A kanban approach to developing an office while capturing the engagement of all co-workers.

Co-written by Jakub Anderwald and Maciej Jureczko.

AN IDEA OVER A CUP OF COFFEE

On a rather gloomy July morning, Kuba approached me with an idea that both of us were to discuss over a cup of coffee. At the time, there were many things going on in the company’s office ‒ playing with different furniture arrangements, requests regarding additional showers and clocks showing various time zones, or testing innovative solutions for video conferencing. …


Part one of eight — maintaining your growth as an Agile Coach and a consultant. An interview with Viktor Cessan.

For the past months Viktor and I have been exchanging thoughts on feedback and on how to develop personally in environments where there is no or little feedback. We started talking about this because we’ve both had challenges with giving and receiving feedback, and despite the amount of books that exist on the subject and leadership training teams take we’ve found that feedback continues to be a problem for teams as well. …


Meet Jeremy. Jeremy started attending an unusual English class two years ago and has been a participant in subsequent semesters ever since. The class itself was different because it was dedicated to presentations on agile (in the wide sense of the word) and knowledge sharing. It later evolved to include a tutor’s corner where people learned how to use English language more intently and how to better connect with their audience. It stood as a way to change the organisation and develop people from various parts of the organisation under the umbrella of a language class and… it worked.

The…


Kevin Goldsmith

Kevin Goldsmith is CTO at Avvo and former Vice President of Engineering at Spotify. He has also worked for Adobe and Microsoft. He is also the owner of Unit Circle Rekkids/Unit Circle Media where he promotes young musical talents. Personally, he’s a musician and a dad. I had a chance to speak with Kevin at AgileByExample 2016 conference in Warsaw. Afterwards, I invited him for this interview. Kevin is also one of the writers in Agile&Change publication on Medium.com.

Marcin: Kevin, you recently changed your role from VP of Engineering at Spotify to CTO at Avvo. That involved also relocating…


How to jumpstart to the extraordinary.

As an Agile Coach (AC) or a Scrum Master (SM), there are times where you go around in circles working in the same context. Trainings or conferences you attend might not give you the edge you need to achieve the extraordinary or to “boldly go were no man has gone before” in your company. Changing the firm is not always the solution either. There is something else that gives you a safe net and experience that no other popular form will — an exchange. I call it “Agile Coaches exchange” programme which I revitalised…


Canadian actor Nathan Fillon feeling confused. Source: Giphy

How to tackle an empty mind and get value from a “retro”.

Recently, I was asked to observe and feedback a team (actually 3 teams working closely together) on their Scrum events. They were having review, retrospective and planning together on the same day. When it came to the “retro” they did not know what to talk about and, in general, lost around one hour for extended lunch or pre-planning discussions instead of inspecting and adapting. This was another situation where I saw a team stuck in a rut on this particular event and decided to dwell a bit on…


What is worth knowing and how it influences you or your team’s behaviour.

Your fears might be part of something much greater called “shadow”. The research and my own experiences with working with shadow were eyeopening and forever changed my focus on working with people and organizations. I believe it’s the future of how we will work and how people will need to change. If you are a Scrum Master, an Agile Coach or a Interim Manager you are bound to experience the below whether you want it or not. The faster you get to know the mechanism the more…


Whether you are forming a new agile team or mixing people in an already existing team you start somewhat afresh. In an existing team the balance and group dynamics changes, in a new team people are experiencing each other for the first time and checking what the boundaries are. I don’t want to get into details of what can possibly happen — it’s best if you dig into works of Bruce Tuckman and his four-stage model or Gustave Le Bon’s “The Crowd”. The former indicated that the team goes through the stages of Forming — Storming — Norming — Performing…


This article has been originally published on Allegro.Tech blog.

This is a story about a Team working in Scrum that wanted to turn to Kanban and ended up, deliberately, working in something resembling Scrum-ban. Scrum-ban basics can be found on Wikipedia. We did not follow all of them.

The story started when a project with a fixed deadline lasting a few months was given to the Team. After a few months of working in Scrum and having more and more technical user stories to complete, Product Owner had suggested that we switch to Kanban as we were not able to…

Marcin Konkel

Agile Coach & Photographer

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