Agile Breakfast 4.10.2013 was about product management, with Jarno Vähäniitty leading us with the theme "Barbarians at the Gate: R&D meets Product Management". The session itself was a workshop, so we did get a chance to talk in the teams.
Here's the teams end results: the pictures we use to explain product backlog and the various things product backlog is supposed to present.
The must event of the year of Agile is almost here: Scan Agile 2013 will take place 11.11, and it is the place to be. The event has a great looking website with all the relevant information: http://scan-agile.org/
Summarizing briefly: organized by Agile Finland, Great presenters & organizers promise a nice atmosphere, Happens at Telakka, Hernesaari, Helsinki and Costs 200 €.
Go enjoy! Tickets from the website, and group discounts available by request if that should be the case - bring your whole team.
You're welcome to join our latest experiment to try out two things: sessions during working hours (after all, we do talk about stuff that we try to take back to our daily work) and the Finnish language. Agile breakfasts will be a series running on first friday of the month from 8:30 - 10.00 at Hima&Sali, Ruoholahti (Kaapelitehdas) - Helsinki, and we're kicking off with a theme of People. Henri Kivioja will open the session by sharing his ALE 2013 talk "Radical Movement" with us, and we continue with a lean coffee type of discussion (see:https://image.slidesharecdn.com/leancoffeehowto-130813161301-phpapp02/95/slide-1-638.jpg?1376428731).
Enrolling needed to get the right amount of coffee. At least in the first sessions coffee is served on Agile Finland. Enroll here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17bLWf9T5kNAHD8m0vRQF5e0m8CPZisZAG7E1VCrC3sI/viewform
More on the opening presentation and presenter: http://ale2013.alenetwork.eu/ale2013-program-details/#kivioja
Toivotamme sinut tervetulleeksi mukaan uuteen toistuvaan tapahtumaamme, joka on kahden asian kokeilu: tilaisuus tapahtuu virka-aikaan (puhummehan ammattiasioista ja etsimme parannuksia työarkeemme) ja kielenä esityksessä ja keskusteluissa on suomi. Ketterät aamiaiset tapahtuvat kuukauden ensimmäisinä perjantaipäivinä klo 8.30 - 10.00 ja paikkana toimii Hima & Sali, Ruoholahti (Kaapelitehdas), Helsinki. Aloitamme teemalla ihmiset, ja alustajana meillä on Henri Kivioja jakaen asioita joista hän on puhumassa ALE 2013 -konferenssissa, otsikolla "Radical Movement". Jatkamme alustuksesta lean coffee -tyyppisellä keskustelulla (kts. https://image.slidesharecdn.com/leancoffeehowto-130813161301-phpapp02/95/slide-1-638.jpg?1376428731).
Tarvitsemme tiedon osallistujamäärästä kahveja varten. Ainakin ensimmäisissä tilaisuuksissa Agile Finland tarjoaa kahvit. Ilmoittaudu tästä: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17bLWf9T5kNAHD8m0vRQF5e0m8CPZisZAG7E1VCrC3sI/viewform
Lisää avausesityksestä ja esittäjästä: http://ale2013.alenetwork.eu/ale2013-program-details/#kivioja
It is time to get back to business after good summer vacation. First
Tuesday of August is almost here!
On Tuesday 6th of August we have once again agile dinner / drinks /
meetup - and this time we have a special guest giving an introduction
to their research on a hot topic.
Juha Rikkilä from Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is coming to
discuss with us their research on Agile-Lean-Complex leadership and
especially their current agile leadership sensemaking model.
Registration page is here:
Agile Finland is organizing a fishbowl discussion (everyone gets to partiticipate with rotating seats) on the future and goals of Agile Finland and Agile in Finland. The discussion will be face-to-face + streamed + online in twitter, and we welcome everyone to join in.
We'll talk about:
- State of agile in Finland now and what it should be
- What we want Agile Finland to be - what's our purpose and ways of achieving the purpose
- Anything that people bring to the discussion
Session will take place at F-Secure Ruoholahti (Tammasaarenkatu 7) 20.8.2013 16-18 with Tuula Posti as our host. The session will be streamed, and a link sent to enrolled people as well as posted on twitter. Welcome!
PS: Event if free of cost, and most likely coffee will be served.
annual meeting was held as planned today in Hub Helsinki.
Main messages discussed in the annual meeting were:
- Agile Finland needs to invest more into happenings!
- There is so much more to be done and achieved together!
We have gathered -- again -- money to the Agile Finland bank account,
instead of doing something awesome together. This is our joint failure
as a community and each and every one of us can do something to make
things better. :)
Want to organize a code retreat, seminar, open space or some other
type of agile / lean / kanban / #noestimates / whatnot event in your
neighborhood? Just ping Agile Finland - and we can provide support as
well as funding to get you started.
Do you feel that there isn't a suitable peer-conference available on
topics or from industries that would help you to learn, compare and
share ideas about how to apply different ideas and methods in your
context? Want to try to set something up with us?
Is there an interesting person doing workshops or talks in scandinavia
or northern europe -- and that person would have something of interest
and value to finnish agile community? Agile Finland could easily cover
travel costs and arrangements for an open seminar!
If you feel there is something missing from finnish agile community,
we will help you if you want to do something about it. Scratch an itch
and so on...
And talking about an itch ....
there has been so much interest for having Scan Agile also in 2013
that there are people already working on to make it happen. The day is
11.11.2013 - and more details will follow later on.
New executive committee was also selected in the annual meeting:
Juha Heimonen ( https://twitter.com/evilbubu )
Maaret Pyhäjärvi ( https://twitter.com/maaretp )
Martin von Weissenberg ( https://twitter.com/mvonweis )
Antti Kirjavainen ( https://twitter.com/anttiki )
I'll continue as the chairperson ( https://twitter.com/huima ) and
already make the statement, that this will be my last year for now as
the chairperson. Next year we shall choose a new person to take the
Materials used in the meeting are available from the links below:
Dear Agile Finland member,
due to extremely unfortunate health issues we are unable to have the annual meeting as scheduled previously. Therefore we are forced to reschedule the meeting by one week to Thursday 30.5 18:00. Location will stay the same.
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience - and look forward seeing many of you in the annual meeting on 30.5!
Dear Agile Finland member,
due to extremely unfortunate health issues we are unable to have the annual meeting as scheduled previously. Therefore we are forced to reschedule the meeting by one week to Thursday 30.5 18:00. Location will stay the same, Hub Helsinki in Annankatu. https://helsinki.the-hub.net/
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience - and look forward seeing many of you in the annual meeting on 30.5!
To register to the event, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is optional - but it is used to estimate the amount of food and drinks we reserve for the event!
But I live so far away from Helsinki!
Worry not! We can sponsor train tickets for individuals who live
outside the capital region. Or you can form a car pool of 3-5 people
and we'll sponsor the gas. Please drop an e-mail to
agilefinland-committee@googlegroups if you are interested.
On behalf of the Agile Finland board I thank you all for making this
year already so great for the finnish agile community and hope to see
at least some of you at the annual meeting.
Registration is now open for a 3 day course on Rapid Software Testing with James Bach, 28-30 October 2013, in Helsinki.
Members of Agile Finland benefit from a 200EUR discount for both the Early Bird price (available until 01.07.2013) and the Normal price.
For details and registration, check out the following link:
For more information or for group registrations, please contact:
Resolving the Efficiency Paradox - Book release
with Professor Pär Åhlström and Niklas Modig, from Stockholm School of Economics
4th June 3.30pm at Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki.
The event is free of charge. Please register by filling the form at the bottom of this page.
| Sweden’s bestselling management book ”This is lean” is now available also in Finnish, Swedish and English. It has sold more than 50 000 books and organizations like Ericsson, Scania and Karolinska University hospital have bought a copy to all their managers. It has had a massive impact on Swedish industry and publish sector. The book claims that when organizations focus too much on using resources most effectively -the most traditionally and usual form of efficiency - it normally leads to an increase in the amount of work. The more the organizations try to be efficient (being busy) the more inefficient they become (because they are occupied with non-value adding, but necessary work). “This is Lean” helps to solve this dilemma.
The book presents a new form of efficiency: Flow efficiency. Instead of focusing on the organization’s many different business functions, flow efficiency focuses on the customers’ needs. The understanding of the entity means that many problems can be avoided or removed. The customer experience will be improved by preventing bottlenecks, release capacity, create more efficient processes and improve quality. There are big profits to be made by looking at efficiency in a new way.
Long waiting times, unhappy customers, inefficiency processes, worked out employees and quality problems are examples of current challenges and problems in also Finnish companies and organizations. “This is Lean” argues that the real cause of the problems are sub-optimized companies. Instead of looking at the big picture, the companies focus on making individual parts of the operations more efficient. This leads to the so-called tunnel syndrome. In the book it is referred to as the efficiency paradox.
3.30pm Welcome & coffee
4.00pm Lecture by Åhlström and Modig; THIS IS LEAN: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox
The event ends by 6pm. All participants will get a free copy of the book after the lecture!
Course description and other information can now be found on the course page!
we have a great opportunity to get Dave Snowden and Joseph Pelrine to teach the Finnish Agile community more on how to apply and benefit from Cynefin techniques in your domain and projects.
Location will be in central Helsinki, dates will be April 3-4
Price of the course will be a bargain - 600 euros per person ( for two days! ).
To make this happen, we will need 10 confirmed participants to make the event happen. Course size will be limited to approx. 20 persons.
*Registration open at https://holvi.com/shop/agilefinlandevents/product/03a7ce14275d1cc75b86dcd434a09663/
Aulanko Open Space-event's registration is finally open:
The event would not be possible without the sponsors: Ambientia,
Schneider Electric and Houston - who make it possible for us to offer
the event to participants for the price of hotel accommodation. Our
sponsors cover food and other costs related to running the conference.
Please do join us in Hämeenlinna for intensive learning and sharing of
software craftmanship skills.
It is a conference where we, programmers and testers, work together
and learn from each other in a safe-to-fail environment.
See more information and details about the event at
I'd like to remind you that Agile Finland is willing and able to support Agile events and projects in Finland. The organization is on a solid financial footing and we would like to channel more money back into the community. We can support almost any kind of event that is a) open and b) aligned with the purpose of the organization: to promote the use and raise the profile of Agile software development methods and to improve the skills of the organization's members.
In order to support your event we need a sponsoring request from you. Send an e-mail to me or any board member or to the whole board at email@example.com and tell us what you want to do, how much money you need, and how you plan to spend it. In many cases we may be able to connect you to other people who have done similar things previously, or perhaps help you catch a visiting guru. We can also promote your event through Twitter, blogs and e-mail lists.
To date, Agile Finland has:
- Reimbursed travel fees and accommodation for visiting speakers: Finns as well as foreigners
- Provided lunch and coffee for coding dojo/retreat participants
- Sponsored pizza and soft drinks for evening events
- In a few cases handled the travel fees for e.g. individual members participating in conferences abroad
We could also:
- Help you find and secure a suitable venue for your event
- Assume monetary risk on your behalf (e.g. if a venue requires a minimum billing amount for a reservation)
So if you are planning any kind of Agile event or have been thinking about arranging one, let us know and we'll see what we can cook up!
Thanks to Antti Kuparsaari, Agile Finland is now sponsoring free boat tickets to LESS 2012 for members (and hang-arounds)! We're going on the Viking XPRS from Helsinki on Sun Nov 11 at 20:00. Please register using this form before Tue Oct 16! We'll confirm the tickets on Wed Oct 17.
There is no minimum number of participants but we've chosen to set an upper limit at 25 people (negotiable). If enough people join, say more than half a dozen, we'll do something nice on the boat.
If you haven't registered to LESS 2012 yet you can do so on their registration page. Remember to use the discount code LESSFINLAND!
PS. Note that this is only about the transportation from Helsinki to Tallinn. Agile Finland does not cover LESS 2012 registration, hotels, return transportation etc.
traditional Agile Finland Annual Fannual will happen May 30th somewhere in Helsinki. The event also includes annual meeting where new board is selected for the next year.
We will post more info soon. Put please mark this into your calendars already now if you want to make Agile Finland even better next and / or meet fellow agilistist.
P.S. And we can also sponsor train tickets for people travelling to Helsinki. Please drop an e-mail to agilefinland-committee@googlegroups if you are interested.
Would you like to meet other agile people and have agile dinners and other events in Kuopio? If interested, send me email (sami.grasten [at] ti-es.com) and let's put up something together.