About Clemens Lode

Clemens Lode is a management consultant with focus on agile project management methods (check out https://www.lode-consulting.com). He likes to summarize his insights into books, check out his philosophy series "Philosophy for Heroes" here: https://www.philosophy-for-heroes.com. His core approach to philosophy and management is that people need to be more aware of their limits and ultimately their identity and their vulnerabilities.

October 2018

When Growing Gets Tough

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This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. Handling Multiple Teams in Scrum Applying the principles of Scrum in a larger organization with multiple teams can be challenging. First, it’s simply bigger, and having more people involved makes things more [...]

Sprinting to Delivery

2019-08-18T23:33:07+00:00Tags: |

This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. That Is Waterfall, Not Scrum Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. Working software is the primary measure [...]

September 2018

A Closer Look at the Numbers

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This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. Speed Is Not Necessarily the Issue A common argument in favor of Scrum is that, once established, the process will produce numbers for business to use in calculations and planning. This is [...]

Keep Some Energy in Reserve

2019-08-18T23:33:21+00:00Tags: |

This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. What Is the Goal of a Scrum Sprint? A sprint consists of a number of stories that the team needs to complete, and each story has a number of points assigned to [...]

August 2018

In Scrum, Ownership Matters

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This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. Moving from “Command and Control” to “Innovative Agile Management” “Ownership” describes how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just a specialist in a department. The [...]

July 2018

Team Communication

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This is an excerpt from the book Kanban Remastered: Agile Lessons from Strategy Games. You can get a copy here. Developing an increased level of trust with other teams can enable the harder things. —David J. Anderson, Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business [Anderson, 2010, p. 1] In StarCraft, as in an organization, a big danger in [...]

Scouting the Market

2019-07-16T12:16:14+00:00Tags: |

This is an excerpt from the book Kanban Remastered: Agile Lessons from Strategy Games. You can get a copy here. One significant element of the game StarCraft is using is a “fog of war.” As opposed to games like chess, where the whole situation is visible and you can act strategically, in StarCraft, you have [...]

June 2018

Automate Your Definition of Done

2019-08-18T23:33:37+00:00Tags: |

This is an excerpt from the book Scrum Your Jira: Your Waterfall Organization Transformed into Multidisciplinary Teams. You can get a copy here. Reduce Repetitive Work by Employing a Smart Workflow I am a fan of automatization. Because I am lazy. That is a good thing, because the human brain should not be used for [...]

To the Frontlines

2019-07-16T12:16:30+00:00Tags: |

This is an excerpt from the book Kanban Remastered: Agile Lessons from Strategy Games. You can get a copy here. The central idea of Kanban is flow optimization. While Agile methods like Scrum are focused on creating and maintaining a central multidisciplinary team, Kanban accepts a non-optimal situation: teams are not 100 percent dedicated to [...]