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The Power of Self Managed Teams

My mother often tells me a story from my youth. When I was a couple years old, in kindergarten, I had to close my jacket. Somehow I figured that someone else could do that for me, so I asked a small girl to close my zip. And she did, with my mum watching the scene. I've repeated that quite often…

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Why Scrum Is Great AND Limiting?

Scrum brought agile mainstream. The agile manifesto may have remained obscure if scrum hadn't come about. Scrum translates the message of the manifesto into something tangible. It's easy for people to learn how to 'do scrum'. It is hard for people to learn how to 'be agile'. Scrum is a cash cow. The certification business is lucrative. Because agile has…

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A Perfect Marriage: Lean Startup & Scrum

One of the big elephants in every development room: developers refrain from speaking to customers. Most development teams see their work as 'developing code'. They don't see their work as 'developing great software that users truly need'. I'm a big fan of lean startup. I'm also a big fan of scrum. I think lean startup is a fantastic addition to…

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The Modern, Agile, Innovative Enterprise Start-Up

‘One of the reasons it's hard to build new things at larger companies is because people don't have the mental model of 'my job is to actually learn new things'. A lot of the mental model is you get really good at doing something and then you are supposed to keep on doing that.’ Aditya Agarwal (VP engineering, Dropbox) ‘Dropbox,…

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Emergent Architecture And Design In Scrum

After two days PSM training on October 9th-10th by Naveen Kumar Singh, we had an amazing scrum meetup at Amartha by Naveen on emergent architecture and design in scrum. Most of the companies on implementing the agile way of working face challenge in dealing with the architecture and this gathering discussed topics around scrum, agile and various practices. Naveen shared…

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The Art of Being a Scrum Master

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One of the questions I hear most often in the scrum community is 'what makes a good scrum master'. The answer can take hours of debate. I think it's simple. Michael Gerber in his book 'the emyth revisited' describes the McDonald's system to build companies: standardize everything into processes, measure everything and hire people with the lowest education possible. The Agile Manifesto…

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Scrum Fundamental Workshop With Wahid Nurdin

Unlike the usual meetup pattern, we organised a mini-workshop on September 16th from morning 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Makers Institute. Wahid Nurdin facilitated the Scrum Fundamental Workshop with learning experiments; interesting exercises and simulation. One of the main scrum simulation games was Lego. The main highlight of the workshop that it was FREE. [gallery ids="2136,2137,2138,2139,2140,2141,2142"]

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Create Strong Agile Contracts

As agile becomes the most happening term in Indonesia, there are many companies trying to adopt agile and wondering how to make strong contracts which brings forth the agile way of working into effect. On 14th September, at Julo, Ahmad Firdaus of eComindo shared his experience with a group of 10-12 agile enthusiasts on working with his scrum team on different agile contracts,…

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My Thoughts On Agile Indonesia Conference

Last week, we had our first (actually....second, with credits to Saket!) Agile Indonesia conference. Last year, we had some 30 people visit Saket's conference. This year, we had more than 300 participants! For me this shows, that agile adoption is spreading rapidly across Indonesia (and the rest of South East Asia). Driven by leaders who want to make their organizations…

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Interview: Naveen Kumar On Becoming PST, Agile Trainer And Trainings

In this interview, I talk with Naveen Kumar, a Professional scrum trainer (PST) with scrum.org. Naveen is from India and will do a series of trainings in Indonesia during May, June and July. He will also speak at our Agile Indonesia 2017 Conference. Naveen, maybe you can tell us a little bit about yourself? I am into software development for more than 20 years and…

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