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Agile is about courage, trust, and discipline. This approach replaces status meetings with time spent working together. The focus of an agile team is people, results, collaboration, and flexibility over processes, contracts, documentation, or plans.

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Don't Be a Putin in Your Organization
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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Don't Be a Putin in Your Organization

Hierarchies can help you to organize your company, but they also come with problems. Here, I explain the necessary leadership style for efficient projects.

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Agile without a Backlog
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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What Is a Backlog and Do I Need One?

As an exercise, try to completely eliminate your project's backlog and think about what effects this would have on your team. Could this be a way to improve?

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How to Optimize the Work Process
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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10 Steps to Optimize your Writing Process

How to prepare to be able to write without interruption. First step: Never stop. Insert placeholders when you would have to stop for research or editing.

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 How to Organize Your Ideas
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book

Reader of non-fiction books have a specific problem, need, or interest, and you are trying to solve it by providing instructions or information.‍

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An Introduction… to StarCraft
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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Understanding Management by Playing Real Strategy Games

For an Agile coach, having a team with such background knowledge can help to speed up the acceptance and learning process of self-management.

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Our Scrum Is Special
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Adapt Management to Agile or Agile to Management?

This article discusses the malpractice of changing proven agile principles to fit your existing management processes instead of focusing on core agile values.

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Kanban and StarCraft
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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How do Kanban and Scrum compare with StarCraft?

This article examines the parallels between the challenges for a player of real time strategy games and agile coaches that want to help to transform a company.

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Multidisciplinary Teams in Scrum
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Why Rotating People Between Teams Might be a Good Idea

This article discusses the malpractice of many companies to use Scrum while still living and breathing a compartmentalized company structure.

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The General
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Why a Clean Organizational Hierarchy helps with Management

When implementing Agile methodology, some things are often overlooked: the organizational structure, the culture of the organization, and the people involved.

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Idle Hands are the Manager’s Workshop
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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Why You Should not Worry About Idle Time at Work

Using examples from the real time strategy game StarCraft, this article explains why idling resources might even speed up your production process.

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Evolutionary Improvements
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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The Advantage of Small Improvement Increments

When introducing agile methods, small improvements might lead to better results than a revolution. The advantage is the constant feedback you get at each step.

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Scrum and Jira: A Love-Hate Relationship
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Steps to Bring Your Agile Project Back on Track

Usually, the Scrum process is employed by using little stickers, and moving them around on a physical board. Jira makes that easier, but it comes at a cost.

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To the Frontlines
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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How are Agile Methods comparable to Managing a Frontline?

Kanban accepts a non-optimal situation: teams are not 100 percent dedicated to a project, and project work is done in phases outside the core team.

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Automate Your Definition of Done
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Reducing Repetitive Work in JIRA

With this Plugin, you can automate your definition of done (DoD) by creating templates and having them added to each new task in JIRA automatically.

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Team Communication
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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How Soft Skills Translate from Computer Games to Business

Team-building exercises involving computer games can help participants to train soft-skills like dealing with frustration as well as communication skills.

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In Scrum, Ownership Matters
By
Clemens Lode
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February 28, 2022
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From “Command and Control” to “Innovative Agile Management"

This article discusses how “ownership” describes how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just be a specialist in a department.

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Keep Some Energy in Reserve
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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How a 100% Workload Slows You Down

Taking no breaks is a local optimization which might ultimately slow down your project. Instead, try to distribute workload in the team or try XP instead.

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A Closer Look at the Numbers
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Why Agile is not about Speed

A better indicator how well your project goes along is how much value you produce for your customers throughout the time of your project, not just at the end.

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Sprinting to Delivery
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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Why Sprints and Delivery should be Completely Disconnected

This article discusses how the idea of delivering products at the end of sprints contradicts agilty. Agility is about delivering working software frequently.

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When Growing Gets Tough
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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How to ‍Handle Multiple Teams in Scrum

Applying the principles of Scrum in a larger organization with multiple teams can be challenging. This article discusses a number of improvement ideas.

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Daily Scrum with Jira
By
Clemens Lode
, posted on
February 28, 2022
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7 Ideas of How to Use JIRA Effectively During Dailies

This article gives you a 7 small ideas of how to improve your daily standups. Maybe try NOT using JIRA next time and try using stickers instead?

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Kanban Remastered, Agile Lessons from Strategy Games: 8 Essays on Comparing Kanban with StarCraft

How Strategy Games can be used to Teach Agility

8 Essays on Comparing Kanban with StarCraft. Unterstand agility from a gamer's perspective and improve your team's collaboration and effectiveness.
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Scrum Your JIRA! Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams, 10 Essays on Using Online Tools to Improve an Offline Technique

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