5 Reasons Why to Attend AgilePrague Conference 2024
Agile and Scrum Blog
by Zuzi Sochova
5d ago
#1: Inspirational Speakers Several years in a row we managed to achieve high-quality program while keeping it affordable to the participants. This year you can be looking forward to awesome speakers, for example, Mirko Kleiner the Thought Leader in Lean-Agile Procurement, Roman Pichler a leading product management expert, and Per Beining the only FaST Autorized Trainer in Europe. And I can continue. Register soon, the conference is sold out every year. #2: Practical Case studies Every year we find interesting case studies from agile journey companies where they share not only their succe ..read more
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Challenge the Status Quo
Agile and Scrum Blog
by Zuzi Sochova
1M ago
Over the years, I was hoping that if we, agile coaches and trainers do our job well, we can multiply the success we experienced. I was part of the early adopters’ wave of agility. We were open to trying new things, experimenting with different ways of working, trying one step at a time, and inspecting and adapting along the way. And it worked. I experienced the new energy, better outcomes, happier customers, and more successful products. Later I leveraged that experience, became an agile coach, and started helping various organizations with their agile transformation. I was able to smooth thei ..read more
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Reinventing Collaboration
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by Zuzi Sochova
2M ago
The recent shift to the virtual space and home office created a more convenient work-life balance but created very new challenges as well. How to grow talents, how to collaborate, and how to build relationships. In many cases, people simply went back to individual work. In many organizations, the only time where they see each other is some sort of Standup that looks more like a status meeting where individuals who have their own tasks, share their progress with anyone who is interested which is usually close to no one as the don’t collaborate and don’t have the shared ownership. Such Standup i ..read more
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Where Detailed Positions Can Be Harmful
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by Zuzi Sochova
3M ago
Traditional organizations are based on hard skills. They hire for detailed position descriptions and look for certain experiences, and once you are hired, they evaluate your hard skills and focus on growing them. It’s all based on the presumption that we know what needs to be done. And because we know what needs to be done, we can plan the work and allocate people with needed skills. Such organizations optimize for individual performance and that is usually supported by detailed position descriptions, and it all works really well, until the business becomes unpredictable, and you wake up in VU ..read more
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ScrumMasters Only Make Sense in Scrum
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by Zuzi Sochova
4M ago
Quite often during the last few months, I heard people being frustrated with not functioning ScrumMasters. One reason for it described in a post Why Some Organizations are Laying of “ScrumMasters” is that those are not the real ScrumMasters, but hiring Scrum “Project” Masters, Scrum “Ceremonies” Masters, or Scrum “Jira” Masters which will neither help organizations to achieve their business goals nor people to feel better or do a better job and as such it can only result in “Dark Scrum”. But surprisingly there is a whole bunch of experienced ScrumMasters who are unlucky enough to be hired to t ..read more
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Top 10 Agile conferences to attend in 2024
Agile and Scrum Blog
by Zuzi Sochova
5M ago
Every year I speak at many conferences and based on my experience I recommend some places to go for inspiration. Here is my list of the Top 10 Agile conferences to attend in 2024. It’s not my intention to cover them all, I’m sharing places where I like to return. Inspiring places with interaction, high energy, and great speakers. Regional Scrum Gathering Tokyo is organized by an enthusiastic agile community in Japan. The purpose is to provide a “Ba” (place) where practitioners share ideas among Scrum practitioners having a great diversity. Regional Gatherings provides a unique ..read more
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Top 10 Retrospective Formats
Agile and Scrum Blog
by Zuzi Sochova
7M ago
There are so many books, blogs, and sites describing different retrospective formats, but it’s still one of the most common questions I get in the ScrumMaster classes. When I started as a ScrumMaster, I was only using one format for about two years – and it worked. We got used to it and I learned how to facilitate it and generate meaningful improvements for the team. When I started coaching different organizations, I realized what variety is available and started practicing different formats. I guess that at that time I became more confident with my facilitation skills and stopped being afraid ..read more
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Hiring ScrumMaster?
Agile and Scrum Blog
by Zuzi Sochova
10M ago
One of my biggest passions in the agile space is developing great ScrumMasters and helping them to become successful in their role. I become ScrumMaster in 2005 and I didn’t know much about either Agile or Scrum. I did all the mistakes you can ever imagine. I didn’t know anything about coaching or facilitation. Instead of acting as a leader, I was more like a team mom. Later, when I realized the whole potential of the role, and become the real ScrumMaster I decided I need to give back to the community and I dedicated quite a lot of effort trying to explain to individuals and organizations what ..read more
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Agile is a Change
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by Zuzi Sochova
1y ago
It’s more than 20 years since Agile Manifesto and some organizations still take Agile as another process or tool. But it can’t be farther from reality. We try to explain that it’s not about “doing” agile but “being” agile. That it’s about changing the way of working and thinking, the overall mindset. But companies are often looking for shortcuts and searching for simple solutions. Rename some processes, create a new role, or buy a different tool. Though that could be useful, it’s not the core of the change. But let’s start with who should be driving the transformation and who should be impleme ..read more
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Sustainable Agility
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by Zuzi Sochova
1y ago
One of the very common questions people ask is why companies are failing their agile transformations and what do we need to do to create sustainable agility? Let’s start with the most common mistakes. The first one is starting the change without creating a sense of urgency. If you don’t know why you need to change and what happens if you don’t change, there is only a little chance to be successful. Unless you know why you are changing the way you work (to be more agile, Scrum, or Kanban), then don’t do it. Neither Agile, Scrum, nor Kanban is your goal. They are just some sort of a ‘walking st ..read more
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