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Marcin Czenko – AgileByExample 2012
October 4-5 2012
in Warsaw Spread the word!

Marcin Czenko

Marcin Czenko is the owner of Red Green Refactor providing consultancy and training services helping organisations to improve their delivery in a complex and continuouslychanging environment.

Marcin is Scrum and eXtreme Programming (XP) practitioner since 2007. He mastered his Scrum and eXtreme Programming skills in world top engineering organisations like Philips Research Software Engineering Services (one of the first eXtreme Programming groups in the Netherlands) and Motorola Electronics. Since 2011 he also works as a consultant at Quantum of Value, Ltd, providing agile training and consultancy services in UK and all around the world. Being active member of Scrum and eXtreme Programming communities, he regularly participates as a speaker in various Agile events. Along his work as a trainer
and coach, Marcin remains active developer, working on his own products and supporting partners in product development. In 2009 he defended his Ph.D. in the area of computer security at the University of Twente,Enschede, The Netherlands. In February 2011 Marcin started his own company Everyday Productive where he develops productivity software for the Apple™ platform and – as Red Green Refactor – he provides training and consultancy services.

Session: Agile Teams: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

<<...find the ten best people and write the entire thing themselves>> said one of the directors of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) project created in 1950s. SAGE is considered one of the first large scale software-intensive projects, which involved hundreds of people, but ended up exceeding its budget and being late. This observation made more than 50 years ago loses nothing from its validity today. Roman Pichler in his book “Agile Product Management with Scrum” recommends avoiding large products but rather focussing on a product with the minimum functionality and growing organically. Craig Larman and Bas Vodde in their tremendous book on scaling lean and agile development comment on large, multi-site, and offshore development saying shortly: “Don’t do it”. Rather, they recommend starting with a small group of great people, growing only when necessary and taking time to hire extra-ordinary new talent.

In this session we will focus on great teams. We will look what constitutes a great team, what makes it more productive than just a set of individuals sharing common work-space. On the journey I will talk about self-organisation, co-location, the new world of work, offshoring, cultural indexes, and - of course - about complexity, chaos, and empiricism. Important facts about agile teams will be reinforced and some organisational patterns will be proposed and emphasised.

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