Enterprise Scrum Transitions EBook

My ebook "Enterprise Scrum Transitions" (with Stefan Roock), based on our well received session at the Barcelona Scrum Gathering, is available here:


It's a free download and available in mobi, epub and pdf formats so all leading readers are supported.

Scrum Gathering in Barcelona - 1-3 October

Scrum Gathering Barcelona

Simon Roberts will be presening a session together with fellow Certified Scrum Trainer Stefan Roock on Enterprise Scrum Transitions at the Barcelona Scrum Gathering in October. The session will be an interactive role play which tells the story of a transition and how it started to influence the organisation. We integrated our experience from several transitions, from small companies with a few employees to large companies with several thousand employees.

The session will cover:

  1. Using Scrum for the transition
  2. Composition of the team
  3. Building the backlog and roadmap
  4. Definition of done for transition backlog items
  5. Scaling the transition

More information on the gathering can be found here:


We look forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones!

Berlin Days of Software Engineering in September

DoSE Die innovative IT-Konferenz für Software-Technik in Berlin wird von ScrumCenter mit einem Scrum for Managers Workshop (inkl. CSM) am 12.-13.9. sowie einem Vortrag zu High Performance Teams und Organisationen für das 21. Jahrhundert im Konferenzprogramm begleitet. Mehr Infos unter http://www.berlin-dose.de.

Um Tickets für den Workshop (inkl. Konferenzteilnahme) zu erwerben und zur Registrierung benutzen Sie bitte folgenden Link: http://www.berlin-dose.de/konferenz-leaders/.

Radical Management Workshop in Berlin with Stephen Denning

Making the Entire Organization Agile

Learn the Biggest Secret in Management Today

Radical Management

We are delighted to announce a very special event in Berlin.

On July 9th-11th, Stephen Denning will be leading this workshop drawing on his award-winning book, “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management”, his path-breaking work in leadership storytelling and long managerial background as a director at the World Bank. Simon Roberts, ScrumCenter CEO and Certified Scrum Trainer, will be co-teaching.

Just over a decade ago, a set of major management breakthroughs occurred. These breakthroughs enabled software development teams to achieve both disciplined execution and continuous innovation, something that was hitherto impossible to accomplish with traditional management methods.

Over the last decade, these management practices, under various labels such as Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean, have been field-tested and proven in thousands of organizations around the world. Radical Management℠ distills, builds on and extends these principles, practices and values so that the entire organization can now achieve to apply the magic combination of disciplined execution and continuous innovation.

Who Should Attend

  • Agile leaders and coaches wanting to convert the entire organization to Agile
  • Business leaders needing to understand Agile management or achieve continuous innovation
  • Entrepreneurs wanting to grow their startups without losing agility


Please register here or email radman@scrumcenter.com. Early bird and group prices (early bird until 15th June) are available.

More Information

Please visit http://radicalmanagement.de for more information.


KNOWLEDGE_SCAPES: To support knowledge-creation becomes a major task in urban and architectural design. The 2-day workshop addresses how designed environments can enhance creativity, innovation, and learning. Invited experts from the academic and business world in Japan and Germany will discuss how to turn this challenge into practice.

Building the Agile Enterprise at Scrum Day

Michel Löhr and Simon Roberts from ScrumCenter presented their view of the agile enterprise at Scrum Day 2011 in Darmstadt. They discussed some of the problems that occur in traditional, matrix-structured, waterfall-oriented organisations and proposed changes based on their experience coaching multiple agile enterprise transitions. The top three changes are:

  • Creating stable, product oriented teams.
  • Establishing a leaner approach to budgeting and financial control, with drastically reduced transaction costs.
  • Taking a more holistic approach by integrating agile product development with agile customer development (as proposed by the customer development and lean startup movements) - an integrated and empirical approach to both provides a good foundation for creating truly successful products.

Thank you very much to the people who attended, for the interesting questions and great feedback.

Continuous Delivery: Highway to Production at Scrum Day

Our Continuous Delivery presentation at Scrum Day in Darmstadt / Germany. We discussed the concepts behind Continuous Delivery, showed a way to start with it and talked about the return of investment.
For more information have a look at www.ContinuousDelivery.de.

Using the Cartoon Story Board Technique in Retrospectives

Cartoon Story Board

Cartoon Story Board (also called Comic Story Board) is one of my favourite creativity techniques and it can be used to good effect in retrospectives. I have used it in the "setting the stage" phase of retrospectives to help a team to frame the key question to be tackled during the retrospective, and for helping to generate ideas when deciding what to do differently in the future.

The Anatomy of a Release Retrospective

Retrospective Bridge

As Scrum practitioners, we are used to short and sharp retrospectives at the end of each Sprint. Sprint retrospectives, taking 1-2 hours, can yield valuable results, enabling the Scrum team to improve its process. Typically these retrospectives yield lots of ideas, which are then prioritised and only the top 2-3 are actually actioned.

I If we only hold short retrospectives, we may be missing out on discovering further ways to optimise our  work. A longer retrospective, at the end of a release or other milestone,  enables problems and solutions to be explored in more detail.

In this article, I describe a 2-day retrospective that a client asked me to facilitate.

Slides from Agilia, Czech Republic: Four Agile Years at Allianz Germany


Back in March 2011, Christoph Weiß (agile coach at Allianz Germany) and I spoke at the Agilia conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Our well received presentation included the following topics:

  • How agile teams are kicked off and supported through training and coaching
  • The current state of agile at Allianz
  • Agile in the Enterprise - why professional change management is important
  • Key success factors, challenges and pitfalls

I coached and trained Scrum and agile during the first three of those four years and it was good to catch up with the latest news.

During the two days following the conference we taught a Certified ScrumMaster class in Brno. The class was a lot of fun and received great reviews from the participants.

Slides from the presentation are now available for download here.

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