The Six Conditions for Change

So you’re out in the field trying to change companies by „coaching them to agile“, do you? Are you sure this is possible at all? If yes, then this article is not for you yet: please come back when you are doubting. The assumption this article is based on is that we’re not sure whether … Read more…

The Caring and Respectful Product Owner

While reflecting on my recent activities, I started to recognise an interesting pattern regarding the role of the Product Owner. I’ve seen many of them coming from different parts of the organisations: form product management, from various levels of management, from system architecture or senior programmers. Because of the different skill sets they have, the … Read more…

Learn to watch. And watch to learn!

In my work very often I stress the role of the observer: it’s a vital one when practicing coaching techniques and it’s an incredibly useful tool to use in every coaching activity. In the workshop I delivered at the Turku Agile Day together with Mike Sutton, we stressed the importance of the Observer role in … Read more…

Coaching Organisations as Systems, i.e. Agile as a Systemic Change at the Scandinavian Developer Conference

At the Scandinavian Developer Conference I presented today some concepts useful for coaching at the organisational level. The basic idea behind this presentation is that thinking about agile at the team level is a necessary step, but not the only one needed in order to create an agile organisation. In a parallel presentation I argued … Read more…

Soft Skills Essentials at the Mini-XP Days 2011 in Mechelen

Here another „service post“ to distribute the slides of the Soft Skills Essentials presentation, this time in the form Yves Hanoulle (twitter: @YvesHanoulle) and I presented it at the Mini-XP Days Benelux in Mechelen, a summary of the best presentations of last year’s XP Days Benelux. The presentation is basically as the Turku Agile Day, … Read more…

Soft Skills Essentials at the Turku Agile Day

Here are the slides of today’s keynote I delivered together with Mike Sutton (@mhsutton) at the Turku Agile Day to a very engaged audience: thank you for the fun! Soft Skills Essentials for Software Craftsmen – Turku Agile Day 2011 from Pierluigi Pugliese  For the bibliography, please refer to this post…

New Tools of the Craft – Workshop at the Turku Agile Day

Today, together with Mike Sutton (Twitter: @mhsutton), I ran a workshop called „New Tools of the Craft“ at the Turku Agile Day. Here are the slides we showed and a selected bibliography… New Tools of the Craft from Pierluigi Pugliese Yes And… This is a concept coming from the Improvisation Theatre. The best known books … Read more…

How do you choose the ScrumMaster?

Suppose you need to choose the ScrumMaster for your team and there is no „natural“ candidate available. Suppose you have two alternatives who could do the job, but you are not sure who fits best? I got a similar question proposed some time ago by one of my customers. Instead of giving my answer, I … Read more…

The Three Hows

If you have followed my blog, you know that I am somewhat critic of root cause analysis like the „5 Whys„, especially when applied to non-purely-technical issues. On the other hand I am actually pretty much in favour of more systemic tools like the Cause-Effect Diagrams and the Thinking Process, despite the risk of using … Read more…

Soft Skills Essentials for Software Craftsmen at XPDays Benelux

Last week, together with Yves Hanoulle (twitter: @YvesHanoulle), I presented again „Soft Skills Essentials for Software Craftsmen“, this time at XPDays Benelux. Here are the slides: Soft skills essentials for software craftsmen from Pierluigi Pugliese As usual at XPDays Benelux, the audience was very mature and interested in these topics (in the meantime the conference … Read more…

It’s not just about teams! – „Agile as a systemic change“ presentation at the Italian Agile Day 2010

Agile has been a refreshing wind of change in the software development world. A very much needed one, actually. Yet, I believe these days a big part of the agile community is stuck in a cul-de-sac called the teams! What’s wrong with teams? Nothing really. Except that… they are just a model! A team is … Read more…

Soft Skills Essentials for Software Craftsmen @ WebExpo in Prague

Here’s a short post just to publish the slides I presented today at the WebExpo in Prague. Soft skills essentials for software craftsmen @ webexpo2010 from Pierluigi Pugliese If you weren’t there and, as such, you haven’t the audio that comes with these, the presentation has been video recorded and will be available on their … Read more…

Solution Focused FAQ

As you have probably noticed – in case you did not fall asleep while reading these pages – I am a strong believer in the solution focused approach and I wrote already several articles about it (see this and this and this). The approach generated interest in many of my peers, so over time I … Read more…