startups und internationalen Digital Playern messen können. A1 Smart Home Business Owner Alfred Mahringer berichtet in seinem Vortrag über die agile Entwicklung des Smart Home Geschäftsmodells, Methoden und konkrete, praxisnahe Empfehlungen wie der scheinbare Widerspruch zwischen digitaler Innovation und traditionellen Konzernmustern aufgehoben werden kann. Main Takeaways für die Teilnehmer: - Wie kann ein traditionelles Unternehmen agil werden - Wie kann man ein digitales, kundenzentriertes Geschäftsmodell entwickeln - Welche Herausforderungen gibt es bei der Umsetzung von digitalen Geschäftsmodellen - Wie werden digital Geschäftsmodelle nach dem Launch weiterentwickelt - Was bedeutet Agilität für Unternehmen, Führungskräfte und Mitarbeiter Vortragende: - Dr. Alfred Mahringer, A1 Telekom Austria AG, Director Portfolio- und Projektmanagement / Business Owner Smart Home - Stefan Erschwendner, LHBS, Managing Partner

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  • Vienna Scrum Meetup - UX goes agile

    weXelerate

    This time Cornelia Hasil, head of digital products at menonthemoon, will join presenting. Conny and I faced a challenge with our teams in the project we are currently working on. Our PO tasked us with designing and developing a web-portal, without defining responsibilities, roles or procedures. Ideal playground for defining our own rules? Finally, a customer sticking to what they know, letting us do our thing? Well, we recently did a recap on how things went so far and found a few pitfalls, insight and takeaways we think are worth sharing with you. Join us in a retrospective of sorts on being careful what you wish for. In the end you just might get it after all.

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