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How a team of 2 kids + adult rookies won a Robot Sumo competition

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Last night our Lego Mindstorms robot “Robit” somehow managed to win the Robot Sumo competition at the GOTO conference in Copenhagen! (here’s also an article in Mälarö Tidning)

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Pretty frickin’ amazing considering that this was a big software development conference with lots of super-experienced developers competing, and our robot was mostly built by two kids – David and Jenny Kniberg (11yrs and 10yrs old) – the only kids at the conference.  Their robot didn’t just win once – it outmaneuvered and outwrestled the competing robots in every match!

Here’s the final, Robit to the left:

So how could a newbie team win the competition so decisively?

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Evil Coach LIVE! “Maximize the Teams Performance”

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During the conference Agila Sverige 2013, I – the Evil Coach – made my first public appearance. I gave a lightning talk on how to maximize the team’s performance. The room was filled to the brim. The talk ended with standing ovations which were immediately followed by an early termination of the conference since no one could possibly top my performance.

I gave the following short statement to someone before leaving through the back door: “I feel new energy surging through me. It feels nice to enlighten people on the true power of agile.”

If you know Swedish you can now experience the talk in video below.  The talk starts at 00:14:00.

PS. Picture above from Matti Karlsson Twitter feed. DS.

Country Ambassador for Agile Testing Days 2012

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A while ago I was asked to become one of the Swedish country ambassadors for the Agile Testing Days 2012 conference. I said yes, because I think it’s a great conference. As country ambassador, I help in promoting the conference. I chose to do it, because I think it’s a good conference and I already recommend it to my friends.
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Scandev interview

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Here is a transcript of an interview in conjunction with my Scandev keynote.


Det är många som har läst din bok "Scrum and XP from the Trenches" – hur kom det sig att du skrev den?

– Det var inte planerat. Det bara råkade bli . Jag hade feber en helg i 2006 och låg uttråkad i sängen. Kom på mig själv med att ligga och tänka på allt som hänt under senaste året och allt jag lärt mig. Greppade tag i datorn och började skriva, och kunde sedan inte sluta.
– Efter tre dagars frenetiskt skrivande och ritande på datorn var boken i stort sett klar. Dokumentet låg på webben som en artikel i några månader innan den blev en bok. Men om jag ska efterkonstruera kan man säga att jag skrev den för att branschen behövde mer visuella och konkreta exempel på hur agil utveckling funkar rent praktiskt :o)

Du har också skrivit boken "Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both". Varför valde du att skriva om Kanban, och inte någon av de andra agila metoderna?
– Jag och mina Crispkollegor hade märkt under en längre tid att Kanban funkade utmärkt som komplement till Scrum, framförallt i de situationer där sprintmodellen i Scrum inte var lämplig (t.ex. i drift- och supportorganisationer som arbetar mest reaktivt). De flesta av våra coachkunder hade gått igenom en liknande resa.
– Samtidigt såg jag en hel del onödig pajkastning mellan Scrum- och Kanbanentusiaster. Jag ville brygga mellan dessa två världar.
– Anledningen till att jag inte skrivit om andra agila metoder som FDD och Crystal och DSDM är för jag inte har någon personlig erfarenhet av dom. Dessa metoder är i minoritet i den agila världen.

Du har bott en hel del i Japan – vad tycker du att vi svenskar har att lära av den japanska livsstilen?
– Tålamod, systemtänkande, disciplin, och kvalitetsfokus. Samtidigt finns det en styrka i den relativt sätt hierarkilösa svenska kulturen, att titlar inte betyder mycket och att det är OK att "sticka ut" och säga vad man tycker istället för att foga sig i ledet. Jag tror att båda kulturerna har mycket att lära av varann.

Nu tillhör du Agile Alliance Board of Directors; vad har du för mål i den rollen?
– Jag vill sprida agila värderingar över hela världen. Därför finns mina böcker gratis på nätet på 12 olika språk (250,000 nedladdningar hittills!). Som icke-amerikansk styrelsemedlem passade det bra för mig att fokusera på internationalisering. Första steget var översättning av det agila manifestet (www.agilemanifesto.org). Nu finns manifestet på 22 språk, med 17 till pågående (t.ex. Urdu, Tamil, Isländska och Afrikaans). Varje översättning har skapats av lokala agile-grupper i respektive land, vilket har lett dialoger om agila värderingar över hela världen.
– Jag kommer dock lämna styrelsen efter sommaren pga en längre familjeresa.

Finns det några planer på nya böcker, eller kanske uppdateringar av de befintliga?
– Jag planerar aldrig mitt skrivande, utan skriver bara när jag har tid och inspiration. Det är man slipper skrivkramp :o)
– Men det brukar bli en och annan artikel, jag skulle inte bli förvånad om någon växer till sig och blir en till bok. Vi får se.

What to do when Scrum doesn’t work

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Here are the slides from my keynote at the Scrum Gathering in Cape Town.

Positive atmosphere and lots of laughs, really enjoyed the audience! The whole topic felt a bit like poking a stick at a hornet’s nest, but it looks like I got away with it, at least so far :o)

Slide samples:
Scrum Zombies

Sadoscrumism
Wrong tool vs Tool wrong

Kanban for Scrum practitioners

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Here are the slides from my deep-dive workshop at the Scrum Gathering, Cape Town:

Thanks for attending! Lots of interesting questions and insights came up during the workshop.

Sample slide:
Setting WIP limits

Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both

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Here are the slides for my session Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both at Agile 2010, Orlando. Thanks for participating!

Translations:

For those who didn’t get a hold of the handouts, here is the Kanban Kick-Start Example and the Scrum Checklist.

I was a bit worried that the participants would be tired & unengaged since this was the last session of a week long conference. But I threw in some exercises and jokes to liven things up and was happy to see that everyone seemed highly engaged througout the whole session! The course feedback forms confirm this – the average rating of the session was 5.0 out of 5! Every one of the 85 feedback forms said 5. How to improve from here? :o)

Sorry for those of you who couldn’t get in (the room filled up quickly). These links may be of interest to you:

Slide excerpts:
Kanban Scrum estimation

Scrum sprints and Kanban cadences

Kanban and Value Stream Mapping workshop

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Here are the slides from my Kanban & Value Stream Mapping workshop at Agile Spain 2010 in Madrid. Thanks for participating!

Kanban workshop group 1
Kanban workshop group 2Kanban workshop dogfooding

The Essence of Agile

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Here are the slides from my keynote "The Essence of Agile" at Agile Spain 2010, Madrid. Basically a whole week’s course compressed into a one hour lecture, worked out even better than I had hoped :o)

Impressed by the turnup, 300 people is good for being the first agile conference in Spain!

What is all this stuff?

Kanban vs Scrum video in Swedish

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Here’s a video recording of my 10 minute lightning talk "Kanban vs Scrum, a practical guide" at Agila Sverige June 8, 2009. It is basically a 10 minute summary of my book "Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both".

NOTE – the recording is in Swedish.

Kanban vs Scrum at Agila Sverige 2009

What is Agile (Agile Tour keynote)

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Here are the slides from my "What is Agile" keynote at Agile Tour 2009 in Grenoble.

Sample slide:

Don't be dogmatic

Take-away points:

  • Agile is a set of values & principles that help you succeed with software development
    • Agile is not binary
    • Agile is not about specific methods or practices
    • Agile is not a goal
    • Agile is not complete
    • Agile is not a silver bullet
  • Read the Agile Manifesto:

Agile manifesto

Scrum intro

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Here are the slides for my 90 minute session "Introduction to Scrum" at Agile 2009 in Chicago in a couple of weeks.

The slide deck is mostly pictures and intended primarily for presentation use, not reading. So this stuff will probably make most sense if you attend the session.

Agile Myth or Magic – talk at the ISA Conference, Denmark

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In the 2:nd of April I held a talk for the danish public sector at the ISA conference in Aarhus called  "Agile – Myth or Magic?"

ITA Conference

The slides are avaliable here

It was interesting to meet many from the public sector and discuss their challenges. The Danish Ministry of Technology and Development has come a far way in Agile Contracting. I hope to see more reports from this!

Future of Agile conference

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Kanban pracitioner or a Scrum team thinking of adopting it?, don’t miss out on the "Future of Agile" conference 27:th of May.

An unique opportunity to learn from practitioners and experts about experiences and best practices for Kanban and Lean in our "Bring your kanban board" session. Joining us is David Anderson – father of Kanban.

Future of Agile, May 27, Stockholm

Multi-team sprint planning

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Here are the slides from my session "Multi-team sprint planning" from Scrum Gathering 2008 in Stockholm.

Here is all the other material from the Scrum Gathering. Interesting stuff!

Bootstrapping Scrum – Lessons learned helping companies get started

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Here are the slides from my session "Bootstrapping Scrum – Lessons learned helping companies get started" from Scrum Gathering 2008 in Stockholm. I used the same slides at the Scan-Agile conference in Helsinki Oct 29.

Here is all the other material from the Scrum Gathering. Interesting stuff!

Trust me – promises and lies in agile projects

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Yesterday I was at the "Agile i Sverige" conference in Stockholm and did a keynote called "Lita på mig – löften och lögner i agila project". In English that would be "Trust me – promises and lies in agile projects".

Here are the slides. The slides are in Swedish (although I ended up doing the talk in English).

I think this topic is interesting and important so I do plan to write some kind of article or summary in english – but no promises :o)

Here’s the abstract in English, just to spark your curiousity:

The agile manifesto says "Customer collaboration over contract negotiation" – but customer collaboration is based on trust. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between promises, estimates, and lies. We will go through some frightening examples and discuss trust in agile projects.

Multi-team sprint planning

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Here are the slides from my session Multi-team sprint planning. The session took place at the Scrum Forum meeting in Aarhus on Oct 1, in conjunction with the JAOO 2008 conference.
Multi-team sprint planning

What’s hard about being an agile developer?

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"Simple" is a word often used in agile software development. Terms like YAGNI and "do the simplest thing that can possibly work". It is easy to forget, however, that Simple is often Hard! So what’s hard about becoming an agile software developer, where are the bumps in the ride?

In this talk I went through some aspects of agile software development that many developers find to be hard, or even unpleasant initially.

Here are the slides. The session took place Oct 1 at JAOO 2008 in Aarhus, Denmark.

I passed two microphones around and had the audience act out Ola the Optimist and Pete the Pessimist whenever their quotes popped up. It was like a live commentary of the presentation from two different perspectives. Great fun :o)

Video recording of “10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP”

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Here is InfoQ’s video recording of my 90 minute session "10 ways to Screw up with Scrum and XP" at Agile 2008 in Toronto. And here are the slides too.

Video of Henrik's session

Too bad the slide animations and the audience participation doesn’t show up, and that you mostly see the back of my head (the camera was off to one side).  It was a fun session though, and the participants seemed to enjoy it. It was voted for re-run on the last day of the conference so I got to do it twice.

Muzik Masti

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At the Agile 2008 conference I was heavily involved in organizing and facilitating the Muzik Masti stage – a fully rigged music stage where people could jam together. It was a wild experiment but worked out really well! People jammed every evening and the final banquet party was a blast :o)

Muzik Masti jam

Crisp @ Agile 2008
Hmmm…. do I need a haircut?  :o)

Bootstrapping Scrum and XP in a crisis – Toronto 2008

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Here are the slides from my session "Bootstrapping Scrum and XP in a crisis" at Agile 2008 in Toronto.

Technical Debt – How not to ignore it – Toronto 2008

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Here are the slides from my session “Technical Debt – how not to ignore it” at Agile 2008 in Toronto.

Translations:

10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP – Toronto 2008

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Here are the slides from my session “10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP” at Agile 2008 in Toronto. Glad that so many of you participated :o)

Translations:

Best speaker award again :o)

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Cool, I won another best speaker award :o)
This time at the JFokus conference in Stockholm.

Best Speaker award :o)

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Cool, I was awarded Best Speaker at the Bits & Chips conference in The Netherlands :o)

Never would have expected that, considering there were more than 50 other speakers!

I did a brief talk about "Bootstrapping Scrum and XP", with an audience of about 150 people. Decided to open with 15 minutes of  "The fastest possible introduction to lean & scrum & XP" as well since I was first out on the agile track, maybe that’s what people liked.

The Manager’s Role in Scrum

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Here are the slides from my Scrum Gathering presentation “The Managers Role In Scrum“. The pictures will make most sense if you were at the presentation :o)

JAOO tutorial slides

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For those of you who attended my Scrum & XP tutorial at the JAOO conference, here are the slides:

http://www.crisp.se/henrik.kniberg/presentations/JAOO-2007-Henrik-Kniberg.pdf

Thanks for attending, hope you had a good time! Despite my piano playing (how can I resist a grand piano standing in the corner of the room :o)

I thought the attendance would be like 7 or 8 people, considering it was Friday afternoon after a long hard conference week. So I was very surprised to see 45 faces there! I sat with Jeff on the bus back to the airport, turned out that he was the one who had been telling everyone to go :o)

Anyway good luck and happy Scrumming and XP-ing!

/Henrik