Decision-making in an agile team – Who decides?

As agile coaches, we feel it is especially important to live out agile values ourselves. Anyone who knows us knows that we are committed to the agile mindset. We derive our principles from our values, which means that we face a continual succession of new challenges. There is one in particular that I would like...

28 Apr 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Standing room only at Agile Breakfast in Zurich

Interest in agile transformation skyrockets! Stefano Trentini and I were pleased to find ourselves amongst a thronging crowd at the SwissICT Agile Breakfast that took place on 1 March 2017 in Zurich. Around 20 people usually show up for the Agile Breakfast events, which are held regularly in Zurich. This time, though, there...

26 Apr 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Change your conditions, not your people

A company’s culture is the product of its management system. Employees generally behave as the system dictates. Most companies use a traditional reward and punishment system to motivate their employees to achieve more: work well and you get a bonus; make mistakes and you get criticised. At the same time, managers want to increase collaboration...

15 Mar 2017 by Fredi Schmidli

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Day-to-day appreciation suits us better than Merit Money

We place great importance on transparency. We value openness, courage and team spirit, and treat each other as equals. This also means that we expect our employees to think and act in a bold, entrepreneurial manner. To encourage this, last year we ran an experiment called ‘Merit Money’. How we used Merit Money: Merit Money is based...

17 Jan 2017 by Fredi Schmidli

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Companies need more individual responsibility!

We celebrated our 10th birthday on November 14! Time has flown by thanks to all the exciting projects with our customers. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our standing customers – that’s why we invited them to a stand-up dinner and knowledge sharing event on the topic of ‘Self-organisation and leadership’ at our...

15 Dec 2016 by Norbert Zeller

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Lived cultural change – the heart of agile transformation

Our experience shows that agile methods are the best way to future-proof your business. The bigger and more traditional a company is, the more difficult it appears to be to make the jump to an agile way of working. Our collaboration with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has once again proved that it’s possible. Why agile? Traditional...

23 Nov 2016 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Agility in September

In September there were three different events focused on "Agile" in Switzerland. We were delighted to attend the Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference as a silver sponsor. This year, experts cast a critical eye on the present and future of agile leadership and discussed new solutions and approaches. One workshop - facilitated...

28 Oct 2016 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Cost of Delay – the key factor in choosing projects

Every company has experienced this issue: you have hundreds of projects to tackle and all of them seem equally important. The question of how to proceed seems simple: you assign employees to each project and get down to business. Time passes, but none of the projects are really making headway and you’re not meeting your...

06 Sep 2016 by Adrian von Orelli

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How to measure innovations using the right metrics

In his latest book Scaling Lean, innovation expert Ash Maurya explains why we should abandon traditional metrics in favour of ones that are more suitable for product development. Product managers often have difficulty measuring their progress correctly. From the book Lean Startup, we have already become acquainted with the concept of validated learning, which allows progress to...

27 Jun 2016 by Fredi Schmidli

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