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Meet us at: Agile Eastern Europe 2011 in Kiev

As written before we are attending several very interesting events in September. I already stated that September is for training and networking only. That is one reason why we are not engaged in huge projects during September. We are simply traveling around all the time.

One event I am looking forward since last year is clearly the conference "Agile Easter Europe 2011" in Kiev. We have been there last year and I enjoyed this conference like no other before. So my expectations are set high. Just have a look at the conference web site and check out for yourself if the AgileEE2011 is worth a journey to Kiev.


This year Alistair Cockburn will give one of the key notes and there is a long list of other very interesting sessions.



Presentation: “Definition of Ready–when are we able to start?”

At the moment I am working as Scrum Coach / Interim Scrum Master in a company located at the Lake of Constance. Three weeks ago I attended the Agile Breakfast in Constance the first time.

At the next Agile Breakfast I will give a presentation on “Definition of Ready – wann kann’s endlich losgehen?” (“.. – when are we able to start?”). Most people using Scrum do know the “Definition of Done” (DoD) very well while they are unfamiliar with the “Definition of Ready” (DoR). This is due to a lot of reasons and in complex organizational environments the DoR has a huge potential for conflict.

In my presentation I will explain the motivation behind the DoR and discuss the positive effects and the potential problems you may encounter when you try to establish a DoR in your organization.

The next  Agile Breakfast in Constance will be at 5th of July in the Water Tower Stromeyersdorf/Constance . The Agile Breakfast is organized by the Scrum User Group Lake Constance (SUGLC). The company Sybit is sponsoring this event.


You need to register (space is limited). The event is free of charge.

AgileDays Moscow, Agile Riga Day

The Agile Eastern Europe 2010 conference was a huge success and we enjoyed the days in Kiev / Ukraine.

The agile community in eastern Europe is very active and there are two interesting events taking place in March: Agile Riga Day and Agile Days (Moscow).

Agile Riga Day


There are several interesting talks (see program for the details):

  • Joakim Sundén – Flow where you can, pull where you must – a practitioners guide to Kanban.
  • Vasco Duarte – Patterns of Agility. How to recognize an Agile project when you see one.
  • Ola Ellnestam -  Fast feedback teams
  • Girt Ivans – The Core of Scrum – Creating healthy, thriving work environment.
  • Elina Jakubaneca & Armands Baranovskis – How to succeed with Agile.
  • Anton Keks – Being a professional agile developer.


Agile Days (Moscow)


Attention! It looks like that this conference is all Russian. So it might be difficult for you to attend without speaking Russian Zwinkerndes Smiley

AgileDays – a place of exchange of experiences for those who have long and successfully uses Agile. In addition, a series of reports will focus on the most recent and most interesting trends , such as Lean Development, DDD, BDD, TDD, FDD and other xDD. The conference will be attended by Western guru.

Guess they are referring to Henrik Kniberg as this “western guru” Zwinkerndes Smiley

Agileee 2010 – A Summary


Early this year we decided to attend the Agileee 2010 in Kiev, Ukraine after reading the positive reviews of Agileee 2009. Now – after several days in Kiev – we can tell you that this was probably one of the best conference we have attended for years. Not only good sessions but a lot of very interesting discussions with the participants during the icebreaker party and during the conference days.

Here our short summary of this fantastic conference:

Thursday – Sightseeing and Icebreaker Party

On Thursday we visited the headquarters of Ciklum – one of the largest nearshoring providers in Ukraine. We were introduced to several Scrum teams working for different clients and we were allowed to take part in a Daily Scrum via video conference (client in Denmark). Our summary to this visit is a very positive one. What we saw exceeded our expectation on agile adoption and English skills by far.

After our visit at Ciklum we decided to spend the afternoon sightseeing in Kiev.

Monastery of the Caves

We have been  told a lot about the Kiev Monastery of the Caves and so we decided to visit this world famous imageattraction. It’s a really impressive monastery that includes caverns – a very complex system of (very) narrow underground corridors.

You can find more information about this monastery in Wikipedia:

Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: ?????-????????? ?????, Kyievo-Pechers’ka lavra), also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015 the Lavra has been a preeminent center of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe.




Icebreaker Party

In the evening we have been invited to the icebreaker party held in a local pub called “The Barrel”. First we were reluctant to go there as we were quite exhausted by the tourist program we had but we finally got our self moved to the party place. WHAT A FANTASTIC DECISSION! Yes, this was probably the best conference start I have been for years. This was purely relaxing. Several speakers gave spontaneous Jam sessions and it was a fantastic friendly atmosphere.

Agileee 2010 Ice-breaker from Agile Eastern Europe on Vimeo.

Guess what the German conferences are lacking? Such an icebreaker event!


Friday & Saturday: Agileee 2010 Conference

After finishing the registration and getting rid of the clothes we were welcomed with classical music played live!



The conference had the usual infrastructure including WiFi– and this was a problem. As everybody was using WiFi enabled devices it was sometimes not possible to connect to the internet. The day before the conference started we bought a very cheap 3G SIM card from a local provider (available everywhere in small shops) with some free hundred megabytes of internet access – so no big problem for us.


Keynotes from Henrik Kniberg and Mary Poppendieck

The conference program started with two key notes given by Henrik and Mary. While both were interesting I liked the keynote from Henrik more as it introduces some new ways how to explain the essence of agile to people new to Scrum / XP.

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Selling Agile by Paul Klipp

Selling projects done in an agile way is usually hard work as most buyers still believe a fixed price contract is best for them as all the risk is on the side of the provider. If you have been involved in calculating and setting up a project based on a fixed price contract you know that this is not true. Usually both sides have to pay for the risk and changes during the project will result in a lot of discussion and additional costs. So fixed price usually is a lose-lose setup. In his presentation Paul outlines why projects run with agile principles and based on an agile contract are better for both sides. Really liked his arguments and tips.

Management of Offshore Agile Projects

This presentation given  by Sergei Andrzeevski caused a discussion whether what he does is still “agile” or just some best practices that can be used to make distributed projects more successful. As we know that the trade off between real agile practices and compatibility to traditional established company processes always must be considered, we were happy to get some new ideas how to handle problems.


Agile Offshoring

We met Andrea Heck and Tibor Vida at the ice breaker party and had some interesting discussions with them. In their presentation they were talking about how agile methods were introduced at Siemens healthcare.

Siemens healthcare is working in a very regulated environment with audits that are necessary for markets like EU, USA, China or Brazil. Something you would expect is difficult to combine with agile processes. They explained how they started (very strict contracts with incentives, V-Modell (phase oriented process model) widely used, documents as interfaces, a lot of overhead by managers, task forces, experts, …) and how they made a successful transition to agile processes by bringing in external experts and visualizing the business processes by value stream mapping. Guess they made a really good job there!


Meeting a lot of interesting people.

Beside the official presentations I had a lot of very interesting discussions in the breaks and enjoyed several interesting open space discussion: One with Paul Klipp about “Personal Productivity”, one about "How to transform the company from outsourcing to product business?" with Nikolay Pavlov and one about “Smells in your Scrum implementation” by Radu Davidescu. Thanks guys for sharing your ideas and experience!


Another important reason for traveling to Kiev was meeting one of our oldest partners: Ainstainer Group. We finally made it to personally meet the Semenov brothers (Artem and Stanislav) and had a lot of discussions how we can help our customers to succeed using agile processes and teams located in the Ukraine.


While Ainstainer Group currently still is a quite small company you can expect to hear more from them in the future as the management is very dedicated to success, having a clear customer focus and is working in a highly professional manner.

BTW: We (Ainstainer Group & started a “Scrum Tool Review project” for which the first review (VersionOne) is already available in the Ainstainers Blog.



Not more to add: Was a great conference, we will be there next year again!


Early this year we decided to attend the Agileee 2010 in Kiev, Ukraine after reading the positive reviews of Agileee 2009. Now – after several days in Kiev – we can tell you that this was probably one of the best conference we have attended for years. Not only good sessions but a lot of very interesting discussions with the participants during the icebreaker party and during the conference days.

Here our short summary of this fantastic conference:

Continue reading Agileee 2010 – A Summary

Agileee: Agile Conference in Ukraine, Kiev (October 8th-9th)

imageYou might have already noticed that we will attend the Agileee conference in Kiev, Ukraine, October 8th-9th.

Surprisingly this conference is nearly unknown in the German Agile community at the moment! Everybody knows about conference all over the world but Eastern Europe seems to be off radar for quite a lot of people.

That’s a pity as they will miss a high caliber event.

Just check out the conference program that includes a lot of interesting talk, e.g.:

I am really looking forward to this conference as I believe it will be an event full of opportunities to talk to a lot of very interesting people!


Meet us in Kiev

We will be in Kiev from October 7th and we would like to meet with agile experts! In case you are interested in a discussion about Agile Nearshoring opportunities get in contact with us!


Invitation Video

Agileee is calling you! from Agile Eastern Europe on Vimeo.

Java Forum Stuttgart 2010 Retro

I went to Stuttgart / Germany beginning of July to visit the Java Forum Stuttgart 2010 – a conference that started as a small local event, became regional and now attracts more than 1200 visitors interested in Java technology.


There I attended several of the 42 presentations about the latest trends in the Java universe and did the usual networking.

Together with Thomas Avieny (consultant for high performance teams / I organized a BoF session with the title “Scrum – Heaven or Hell?”. This BoF was a real success with more than 20 participants and a lot of discussion going on. The organizers finally had to talk us out of the room as our group didn’t want to stop discussing this topic.

Agile Day @ Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2010

Last week I joined the agile crowd at the “Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2010 / Agile Day”. While the conference lasted three days the Agile Day probably was the most impressive one.

Beside interesting talks like

  • Vertrauen durch Agile Offshoring / Trust by agile offshoring (Dr. Margret Hessellmann, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Scrambled Scrum? (Stefan Sauer / ISF Munich)
  • Kleine Kanban-Kunde / Small introduction to Kanban (Bernd Schiffer, it-agile)

there was Ken Schwaber giving an interesting key note talking about developer habits and why they invented the Professional Scrum Developer program.

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After the presentation the need to have a training program for agile developers was addressed in a panel discussion with agile experts from Germany.

Beside the official part with its presentations and the whole interesting agenda the most important part was probably meeting a lot of the German Scrum/Agile experts and (of course) people relatively new to the agile concepts. See the photos to get an impression.

With an price tag of ~ 200 EUR the Agile Day is currently one of the best bargains you can made – IF you can understand German. In this case: See you there next year!

Events in June and July: Entwicklertag and Java Forum Stuttgart

We will be present at several events in the next weeks. In case you want to have a discussion about agile nearshoring get in contact with us.

First one is the small but high caliber conference “Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2010” held 23rd – 25th of June in Karlsruhe/Germany. This year Ken Schwaber will give the keynote for the "Agile Day” (23rd of June).

The second conference is the “Java Forum Stuttgart 2010” held July 1st in Stuttgart/Germany. This conference with about 1200 participants is a major networking event for Java focused dev shops from Germany.