Agile has become legacy – but it needs being re-advocated with passion!

Yes, I hesitate to continue writing on agile and agile methods as most is said elsewhere. Yet I have to claim that many people still don’t get the core concepts and values as crisp and sharp as needed.

It is also to be repeated again: It is not a method for developers or tech teams, it is a business method to create or adopt services and increase value for customers – and leadership needs drive the mind sets needed.

If agile don’t work out for you, it is an alarm sign on the healthiness of your organisation. I recommend you to analyse the root causes – not for the sake to implement agile, as it is still just a methodology – but for the sake to understand the issues of your organisation that are present independent on any method applied.

Why trying to explain the method for repetition myself, when there is excellent materials present? Hence I decided to point you to three excellent crafted materials as a must read recommendation – indepent on your role or level within any business.

All examples have an emphasis on IT, but it is easy transfer to your daily problems like

  • how to priorize and quality
  • how to plan and communicate
  • how to rely on responsibilities and roles
  • how to generate autonomy of teams or co workers without loosing focus and guidance

Henrik Kniberg has produced excellent and easy2understand video as a starter. Please see his awesome video on “P(roduct) O(wner) in a Nutshell: https://youtu.be/502ILHjX9EE

If you want to understand how it can be scaled out into larger organisations, I recommend as step 2 to check on his videos on the Spotify model:
https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/

An excellent background from a management and cultural point of view, but also introducing the powerful guiding principles behind agile can be read in the excellent book from Jez Humble, Barry O’Reilly, Joanne Molesky in the Lean Enterprise – Book published at O’Reilly.

My talk DevOps drives culture and vice versa @VOICE THEMENFORUM on March 7th, 2019

At the event from Voice eV. & heise.de on DevOps and culture (https://www.heise-events.de/konferenzen/voice-themenforum) I had the pleasure to have a talk on the interference of culture and DevOps.

My slides can be found here:

Titel of DevOpsDrivesCultureViceVersa

Some impressions from the session, showing Stefan Schumacher from https://voice-ev.org, Matthias Patz, VP Innovation & New Ventures, DB Systel GmbH and Kevin Wennemuth, Senior IT Security Consultant from codecentric and some notes from the joint workshop part happening after there presentations.

My talk @ Bitkom – AK Big Data & Advanced Analytics | AK Cloud-Services & Digital Ecosystems

Today I was talking on contract driven self service and infrastructure as code approach to foster new, micro service based business architectures.

See my slides here:

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Architecture in an agile context – Slides and Links

Slides and references to material from my talk yesterday at DB Systel GmbH

A big thank you to DB Systel GmbH and  @mschauber for the invite, the opportunity to share my thoughts and a perfect organisation.

Thank you for Henrik Kniberg on his Video: Agile PO in a Nutshell from Henrik Kniberg that excels in explaining the role of an PO and how the Scrum process works

I was using ideas and materials from strategyzer.com for a brief analysis of stakeholder needs.

Pics of my talk in front of a great and engaged audience below:

Large Scale Web Site Goes Enterprise – The Secrets of Successful Web Brands

Here is my presentation from my presentation today at OOP Conference in Munich. The session outlined the evolution of a fictive but typical successful web enterprise from start up over scale out to a cost sensitive business with specialized teams, processes and product owners.
In an interactive workshop we drafted the evolution of the architectural challenges, driven by business needs, and how high scalable web architectures and classical enterprise architecture fit together.

Implementing SCRUM in a hostile environment as a success

Yesterday I had had a talk at Scrumtisch München / JBoss User Group Munich in front of  a very interested audience, giving interesting and sound feedback.

Topic covered was:
From a point of view that sees Scrum as a negotiotion framework and a methodology embedded in a larger social, organizational and commercial context I want to discuss the core questions to make the implementation of Scrum and agile methods a success. Those points mainly deal with management and top management that should empower projects to live the values of agile project methodologies.

Learning from roles and responsibilities of expert police negotiation teams an easy checklist can be derived to proof wether mangagement supports a transition or does the opposit. This gives also a transparency on the true source of fire if you and your team(s) are burned – or as manager what you can really do to support.”

See my slides here: Download Slides

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I am Michael, an experienced IT proffessional from Munich, Germany with an excellent knowledge on enterprise and web architecture, agile methodologies, offshoring and according legal and business questions.

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