I’m glad that my book The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay was officially translated into the Japanese language and is already available from 9th September 2020. The translated name is: “SCRUMMASTER THE BOOK 優れたスクラムマスターになるための極意”. The publisher is “ 翔泳社” (Shoeisha) and you can buy the book at different online stores.read more
CAL2 – Certified Agile Leadership II program is open for registration and confirmed to run - Fall 2020
The next run of CAL2 – Certified Agile Leadership II program will start on October 10, 2020. It's opened for registrations and confirmed to run. It will consist of individual leadership circle profile, series of coaching video calls, and individual assessment. You can find all the details about the program here.
The program will be delivered as an online program, schedule and all details about conditions, execution can be found at Scrum Alliance website.
Register for the program here.read more
For the firts time, Jurgen De Smet is bringing new advanced LeSS training to Prague.
Training: LeSS & Learn - Deepen knowledge & share experiences
Date: 19-20 November 2020
Early bird price: 1 067 EUR plus VAT (21%) valid until 30 days before the start of the training
Regular price: 1 200 EUR plus VAT (21%) otherwise
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Trainer: Jurgen De Smetread more
Agile coaching at Prague / Brno / Ostrava / Pilsen / Bratislava and beyond
Have you just decided to implement Agile methods in your team or organization? Well, let’s say you’ve just either passed training or you’ve read several books or blogs about Agile and Scrum so you feel good and empowered to start. Nowadays, the most common and popular Agile process is Scrum. But you can use Kanban or combination of both – sometimes called Scrumban. Or go for Extreme programming as well. If everything is going well you are able to make Agile transformation successfully on your own. But such change is not as easy as people would expect. Not all companies and teams reach expected good level of adoption – the better performance, efficiency, flexibility, quality, cooperation and better relationship with customer. The transformation often goes slowly and you are facing number of small or big problems on your way. And no Certified Scrum Master will save you from failing.
If you are stuck during your Agile transformation it’s helpful to get support from someone outside of the team/company who has experiences with this huge change. It’s often useful to ask somebody for independent view and help your Scrum Master, team, or company management to get back on track. It’s right time to look for Agile coach who can help you with your company transformations.
Coach/coaching is very popular word today. It’s same with Agile – it’s really buzzword now. However you feel fuzzy about it, the role of the Agile coach is quite defined. As Agile coach I can work at three different levels. The first level is team level facilitation when Agile coach works with the whole team and Scrum Master. In that role I’m not coaching one person how it’s common during standard coaching, but the whole team. I usually help with facilitation, clear out come dysfunctions and problems, and straiten their understanding of Scrum / Agile roles, principles and values. In the second level, I can work directly with Scrum Masters and helping them to achieve their goals and teach them how to coach teams. We are spending more time to improve their coaching skills and to fix / maintain the relationships with the team and other roles (Product Owner, Manager, other teams). Finally when both levels become kind of routine, there is a level of Enterprise coach. In this role I try to encourage people to form self-organized teams and take over the responsibility for gardening the Agile mindset across the company to move it to the next level.
My work as the Agile coach covers all three defined levels - starting the whole Agile transformation from the first team and Scrum Master until change to the fully Agile company. I offer Agile coaching to companies around the whole Czech Republic – doesn’t matter where you are placed – Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Pilsen. I often travel for work around the Europe region and I have clients at Bratislava or Zilina at Slovakia, or other European places. If you are stuck during your Agile transformation, let me know and I’d be pleased to support you during your journey.